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Aaron Cresswell    D    West Ham United
Cresswell is expected to be sidelined for at least four months after suffering a knee ligament injury during Saturday's preseason match against Karsruher SC, the club announced Monday.

Fantasy Analysis

A decision has not been made about whether Cresswell will undergo surgery to fix the issue, though that could potentially extend his absence. His injury is a major hit to the Hammers' back line, as he was the most consistent starter last season and the club has very little depth at leftback behind him. Sam Byram could potentially move over to the left side in Cresswell's absence, allowing Michail Antonio to keep his spot at rightback, or West Ham could try to pick someone up before the transfer window closes.
Mamadou Sakho    D    Liverpool
Sakho (Achilles) was sent home from Liverpool's U.S. tour on Tuesday due to his attitude around the team, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sakho wasn't going to play during the tour due to his Achilles injury, which will keep him out for the beginning of the Premier League season, but he's now at risk of being told to find a new club if he doesn't turn it around. Sakho was suspended at the end of last season for a suspected positive doping test, and his absence should allow Dejan Lovren to continue to start, with Joel Matip partnering.
Joe Allen    M    Stoke City
Allen secured a transfer to Stoke City from Liverpool for 13 million and signed a new five-year deal with the Potters, Sky Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Allen was an underutilised substitute for Liverpool last season where he made just eight starts and 19 total appearances. In those outings, the midfielder notched two goals and completed five crosses. While his numbers don't jump off the page, the 26-year-old was solid during the 2016 European Championship and should find himself on the team sheet with increased consistency.
Aaron Cresswell    D    West Ham United
Cresswell could miss up to six months because of the knee injury suffered during Saturday's friendly against Karlsuher, ESPN FC reports.

Fantasy Analysis

A specific diagnosis has not been completed yet, but West Ham chairman David Gold said Monday that the injury does not look minor. Cresswell's absence would be a major blow to the Hammers' back line, as well as for fantasy owners given his ability to move up in the attack.
Lucas    M    Liverpool
Lucas is expected to be sidelined for at least one month after suffering a hamstring injury during last week's friendly against Huddersfield Town, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lucas has been rumoured to be on the move, as his playing time at Liverpool this season was likely to be limited, but the injury could very well scupper any potential deal.
Brice Dja Djedje    D    Watford
Dja Djedje signed a four-year deal with Watford on Friday after transferring from Marseille for 3m.

Fantasy Analysis

Dja Djedje was a part time starter for Marseille last season as a right back, though, he's versatile and could have a more offensive role as well. The wing-back is brought to bolster a solid Hornets' squad that let off in the second half of last season. Regardless where he lines up if he actually wins out a starting role, though, he isn't much of fantasy factor with no Ligue 1 goals and only seven assists in the past three seasons with Marseille.
Georginio Wijnaldum    M    Liverpool
Wijnaldum officially signed with Liverpool on Friday after transferring from Newcastle United.

Fantasy Analysis

The move has been widely speculated for a number of weeks, and Wijnaldum's arrival at Anfield certainly puts Adam Lallana's playing time in question. Wijnaldum was excellent in spurts last season, but went cold for a number of weeks, so the Reds will certainly hope he can provide more consistency this season.
Alex Manninger    G    Liverpool
Manninger signed a one-year deal with Liverpool after a free transfer from FC Augsburg.

Fantasy Analysis

Manninger finds another outlet to continue his career for, at least, another season. While this is great news for the 39-year-old keeper, don't expect too much league action, thus, fantasy activity from him as he's only brought in for depth. Since he will sit third down the keeper charts behind Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.
Rob Holding    D    Arsenal
Holding secured a transfer to the Gunners from Bolton on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Holding made 26 appearances in the Championship where he registered 85 interceptions, won 29 tackles, and tallied a goal. The 20-year-old's fantasy value will be limited as he could be used sparingly behind the likes of Laurent Kosielny and Gabriel.
Emerson Hyndman    M    AFC Bournemouth
Hyndman suffered an ankle injury during training and could be held out of the rest of preseason, manager Eddie Howe said on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

It remains unclear how Hyndman suffered the injury, but the US international will find playing time very hard to come by given he's already going to be behind many other players fighting for the same opportunities.