The international break is a good time for some First League Clubs and a bad time for others.
Here we look at the winners and losers of these two weeks.
The injuries to Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah didn’t stop the Reds from reaching the FA Cup semi-finals after a hard-fought win at Nottingham Forest. It is hoped Alexander-Arnold’s hamstring problem at Anfield will not keep him sidelined for too long, although he will be fit for the much-anticipated showdown for the title Manchester City on April 10 remains to be seen. Salah’s foot injury will benefit from the forced layoff and should be available throughout the busy April.
City have been given a boost with the surprising news that Kevin De Bruyne has been left out of the Belgium squad. The midfielder was left out of the friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Burkina Faso, meaning he’s getting a welcome two-week break before arriving. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez confirmed that he wanted to look at some younger players. The same goes for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.
The break is unlikely to be as welcome at Elland Road, where there is clear momentum after back-to-back victories under new boss Jesse Marsch, giving the Whites some much-needed breathing space between themselves and the bottom three. However, the action continues with victorious games against Southampton, Watford and Crystal Palace – and midfield lynchpin Kalvin Phillips and captain Liam Cooper are hoping their fitness woes are behind them for these games.
Two weeks to stew in an embarrassing 4-0 FA Cup surrender at Crystal Palace is the last thing Everton boss Frank Lampard needs. The Toffees go into the break just three points clear of the relegation zone and will not be back in action until they travel to Lampard’s former club West Ham on April 3. They then face a crucial midweek trip to Burnley ahead of Manchester United’s visit. Lampard, meanwhile, has a lot to do.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/the-winners-and-losers-as-premier-league-takes-a-break-for-international-window-41470658.html Premier League winners and losers take a break for international window