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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. SMOOTH
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    anyone know if we will get bournemouth training pics. need to know if wilson is fit

  2. osullg26
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Pick two of these four...

    A) holebas
    B) digne
    C) TAA
    D) Wan - Bissaka

    1. AVFCChris1984
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      To play?

      B & C

    2. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Digne and TAA

    3. fenixri
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Digne, Taa

    4. QUEN
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Depends on the rest of defence

      B & D if you already have Liverpool cover

    5. osullg26
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Shouldd have said over next few weeks... Have two free transfers

    6. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Bc easy

    7. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      B and C

  3. QUEN
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Two question champs.

    1. I been afk this week anything major I need to know about?

    2. Bench trippier for AWB this week?

    1. fenixri
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      1. Let us see your team
      2. Yes

      1. QUEN
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Fab
        Luiz vd trippier
        Pogba hazard sane Anderson rich
        Kane Rashford

        AWB Kamara peltier

  4. Rinseboy
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    how's she looking for this week?
    Bench ok?

    Pat
    TAA Digne AWB
    Haz (C) Sterling (VC) Rich Anderson Pogba
    Kane Rashford
    Hamer Jiminez Doherty Zaba

  5. sirmorbach
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Arnie was looking perfect in my WC team, but I'm too scared with these transfer talks to keep him.

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      too injury prone too. Swap for Jiminez or Rashford

  6. CHARLIE HULL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    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!

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      if your losing Kane or Auba I would not get Salah yet

      1. CHARLIE HULL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Salah is the one I want long term though and one will have to make way at some point, are you a Salah owner?

        1. Rinseboy
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          nope. getting next week for Haz

    2. AVFCChris1984
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      A tough one, I want Salah too and would have to lose Kane to do it, I think I'm gonna just trust Kane to keep providing

    3. zotter
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      C

      1. CHARLIE HULL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Like this, don't know if it's worth the extra transfer though with a blank on the horizon.

  7. Inazuma X1
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Keep Son or get Sane this GW?

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Sane

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Keep

  8. Niho992
    5 months, 16 days ago

    is Richarlison certain starter ? I want to C him.

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      has to be. no reason not to start unless injured

    2. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      100 percent

      Silva would marry him if he could

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        What is the hindrance?!? 😉

  9. WE GO FOR IT
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Foster | Patricio
    Robertson | Luiz | Digne | AWB | Kelly
    Hazard | Rich | Son* | Felipe* | Martial
    Kane | Jimenez* | Wilson*

    2FT and 0.2 itb

    Was thinking about Son, Felipe, Wilson -> Dilva, Firmino, Camarasa for -4. How does it look?

    Any other suggestions?

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I would do Son to someone cheaper and switch out Haz next week for Salah

      1. zotter
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        This

      2. WE GO FOR IT
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Hazard's got a good record against Arsenal. Bournemouth and Huddersfield are god fixtures.
        City and Liverpool both have good fixtures + title race. Wanna have attackers from both sides. Salah doesn't allow me that.

        1. Rinseboy
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          if you think you can survive without Salah and also not captaining him which is the big factor. then gamble it! good moves I just think if Salah carries on the same. he is a big captain choice

          1. Rinseboy
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            also for think Dsilva is a great pick for city cover to be honest. think BSilva is cheaper and can match him

            1. WE GO FOR IT
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Bilva is a good option as well. Chose Dilva as I have the exact cash for it.

          2. WE GO FOR IT
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Not owning Salah does scare me. I might just hold one of the transfers above for a week to see how Hazard does. Might get Salah if Hazard and Chelsea struggle.

