The Premier League returns in just a few weeks and the football discourse is beginning to shift again in terms of tactics, line-up and the usual debate before and after the game.
Lately, the topics of conversation have been limited to Bayern Munich running away with another Bundesliga title and N & # 39; Golo Kante wearing a full head. However, we will soon return to the top English discussions about who makes Frank Lampard's best midfield combination? And whether Nicolas Pepe was actually worth £ 72m?
In fact, the forced pause in the game not only gave Ross Barkley the chance to grow a beard or allowed Erik Lamela to bleach his hair blonde, but also gave some players who dropped out of the game the opportunity to return to full fitness and recover from injury.
Some big names occupied the treatment tables before the season was interrupted, and some have been back in shape since then, which means that the football extravagance that is waiting for us is an added excitement.
Here we take a look at some of the returning stars and examine the possible combinations on the pitch where some fans think about the possibilities of their team.
OFFICIAL: The Premier League has confirmed that it will resume the season on June 17, playing two games in hand first:
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Manchester City versus Arsenal
20 days left. pic.twitter.com/pBLb15yqG0
– Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) May 28, 2020
Manchester United: Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford
Just before the Premier League announced an indefinite break in March, Man Utd built steady momentum. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had overseen an undefeated five game run, including a 2-0 win over Man City, and persuaded some inconsistent players to do some fairly consistent performances.
This purple spot caused the club to fly up the table and into fifth place, only three points separating them from fourth-placed Chelsea. The only real downside to Man Utd's forecast a few months ago was Marcus Rashford's long-term injury and growing uncertainty about Paul Pogba's future.
The former had not participated in a Man Utd match since January, where he suffered a double stress break in a FA Cup win against the wolves. The initial prognosis was that the England international had the opportunity to miss the rest of the campaign, and at that point his entry into Euro 2020 was in danger.
However, the suspension gave Rashford a longer time to recover and he returned to Carrington took part in a training session for the first time last week, as did French world champion Paul Pogba, who only appeared eight times this season and most recently appeared on Boxing Day.
– Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford), May 28, 2020
The much-slandered superstar has experienced a sporadic existence this season due to a series of injuries, Solskjaer now offers a promising option for the enema, starting with a proverbial six-pointer against the top 4 aspirants Tottenham.
The duo's return to training also offers the tempting possibility of an XI with Pogba, Rashford and Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese ace came to Old Trafford in January with a frightening playmaker record, and questions about whether it could translate this form in England were quickly answered.
Fernandes & # 39; combination of creativity and football intelligence could be exactly what Pogba needs to thrive consistently in midfield. The combination of dynamism and the temporary excellence of Pogba mixed with that Fernandes' elusive playmaker exploits are certainly a delicious prospect for those who are convinced of Red Devil.
Tottenham: Harry Kane, Steven Bergwijn, son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko
Tottenham's quest for a top 4 result has been greatly impacted on New Year's Day after a serious thigh injury from Harry Kane. The setback initially threatened that the English star would miss most of the campaign, but now he's returned to full group training with his teammates this week.
The prolific shooter has already spoken about the prospect of playing alongside January recruits Gedson Fernandes and Steven Bergwijn Ankle problem that initially threatened to shorten his season in early March.
"From an injury point of view, I'm back to normal and fully fit. Of course, it will take me a while to be back in team training because I haven't done this for about six months, but I feel good. I feel sharp."
💪 @HKane #THFC ⚪️ #COYS
– Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 1, 2020
"I injured myself on January 1st, so I didn't see too much of Gedson or Stevie when I played with or gotten with this connection," said Kane on the club's website.
“I saw them play, it was long enough without a game, especially when you have top players who are new to the club and want to be on the pitch with them. I'm looking forward to it, I'm looking forward to it, the squad looks good, everyone is fully fit and ready to go. "
Jose Mourinho is also supported by the return of Son Heung-min, who has completely recovered from one broken arm and has also completed his military service in South Korea. Spurs fans will have the option of a front consisting of Son, Bergwijn, Kane and Lucas Moura.
Moussa Sissoko has also recovered from a knee problem, so the club in north London has a squad of exceptional talent. The energetic and versatile midfielder could have the tenacity to make the most of Fernandes in the central midfield. The Benfica borrower still has to find a really stable home in Mourinhos XI.
Manchester City: Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte
The transfer saga of Leroy Sane-Bayern Munich spanned the 2019/20 season, although the German winger has missed the entire season so far. Since his contract lasts a little more than a year and there are no signs of an extension, these rumors are likely to intensify only in the coming months.
We support LS # LS19 # inSané pic.twitter.com/H4CrBQYTuy
– Leroy Sané (@ LeroySane19), May 23, 2020
Aside from the usual guess outside the field, city fans will be thrilled to see the 24-year-old back in training after fully recovering from a severe knee ligament injury he sustained last August. And he will rarely go when the curtains open later this month.
