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The international break has generally been kind on Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses, but 13.43 per cent will be cursing their luck after Sadio Mane, also the 13th most popular player, was ruled out.
The Liverpool winger sustained the hamstring injury on international duty with Senegal, meaning Jurgen Klopp will be without his key man for a second time this season.
Mane recently served a three-match ban after seeing red in their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, with the Reds then being held to a draw by Burnley before labouring to a narrow win over Leicester, and now faces a further six weeks on the sidelines.
While Klopp will struggle to find a like-for-like replacement, Sky Sports Fantasy Football managers have plenty of interesting options. Here’s the five we like the look of the most within the £11m budget…
Mohamed Salah (£9.4m)
The obvious pick and we fully understand if you stop reading right now, switch Mane for Mohamed Salah and get on with your day. The Egyptian has racked up 58 points already, the fourth highest in the game, thanks to four goals and two assists, while he’ll also be on a high after firing his country to their first ever World Cup finals. He flourished in Mane’s suspension-enforced absence, collecting 18 points in the two games. However, a whopping 43.09% already have him on board, so if you’re one of them then read on…
David Silva (£10.6m)
The Spanish playmaker may not possess the pace or power of Mane and Salah but his creativity has been unmatched this season, setting up no less than six goals in seven games. Despite Pep Guardiola’s infamously infuriating rotating, he has only missed 28 minutes of action to date, while a favourable run of Stoke (H), Burnley (H) and West Brom (A) adds appeal.
Christian Eriksen (£10.8m)
With Dele Alli priced at £11.6m, Christian Eriksen might be your only option for Tottenham’s supporting cast behind Harry Kane, but he is also the most appealing right now. With 42 points, the Dane has 11 points more than his team-mate, with two goals and three assists in total. However, while Bournemouth (H) is up next, Spurs have Liverpool (H), Man Utd (A) and Arsenal (A) in their following four games.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£10m)
With a goal and five assists to his name, Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be on every Sky Sports Fantasy Football manager’s radar this season. However, none of those contributions have come in United’s last two games, while Liverpool (A), Huddersfield (A), Spurs (H) and Chelsea (A) makes for a pretty unappealing run of fixtures. Therefor it is probably worth waiting a little longer to see whether he, and indeed Jose Mourinho’s side, really are the real deal.
Raheem Sterling (£9.8m)
In Pep Guardiola’s team of multi-million pound superstars, Raheem Sterling represents rare value as he was priced up as the club’s joint-sixth most expensive player. However, he’s proved his worth of late, netting three in three and missing just 30 minutes of action, which came after he’d already bagged a brace against Crystal Palace. With Sergio Aguero out, Gabriel Jesus is likely to shift into a central role, allowing for Sterling to continue to flourish amid favourable fixtures.