With the Premier League going into an international break, most coaches and fans are hoping none of their players on duty for their countries suffer any injuries.
However, another pressing concern concerns players who are at risk of being suspended due to exceeding the yellow card quota.
Below, The Athletic takes a look at the Premier League’s booking suspension system and the players most at risk of missing out on matches after the international break.
How many yellow cards does a Premier League player need to be suspended?
According to the rules of the Premier League, any player who receives five achievements from his team’s first 19 matches in the Premier League will be banned from one match in the same competition. Therefore, yellow cards are not transferred to the Carabao Cup or the FA Cup.
Players who have received 10 yellow cards in Premier League matches, up to their team’s 32nd match, will be suspended for two matches in the competition.
Who are the players closest to banning the collection of yellow cards?
Fulham’s Joao Balenha will be the first Premier League player to be banned for a single match this season.
The midfielder, who joined Craven Cottage from Sporting Lisbon on a €20m deal (£18m; $19.3m) this summer, secured his fifth booking during his side’s thrilling 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest on 16 September.