We have been preparing for the new Premier League season by having some fun with the possible lineups. Two weeks ago, we teased Chelsea FC a bit by picking only players whom they have either sold or loaned out to other PL clubs. Last week, we took a serious look at who the best "discount" players might be, even though a lineup full of them looked a bit silly.
This week, we turn to a topic that is so serious that you almost have to laugh -- injuries. There are some players who are always either hurt or about to get hurt. At least, it seems that way.
We were able to put an entire team of these players together. Let the debate begin!
GOALKEEPERS: Tom Heaton and Petr Cech - Tom Heaton has been out with injury for a very long time, and just when you thought he was coming back, he's got that pesky yellow triangle next to his name. As for Cech, well, when you wear protective headgear while playing, you will always make this team.
DEFENDERS: Phil Jones just had to make this team. He is, after all, the one we want the league to name their Injury Protocol after. Vincent Kompany is an injury waiting to happen, which is sad since he has been so good. The same is true for Laurent Koscielny, who may just need to retire soon. Tyrone Mings has not always been hurt, but he seems to get serious injuries when they happen. Finally, there's Leighton Baines. Honestly, if I could make it say "Everton Defender," I would. It seems like one of them is unavailable on any given week.
MIDFIELDERS: It is possible that West Ham's potential has not been realized because I can max out my Hammer quota for this team. Michail Antonio and Jack Wilshere are mainstays in the midfield. Xherdan Shaqiri had his first healthy year last season, so maybe he is working himself off this squad. Aaron Ramsey is hoping he is past his injury woes, too. The same cannot be said for Junior Stanislas, who is hurt again as I write this.
FORWARDS: There are so many choices at this position, but we had to go with these three. Sergio Aguero will be out for at least 5 matches per year. Daniel Sturridge and Andy Carroll will only be eligible for 5 matches per year -- combined.
If ever all 11 players are available for selection, you would have a pretty good FPL squad here. It's too bad that may never happen.