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UCL MD-5 Pre-Deadline & Live Chat

Bayern Munich, Juventus and Ajax look for group wins, and groups F & G ignite with excitement that could leave one of the teams in tears!

Xavi Hernandez - FC Barcelona - Champions League Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

MD-5 Build-Up

Hours separate us from UCL MD-5 kickoff. The highlight clashes of MD-5 are repeats from MD-2, but with a change of venues. Man United decided to part ways with Ole Solskjaer after a humiliating 4-1 loss this weekend to Watford. The English club plays against Villarreal in a fight for top spot tonight. Another 90 minutes of top level football is upon us when Man City takes on PSG for the fourth time in calendar 2021. Chelsea hosts Juventus in a revenge match that is also for the top spot of group H. Real Madrid and Inter Milan will look to brush off all doubts of qualifications with victories over Sheriff and Shakhtar Donetsk. Excitement levels never falter when it comes to group B as Atletico Madrid hosts AC Milan and Porto travels to Liverpool for fate-deciding ties.

Bayern Munich was hit with bad news as Niklas Sule, Josip Stanisic, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Michael Cuisance will miss the trip to Dynamo Kyiv due to quarantine measures. What is worse for the Bavarians is the suspension of Upamecano which raises the question of who will fill the line in front of Manuel Neuer.

Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz are doubtful for Chelsea, but Timo Werner is ready to start. Liverpool is in first place and cannot be dethroned on paper, therefore Klopp should be keeping his key players safe to avoid extending his large injury list. Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez has a worrying injury list but the return of Sergi Roberto should partially relief his lineup selection challenge.

FC Bayern München v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Team News (Injury / Suspension)

MD-5 may become a dead end for most clubs. Since Liverpool is the only club that secured first place, rotation at other clubs may be at a minimum.

Below is an injury/suspension list to help you avoid players that are unlikely to feature. Additionally, be sure to read our MD-5 Fantasy Preview, our MD-5 Player Picks, and Sraxan’s Rate My MD-5 Team piece before you finalize your squad for this round.

MD-5 Injury / Suspension List

Club Player Injury Expected Return Status
Club Player Injury Expected Return Status
PSG Draxler Thigh December Out
Sergio Ramos Calf November Out
Leandro Parades Returned
Kilyan Mbappe Returned
Lionel Messi Returned
Angel Di Maria Returned
Donnarumma Unknown Unknown Doubtful
Kimpembe Hamstring November Doubtful
Man City Benjamin Mendy Suspended by club until 1st Jan 2022
Ferran Torres Foot January Out
Kevin De Bruyne COVID December Out
Grealish Knock November Doubtful
RB Leipzig Dani Olmo Muscle
Marcel Halstenberg Knee December Out
Poulsen Calf November Out
Adams Suspended
Saracchi Knee December Out
Haidara Ankle November Doubtful
Laimer Thigh November Doubtful
Simakan Flu November Doubtful
Szoboszlai Ankle November Doubtful
Liverpool Doigo Jota Knee November Doubtful
Fabinho Returned
Thiago Alcantara Returned
Harvey Elliott Ankle January Out
Naby Keita Shin November Out
Milner Hamstring November Doubtful
Firmino Muscle December Out
Robertson Muscle November Doubtful
AC Milan Maignan Wrist December Out
Messias Thigh Unknown Out
Tomori Hip November Doubtful
Ante Rebic Ankle December Out
Atletico Stefan Savic Returned
Felipe Suspended
Joao Felix Calf December Out
Trippier Shoulder Unknown Out
Dortmund Hummels Suspended
Mahmoud Dahoud Knee November Out
Giovanni Reyna Thigh November Out
Mateu Morey Ligament June Out
Haaland Hip November Out
Nico Schulz Muscle November Out
Wolf Thigh November Out
Ajax Stekelenburg Unknown End of Season Out
Andrea Onana Returned
Edson Alvarez Suspended
Klaiber Knee December Out
Mo. Kudus Rib December Out
Inter Milan Cristian Eriksen Head Unknown Out
De Vrij Thigh December Out
Alexis Sanchez Thigh December Out
Real Madrid Rodrygo Returned
Valverde Knock November Doubtful
Gateth Bale Knee December Out
Eden Hazard Unknown November Doubtful
Barcelona Sergio Aguero Heart Unknown Out
Busquets Calf November Doubtful
Ansu Fati Muscle December Out
Dest Back November Doubtful
Martin Braithwaite Knee November Out
Masour Dembele Fitness November Doubtful
Pedri Meniscus Unknown Out
Sergi Roberto Returned
Mingueza Muscle November Doubtful
Bayern Munich Chuopo-Moting COVID December Out
Gnabry COVID December Out
Joshua Kimmich COVID December Out
Alphonso Davies Muscle November Doubtful
Musiala COVID December Out
Stanasic COVID December Out
Sule COVID December Out
Upamecano Suspended
Coman Muscle November Doubtful
Sabitzer Calf November Doubtful
Man Utd Greenwood COVID November Out
Raphael Varane Hamstring December Out
Paul Pogba Thigh January Out
Luke Shaw concussion November Doubtful
Cavani Tendon November Doubtful
Villarreal Gerard Moreno Muscle November Doubtful
Juan Foyth Returned
Danjuma Unknown November Doubtful
Atalanta Djimisti Returned
Pessina Returned
Toloi Returned
Robin Gosens Hamstring November Out
Hans Hatebour Muscle November Out
Juventus Bernardeschi Groin November Out
Chiellini Achilles December Out
Danilo Thigh December Out
Ramsey Thigh November Doubtful
Paulo Dybala Thigh November Doubtful
De Sciglio Thigh December Out
Chelsea Romelo Lukaku Ankle November Doubtful
Mason Mount Returned
Kovacic Hamstring November Out
Timo Werner Returned
Zenit Azmoun Muscle December Out
Kritsyuk Knee December Out
Krugovoi COVID December Out
Sevilla Youssef Nesyri Hamstring December Out
Eric Lamela Unknown Unknown Out
Jesus Navas Thigh December Out
Suso Unknown Unknown Out
Wolfsburg Bialek Knee December Out
Mehmedi Muscle December Out
William Cruciate Ligament January Out
Schlager Cruciate Ligament April Out
Paulo Otavio Knee December Out
Salzburg Junuzovic Ankle December Out
Okoh Knee December Out
Piatowski Ankle Unknown Out
Okafor Muscle November Doubtful
Sheriff Kyabou Muscle December Out
Malmo Anel Ahmedhodzic Returned from suspension
Shakhtar Lassina Traore Knee February Out
Junior Moraes Knee December Out
Lille Andre Suspended
Botman Groin November Out
Bamba Ankle December Out
Ikone Suspended
Renato Sanchez Groin November Doubtful
Malmo Toivonen Knee June Out
Knudsen Unknown June Out
Brugge Vormer Achilles November Doubtful
Porto Pepe Leg November Doubtful
Marcano Ankle November Doubtful
Besiktas Souza Suspended
Sporting CP Jovane Knee December Out
Vinagre Knee December Out
Benfica Diogo Goncalves Muscle December Out
Lucas Verissimo Knee December Out
Radonjic Muscle December Out
Rodrigo Pinho Knee December Out

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, including lineups for the Villarreal vs Man United and Dynamo Kyiv vs Bayern Munich ties that should be released about an hour before today’s fantasy transfer deadline. The buzzer will sound at 17:45 GMT, so make sure you’re here an hour 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!