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FPL Injury and Team News Round-up – Gameweek 18

Unai Emery delivered some fairly promising news for Sead Kolasinac (thigh) owners in the final pre-match press conference of Gameweek 18, though Arsenal’s overall injury situation remains as grim as ever.

The Gunners’ boss said:

We know today, the latest news, and for example Mkhitaryan is out.

Koscielny is okay but he played two matches this week and tomorrow will be a lot for him. We also need to be calm with him, to take time for a lot of matches before he continues playing.

Sead Kolasinac, I think for tomorrow is okay. Players are continuing to recover with Sead. I don’t remember now. Mkhitaryan is out. Mustafi is also, for tomorrow, out too.

As Emery mentioned, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (ankle) and Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) will be unavailable, as will Hector Bellerin (calf), who has been ruled out for a fortnight.

While all was quiet on the injury front at Chelsea – Andreas Christensen (hamstring) being their only definite absentee – Maurizio Sarri spoke at length about the prospect of Eden Hazard featuring as a “false nine” going forward.

The Blues’ boss said:

In the first match it was a tactical choice, then I wanted to see if the solution could work in all situations, so I needed two or three matches to be sure it’s the right solution. I explained my point of view to Giroud and we will see.

I don’t know at the moment, Giroud played 90 minutes three days ago and Morata started training with the group only yesterday after 10 days, so we will see in the last training session.

Gameweek 18, of course, gets underway at Molineux this evening.

The hosts will be missing Diogo Jota (hamstring), while Liverpool will likely again be without Trent Alexander-Arnold (foot) – though Jurgen Klopp at least had positive news on that front.

Klopp said:

It actually looks surprisingly good. I think Wolves will still be a bit too early but after that, they told me we can think about him.

But for that, he needs to train. So far he didn’t train but the pain goes down second by second, which is good, and then in the moment when he can deal with it, he is on the pitch, and in the moment he is on the pitch we’ll make a decision.

But it looks good for Trent.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first pre-match press conference as Manchester United boss was thin on team news, though Romelu Lukaku looks set to be unavailable for the trip to Cardiff on compassionate grounds.

Across the city, Pep Guardiola brought us news that David Silva (muscle) and Vincent Kompany (unspecified injury) will miss out on the visit of Crystal Palace, who will welcome back Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins from suspension. Wayne Hennessey (back), however, is unavailable.

Richarlison has shaken off a cold ahead of Everton’s meeting with Spurs, who have Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth available after injury.

Eddie Howe had the following update on Callum Wilson, who played 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday:

It seems as though he has come through a minor hamstring injury OK. He came through the Chelsea game well so we’re hopeful he’ll be fine.

The Cherries host Brighton on Saturday, with the Seagulls set to be without wingers Alireza Jahanbakhsh (hamstring) and Jose Izquierdo (knee).

Will Hughes (hip), Andre Gray (leg), Sebastian Prödl (knee) and Adalberto Peñaranda (foot) will once again be missing for Watford, while West Ham will make a late decision on Lucas Perez (foot).

Manuel Pellegrini hinted that a return for Marko Arnautovic (hamstring) isn’t too far away, meanwhile:

I think, next week, he will be back working with the team. When you don’t have those players, you have a squad. I am happy with the options I’ve had without Marko. I’m not happy with Marko’s injury but I’m happy with my squad.

Claude Puel “hopes” to have Jamie Vardy (muscle) available for the match against Chelsea, with Ben Chilwell (knee) also in with a good chance of recovering.

Aaron Lennon (knee) is ruled out for Burnley, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson (knock) and Robbie Brady (knock) will be assessed before the trip to the Emirates.

Joe Bennett (knock) is a major doubt for Cardiff, meanwhile.

Newcastle welcome Federico Fernandez back from injury just as Ciaran Clark (ankle) is sidelined, while Fulham will be without Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (unknown) and Ryan Sessegnon (groin) for their trip to St. James’ Park.

Huddersfield Town have Steve Mounie back from suspension, while Ralph Hasenhuttl said that five Southampton players rejoined training this week – but didn’t provide us with names. Cedric Soares and Jack Stephens are among the quintet thought to be in contention for a return.

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  1. Fire Chief Moe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Had 2 frees ended up just doing Ryan to Fab, rolling one for next week, Sane captain, fingers crossed!

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Bad sign for TAA holders!

    1. Game Over
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      He was always being rested tonight

  3. Differentiator
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    "Orig" on the bench for Pool

    https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1076190588943380480

  4. Bookkeeper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    link to tweet?

  5. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Interesting Wolves team. Looks like they are trying to frustrate Liverpool with that midfield. At least they have a bit more mobility with Saiss in there.

