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FPL Team News and Injury Round-up: Gameweek 22

There were a busier-than-usual two days of press conferences to wade through ahead of Gameweek 22, with some Premier League clubs counting the cost a frantic festive period but many others welcoming back some big names.

Paul Pogba (knock) was one of the countless Fantasy assets with a “yellow flag” attached to their name in Fantasy Premier League but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delivered positive news on that front in his press conference on Thursday night:

He looked okay towards the end [of the training camp], so he’ll be fit. He did have some problems but he came through the last couple of sessions well, so he should be okay.

Chris Smalling (foot) could also feature against Spurs on Sunday after returning to training but Marcos Rojo has been sent back to Argentina as he recuperates from an unspecified injury.

There was no update forthcoming on Alexis Sanchez (hamstring), however.

Spurs will make late a fitness check on Lucas Moura (knee) for that encounter, while Jan Vertonghen (thigh) is back in training and may come into contention.

Across Manchester, Pep Guardiola provided an update on the availability of Sergio Aguero (illness) and Vincent Kompany (unspecified injury):

Sergio, right after the game against Liverpool, was sick. He’s a little bit better. Yesterday was his first training session. So he’s getting better but was out the last few days.

Vincent is recovering well. The rest I think, they are fit.

Chelsea welcomed back Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Willian in midweek and may also have Alvaro Morata (hamstring) available for the visit of Newcastle, with Maurizio Sarri reporting that the player has returned to training and will be assessed ahead of Saturday.

Sarri also had plenty to say on a number of his other players, including Callum Hudson-Odoi and Andreas Christensen:

I am really happy with [Hudson-Odoi], the player is improving a lot in the defensive phase. Now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball but he is working very well at the moment.

I don’t know [if Christensen can play] tomorrow because he played two matches in three days for the first time this season, like Callum. Callum recovered very well from the first match, yesterday he was a little bit tired.

The Blues’ opponents at Stamford Bridge have a number of availability issues, with Jonjo Shelvey (thigh) and Paul Dummett (hamstring) injured, Kenedy ineligible and Ki Sung-yueng away on international duty.

Arsenal’s injury picture looks rosier for their match against West Ham, with Unai Emery providing the following update:

This week they are working with us with: Mustafi, Monreal and Bellerin. We need to do tomorrow the last training before the match against West Ham. Mesut Ozil is training with us. Also training the last ten days, Dinos Mavropanos.

The Hammers will be without Fabian Balbuena (knee) for six to eight weeks but gave the all-clear to Marko Arnautovic (back).

The Austrian has been the focus of much transfer speculation this week, however, with West Ham moved to issue a statement regarding their standpoint on the supposedly wantaway striker:

Marko Arnautovic has a contract and we fully expect him to honour it. He is not for sale.

Dejan Lovren (hamstring) has been ruled out until Gameweek 24 and despite Joel Matip‘s (collarbone) return to training, Jurgen Klopp talked up the prospect of Fabinho featuring at centre-half for the trip to Brighton:

If Fabinho has to play at centre-half, he has played there before. We do that on the training pitch. If you are a holding six at centre-half, with the ball it’s easier, without the ball it’s different. We try to make it not more complicated than it is.

The Seagulls will be without Bernardo (hamstring) and Jose Izquierdo (knee).

Ryan Fraser (hamstring), Josh King (illness) and Callum Wilson (hamstring) all face late fitness tests ahead of the match against Everton on Sunday, though Fraser was sighted in training on Wednesday and boss Eddie Howe said all three were “certainly up for playing”.

Nuno Espirito Santo and Marco Silva didn’t report any fresh injury concerns in their press conferences, while Roy Hodgson also has a clean bill of health now that Christian Benteke has returned to full training.

The Palace boss was still doubtful about whether the Belgian would feature, however:

Yes I guess he is [available], but obviously he’s short of match practice and the sharpness you get from playing. It would be a risk putting him in to some extent but he’s come through training very well so there’s no reason to write him off.

Sebastian Prodl is Watford’s only confirmed absentee for that fixture at Selhurst Park.

Jonny Evans‘ broken toe will keep him out of Leicester’s clash with Southampton, who have serious problems up front with Danny Ings (hamstring), Michael Obafemi (tendon) and Charlie Austin (suspended) all unavailable.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (thigh) is a doubt for Burnley’s match against Fulham, who look set to have Alfie Mawson (knee) unavailable.

Victor Camarasa (knock), Danny Ward (cheekbone) and Kadeem Harris (shoulder) are among the players Neil Warnock needs to assess ahead of the visit of Huddersfield Town, who may have Tommy Smith back from a hamstring injury.

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  1. eyezil
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Do we think Rashford continues to start with Lukaku and Alexis in the mix? Granted, I think it's his spot to lose, but could easily be rotated.

    1. zotter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      His spot to lose. But lose it he could. Equally applies to martial too

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Should Rashford lose it, he is probably worth ditching in fpl also because of bad returns, so no problem for me.

    2. Özil
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Yeah. Sanchez is past it and Lukaku is ... well Lukaku.

      1. zotter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Lukaku is a threat. Think Sanchez they may try and offload

        1. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Alexis injured atm and probably "passé" anyway...

  2. JIC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Stick or 2/3 transfers?

    Fab/Pickford Alonso/Doherty/Digne/AWB/Kiko Has/McArthur/Rich/Son/Fraser Ings/Kane/Auba

    Stick or Son and Auba out to get in Salah, Trent and Rashford/Jiminez? 2.2 in bank and TV of 105.4

    1. zotter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Stick. But don’t like the keeper combo

      1. JIC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        What would you do with the keepers?

  3. Eddie`
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Evening everyone. I have a good feeling about this weekend. After 8 red arrows out of the last 9 gws I reckon this could be where it all turns around.