The Trickster, born in Essen, is a world-class outlet on his day, so Pep Guardiola will surely welcome his return, although he has many options in the wide region. The Catalan will also be thrilled by Aymeric Laporte's return to full fitness, who sustained a thigh injury against Real Madrid.
Guardiola has had numerous defensive injury issues during his tenure in the city, but will – apart from problems until mid-June – enter the league with a full squad.
Aston Villa: John McGinn
Jack Grealish may be the creative talisman and club captain, but John McGinn may be just as important – or even more important – for Villa's hopes of maintaining its Premier League status.
Nice to be here again 💜 pic.twitter.com/9Fm7SKsahf
– John McGinn (@ jmcginn7), May 26, 2020
The Glasswegian workhorse was inspiring when Villa returned to the top league last season and went into the Premier League like a duck to water this season. His stubborn exploits and explosive runs were invaluable to Dean Smith's style of play.
When he broke his ankle in late December, people immediately feared that Villa had just lost a game changer most of the season. Efforts to survive suffered a severe blow.
However, since Villa is precariously in the top three, Smith will be more than encouraged to know that his valuable assets are fully trained again. If he can get up to speed quickly, the West Midlands Club is sure to have a solid chance of avoiding relegation.
Bournemouth: David Brooks, Chris Mepham, Steve Cook and Arnaut Danjuma
The Cherries have had an injury-related season but welcome a number of stars back after the Premier League resume, but every Bournemouth fan has only one man on his lips: David Brooks.
The incisive Welsh winger has not kicked a ball this season after suffering an ankle injury last summer. However, after going under the knife and having time to recover, he's now competing for a significant role in the upcoming scrap scrap relegation.
First full week back on the lawn ✅ pic.twitter.com/1FAd8INZVo
– Bournemouth AFC (@afcbournemouth), May 30, 2020
The 22-year-old has come on stage in the last season of his first Premier League season and will offer Eddie Howe alongside Ryan Fraser and Arnaut Danjuma an important creative opportunity on the wings. With the returning defensive duo Steve Cook and Chris Mepham Howe has a very strong squad to play around with in these crucial months.
Former Bournemouth player and manager Harry Redknapp believes Brooks could be the key to security. He told Sky Sports, "I'm sure Bournemouth fans and Eddie Howe will be happy to have David Brooks back.
“He's the best attacker in the last six alongside Jack Grealish, I think. He can make a difference for this team. "
Arsenal: Cedric Soares, Kieran Tierney and Lucas Torreira
Cedric Soares still has to make his Arsenal debut after being loaned from Southampton in January, and while he may not be the kind of marquee acquisition to get matching gooners out of their seats, he certainly offers a useful point of sale to Mikel Arteta . especially with the injury problems that Hector Bellerin has suffered from over the years.
✌️ Luc who it is! 😉
🇺🇾 @ LTorreira34 pic.twitter.com/rBGvJ3l0WA
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 30, 2020
Elsewhere, Lucas Torreira resumed full training after looking like the little Uruguayan would miss the rest of the season after being knocked out of Arsenal's FA Cup win in Portsmouth in March.
Aside from his love for the Boca Juniors, the Arsenal fans were undoubtedly impressed by their bulldog midfielder's latest bang … and not just because of his obvious breaking bad allegiance.
I'm back # LT11 ⚽️🔴 #Gunners pic.twitter.com/wK0O1SSMHG
– Lucas Torreira # LT11 (@ LTorreira34) May 23, 2020
In other positive news, Kieran Tierney, whose career in the Arsenal was hampered by injury problems, will be back later this month after intensifying his rehabilitation after a year Freak broken shoulder when defeating West Ham in December.
West Ham: Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks and Jack Wilshere
West Ham fans had little to cheer about this season, but the return of Andriy Yarmolenko will surely put a smile on their faces. On his day, the Ukrainian is a strong, yet elegant winger who tends to take part in the strange goal here and there. His return is very much welcomed in East London.
"It feels strange (being back in training) as it is obviously not normal circumstances … but it's good to be on a decent surface again and have the ball at my feet again!"
– West Ham United (@ 🏠) (@WestHam), May 30, 2020
Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere has overcome a groin complication and is expected to play a role for David Moyes later this month. It is unclear whether the 34-man England international can rediscover his former spark and finally put his nightmares caused by injuries aside.
Finally, the big news for Moyes is that Ryan Fredericks is now fit and ready to go when it looks like his season is over. Pablo Zabaleta's aging legs and Jeremy Ngakia's inexperience meant that West Ham had a serious right-back vulnerability, so Frederick's return is good news for the Hammers.