Liverpool and Manchester United have been left licking their wounds after the latest international break, with numerous players succumbing to injury.
However, of their representatives struck down while away with their nations, only United’s Daley Blind is a long-term casualty.
The damaged incurred by the likes of Mario Balotelli, Jordan Henderson and Michael Carrick is believed to be sufficiently slight that all could return to action this weekend.
Other Premier League clubs, with far less strength in depth haven’t been so lucky with their internationals….
Morgan Schneiderlin, the unparalleled fulcrum of the Saints’ midfield for many a season is doubtful for their clash with Aston Villa after sustaining an abductor injury in France training.
Last season Southampton won just two of the seven league games they faced without him and will hope that the knock is nothing serious.
After Villa, they’ll face Man City, Arsenal and Man Utd in successive fixtures.
The extent of Steven Fletcher’s latest mishap is yet to be determined, but the loss of the Black Cats’ most clinical finisher will dull an already blunt forward line.
Fletcher has bagged four goals in nine top-flight run-outs this season and without him his colleagues have struck just twice in a quartet of fixtures against Premier League foes.
Leicester are 17/10 to shut out the Wearsiders when they visit the King Power stadium this Saturday.
Forget about Fabricio Coloccini or Steven Taylor, neither of whom were away with their respective motherlands, we’re talking about Mehdi Abeid.
The Algerian midfielder has yet to taste anything other than victory in competitive action for the Magpies.
He has played a major part in their resurgence, averaging five tackles and four interceptions an outing since Alan Pardew drafted him into the line-up.
QPR are 19/20 to escape St James’ Park with a least a point on Saturday.