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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. Zero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Handy article, thanks!

  2. mdm
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Siggy or Richa?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Rich

    2. Typo
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Both?

    3. Long ball Larry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Rich

    4. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Rich

    5. MASTER ROSHI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Richarlison

  3. Play Pal
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Who to bench from this lot?

    A) TAA (playing Alison and Robertson)
    B) AWB
    C) Fraser

    1. Finnish Fish
        6 months, 6 days ago

        In that case maybe trent. But id still bench AWB

      • MartyScurll
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        B

        Definitely not A.

      • Long ball Larry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Awb

      • Super Saints
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        What's the point in having triple pool defense if your not going to play them all?

        1. Play Pal
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Brighton strong home record making me consider hedging my bets

      • fenixri
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Fraser

    2. Sickboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Is having just Guaita with Speroni for back up too risky?

      1. Finnish Fish
          6 months, 6 days ago

          imo not. Guaita has been really good.

        • Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          probably - imagine Hennessey is second choice

          1. Sickboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Thanks guys, I’m banking on him retaining his spot given he was bought in the summer and Hennessey has had some er ‘issues’.

        • Super Saints
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Yeah pointless as Hennessy is second choice

      2. Finnish Fish
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Thoughts on this? I know its like really top heavy.. who would you downgrade/upgrade?

          Guaita/Button
          WB/TAA/Digne
          Camarasa/Raheem/Sane/Salah(C)/Pogs
          Auba/Firminho

          Subs: Cedric/Kamara/MattyDoch

          Cheers!

        • Dannywaz
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Doherty or kamara

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Kamara just

            2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Kamara

            3. Finnish Fish
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Kam

              • Dannywaz
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Yeah finking Same could sneak a goal lol

                • MASTER ROSHI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Kamara

              • Mr Frost
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Bench:

                A: Jimenez
                B: Pogba
                C: Wan Bissaka
                D: Trippier

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  C

                2. Finnish Fish
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    C

                  • Holmes (specialist in failu…
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Jim

                    1. Mr Frost
                      • 9 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Rare cleanie for city then?

                  • Mr Frost
                    • 9 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Thank you muchly

                  • Super Saints
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Jim

                    1. Mr Frost
                      • 9 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Jimenez not on for his customary 5 points then. Interesting.

                  • Mighty Wings
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Jim

                    1. Mr Frost
                      • 9 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Jim it is then

                3. fylde2022
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Any last minute suggestions for my team?

                  Etheridge
                  Pereira Digne TAA D.Luiz Lovren
                  Pogba Son Salah(c)
                  Mitrovic Kane

                  Patricio, Snodgrass, Fraser, Jiminez

                  1.5m itb

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Lovren unlikely to play so would put Fraser in there

                    1. Finnish Fish
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        this

                        1. fylde2022
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          I had a notification to say Fraser was suffering with a hamstring?

                          1. Park the bus
                            • 8 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            if injury doubts, start who you think will get most points

                          2. Super Saints
                            • 2 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Read the article, back in training

                  2. Claudio555
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Billing (car) or Shaw (tot)?

                    1. Udo
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Billing

                    2. Miguel Sanchez
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Shaw

                    3. Super Saints
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Shaw

                  3. MartyScurll
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Sterling & Son -> Salah & Richy for free?

                    Feels like a sensible one, but also feels like I'm going to regret it

                    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                      • 5 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Nope, atleast not this week

                      1. MartyScurll
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Cheers

                  4. janowsc
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Who to play for Ings this week...Kamara, Doherty, Torreira? Got a FT but would like to save, cheers all and good luck tomorrow!

                    1. Park the bus
                      • 8 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Kamara

                  5. Park the bus
                    • 8 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Camarasa or AWB first sub?

                    1. janowsc
                      • 4 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Cam

                  6. MASTER ROSHI
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Not sure which 2 to fill these gaps?
                    Rico Fab
                    Robbo Pereira Digne Doherty AWB
                    Salah Haz Richa Pereyra *****
                    Kane Jimi *****

                    A) FAnderson and Ings
                    B) Pogba and Kamara
                    C) Camarasa and Arnie
                    D) Camarasa and Rashford

                    My current team is with A, but I'm very tempted by C and D as I don't really have any bench only players and I would be able to free up some funds, Thanks!!

