The international break is good to heal wounds for so many Premier League players, but others have to contend with the wear-and-tear provided by a lack of rest while playing for their sides.
First things first: there’s history to consider here.
Sergio Aguero and Daniel Sturridge will be match-time decisions for the big Manchester City-Liverpool match. Who’s out, or has a status up in the air?
Rob Elliot (Newcastle United) — Vardy could be tempted to play through the pain considering Newcastle’s No. 2 goalkeeper, Elliot, returned from international duty with an injury and could put 18-year-old Freddie Woodman in the line of fire.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) — Left France duty in pain and on crutches. Will not play at Watford.
Michael Carrick (Manchester United) — Out for approximately two weeks with an ankle injury
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) — An unspecified illness will keep Rooney from Vicarage Road.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) — The incredibly-gifted Frenchman is out for a while with a n ankle injury.