Scout Notes

International Scout Notes – Sunday

There’s injury news both good and bad involving Liverpool midfielders, while a key defensive asset for Spurs looks set to be fit for Saturday’s north London derby.

On the pitch, meanwhile, Switzerland and Croatia book their places at Russia 2018.

Here are the notes from Sunday’s international programme.

Mixed news for key trio

Liverpool’s attacking options received a boost when Sadio Mane returned fit and firing for both club and country last week.

But the midfielder has now been released from international duty, with his national federation citing concerns over the recurrence of ‘an old injury’ following his star turn in Senegal’s 2-0 win over South Africa on Friday.

That is understood to refer to the hamstring problem that had kept him out of action for a month before he produced a double-digit performance on his return for Liverpool in their Gameweek 11 win at West Ham.

Mane provided two assists in the 4-1 victory over the Hammers and followed that up with another as Senegal sealed their place at Russia 2018.

Owned by 7.6% of Fantasy Premier League managers, the winger’s release by Senegal was confirmed in a statement from the country’s FA.

“After consultations between the medical staff of the national team of Senegal and Liverpool, it was decided by mutual agreement to make him available to his club to continue treatment until full recovery.”

Mane will now be assessed by Liverpool’s medical staff on his return to the club ahead of the Gameweek 12 visit from Southampton on Saturday.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Jurgen Klopp, however.

Long-term absentee Adam Lallana is reportedly close to a return, while Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho has now declared himself fully recovered from a groin issue that had kept him out of Liverpool’s last three matches in all competitions.

He was unused on the bench in Brazil’s friendly win over Japan on Friday and hopes to feature in his country’s match at Wembley tomorrow.

“Unfortunately, I could not play for Liverpool in the past three games because of injury. Now I feel 100 percent fit, I have recovered, and I am in a good shape to be available for the game against England.”

Injuries and the protracted saga of a possible move to Barcelona have dampened Fantasy interest in Coutinho this season – he is currently owned by just 4.4% of managers.

But he is now making all the right noises, stating that he is happy and ‘playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world’, and could become a differential prospect for Liverpool in an excellent upcoming schedule.

A Gameweek 13 visit from Chelsea and a pre-Christmas trip to Arsenal aside, the Reds’ fixtures are set fair until the middle of January.

Meanwhile, Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen (8.7%) has reportedly recovered from an ankle injury that kept him out of Belgium’s 3-3 draw with Mexico on Friday.

The centre-half could now feature in his country’s friendly with Japan tomorrow ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s north London derby.


Switzerland booked their place at Russia 2018 with a 1-0 aggregate win over Northern Ireland.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri started last night’s second leg goalless draw, with the latter withdrawn after 80 minutes.

West Brom defender Jonny Evans saw a last-minute header cleared off the line that would have taken the tie into extra time.

He was joined in the side by club-mate’s Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt. All three, together with Southampton midfielder Steven Davis, played the full match for the Ulstermen.

Croatia’s play-off passage to next year’s World Cup finals was rather less fraught.

They completed a 4-1 aggregate victory over Greece with a 0-0 draw away last night in which Liverpool centre-half Dejan Lovren played the full 90 minutes for the second time over the international break.

Everton winger Nikola Vlasic was an unused substitute last night, having seen seven minutes of action in the first leg.

Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey played the full 90 minutes for Ghana in their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw at home to Egypt.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and Stoke City’s Ramadan Sobhi started and finished for the visitors.

Huddersfield Town striker Steve Mounie started and played 56 minutes for Benin in a 1-1 draw with Tanzania.

462 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dybala10
      3 months, 13 days ago

      For people doubling up with City in midfield, who are you going for?

      Currently on Sterling and the exciting partner is Sane, but is it smarter to play it safe and go for a nailed and steady option in D Silva? Or just steer clear, avoid the Pep heartbreak and wait for Pogba to return?

      1. Gudjohnsen
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Think you're spot on playing those two explosive options.

        • BigBarn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I have Sterling and Silva, and pretty happy. If I was WCing I'd probably go Sterling and Sane but, tbh, if I really needed that extra 0.4 elsewhere I would use it. All great options, still, at their prices. Their annoyance of Pep rotation is even greater if it's with a player worth nearly 12, as opposed to 8.5

      2. Jonbones
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Im in a pickle... Who would you play:

          1) Elliot vs Man U
          2) Foster vs Chelsea

          1. 007 - BALEGIUM
              3 months, 13 days ago

              In the same boat. Maybe choice 1.

            • shotgunnufc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 13 days ago

              I’d go foster, at least there is home advantage

              1. Jonbones
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Ive got Hazard and Morata playing on that one, catch-22

                  1. Going Home
                      3 months, 13 days ago

                      would take the edge off if it finished 0-0

                      1. Jonbones
                          3 months, 13 days ago

                          Hahaha, thats true!

                • GTLUFC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Hi guys, I need help here.

                  My team:

                  GK: De Gea, Joel Pereira
                  DEF: Azpi, Davies, Moreno, Jones, Gomez,
                  MID: Sterling, Salah, Sane, Richarlison, Colback
                  FW: Aguero, Kane, Quaner

                  0 ITB

                  Which players would I change and when and why?

                  1. Going Home
                      3 months, 13 days ago

                      Players who need to go:


                      Take your pick as to urgency. Davies last as he will at least get a few minutes. Double Liverpool defence is very bold, so one of those needs to go sharpish imo. Most importantly, with the fixture build up, you can't get away with two non-players

                    • The Head-Ake
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        Gomez to Mee

                      • darrellb
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        wow. i would wildcard if i were you. if not, it depends on what formation u r playing. im assuming 442 all the time. one of the pool defenders have to go. liverpool get home clean sheets and theyre at home to the saints this week, so that transfer could wait. maybe davies to daniels/ mee and the extra money to upgrade colback or quaner. and then next week dump one pool defender for the other.

                    • Pogba4President
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 13 days ago

                      Sterling and RLC or chupo and richarlison for my wc?


                      1. Jonbones
                          3 months, 13 days ago

                          Sterling and RLC for me if RLC is on the bench.

                        • darrellb
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 13 days ago

                          if you already have city, rich and CM. if not, the first

                      2. 007 - BALEGIUM
                          3 months, 13 days ago

                          Hi, please help me choose, which one is better until new year.
                          A. Hazard + DCL/Niasse
                          B. Kun + RLC

                          1. Jonbones
                              3 months, 13 days ago

                              Hazard if its just up till new year! Chelsea have easy games every week till January! 😀

                          2. TRASH BOAT
                              3 months, 13 days ago

                              I don't mind people trying to predict the Man City attacking line up, so long as they realise it is pure speculation, not fact.

                              1. Slouch87
                                  3 months, 13 days ago

                                  The number of people who moan and complain when their City player isn't in the starting line up is laughable.

                              2. Game Of Throw In5
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 months, 13 days ago

                                Kane for captain this week?
                                His away form has been great and Arsenal will attack leaving space behind... his record is good in London derbys I think? ....
                                Team ok below?

                                Jones Daniels Ward
                                Salah Sterling Richarl RLC
                                Kane Lukaku Morata
                                Elliot Naughton Carroll Hune

                                0FT £1.0M ITB

                                1. SUPER 11
                                    3 months, 12 days ago

                                    No Chelsea defender.....?