The Big Boys Guide

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema limping off during their UEFA Champions League game against Celtic. The Big Boys Guide

The Big Boys Guide is a segment dedicated to bringing you all the team news for Europe’s biggest Clubs heading into the weekend’s set of fixtures.


  • Oleksandr Zinchenko will miss the game against Brentford this weekend. The Ukrainian picked up a calf injury during the week that will also see him miss the Ukraine’s games during the international break.
  • Despite rumours circulating that an injury is the reason for Ben White’s omission from the latest England squad, Mikel Arteta confirmed in his pre -match press conference that the England International is available this weekend.

Manchester City

  • Pep Guardiola said on Friday that Kyle Walker is a doubt for his side’s trip to Molineux on Saturday afternoon.
  • Ayemeric Laporte is also back in training but won’t be available in time for the Wolves game.


  • Lucas Moura is the only player unavailable ahead of Spurs’ clash with Leicester City this weekend. The player is currently recovering from a calf injury.

Real Madrid

  • Lucas Vazquez will miss the Madrid Derby with a muscle strain.
  • Eder Militao is also unavailable after picking up a hamstring injury earlier in the season.
  • Karim Benzema is a doubt after picking up a muscular issue in Madrid’s win over Celtic last week.

Atletico Madrid

  • Jan Oblak has missed the last two league games, meaning he is a doubt for the Madrid derby as well.
  • Centre backs Jose Jimenez and Stefan Savic are both ruled out.
  • Former Real player Sergio Reguillon is also unavailable with a hernia issue.

Bayern Munich

  • French duo Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard are both doubts for this weekend’s trip to Augsburg after picking up knocks in their 2-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday.

AC Milan

  • Alessandro Forenzi will miss the game vs Napoli with a hamstring injury.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still sidelined, recovering from knee surgery.
  • Ante Rebic will miss the game with back issues.
  • New forward Divock Origi is also unavailable due to inflammation.


  • Midfielder Diego Demme will miss the game as a result of a foot injury.
  • Napoli will be without star striker Victor Osimhen, who’s suffering from a bicep muscle injury.


  • French defender Presnel Kimpembe is unavailable for the weekend’s game with a hamstring injury.
  • Midfielder Renato Sanches and goalkeeper Keylor Navas are both expected to miss the Lyon game with minor knocks.