  10. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Play one:

    A Jiménez (mci)
    B camarasa (HUD)

    1. zotter
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I’m playing Jiminez over puncheon if that helps !! Though camarasa probably better than puncheon

      1. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Camarasa looks very active
        Playing the worst team in the league besides his own
        On relative form
        I would say definitely better than shitbreak

    2. SheBangsTheDrums
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      B

  11. Greenbackbøøg…
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Hazard Felipe > Salah Brooks worth 2 fts?

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Nope

    2. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Haz out is ver6 risky

    3. markloe
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      next week maybe

    4. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      So, take hazard out before NEW ?
      Sounds hard to swallow

    5. zotter
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Not this week. Both hazard and Andersen could haul. Fraser probably won’t. May not even play

    6. Greenbackbøøg…
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      cheers lads, seems risky indeed

  12. tafrère
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Etheridge
    Alonso Alderweireld Keane
    Salah (C) Hazard Pogba Richarlison
    Kane Jiménez Kamara

    Button Camarasa Doherty Jonny

    1 FT £0.3

    Any ideas or just save ?

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Keane to someone bettrr or save

    2. zotter
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Keane to trent surely

      1. Rinseboy
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        this if you can afford

  13. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    GTG? Right bench order?

    Pickford
    Doherty Kola AWB
    Salah Haz Sane Rich Brooks
    Kane Rash

    Hamer Shaw Bennett Ings

  14. Inazuma X1
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    1. Aguero and Eriksen
    2. Kane and Sane

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      2 I think right now. close call tho

    2. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      1 if chasing I say

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Kun has been ill for some days and Jesus showed form. So this weekend Kun is not 100% certain starter, 60 minutes might (just might though) be too much for him.

  15. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Play AWB or Jimenez?

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      awb

    2. UpTheCherries
      5 months, 16 days ago

      AWB bonus magnet

  16. LaLaLand
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Lloris (Button)
    TAA Digne AWB Shaw Femenia
    Hazard Sane Pogba Richarlison Fanderson
    Kane Mitro Kamara

    burn the 2 free transfers?

    1. zotter
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Anything itb ? You could switch button to Speroni

    2. Udo
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I didn't know what to do neither, and got Etherige in for Button to play this GW.

  17. UpTheCherries
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Anyone reckon Hudson-Odoi is a valid starting option this gameweek?

    Could see him getting something against a troubled Newc squad.

    1. zotter
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      What’s the point getting him for a week?

      1. UpTheCherries
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Already got him on winter wc to free up funds.

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      If he plays. Sarri said he was tired after playing two games didn’t he? Then the news Willian, Pedro, Giroud and Morata could all be back. Had him myself for awhile in my WC squad but got rid of him earlier.

      1. UpTheCherries
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Very true regarding fitness and att ops... just looked really good in recent performances and may give him game time to convince him to sign a new deal?

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I was tempted by this but Sarri mentioned tiredness when talking about him and Christensen, reckon he's on the bench myself

      1. UpTheCherries
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Alright cheers, play AWB instead? Just thinking of taking a punt but fitness is a big issue.

  18. JasonG123
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Lingard likely to start?

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      70 percent

  19. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Nasri.

    Pellegrini said Nasri will be in the squad the weekend. Said he’s been doing very well.

    I think it’s unlikely he will start this weekend but anyone considering I’m going forward?

  20. Woody01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    WC Active - G2G?

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

    Patricio / Jimenez / Doherty / Kamara

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Don’t need Etheridge and Fabianski. Downgrade Fab to Guita.

      1. Woody01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        I don’t have Fab? Got Etheridge and Patricio.. all okay other than that?

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Apologies I meant Patricio. I don’t think you need the 2x4.5 gk when Guita is 4.2.

          I like double pool defence but the strike force is too weak I think.

          1. Woody01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            I’d definitely like the extra 0.3 itv it would give me but don’t quite trust Guita to be firmly above Hennessey just yet :/

            This option allows me to rotate but then again, having Doherty and Patricio is probably overkill on Wolves Defence

  21. RussWells89
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Quick question please

    Who to play, who to bench?

    AWB
    Deulofeu

    Any advice appreciated 🙂

  22. Auboomerang
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Wish I didn't watch FPL show. They were talking about Siggy as a viable captaincy option. He was my first pick but quickly got rid of that idea and I've had it on Sterling all week. Now having last minute doubts.

    1. Garth Marenghi
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Put it on Pierre

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      'last minute', made me log in to double-check the deadline 😀

    3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Doubts are not good for health, especially when it comes to captaincy choices...

