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UCL MD-4 Pre-Deadline & Live Chat

A last chance for certain clubs, a test for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a gauge of Liverpool’s mettle, and hopefully goals galore!

Luis Suarez - Atletico de Madrid - Champions League Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

MD-4 Build-Up

Mere hours separate us from UCL MD-4 kick off time. The highlight clashes of MD-4 are repeats of MD-3, but with a change of venue. Manchester United’s new-found tactics will make their way to Bergamo, Italy to play against injury-stricken Atalanta. Seville welcomes Lille for a continuation of their 0-0 draw in France; each club will hope it can close the gap on group leaders Salzburg. Jorgan Klopp’s Liverpool hosts Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid for another round of world class football. With a few broken claws, Dortmund cannot wait to get their paws on Ajax in Germany. Finally, Red Bull Arena will witness what could be the fatal act of its home team RB Leipzig when its hosts PSG’s all-stars.

Before delving into the team news to put on the final touches on your team selections for MD-4, check out NMA’s coverage starting with MD-4 Fantasy Preview. Next move on to NMA’s player picks article, and then allow a few minutes of your time to rate Chris’ MD-4 team.

One of the major items of injury news that surfaced on Monday was Lionel Messi’s knee concerns, which make him doubtful to play against Leipzig. Naglesmann’s Bayern press conference was as vague as it can be; if you can figure it out please let me know. Barcelona released a statement highlighting the returns of Ansu Fati, Frankie de Jong, Dembele and Ronald Araujo. Victor Lindelof missed the trip to Italy due to a knock in training. For the same match, Djimisti and Palomino returned to the squad facing Manchester United. Max Allegri confirmed both Federico Chiesa and De Ligt are ready to play. The return of Christian Pulisic was trending heavily on social media as well after Thomas Tuchel’s press conference where he confirmed Mason Mount will miss the flight due to illness.

Chelsea Training Session Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC

Team News (Injury / Suspension)

This is “do or die time” for most teams, and “let’s finish the job” for others, so rotation risk is at a minimum as key players cannot be rested without risking consequences.

MD-4 Injury/Suspension List

Club Player Injury Expected Return Status
Club Player Injury Expected Return Status
PSG Keylor Navas Returned
Marco Verratti Hip November Out
Sergio Ramos Calf November Out
Leandro Parades Thigh November Out
Kilyan Mbappe Ilness November Doubtful
Lionel Messi Knee November Doubtful
Angel Di Maria Returned from suspension
Man City Benjamin Mendy Suspended by club until 1st Jan 2022
Ferran Torres Foot January Out
RB Leipzig Dani Olmo Returned
Marcel Halstenberg Knee December Out
Lukas Klostermann Muscle November Out
Adams Returned
Liverpool Williams Returned
Fabinho Knee November Doubtful
Thiago Alcantara Calf November Doubtful
Harvey Elliott Ankle January Out
Naby Keita Shin November Doubtful
Milner Hamstring November Out
AC Milan Krunic Returned
Tiemoue Bakayoko Returned
Yannick Kessie Returned from suspension
Ante Rebic Ankle November Doubtful
Atletico Stefan Savic Suspended until MD-4
Griezman Suspended
Marcos Llorente Returned
Jose Gimenez Returned
Dortmund Raphael Guerreiro Hamstring November Out
Mahmoud Dahoud Knee November Doubtful
Giovanni Reyna Thigh November Doubtful
Mateu Morey Ligament June Out
Haaland Hip November Out
Nico Schulz Muscle November Out
Emre Can Muscle November Doubtful
Ajax Stekelenburg Unknown End of Season Out
Andrea Onana Suspended until MD-4
Inter Milan Cristian Eriksen Head Unknown Out
Arturo Vidal Returned
Stefano Sensi Returned
Real Madrid Rodrygo Hamstring November Doubtful
Valverde Knock November Out
Gateth Bale Returned
David Alaba Returned
Marco Asensio Returned
Daniel Carvajal Returned
Eder Militao Returned
Barcelona Sergio Aguero Knock February Out
Jordi Alba Returned
Ansu Fati Returned
Pique Calf November Out
Martin Braithwaite Knee November Out
Masour Dembele Returned
Pedri Meniscus Unknown Doubtful
Sergi Roberto Physical discomfort November Out
Ronald Araujo Returned
Bayern Munich Chuopo-Moting Thigh November Out
Leon Goretzka Ankle November Doubtful
Kingsley Coman Knock November Doubtful
Alphonso Davies Muscle November Doubtful
Man Utd Luke Shaw Returned
Raphael Varane Returned
Victor Lindelof Knock November Out
Amad Diallo Returned
Villarreal Gerard Moreno Muscle November Out
Juan Foyth Hamstring November Out
Atalanta Djimisti Returned
Pessina Hamstring November Doubtful
Toloi Thigh November Doubtful
Robin Gosens Hamstring November Doubtful
Hans Hatebour Muscle November Doubtful
Juventus Alvaro Morata Returned
Paulo Dybala Returned
Adrien Rabiot Returned
Ramsey Physical discomfort November Out
Moise Kean Muscle November Out
Federico Chiesa Returned
Chelsea Romelo Lukaku Ankle November Out
Mason Mount Ilness November Out
Kovacic Hamstring November Out
Christian Pulisic Returned
Azpilicueta Returned
Timo Werner Hamstring November Out
Loftus-Cheek Returned
Zenit Dejan Lovren Returned
Vyacheslav Karavaev Leg November Out
Santos Leg November Out
Sevilla Youssef Nesyri Returned
Papu Gomez Muscle November Out
Wolfsburg Roussillon Calf November Out
Waldschmidt Hip November Out
William Cruciate Ligament January Out
Schlager Cruciate Ligament April Out
Salzburg Vallci Tendon November Out
Solet Knee November Out
Piatowski Ankle Unknown Out
Nicolas Capaldo Suspended
Sesko Muscle November Out
Sheriff Sebastien Thill Returned from suspension
Malmo Anel Ahmedhodzic Returned from suspension
Shakhtar Lassina Traore Knee February Out
Lille Leo Jardim Neck November Doubtful
Botman Groin November Doubtful
Malmo Toivonen Knee June Out
Knudsen Unknown June Out
Brugge Fabian Alvarez Suspended
Porto Wendell Knee November Doubtful
Uribe Thigh November Doubtful

Note: If a team is not listed then it does not have any notable injuries or suspensions.


Keep an eye on the Comments section for any late updates and be aware that lineups for the Malmo vs Chelsea and Wolfsburg vs Salzburg will be released about an hour before today’s fantasy transfer deadline. The buzzer will sound at 18:45 BST, so make sure you’re here before then!

Good luck everyone!


How’s your team shaping up? Have you been hit by any of the injured or missing players? Do you have any tactical questions? And which matches do you plan/wish to watch as a fan? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!