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Injuries will impact the Champions League games

I am going through the Champions League games this week and I am amazed at the stars who will be missing because of injury. The Champions League is billed as the best club tournament in the world, but this years event so far has failed to live up to the hype. Whether it is familiarity because the same sides play each other every year, or a full schedule that leaves players vulnerable to injury, the Champions League group stages this year have been a major disappointment.

Here is a sample of the stars that will probably be missing from action this week:

  • Barcelona: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thierry Henry
  • Liverpool: Fernando Torres
  • Real Madrid: Ronaldo, Fernando Gago, striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and defender Christoph Metzelder,
  • AC Milan: Lassana Diarra, Marco Storari and Gennaro Gattuso
  • Manchester United: Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Park Ji-Sung, Darren Fletcher and Patrice Evra
  • Inter Milan: Marco Materazzi and Thiago Motta
  • Bayern Munich: Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery

If some of the big teams above lose on MatchDay 3 because they are missing some of their best players, it could make the last three group stages matches much more interesting