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The FPL Gameweek 27 team news: what we know so far

While we’ll be bringing you the usual team news video and article write-up on Friday, the earlier-than-usual Gameweek 27 deadline has prompted this initial summary of the press conferences and medical bulletins that have happened already.

Things We’ve Learned

The headline news came from Mauricio Pochettino’s presser, with talk of Harry Kane‘s (ankle) return dominating proceedings.

The Spurs boss said of his star striker:

He’s very good. I think we need to assess him one training session tomorrow and then decide but I think he’s doing well. I am happy with him and maybe he’s going to be available to be part of the squad.

He’s not ahead of schedule but everyone knows that Harry is an animal, he wants to be ready as soon as possible. He made everything to try to recover and, of course, the injury that he suffered is tough to recover but it’s more the possibility that when you push, you push. In some injuries, you cannot push too much, because always you need to be careful. When it’s a massive injury it’s completely different.

But of course, we’re so happy that in the last ten days he was fantastic, back in training again, and he can be available again. It’s going to be a massive impact for everyone.

I don’t care if he feels ready or wants to play or not, like another player. I’ll decide myself, with my coaching staff, with the doctor and the medical staff and the sports science staff. Always with every player that came from an injury or illness, always it’s about the structure, when it’s possible to play or not. Of course, if you ask him ten days ago, he was ready to play. But in the end, the last word is always myself. I take the risk, the decision and everything that is going on in the team. 

Ben Davies (groin) has also returned to training this week, though Danny Rose (illness) is a minor doubt for the trip to Burnley.

One Spurs player who won’t feature this weekend is Dele Alli (hamstring), with Pochettino providing this update on the injured midfielder:

His progression is good, we are happy. This is the last part of the period of his recovery. Difficult to say: maybe one week, maybe ten days, maybe two weeks. We are going to assess him day by day.

Burnley will again be without Steven Defour (calf), Aaron Lennon (knee) and Jonathan Walters (Achilles), though Sean Dyche confirmed on Thursday that Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady are fit to feature.

Leicester’s fixtures are about to take a turn for the better but those Fantasy managers who were interested in James Maddison and Ben Chilwell might have been slightly deterred by Claude Puel’s comments on Thursday.

The Foxes’ boss said:

We have an issue with Chilwell and Maddison and we will make a point in tomorrow’s training session. It’s not serious but we will see tomorrow.

Manuel Pellegrini delivered his press conference on Wednesday and brought news that Manuel Lanzini (knee) and Samir Nasri (calf) have returned to training.

The West Ham United boss said the pair “maybe” have a chance of featuring against Fulham, though there was no update forthcoming on Fabian Balbuena (knee).

Pellegrini said:

For this game, we have the squad which played most of the games and we will have the squad list on Thursday, and maybe Lanzini and Nasri can be included on that squad list.

They worked not only today but they worked the complete week. We will talk to the medical staff about whether we can use them.

All four playmakers in our squad were injured, which is always difficult, so the return of both of them injects more quality into the squad.

We will analyse Jack Wilshere next week, then we will be more clear about his future.

Claudio Ranieri meanwhile declared that, Alfie Mawson (knee) aside, Fulham have no injury worries – meaning that new signings Lazar Markovic and Havard Nordtveit could be match-fit enough to feature.

Kiko Femenia (hamstring) is Javi Gracia’s only injury-related absentee going into Friday’s game at Cardiff, though Jose Holebas begins a two-match ban for accruing ten yellow cards.

Gracia said:

Roberto [Pereyra] and Isaac [Success] are both ready to compete. Roberto is a very important player, making the difference in a lot of games, scoring goals and assisting. Isaac hasn’t played the same minutes as other players, but the time he played, he played with quality and is helping the team. He’s a good option for us in attack with his power and pace. He is something different for us to help us manage different games.

Prödl is another option for us at centre-back where the players are playing well. It’s always good to have a player of his quality.

Kiko is feeling very well in all the training sessions. For the next game, it’s impossible [for him to play] but I think for the game after, he will be ready.

Sean Morrison (appendix) is back in training for the Bluebirds, but Neil Warnock cast doubt on whether the club captain would feature against the Hornets and provided an update on Victor Camarasa.

