Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) is injured. Holly Shand looks at whether FPL managers replace him, some potential Trent Alexander-Arnold replacements and whether a Wildcard is in order.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold injured
The rumours of Trent Alexander-Arnold being injured after failing to travel for Liverpool‘s Champions League fixture against Porto on Tuesday have been confirmed, with an announcement that he has a groin injury.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he picked up a groin injury in training and he’s a big doubt for the Gameweek 7 fixture against Manchester City.
There are rumours that he might miss three weeks, but given that we have the International Break immediately after this weekend’s fixtures, that puts him in the frame to return for Gameweek 8 against Watford.
Should Fantasy Managers Replace Alexander-Arnold?
Gameweek 7 certainly provides us with a turning point when it comes to our fantasy transfers, fixture swings and the potential use of the Wildcard.
Perhaps the injury to him could be the trigger point we needed in being able to afford the big three premium attackers in the game right now: Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.7m) and Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m).
For those choosing to part ways with the Liverpool right-back, he could be very difficult to get back in at his price point and given we had him as a season-keeper, it’s an inevitable move down the line.
Who are the best replacements?
There are two excellent defences vying for our attentions right now: Chelsea have the favourable fixture schedule over their next five games, with Marcos Alonso (£5.9m) and Antonio Rudiger (£5.7m) the top two picks in our Predictions Tool in this spell.
I prefer Rudiger as an option, since Alonso always has the threat of Ben Chilwell taking his place, particularly after a weak performance against Manchester City. For managers wanting to shift funds elsewhere, Andreas Chrisensen (£5.0m) could be an enabler.
Talking of Manchester City, their defence has been absolutely sensational this season. They’ve kept five consecutive clean sheets, having conceded just one goal all season. They have conceded just two big chances and five shots on target in six games.
Ruben Dias (£6.1m) remains my top pick from the Manchester City defence as he’s the least likely to be rotated. However, with Pep Guardiola lacking options on the left side, Joao Cancelo (£6.1m) and Aymeric Laporte (£5.5m) could also be considered.
Remember though that City have Liverpool to contend with in Gameweek 7, who are the best attack in the Premier League this season. It’s not going to be an easy ride for this City defence, but Alexander-Arnold’s absence should help them.
Is now the Time to Activate a Gameweek 7 Wildcard?
With fantasy managers having numerous injury issues to contend with already to highly owned players, this news could spell the point at which Wildcards need to be activated.
It was a point in the season that we touted as being a good opportunity to wildcard anyway given the big fixture swing for Chelsea. Don’t be put off by timing, it’s fine to activate a Wildcard closer to the deadline.
I probably wouldn’t activate the Wildcard until Friday, so that we get the full injury news for Alexander-Arnold, as well as Luke Shaw (£5.5m), Raphinha (£6.5m), Mason Mount (£7.4m), Luke Ayling (£4.5m) and Patrick Bamford (£7.9m). There’s no harm in making some drafts though.
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