  23. KUNingas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Hi. Have two FTs and 0.2 ITB.

    A) Fabianski -> Guaita
    B) Bennett -> Bednarek
    C) Fabianski + Robertson -> Alisson + TAA

    Fabianski, Speroni
    Robertson, Pereira, Digne, AWB, Bennett

    1. zotter
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I like C. Alisson solves that spot for the season.

  24. zotter
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Predictions

    West Ham v arsenal. 2-1
    Brighton v Liverpool. 0-2
    Burnley v Fulham. 2-0
    Cardiff v Huddersfield 0-1
    Palace v Watford. 1-2
    Leicester v Saints. 3-1
    Chelsea v Newcastle. 2-0
    Everton v Bournemouth. 3-1
    Spurs v United. 2-1
    City v Wolves. 4-1

  25. Cruz88
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Have I got my bench correct do you think? Can't decide if I should bank on potential Jiminez points (likes to score Vs big teams) or a palace clean sheet if Wilson doesn't play

    Heaton
    Luiz Digne TAA
    Anderson Salah Richarlison Pogba B.Silva
    Wilson Auba

    Bench: Button, Jiminez, WanBiss, Doherty

    1. zotter
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      You sure bilva plays? Would probably still play him over Jiminez though

      1. Cruz88
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        No reason he wouldnt play I don't think. I don't think KDB is fully fit yet plus I'm not sure I buy that bilva will be dropped like a hot potato the moment he comes back, he's having a good season

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      If Fraser, Wilson, King we’re confirmed fit I’d nearly play WB before Digne.

      1. Cruz88
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Yeah I've been back and forth over that. AWB has a higher chance of a clean sheet whereas Digne has the attacking returns (and if I don't play him Vs Bou I dunno why I bought him!), Tough one

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Digne to Bednarek 😉

          Defenders should be bought firstly for CS. Everton don’t look like keeping many CS.

  26. Tinmen
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Folks, can I get a bit of help please.

    I want Salah and have 2 free transfers but it doesn’t seem right to ditch Auba or Haz to fund him this week
    Any suggestions?

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

    1. zotter
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Leave this week. Maybe get rid snodgrass rather than burn the transfer

  27. Solanke
    5 months, 16 days ago

    What to do here? 1.1m, 2FT

    Fab
    Kol | WanB | Rob | Digne
    Siggy | Salah (c) | martial | richa
    Rash | Kane

    Bench: Hammer | Wilson | Doherty | Elneny

    1. Roll
    2. Fab> Guita/Etheridge
    3. Wilson>Jiminez (who i'll bench against city, but get transfer in before wilson price drop + injury

    1. zotter
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Kol to shaw fab to alisson ?

      1. Solanke
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Thank, though Shaw likely to concede even after tot? Alison will have all my money tied up... Was thinking of giving Fab final chance and to do Wilson>Jimenez

  28. Fantasyamateur
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Fabianski
    Bissaka - Digne - Robertson
    Salah - Felipe - Hazard - Pogba - Camarasa
    Kane - Rashford

    Bench: Button, Jimenez, Doherty, Yoshida.

    1M ITB and 2FT. Any suggestions on what I should do here?

    My thinking is Fabianski and Felipe out. Maybe Alisson and Richarlison as replacements, but usually I'm not a big fan of expensive goalies.. Guaita is a good alternative I think, but already have AWB and not too keen on double Palace.. Also no City is a bit worrying, although it went okay over the Christmas period..

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I did get Alisson earlier, but maybe Kepa or Lloris might do the job if you prefer TAA now or later.

  29. joeydelucchi
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Bottomed, too light in defence?

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

  30. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Advice needed.
    My team Pickford/Stekelenburg
    Robbo/Dinge/Kola/AWB/Bennett
    Pereyra/Hazard/Pogba/Martial/Fraser
    Jimenez/Laca/Aubameyang
    1FT 1,8 ITB
    A) Laca to Aguero for free
    B) Laca & Martial to Salah & Kamara for -4
    C) Save
    D) Other move