Only in one pair, both teams have all the main ones healthy.
The Champions League returns next week. On February 14 and 15, the first matches of the 1/8 finals will be played: Milan - Tottenham, PSG - Bayern, Borussia Dortmund - Chelsea, and Brugge - Benfica. Six clubs out of eight approach games with losses. In some teams, they reach seven players.
We tell you who will miss the first matches of the playoffs of the Champions League.
Milan has losses in every line. The participation of goalkeeper Mick Menian in the match is questionable. He has been absent since September 22 with a tibia injury and a torn calf muscle. Now the main goalkeeper of Milan is Ciprian Taterushanu. The 36-year-old Romanian is less reliable than Menian, having only kept two clean sheets in Serie A this season and conceded 22 goals in 14 league matches. Meignan had 21 goals conceded in 32 games (17 clean sheets) of the 2021/2022 championship season.
Also, Alessandro Florenzi and, most likely, Fikayo Tomori will not play against Tottenham. The Italian has made two appearances this season and has been recovering from a hamstring injury since August, while Milan's defensive leader suffered a hip injury against Lazio. Since January 24, Fikayo Tomori has missed matches with Sassuolo and Inter. It is yet to be determined if the Englishman will play Torino at the weekend.
The participation of defensive midfielder Ismael Bennacer is questionable. He suffered a hamstring injury and missed the match against Inter. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is recovering from knee surgery. Like defender Sergio Dest, the striker was not included in Milan's application for the Champions League matches.
Tottenham will be three players short - Pierre-Emile Høybjerg will miss the match due to busting yellow cards, Richarlison has been recovering from a hamstring since December 9, and Hugo Lloris will not play for at least six to eight weeks due to a knee injury. The goalkeeper was injured at the end of the match against Manchester City in the 22nd round of the Premier League. For the Spurs, this is a significant loss.
Kylian Mbappe will not play with Bayern. He suffered an injury against Montpellier in Ligue 1. "After an examination, it was determined that Mbappé had suffered a biceps injury in his left thigh. It will take about three weeks to recover from the damage," the PSG official statement reads. Also, there will be no Presnel Kimpembe: since November 14, he has been experiencing problems with the Achilles tendon. The participation of Renato Sanches, who left the squad on February 4 due to a hamstring injury, is questionable, and - attention! — Lionel Messi.
It was reported that the world champion suffered a damaged hamstring on Thursday. The Argentine will not participate in PSG's next match in Ligue 1 with AS Monaco on Saturday, February 11. Messi may miss the game against Bayern on February 14 in Paris. If so, Galtier can only sympathize.
However, Julian Nagelsmann also has a lot of problems. Manuel Neuer suffered a broken lower leg in December and will not play this season. Bayern has taken Jan Sommer from Borussia Mönchengladbach to replace him, and he has missed every Bundesliga match. Defensively, it's a nightmare. Most likely, there will be no central defender Lucas Hernandez (rupture of the cruciate ligament) and right back Nussair Mazraoui (inflammation).
Sadio Mane will also miss the first match against PSG. He continues to recover from a fibula injury he received before the World Championships. On February 6, the striker first trained with Bayern partners. Eric Choupo-Moting and Ryan Gravenberh may not play. The striker came down with the flu, and the central midfielder suffered a bruised knee. Both players missed the match against Wolfsburg.
The Bumblebees have three defenders at once at risk of missing the match with Chelsea: Sumola Koulibaly (since January 12, a pelvic injury), Julian Ryerson (ill on February 3), and Thomas Meunier (muscle injury). So far, the debut in the Champions League of 16-year-old Julien Duranville has been postponed.
Chelsea has five injured players, but thanks to winter transfers, Graham Potter can decide who to replace them with. Kepa Arrizabalaga will replace Edouard Mendy. The Senegalese have missed six matches since January 5 due to a shoulder injury. Defensive midfielders N'Golo Kante and Denis Zakaria will also not play. Both players have a hamstring injuries. Christian Pulisic suffers from knee problems, and Armando Broja is sidelined for the rest of the season due to a torn cruciate ligament.
In this confrontation, all players are in the ranks.