    Good luck to everyone, I hope your weeekend is as lucrative as mine.

    1. Özil
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Good luck and bounce back!!

  4. Zlat-man
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    play
    Guiata or Ederson?

    1. zotter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Ederson easy

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Is that even a question?

  5. Greenbackbøøg…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    New article my dudes

    1. Eddie`
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Whoop whoop!

  6. greggles
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Wood or Barnes seems to be the consensus for Ings. WOuld Leave me with:

    Fabianski
    AWB / TAA / Digne
    Salah / Hazard (c) / Richarlison / Martial
    Aubameyang / Jimenez / Wood

    Subs: Hamer / Shaw / Doherty / McTominay

    Subs right?

    1. zotter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Barnes over wood

  7. Feed tha Sheep
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    What to do with 2Fts and 0 ITB?

    Fab
    Robertson WB Digne Doherty
    Salah Sane Pogba Son
    Kane Rashford
    Steele Ings* Bednarek Maskuku

    1. zotter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Fab and Son to Alisson and xxxxx

  8. Van der Faart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Fab Ryan
    Kola VVD Doc Digne WanB
    Hazard Salah Martial Pereyra Snod
    Kane Jimi Kamara

    2ft. 0.7itb.

    A) Snod, Kola, Martial to Camarasa, TAA, Bilva (-4)
    B) first two plus Pereyra to Richarlision (-4)
    C) Ryan to Guaita, Snod to Camarasa, Pereyra to Silva
    D) something else

    Thanks

    1. Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Or E) Snod to Redmond and Kola to TAA

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Dont take a hit

    3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      A and keep martial

    4. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Actually -> Kola -> TAA and Peyreyra -> rich if possible

  9. Tinmen
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    How is Deulofeu as an option folks?

    1. Schurrle You Can't Be …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Overrated.

    2. Amey
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Good enabler

    3. quirom
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Pls RMT, 1FT, 0.0 itb

      Fab, Speroni
      Robertson, TAA, Digne, Doherty, WBissaka
      Hazard Son Pogba FAnderson Richarlison
      Kane Rashford Jimenez

      My plan is save this week then Hazard + Son to Salah + 6.4mid (Fraser/Pereyra) next week.

      1. zotter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Makes sense Captain hazard ?

    4. Webbinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Start Brooks or Jiménez?

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 11 days ago

        B

        1. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 11 days ago

          ..not J

    5. Carefree Crew
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Fabianski, (Patricio)
        Robertson, Alonso, Digne, AWB, (Peltier)
        Hazard, Sane, Richarlson, Snodgrass, (Hodjberg)
        Kane, Aubameyang,(C). (Jiminez)

        2 FTs & £0 ITB, Conscious of Snodgrass risk of game time with Nasri & West ham fixtures. Was thinking Delefeou & Puncheon / Hudson Odoi (balance funds) for Snodgrass & Hodjberg. Although if I want Salah maybe can't afford anything other than cheapest 4th MF. Planned to alternate captaincy between Aubameyang & Kane. Any help appreciated?

      • Gentle_Turks
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 11 days ago

        2ft 0itb. Any suggestions guys? Thanks and good luck this week.

        Fab
        Robertson, Digne, WB
        Salah(c), Haz, Pogba, Rich, Anderson
        Jimenez, Kane
        (Speroni, Doherty, Kamara, Lovren)

        1. Mr_Barbs
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Almost same team! Have TAA/Button instead of Robertson/Speroni. I’m struggling know what to do. Maybe downgrade Lovren

        2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Lovren -> Peltier
          Fabs -> Allison

          1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 11 days ago

            Or Lloris

          2. Gentle_Turks
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 11 days ago

            Not sure I want to go with an expensive keeper. Thinking I might do Fab to Etheridge. Or tempted to do Fab to Guaita to free up 0.4 cash and roll the other transfer. what do you think?

        3. zotter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Fab lovren to lloris and someone

      • Bielsa's Binoculars
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Which GK transfer is best?

        A) Ederson —> Allison

        B) Ederson —> Etheridge

        Bare in mind I own VVD and option b would bank loads of cash

        1. zotter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          A especially if you have a fodder second keeper

      • RussWells89
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Who to play, who to bench?

        AWB
        Deulofeu

        Any advice appreciated

      • Blens
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Thinking Son to either
        1) Bilva
        2) Dilva
        3) leave alone

        what do you reckon guys?

        1. Devo-McDuff
            4 months, 10 days ago

            If no other City, I'd say Dilva. I'd do the same but I have Sane and don't fancy the double up. Only thing is if you plan to get Son back in for the player you bring in? Both ilvas are rotation risk with KDB back now, so maybe only worth doing if you plan to hold longer term.

        2. CHARLIE HULL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Still mulling this one over, decided I need Salah this week, can do for free with 2 FT's. Best option:

          A) Lose Auba
          B) Lose Kane
          C) Hokey cokey - keep Auba for WHU, potential to switch to Kane GW 23 onwards

          Anderson out, Barnes in are the other players involved.

          Cheers!

        3. CHARLIE HULL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Mulling this one over still, decided I need Salah this week, can do for free with 2 FT's. Best option:

          A) Lose Auba
          B) Lose Kane
          C) Hokey cokey - keep Auba for WHU, potential to switch to Kane GW 23 onwards

          Anderson out, Barnes in are the other players involved.

          Cheers!