On Morrison, Warnock said:

He’s training, he had another tough session yesterday. He’s just got to have a bit of football in his locker. We’ve got three games in a week so it’s pointless rushing him. I’m hoping he’s going to be involved at some stage this week.

On Camarasa:

He has a medical team from Spain that look after him. Sometimes we don’t agree. It’s difficult for Victor because he’s got so many people talking to him. It’s [an ongoing] calf injury. He’s doing most things really well.

Huddersfield have been given a boost by the return of Jonas Lossl and Chris Lowe from illness, while Elias Kachunga has had a less-serious dose of the flu ahead of the trip to Newcastle.

Danny Williams (knee) won’t be ready to play despite a return to training, though Abdelhamid Sabiri (knee) featured for the under-23s last week and may come back into contention. 

Managers Yet to Deliver a Press Conference

Unai Emery (Arsenal)
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace)
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United)
Rafael Benitez (Newcastle United)
Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton)
Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Injury News That May Be Updated on Friday

  • Laurent Koscielny came off with a muscular injury in Arsenal’s win over BATE on Thursday night, with Unai Emery describing the defender’s substitution as “precautionary”. Ainsley Maitland-Niles missed out through illness.
  • Callum Wilson (knee) and David Brooks (ankle) are thought to be medium-term absentees for Bournemouth and are not currently scheduled to return till March.
  • Jurgen Klopp earlier in the week declared Dejan Lovren (muscle) a major doubt for the trip to Manchester United.
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ruled Anthony Martial (groin) and Jesse Lingard (hamstring) out for “two to three weeks” last Friday but reports in the media suggest the pair could possibly recover for the visit of Liverpool – this has yet to be confirmed by Manchester United, however.
  • Jonjo Shelvey (thigh) has returned to training for Newcastle United.
  • Danny Ings (hamstring) hasn’t been sighted in training this week, though Stuart Armstrong (calf) has been involved.
  • Matt Doherty came off with a knock in the FA Cup win over Bristol City last weekend, though Nuno Espirito Santo appeared to downplay the severity of the injury. Diogo Jota missed out on that victory with a dead leg.

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  1. NIRMOHI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Building team for Blank GWs...

    King and Barnes shortlisted to get in...

    I really tempted with King but what if Wilson is back???

    1. Park the bus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      King certainly the main man when Wilson out but even if Wilson was it he’d still be nailed in a team that scores more goals than Burnley. Barnes still a decent option though and probably cheaper?

      1. Dave Bauer
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        It’s a tough call, both are good options IMO.

    2. pingissimus
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Go Barnes

        Is either Fraser or Brooks an option in midfield? Bournemouth have tasty looking fixtures but one should be enough - they’re hotmrribly unreliable and blew a similarly great fixture run this time last year

    3. Park the bus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Bench one:

      A. Robertson
      B. Bennett
      C. AWB

      1. Dave Bauer
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Nice problem to have this week. Probably Robbo, but a tough call and any of them could bite you.

      2. rocco10 - AMERICAN DYCHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        B

      3. Space Cadete
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        B by a country mile

      4. pingissimus
          2 months, 29 days ago

          B

          Robbo and AWB can pick up baps w/o clean sheets

        • Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          B

      5. pingissimus
          2 months, 29 days ago

          A.Start Camarasa and risk a 20 min sub appearance .

          B. Go Jota and Jonny - a triple Wolves with Jiminez I don’t fancy at all really

          1. True Deadzoner
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            B even Camarara to play full 90

          2. b91jh
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Bmouth is not a weak side...

          3. Hillbilly
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            A

        • True Deadzoner
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Play Patricio (Bou) or Guita (Lei)?

          1. Dave Bauer
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            If no other Wolves defence, Patrício.

        • cuppatea78
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Not sure who to play:

          A) Alisson Vs Man Utd
          B) Guaita Vs Leicester

          What do you reckon?

          1. Dave Bauer
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            B surely

        • unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Morning all, Couple of quick questions:

          1) Arnie or Fanderson for the coming few weeks

          2) If you had to keep one of Alonso or Rich for next few gw’s, which of the lesser evils would you keep?