                    1. Park the bus
                      • 8 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      D

                    2. coriswrasse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      B

                  7. Mr Frost
                    • 9 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Another one. Play:

                    A: Guaita
                    B: Lloris

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      A

                      1. Mr Frost
                        • 9 Years
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Yeah I was leaning that way.

                    2. MASTER ROSHI
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      A

                  8. Tinmen
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Folks, is it worth -4 to swap

                    Delph Lingard and Auba to
                    TAA Salah and Deeney

                    2FT. Any other suggestions folks? 1.0 mill itb

                    Fab
                    Robbo WanB Digne
                    Son Haz Lingard Snoddy
                    Kane Auba Rash
                    Hamer Hoijberg Bednarek Delph

                  9. Caesar Salahd
                    • 6 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    I need some help with my team

                    1. Caesar Salahd
                      • 6 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      I need some help with my team 🙂 I got 2ft and 0.0 itb

                      Pat,
                      AWB, Robertson, Digne, Kola
                      Salah(c), Hazard, Son, Lingard
                      Kane, Rash

                      Subs: Hamer, Doherty, Ings*, Hojberg*

                      A) Son, Lingard to Pogba, Richarlison and play 4-4-2 (im first in my league and the others below me have Pogba and not Son)
                      B) Son, Lingard, Ings to Pogba, Richarlison & Barnes (-4) and play 3-4-3
                      C) Something else?

                      1. MASTER ROSHI
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        A

                      2. Ohh1454
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Not sure about getting rid of son this week but probably A if u wanted to fund richy another way you could do pat > Guaita

                        1. Caesar Salahd
                          • 6 Years
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          Yeah its risky. Is Guaita a guaranteed starter?

                      3. AVFCChris1984
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Too early to worry about blocking your ML rivals, who do you think will score the most points this week, I think it'll be close between both options so I would keep son for this GW

                        1. Caesar Salahd
                          • 6 Years
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          Yeah same feelings. I think I might only get Guaita and Richarlison and do Son to Pogba next week.

                  10. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Hey lads, should I do Auba to Kun as a two week punt? Cheers

                    Fab,Rui
                    Alonso,Robbo,Digne,WB,Bennett
                    Sane,Pogba,Martial,Rich,Billing
                    Kane,Auba,Jimenez

                    1. Caesar Salahd
                      • 6 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Think you should keep Auba, he might get some goals against the Hammers

                  11. Aseel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Patricio, Foster
                    TAA, Robertson, Digne, AWB, Doherty
                    Salah, Hazard, Pogba, Richarlison, Hojbjerg
                    Jimenez, Kane, Ings

                    I have 2 FTs (0,4 in the bank)
                    Fairly happy with my team but don't wanna burn one of the FTs so what do you think I should do?
                    I wanna keep Ings for his fixtures when he returns.
                    Patricio > Etheridge? Hojbjerg > Camarasa?

                    1. Ohh1454
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Probably Patricio > Ed ridge as you own doh

                      1. Aseel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Yeah that's what I was thinking!
                        Wolves' defence double up is a no-no now..
                        Thanks

                  12. Ohh1454
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Play Doherty or Schindler?

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Schindler

                    2. Do I Not Like Orange
                      • 6 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Doherty, will concede but always in with a chance of an assist. Schindler is a waste of space.

                      1. joeydelucchi
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Doherty

                      2. Ohh1454
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Ya been trying to ship him but some other transfer gets in the way

                        1. Do I Not Like Orange
                          • 6 Years
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          Tell me about it. After last week he sits 3rd on my bench until WC.

                  13. The Strokes
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Salah and Deulofeu or Mane and Sane ?
                      Thanks !

                      1. joeydelucchi
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Mane and sane out of these but I would try and get Salah another way

                    • coriswrasse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Play one. Jimenez, Wan-B or Kamara.