  6. Norfolk&Chance
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Wtf would get shaqiri in?

    1. Amey
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Salah/mane injury

      1. Norfolk&Chance
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Oh...

    2. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      9pm desperation

  7. SM001
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Salah starts

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      What Salah starts!!!

  8. JT1874
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Pen is down.....

  9. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    SLAAH CAP MAKE MY NIGHT

  10. Tsparkes10
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Happy to see Shaqiri on the bench 🙂 hopefully comes on in 70th if liverpool are struggling and bags... or stays off and starts midweek 🙂

    1. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Most of the time he won't start though... That's not to say he can't score off the bench of course but it's a bit too punty on a wildcard.

      1. Tsparkes10
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Just fancy him over Christmas 🙂 can easily downgrade if doesnt work for 2/3 weeks. Newcastle mid week looks tasty though

    2. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      ML rival brought him in two gameweeks ago, he's overtaken me because of him, ridiculous

  11. SM001
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Team to play Wolves: Alisson, Milner, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Mane, Firmino, Salah

    Subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Origi, Lallana, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Wijnaldum

  12. The Enlightener
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Who'd everyone cap? I went Sane. Salah vice.

    1. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      o/

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Salah capo

        1. The Enlightener
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 9 hours ago

          I was tempted, but shifted over to Sane in the end. Still hope he bangs them in anyhow.

    2. Amey
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Sterling C
      Sane VC

      1. The Enlightener
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Saucy! Got it covered there. Both are almost sure to get on the score sheet if they start, I would think.

        1. Amey
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          Cheer's mate.
          Hope you do well 😉

    3. Balls of Steel
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Same as

      1. The Enlightener
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Unite!

    4. Norfolk&Chance
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Haz c. Pogba vc

      1. The Enlightener
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Pretty suave maneuvers there. You would think the Hazman would be involved heavily in the Chelsea goals. Pogs with some fresh air to breath. And a new manager who loves him.

    5. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Hazardddddddd

      1. The Enlightener
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        I don't hate it!

  13. Valar(Keith)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Transfer saved.. Somehow

    1. Amey
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Nice

    2. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Same. Luxury my friend, luxury.

    3. Uncle Gamst
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      2 transfers saved :-/

  14. Brosstan
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Hehe, the deadline is over so I think Ill write something witty that people will associate with another situation when time for tinkering is up. I think I will go for a school related pun.

    Pens down everyone 🙂 🙂

    1. Amey
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      😀
      Brutal

    2. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      I am offended as someone who never went through any form of education

    3. badgerboy (Howe to Train Yo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Wakey wakey,
      Hand off snakey!?

  15. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Dang I was gonna bring in Mane for a 1 week punt next GW before I WC. Reckon he will play midweek?

    1. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      They will all play.. they got rest this week.

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Yeah, Thinking of getting Mane in for Newcastle game too.

  16. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    6 consecutive red arrows for me so prepare yourselves for a blank Salah cappers... am jinxed...

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Retract that immediately 😉

    2. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      I had 11 consecutive reds until last game week, still had a shocker but somehow scraped a tiny green. Hazard captain for me.

  17. El Fenomeno R9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Wolves with 8 in defense,Keita will destroy that bus.

  18. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Last time there was Friday night football, Matt Doherty got a goal and Raul Jimenez an assist in a 2-1 win for Cardiff over Wolves.

  19. G-Whizz (Claudio With a Cha…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Lineup - Liverpool starting line-up: Alisson, James Milner, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mané, Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita.
    Substitutes: Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Simon Mignolet, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri

    Lineup - Wolves starting line-up: Rui Patrício, Matt Doherty, Jonny, Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett, Romain Saïss, Rúben Neves, João Moutinho, Raúl Jiménez, Adama Traoré.
    Substitutes: Rúben Vinagre, Leander Dendoncker, Ivan Cavaleiro, Morgan Gibbs-White, Léo Bonatini, Hélder Costa, John Ruddy

    1. TRASH BOAT
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Anfield Express lok

      1. G-Whizz (Claudio With a Cha…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Nothing "express" about that post 😆

        1. TRASH BOAT
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          yeah if i take the piss i should avoid typos!

  20. Ode
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Anyone else here hoping for a 0-0? Robbo & Doherty my only players

    1. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Plenty, I imagine. Although Wolves have a habit of scoring vs. top teams this year.

    2. TRASH BOAT
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      a Doherty goal for Xmas please

    3. Amey
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      +1

  21. No Mo Salah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    well i guess salah is essential despite the price tag