Team News

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.

Our regular injury video round-up can be viewed below, while our Team News tab will have more detailed write-ups on all 20 Premier League sides.

Become a Member and access our data

Memberships for the 2018/19 campaign are now available for the price of just £10.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 130+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A FANTASY FOOTBALL SCOUT MEMBER

Posted by

512 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Handy article, thanks!

  2. mdm
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Siggy or Richa?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Rich

    2. Typo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Both?

    3. Long ball Larry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Rich

    4. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Rich

    5. MASTER ROSHI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Richarlison

  3. Play Pal
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Who to bench from this lot?

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

    1. Finnish Fish
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        In that case maybe trent. But id still bench AWB

      • MartyScurll
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        B

        Definitely not A.

      • Long ball Larry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Awb

      • Super Saints
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

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

        1. Play Pal
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Brighton strong home record making me consider hedging my bets

      • fenixri
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Fraser

    2. Sickboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

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

      1. Finnish Fish
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          imo not. Guaita has been really good.

        • Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          probably - imagine Hennessey is second choice

          1. Sickboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            7 days, 11 hours 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
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Yeah pointless as Hennessy is second choice

      2. Finnish Fish
          7 days, 11 hours 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Doherty or kamara

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Kamara just

          2. Holmes
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Kamara

          3. Finnish Fish
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              Kam

            • Dannywaz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              Yeah finking Same could sneak a goal lol

            • MASTER ROSHI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              Kamara

          4. Mr Frost
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Bench:

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

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              C

            2. Finnish Fish
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                C

              • Holmes
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                Jim

                1. Mr Frost
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

                  Rare cleanie for city then?

              • Mr Frost
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                Thank you muchly

              • Super Saints
                • 2 Years
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                Jim

                1. Mr Frost
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

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

              • Mighty Wings
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                Jim

                1. Mr Frost
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

                  Jim it is then

            3. fylde2022
              • 3 Years
              7 days, 11 hours 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
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                Lovren unlikely to play so would put Fraser in there

                1. Finnish Fish
                    7 days, 11 hours ago

                    this

                    1. fylde2022
                      • 3 Years
                      7 days, 11 hours ago

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

                      1. Park the bus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        7 days, 11 hours ago

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

                      2. Super Saints
                        • 2 Years
                        7 days, 11 hours ago

                        Read the article, back in training

              2. Claudio555
                • 1 Year
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                Billing (car) or Shaw (tot)?

                1. Udo
                  • 1 Year
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

                  Billing

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

                  Shaw

                3. Super Saints
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

                  Shaw

              3. MartyScurll
                • 1 Year
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                Sterling & Son -> Salah & Richy for free?

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

                1. Holmes
                  • 5 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

                  Nope, atleast not this week

                  1. MartyScurll
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 11 hours ago

                    Cheers

              4. janowsc
                • 4 Years
                7 days, 11 hours 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
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

                  Kamara

              5. Park the bus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                Camarasa or AWB first sub?

                1. janowsc
                  • 4 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  Cam

              6. MASTER ROSHI
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                7 days, 11 hours 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
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

                  D

                2. coriswrasse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  B

              7. Mr Frost
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                Another one. Play:

                A: Guaita
                B: Lloris

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

                  A

                  1. Mr Frost
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    7 days, 11 hours ago

                    Yeah I was leaning that way.

                2. MASTER ROSHI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  A

              8. Tinmen
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 11 hours 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
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                I need some help with my team

                1. Caesar Salahd
                  • 5 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours 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
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    A

                  2. Ohh1454
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 10 hours 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
                      • 5 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Yeah its risky. Is Guaita a guaranteed starter?

                  3. AVFCChris1984
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours 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
                      • 5 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

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

              10. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                • 4 Years
                7 days, 11 hours 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
                  • 5 Years
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

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

              11. Aseel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                7 days, 11 hours 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
                  7 days, 11 hours ago

                  Probably Patricio > Ed ridge as you own doh

                  1. Aseel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

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

              12. Ohh1454
                • 1 Year
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                Play Doherty or Schindler?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  Schindler

                2. Do I Not Like Orange
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

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

                  1. joeydelucchi
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Doherty

                  2. Ohh1454
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

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

                    1. Do I Not Like Orange
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

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

              13. The Strokes
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  Salah and Deulofeu or Mane and Sane ?
                  Thanks !

                  1. joeydelucchi
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

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

                • coriswrasse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  Play one. Jimenez, Wan-B or Kamara.

                  1. Bam Bam Bigelow
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Wan Bizzle

                  2. janowsc
                    • 4 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Jim

                • KINGVIZO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  7 days, 10 hours 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
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

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

                  2. coriswrasse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Lindelof > Bednarek
                    Lingard > ??

                    Get those Lins out

                    1. KINGVIZO
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      7 days, 10 hours 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!!

                • fenixri
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours 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
                    • 6 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours 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.

                • Revival
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  G2G?

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

                  Bench: AWB Kolasinac Gunnarsson

                • joeydelucchi
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours 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…
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

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

                    1. joeydelucchi
                      • 2 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

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

                    2. Park the bus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      can you downgrade Puncheon?!

                  2. KINGVIZO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    7 days, 10 hours 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!

                • FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                  • 1 Year
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

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

                  1. THFC4LIFE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    I might go with Kane(c) over them both

                  2. sirmorbach
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

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

                  3. janowsc
                    • 4 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

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

                  4. joeydelucchi
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Salah...Benitez will stop haz IMO

                • Woody01
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours 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…
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    A

                • THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  Son > Richarlison for free or wait til next week?

                  1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

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

                  2. AVFCChris1984
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Wait

                • sirmorbach
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours 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
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    B just because of the benching headache with A

                    1. sirmorbach
                      • 2 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Food for thought. Cheers, mate.

                  2. joeydelucchi
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours 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

                • Guti14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  Start Brooks (eve) or Jimenez (wol)?

                  1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Brooks