                      1. Bam Bam Bigelow
                        • 3 Years
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Wan Bizzle

                      2. janowsc
                        • 4 Years
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Jim

                    • KINGVIZO
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        HI All

                        Please advise... I have two transfers and currently 400,000 (worst season in a while)!!

                        Any help or advise would be much appreciated....

                        FAB // BUTTON
                        TAA // KOLASINAC // DOHERTY // BENNETT // LINDELOF
                        SALAH (C) // HAZARD // LINGARD // RICHARLISON // MURPHY
                        KANE // RASHFORD // SOLANKE

                        2.0M ITB

                        THANKS....

                        1. joeydelucchi
                          • 2 Years
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          Downgrade fab to guaita and upgrade kola to pereira?
                          Ling to sane?

                        2. coriswrasse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          Lindelof > Bednarek
                          Lingard > ??

                          Get those Lins out

                          1. KINGVIZO
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Thanks both - I'm slightly worried not owning Pogba. was thinking simple JLINGS-POGBA

                              Although the Bednarek ideas looks good as well..... Food for thought!!

                        3. fenixri
                          • 3 Years
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          Am I gtg? Bench order ok?

                          Fab
                          Alonso Taa Digne Awb
                          Haz(c) Pogba Rich
                          Auba Kane Rash

                          Bench:Speroni, Fraser, Doherty, Gibbs-White

                          1. Revival
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Yes. We almost got the same teams...think I might regret benching AWB but I don't see who else I can leave out.

                        4. Revival
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          G2G?

                          Fabianski
                          Digne Luiz TAA
                          Hazard (C) Pogba Anderson Rich
                          Auba Kane Rashford

                          Bench: AWB Kolasinac Gunnarsson

                        5. joeydelucchi
                          • 2 Years
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          On WC

                          Is this too light in defence?

                          Wb matip (will become Gomez)Taa bednarek bennett
                          Salah sane Pogba rich puncheon
                          Arnie Kane auba

                          1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                            • 2 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Looks decent. Would downgrade puncheon. Your never gonna play him anyway

                            1. joeydelucchi
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Can’t downgrade him..he’s 4.2m 🙂

                            2. Park the bus
                              • 8 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              can you downgrade Puncheon?!

                          2. KINGVIZO
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              strong team - looks good for next 4-6 weeks as well!!

                              I think Mane could come good soon - I'm really tempted by him - I think a brace, hat trick is coming soon!

                          3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                            • 2 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Really struggling between Haz (C) and Salah (C)

                            1. THFC4LIFE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              I might go with Kane(c) over them both

                            2. sirmorbach
                              • 3 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              So am I. I'm leaning towards Mo though.

                            3. janowsc
                              • 4 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Salah baby, all will be in the points thought I think

                            4. joeydelucchi
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Salah...Benitez will stop haz IMO

                          4. Woody01
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            A) Auba and Camarasa
                            B) Mitro and Sané

                            Etheridge
                            Robbo / Digne / AWB / TAA
                            Hazard (C) / Salah / Richarlison / Pogba / ???
                            ???

                            Patricio / Jimenez / Doherty / Kamara

                            1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              A

                          5. THFC4LIFE
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Son > Richarlison for free or wait til next week?

                            1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Not the worst week to do it. Not the best either.

                            2. AVFCChris1984
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Wait

                          6. sirmorbach
                            • 3 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            I hate to insist, but not only I don't know what to do, I got mixed responses ending up in a draw lol

                            Would you rather have
                            A. Firmino and Richarlison or
                            B. Auba and Camarasa?

                            I'm leaning towards A, but I'd love to hear your thoughts.

                            For the record, here's my team upfront:

                            Salah / Hazard / Sané / Fraser / *

                            * / Rashford / Jimenez

                            1. THFC4LIFE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              B just because of the benching headache with A

                              1. sirmorbach
                                • 3 Years
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Food for thought. Cheers, mate.

                            2. joeydelucchi
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Yea no brainer
                              Why look for an 8th player, accumulate your money and get the best player you can get so either auba or sterling or aguero , but you already have city cover so auba is a good shout

                          7. Guti14
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Start Brooks (eve) or Jimenez (wol)?

                            1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Brooks