          3A) Maguire + Rondón or
          3B) Yedlin + Arnie

          1. Dave Bauer
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Arnie for a punt, Anderson for a more solid choice.

            Ugh, neither. But I guess Richarlison of the two.

            A - and get Anderson for your West Ham attacker.

          2. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Anderson as I don't trust Arnautovic fitness.

            Alonso is probably easier to bench this week I'd say.

            3A

            1. unitednations
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Can’t afford Maguire, Anderson and Rondón. The Anderson would be Harvey Barnes

              1. mikess
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I'm not so sure about Barnes personally. He could be great but he can easily be subbed off early if they struggle to get a goal

        • mikess
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Fabianski
          Robertson, VVD, Doherty, Schindler
          Salah, Son, Pogba, Puncheon
          Rashford, Jimenez

          Patricio, Richarlison, Kun, Digne

          In a bit of a pickle. I can field 11 but there's some dross in there. 6 for gw31 with the Huddersfield guys.

          1ft with 1.6m ITB

          A) Richarlison > Antonio/Anderson/Maddison

          B) Digne > Pereira/Rice

          C) Both - 4

        • DaniCT
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Firminho to Lacazette for Free.

          1. Phil's Stamps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Ok move, but remember Firmino plays all the other blanks.

        • tbhogal
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Hi Guys, Which option is best guys???

          A) Firminho to Auba
          B) Rich to Anderson
          C) Save FT

          Patricio(Hamer)
          AWB, Robertson, Kola, Bennett
          Pogba, Son, Salah (Hojberg, Rich)
          Rashford, Firminho, Jimenez..

          1. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            B I think

        • Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Is Camarasa expected to start this gw?

        • AD2110
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Bench one:
          A) TAA
          B) Robbo
          C) Bennett
          D) AWB

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            C

        • Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Morning all, captain:

          A) Pogba (LIV)
          B) Son (bur)

          Bench

          1) AWB (lei)
          2) JWP (ars)

          Thanks

          1. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            B 2

          2. Sweetboi
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            A2

        • fridge
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Foster
          AWB. Robbo. Doherty. Bednarek
          Salah. Pogba. Son
          Rashford. Jiminez

          Speroni** Hazard** Digne** Kamara ** Rich**

          2 FT, 2.3 ITB

          A) Rich > Fanderson & save a FT
          B) Rich & Kamara > Fanderson & Laca
          C) Rich & Digne > Fanderson & Pereira

          1. Sweetboi
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            B and bench Bednarek looks good tbh.

          2. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Can you afford B?

          3. Atimis
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Play one:
            1. WB
            2. Shaw

            (C) one:
            A. Auba
            B. Son

            Thanks 😉

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              1A

            2. mikess
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              1 and A

            3. Sweetboi
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              1A

            4. Atimis
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              On 1A now

          4. Sweetboi
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Which one?

            a) F Anderson + Rondon

            b) Almiron + Arnautovic

            c) H Barnes + Arnautovic/Rondon

            1. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              A

            2. Dosh
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              C. Not thinking about Maddison?

              1. Sweetboi
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Slight doubt for Saturday...should start but still. Also, he flatters to deceive a lot. Barnes looks more direct from what I've seen recently.

                1. La Roja
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  He looks like one of those lad who can’t finish his dinner though.

          5. Ronin13
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Why FAnderson over Antonio who has the better form?

          6. pingissimus
              2 months, 29 days ago

              There’s a spike in Salah sales

              Puzzled. Where are they going? Son? Mane?

            • Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              No replies last page 🙁

              Bench Robertson or AWB?

              1. Miro
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                AWB imo

              2. Sweetboi
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Tough...AWB imo. Robbo could always get an assist if they concede.

              3. ♤TeddyBear♤
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Never bench robbo. Look at his City away score.... that’s the tough fixture on the calendar

              4. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Cheers all

            • Miro
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              A) Keep Aguero for the run in after gw27

              B) Sell for Auba/Laca for 2 gws, then reassess

              cheers

              1. Sweetboi
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                If you're using the Free Hit chip in 31, I'd go B. If not, A.

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                A

              3. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                A

            • Bobby_Baggio
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Morning chaps. Save or take -4 (Kamara > Auba)? 7m ITB. Thanks.

