Inside the Premier League's left-back CURSE as Andy Robertson becomes latest high-profile star to face lengthy absence | The Sun10/20/2023
ANDY ROBERTSON has become the latest star to fall victim to the Premier League's left-back curse.
With Halloween around the corner, there appears to be a spooky curse causing injuries to left-backs across the division.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed today: "He (Robertson) will be out for a while."
The Scot will have surgery on a dislocated shoulder, but he is not the only star to be dealt a long-term injury blow.
Rivals Manchester United have been among the worst effected by this strange curse, with all three of their left-backs sidelined.
Tyrell Malacia had been missing since last season, with Luke Shaw soon added to the list with a muscle injury.
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Emergency loan transfer Sergio Reguilon also picked up a hamstring injury shortly after joining.
This issue is not unique to the North West with teams in London facing a slew of their own injuries.
Arsenal saw new boy Jurrien Timber sidelined shortly into his league debut after suffering a knee injury.
Oleksandr Zinchenko was also out for a short time with a calf injury, and while he has returned to action he remains under close supervision.
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The other side of North London saw Tottenham with their own injury issue in the area with Ryan Sessegnon after he had to undergo hamstring surgery.
Chelsea's Ben Chilwell suffered a "bad" hamstring injury in late September which will keep him in the treatment room for some time.
Elsewhere, Brentford's Rico Henry was ruled out with a serious knee injury in September. Aaron Cresswell has been ruled out for West Ham too.
Looking to the West Midlands, Aston Villa star Alex Moreno has been out since last season with a hamstring injury, though he is very close to returning to action after being named in Villa's squad against Legia Warsaw.
At Nottingham Forest, both Nuno Tavares and Ola Aina have been forced to sit out with groin and muscle injuries respectively.
At newly-promoted Burnley, Ameen Al Dakhil was forced to withdraw from the Belgian national team over the break due to injury fears, though Kompany suggested the blow was not too serious.
Sheffield United have suffered too with with Max Lowe – who was involved in a scuffle with Roy Hodgson – and Ben Osborn out with ankle and groin injuries respectively, though the latter is close to a return.
Likewise, Luton have two left-backs out in Dan Potts and Amari Bell with ankle ligament and hamstring blows respectively.
On the south coast, Brighton's Pervis Estupinan was ruled out for a month at the start of October after picking up a hamstring injury.
Versatile James Milner is also out, meaning he will miss the Seagulls game against former club Liverpool.
Bournemouth had been left with Lloyd Kelly too, though the 25-year-old is now back in training and could be in the team to face Wolves.
Almost every team in the division has been impacted by injuries at left-back to some degree this season.
Crystal Palace are one team who have not had the same issue, but have been ravaged with injuries elsewhere in the team.
Wolves are also without some big names but have not been as badly hit yet.
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Manchester City have also not been hit at left-back, though they are missing Kevin de Bruyne.
Whether is it fatigue, overworked muscles or genuine bad luck causing the issues, it is clear to see it is an epidemic.
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