UEFA Champions League returns this midweek with an enticing prospect of witnessing Ajax vs Besiktas, Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter, PSG vs Manchester City, RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Club Bruges, AC Milan vs Atletico Madrid, FC Porto vs Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund vs Sporting CP and Real Madrid vs FC Sheriff.
But who are the players that won’t be featuring in tonight’s clashes for various reasons?
Ajax vs Besiktas
Ajax the 1994 champions will host the Turkish gaint Besiktas at the Johan Crujjff Arana in a crunchy UCL MD2 tie.
Ajax : Klaiber (knee), Stekelenburg (groin)
Besiktas: Alex Teixeira (muscle), Montero (illness), Welinton (muscle), Necip Uysal (knee), Hutchinson (muscle), Mehmet Topal (muscle), Pjanić (muscle), Nkoudou (ankle), Ghezzal (muscle), Larin (muscle),Vida (heel)
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter Milan
Donetsk: Júnior Moraes (knee), Fernando (unspecified), Dentinho (unspecified), Konoplyanka (unspecified), Bondar (knee), Sudakov (unspecified)
Inter Milan: Sensi is the only player out
PSG vs Manchester city
One of the biggest games of the round. Both teams still aiming for their first UCL trophy after losing in the final in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
PSG : Ramos (thigh), Di María (suspended),Messi (knee), Verratti (knee)
Manchester city : Gündoğan (knock), Zinchenko (calf)
Porto vs Liverpool
Porto: Mbemba (suspended), Marchesín (knee), Pepe (leg)
Liverpool: Thiago (calf), Elliott (ankle), Keïta (ankle), Williams (ankle
AC Milan vs Atletico de Madrid
AC Milan: Bakayoko (Achilles), Krunić (calf), Ibrahimović (Achilles), Messias (fitness), Florenzi (knee), Kjær (thigh)
ATM : Savic (suspended)
Liepzig vs Club Brugge
Leipzig : Angeliño (suspended), Olmo (thigh), Halstenberg (ankle), Adams (muscle)
Club Brugge : Izquierdo (knee),Vormer (Achilles), Wesley (fitness)
Real Madrid vs Sheriff
UCL giant vs UCL new boys
Madrid: Ceballos (ankle), Marcelo (hamstring), Mendy (muscle strain), Carvajal (calf), Bale (knee), Kroos (match fitness)
Sheriff: Pleşco (suspended), Belousov (knee), Kyabou (unspecified), Yansane (unspecified)
Dortmund vs Sporting CP
Dortmund : Can (thigh), Coulibaly (knee), Morey (knee), Schmelzer (knee), Tigges (thigh), Zagadou (knee),Haaland (thigh), Reyna (thigh), Reus (knee)
Sporting CP : Gonçalo Inácio (ankle), Pedro Gonçalves (foot)
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