              Fab
              Robbo - AWB - Pereira - Bennett
              Mane - Pogba - Salah - Son
              Jimenez - Rashford

              Punch - Digne - Kamara

              1. PepTalk
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                If only you'd gone for 'morning all' as then a female enthusiast like myself could've offered some sage advice. (Take the hit, bench Bennett).

                1. Bobby_Baggio
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  I apologise for the misused word. That will be changed going forward. Cheers for the reply.

              2. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I think everyone in that 11 is capable of getting points this week so you may need two attacking returns to make up for the hit. It also seems Laca is the preference (on here) in the Arsenal attack this week.

                1. Bobby_Baggio
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  I think laca is for minutes but in terms of potential explosiveness it has to be Auba. Thanks for reply.

            • ♤TeddyBear♤
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Am having a total brain fart here?

              Thinking of taking out Rashford for Arnie (bought rash for 7.0)

              The reasons are Arnie plays the blanks.... has great fixtures and can Rashford really start 4 games in 10 days anyway?

              Food for thought but let me know your opinions

              1. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                If chasing, maybe. If not I think it's a big gamble.

              2. mikess
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Could pay off but I think Rashford has an OK record vs Liverpool

              3. La Roja
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I am tempted with Arnie too but I wouldn’t sell Rashford for him

            • Scotty84
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Current team:-
                Ether
                Bed TAA AWB Doh
                Son Pog Dendon Salah
                Jimen Rash
                Subs:- Boruc Simps Kun Richarlson
                Bank 2.1

                Not sure whether to leave my team for this gw or make some moves?

                Currently considering:-
                Son > Sterling
                Rich > Almiron

                I like son to sterling but would need to sell rich also and will only have 6.3 left in the bank is almiron worth the punt at 6?

                1. Scotty84
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    In fact cancel last sterling draws blank gw looks like I'm holding for now

                2. SPorting
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Looks about right, right?

                  Lloris
                  Robbo, Doherty, Pereira
                  Salah, Mané, Pogba, Son
                  Rashford, Laca, Jimenez

                  Fraser, AWB (Button, Holebas)

                  1. yuva247
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    what r u doing with lloris from next GW

                    1. SPorting
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Undecied. Might ship him for Fab. Decent run on paper (except the MCI fixture) and plays the blanks.

                3. Dosh
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Chances of Arnie starting this week?

                  1. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    100%

                4. irfansheikh
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  2 Transfers (-4) worth the risk as I might not have 11 playing team?:

                  Saiss to Peltier and Kiko to Kolasinac

                  Rest of team:
                  Lloris (Button)
                  Doherty (Doubt), Robertson, Kiko (Injured) [Saiss (May miss out again), Bednarek]
                  Pogba, Salah, Mane, Son [Camrasa (may miss out again)]
                  Rashford, Jimenez (Aguero - Blank)

                  0.6 m in bank and 1 FT
                  Position: 44k

                5. a25389
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  For those with all three chips & WC is there a consensus yet as to how to navigate the B/DGWs?

                  Haven’t really looked until this morning and my personal view right now is that;

                  31 - build with free transfers
                  32 - FH
                  33- good team fielded since reverts to 31
                  34/35 - WC

                  Question - what do I do with my TC?!!

                  Discuss

                  Psalm5.3

                6. rnrd
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Can't decide between Fanderson(C) or Son(C).
                  Who would you pick?

                  1. Bobby_Baggio
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Son

                7. Powerplay
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    what to do....

                    i have Doherty and Jota possible outs and Kun in my starting line up....I can cover one of the three with WB...
                    .should i swap Kun to
                    A: Auba
                    B: Arnie (Building to GW 31)
                    C: Do nothing and take a couple of potential hits
                    D: Trade and take up to -8 points

                  • ddfc
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Currently playing Robertson and Doherty, who should be my third defender:

                    1. VVD (mun)
                    2. AWB (lei)

                    Thanks

                  • Game&Watch
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Best combo of def + mid for 9.3m or less?

                      - Peltier + Moutinho
                      - Chilwell + Hayden

                      Other??

                      Kinda lame question but I'm saving money to do Sterling + Kun for GW28 😉