The English Premier League returns this weekend with another remarkable comeback for Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba who were sidelined for some time because of serious injuries of different degrees respectively.
Manchester United Manager, Jose Mourihno included the duo in his official list for the Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday evening.
The Swedish striker has not played for seven months since rupturing the cruciate ligament in his right knee against Anderlecht, and was expected to be out until December at the earliest.
However, after three days of training with the first team at Carrington, Mourinho revealed that Ibrahimovic will complete a remarkable recovery by returning on the bench against Newcastle.
Argentine defender, Marcos Rojo also returns after also suffering injuries in sequence when he first returned.
Rojo also suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his left knee against Anderlecht, but returned to action with a 45-minute run-out for the reserves in midweek against Athletic Bilbao.
Pogba, meanwhile, has missed the last 12 games with a hamstring injury.
In London, Chelsea Manager has also named Brazilian defender, David Luis in his squad for the Saturday afternoon game against West Brom but he was warned to exhibit a positive reaction.
Chelsea visit the Hawthornes at 3:0 GMT on Saturday. Luis was excluded after been suspected of not playing to his best following the manager’s problem with Diego Costa, the best pal of Luis at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are expected to continue their winning streak after beating Manchester United just before the FIFA international break.
Conte said: ‘David Luiz is in the squad, yes. I repeat, it was a tactical decision and every single player has to react well (when dropped).
‘I think I stay here to speak of the team before the game against West Brom, I like to speak about the team not one single player.’
The most important game will come off in London when Arsenal clash with rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Pochettino’s side have enjoyed a remarkable start of the season with a famous win against European Champions Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, therefore Arsenal would be expected to do everything possible to stop their city rivals or face becoming the laughing stoke in the English capital.
After a 2-0 victory over Arsenal in April and near-confirmation that Tottenham would finish above their rivals in the top-flight for the first time in 22 years, Pochettino took in the scene as he awaited a taxi.
‘There was something different about the Tottenham supporters who rode past us; they had a spring in their step and a smile on their faces. The streets belonged to them; the Arsenal fans were nowhere to be seen.’
Arsenal’s defenders would have to dig deep into their archives so as to be able to stop the most in form striker in the premier league, Harry Kane. But stopping Kane will not be enough as Delle Alli and Eriksen can equally be dangerous when Spurs are attacking.But Kane and Alli would need a late fitness pass in order to be declared for the Saturday lunch time kickoff game.
Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama remain out with hamstring and knee problems respectively, while Erik Lamela has only recently recovered from a long-standing hip injury.
Arsenal are also expected to carry out a late fitness test for Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of north London rivals Tottenham.
But Olivier Giroud is out after injuring his thigh on international duty with France while Santi Cazorla (ankle) is a long-term absentee.