Most Premier League football fans bemoan the November international break, but there was a feeling of relief amongst the crowds as last weekend's fixtures came to a close as a number of teams looked in dire need of a breather.
According to PhysioRoom.com, 87 Premier League players are currently sidelined with a variety of injuries. These range from slight knocks to season-ending anterior cruciate ligament damage.
Indeed, there have been six ACL injuries already this season with Liverpool and Bournemouth unfortunate enough to have suffered two and three respectively. There were only seven ACL injuries in the whole of last season and five in the season before that.
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Liverpool are currently the most afflicted with ten first-team stars currently packing into the Anfield treatment room. Newcastle United are next with nine, Everton with eight and Arsenal with seven. Swansea City are the only team in the division with a full squad to choose from.
But what is most surprising is the amount of established stars currently receiving treatment. With the likes of Sergio Aguero and Theo Walcott out, we got thinking: can you make an injured XI capable of winning the Premier League?
The answers is an emphatic yes. Just take a look at the team GiveMeSport came up with below.
Goalkeeper - Thibaut Courtois
As one the world's standout goalkeepers, you would think the inclusion of Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois was a forgone conclusion, but you would be wrong.
Newcastle United fans would argue that Tim Krul, who has certainly become an important figure at St James' Park, deserves at least a mention. And that is why we have done it, but Courtois still remains our first choice.
The Belgium international required surgery after picking up a knee injury on international duty and has not played for Chelsea since August. Their season has crumbled since then, and they will be hoping his expected December return doesn't get pushed back.
Right-back - Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin has been pencilled in for a return after the international break after missing games against Bayern Munich and Tottenham with a groin strain. The Spaniard may be a right-back, but his incredible pace has contributed to Arsenal's attack as much as their defence.
His incredible last-ditch tackle on Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis showed why he is rated so highly at the Emirates. It is for that reason why he has trumped Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta to claim the right-back spot in this team.
Centre-back - Mamadou Sakho
When Mamadou Sakho fell awkwardly on his right knee during a recent match against Crystal Palace, the Liverpool crowd gasped at the thought of another serious knee injury.
Those fears have now been allayed, but their in-form defender is set to miss the next eight weeks as he recovers from ligament damage. He is the fourth senior player Jurgen Klopp has lost to a knee injury with Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Daniel Sturridge also out with similar afflictions.
Centre-back - Kurt Zouma
Kurt Zouma has been pushing John Terry for a starting spot at Chelsea this season and is the current favourite to replace him long-term. Although he could certainly be doing better at the back, Zouma has shown signs of his immense potential, most notably in a man of the match performance against Arsenal earlier this season.
It is still unknown what injury the 21-year-old has suffered, but it was serious enough for France's national squad to send him back to London.
Left-back - Luke Shaw
Manchester United fans are still recovering from the sight of Luke Shaw's gruesome leg break against PSV Eindhoven and the team have been worse off in his absence.
After struggling in his debut season at Old Trafford, Shaw came back for the current campaign looking slimmer, sharper and ready to justify the £27m Manchester United paid for him.
He is already out of his cast and walking without support, but a return before the end of the season is still unlikely. Unfortunately for England, his Euro 2016 chances are all but over.
Right-wing - Theo Walcott
Sorry, Theo. Arsene Wenger may have faith in you as a striker, but you simply do not make the cut in the GiveMeSport Team of Crocks. However, he is still a good enough winger.
The England international suffered a calf strain in the disastrous 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last month after failing to warm up properly. He is not expected back until December and has joined his fellow hitman Danny Welbeck in the treatment room.
Centre-midfield - Aaron Ramsey
The third and final Arsenal player to make it into the team and one sure to get Liverpool fans riled up. We have chosen Aaron Ramsey over James Milner and Jordan Henderson.
But an injured XI would not look right without the Welshman. He has struggled with hamstring problems over the last two seasons, suffering three in the last campaign alone. There was a familiar groan around the Emirates when he pulled up against Bayern Munich, but he is expected back on the pitch by the end of the month.
Centre-midfield - Dimitri Payet
Dimitri Payet is the only player to make the team who currently resides outside the Premier League's alleged top six. The playmaker's classy displays at West Ham have inspired them to victories over Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
It was a devastating blow, then, to learn that he will spend the next three months out with an ankle injury. He went down under a heavy challenge from Everton's James McCarthy and scans have confirmed significant damage. Arguably the most important player on this list.
Left-wing - David Silva
Arguably the Premier League's best playmaker alongside Mesut Ozil, Silva has been pulling the strings for the Citizens since his arrival from Valencia in 2010.
The 29-year-old suffered an ankle knock whilst on international duty with Spain last month and missed key games against Sevilla and Manchester United. Their lack of creativity at Old Trafford held the tie to a 0-0 stalemate and Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping he returns in time to face Liverpool on November 21.
Striker - Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge could have been on this list had we written it at any point in the last year. The striker was limited to just 12 Premier League games last season and has only played three in the current campaign.
As usual, Liverpool's medical team had no idea what was wrong with Sturridge, but they believe he could return from his mystery knee injury in time to face Manchester City later this month. But Jurgen Klopp has a variety of options up front, so would he even start?
Striker - Sergio Aguero
If Sergio Aguero could just stay fit, Manchester City would surely run away with the Premier League title. His five goals against Newcastle United proved that, on his day, he is the best striker in the world, but soon after fans were reminded exactly why he isn't.
Aguero, like Silva, was lost during the international break, coming off on a stretcher after injuring his hamstring. He still hasn't played a domestic game since that 6-1 demolition against the Magpies, but the latest news is that he could be back for what promises to be a hotly contested tie against Liverpool.
Now it is time to have your say! Have we missed someone out who should definitely be included? Give us YOUR thoughts in the comment box below!
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