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FPL Team News and Injury Round-up – Gameweek 30

We’ve pored over all 20 pre-match press conferences ahead of Gameweek 30, with our updated Team News tab containing detailed injury news from each club and predicted line-ups for this weekend’s fixtures.

Our video round-up of the Premier League pressers held on Thursday and Friday, meanwhile, can be viewed at the bottom of this article.

Arsenal v Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be able to call upon three of his injured contingent when Manchester United head to Arsenal this weekend.

Anthony Martial (groin) is available for selection, while Nemanja Matic (muscle) and Ander Herrera (hamstring) will be assessed after returning to training.

Solskjaer said:

Anthony [Martial] will be available and, hopefully, we’ll have Nemanja [Matic] and/or Ander [Herrera] ready as well. They just need to have another couple of days’ training with the team. They’ve done well in their recovery work.

Eric Bailly has also recovered from the injury that forced him off in midweek but there was no update provided in Solskjaer’s presser on Jesse Lingard (hamstring), Juan Mata (hamstring), Phil Jones (illness), Antonio Valencia (knock) and Matteo Darmian (knock).

That gruelling win over PSG in the Champions League may prompt changes in the United line-up, with Solskjaer saying:

The fitness issue plays in more than ever. We’ve got players coming in, players who put a proper shift in – one of the hardest nights we’ve had, physically. It was great to have fresh legs, Scott [McTominay], Fred. That must be something we consider this time.

Solskjaer also had plenty to say on Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford:

[Lukaku] has been asked to play wide a few times earlier on and provide more chances but now he’s more in the box. We played with two up with him and Rashy against PSG and they might form a very nice partnership. We need Rom facing the goal.

I keep battering [Marcus] with it that he also should score as many goals as Rom after the training session is finished! He should also get simple tap-ins like Rom has scored the last few games.

Apart from long-term absentees Hector Bellerín (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Rob Holding (knee), Arsenal reported no injury concerns ahead of the visit of Manchester United. Lucas Torreira begins a three-match ban, however.

Unai Emery, who started Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil against Rennes on Thursday, suggested he would freshen things up on Sunday:

Sunday we need fresh players, players with energy, we need quality, we need good combinations and we need the players who start on the bench, after they can help us on the pitch and deliver a big performance.

Liverpool v Burnley

Dejan Lovren (match fitness) and James Milner (muscle) will be assessed ahead of Liverpool’s match against Burnley on Sunday, though Joe Gomez (leg) again misses out.

Jurgen Klopp said on Friday:

Dejan [Lovren] trained yesterday first time, full, completely normal. Joe [Gomez] is now running with 100% of his weight. [Gomez] will be probably after the international break. Dejan was out for a while, so we have to see how his fitness is.

Dejan is not injured anymore, he’s fit – but how fit, we’ll have to see. Millie [Milner] we will have to see. Everything heals quicker! He was outside yesterday. He had a little muscle issue. If you ask Millie, he will be ready. But we will see.

Steven Defour (calf) will likely be out for the rest of the season after surgery but Sean Dyche reported no fresh injury concerns in his presser on Friday.

Manchester City v Watford

Aymeric Laporte (muscle) has made an earlier-than-anticipated return to training and will be assessed ahead of City’s match against Watford.

Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring) and Fernandinho (muscle) are out and John Stones (knock) also appears to be unavailable, however.

Pep Guardiola said on Friday:

All of them, they are getting better. Aymeric [Laporte] is back, training the last two, three days, I don’t know if he’s available for tomorrow. Kevin [De Bruyne] is not fit.

Guardiola’s injury update can be viewed here on YouTube.

Javi Gracia had positive news in his own press conference, meanwhile:

Today is a good day for me because I can say, today, all my players are available for the next game.

Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers

All quiet on the injury front ahead of Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge, with not a single injury-related flag between the two clubs in FPL – though Ryan Bennett begins a two-match ban for the visitors.

Our interpretation of Chelsea’s Europa League minutes can be viewed in the Team News tab, with Maurizio Sarri’s press conference offering little insight into Gameweek 30.

Nuno Espirito Santo was his usual reticent self, though seemed to imply – without explicitly saying – that Rui Patricio will return in goal this weekend.

Regarding the rotation against Cardiff, the Wolves boss repeated his comments about the third match in a tough cycle of games being the one that “requires attention”.

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur

Dele Alli (hamstring) has trained with the Spurs squad all week and is in contention ahead of the trip to Southampton, though Harry Winks (groin) will require assessment and Kieran Trippier (muscle) is a major doubt.

Mauricio Pochettino said:

It is very good news that Alli is going to be available. We need to wait till tomorrow, the last training session. I hope that he’s going to be available and maybe he can play Saturday.

I think Trips, no. He suffered a small problem but I think Trips is going to be out. Tomorrow we need to assess Harry Winks again. It’s a similar situation to what it was before Dortmund.

Ralph Hasenhuttl provided an update on Danny Ings (hamstring), meanwhile:

He is not in the group at the moment. We didn’t take any risks, we want to give him the time to come back in this three-week break after Tottenham. We have one friendly against a Championship team, maybe he can get 45 minutes in that.

Leicester City v Fulham

Jamie Vardy (head) is fit to feature for Leicester City this weekend.

Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday:

He is fine. He took a bad knock and had a couple of stitches in his tongue from the collision he had. He’s trained very well and he’ll be fine for the weekend.

Andre Schurrle (virus), Alfie Mawson (knee) and Marcus Bettinelli (knee) remain out for the Cottagers.

Cardiff City v West Ham United

Aaron Cresswell (toe/head) and Fabian Balbuena (knee) are available for West Ham’s trip to Fulham.

Manuel Pellegrini said on Thursday:

Cresswell worked with the team the last two days so he won’t have any problems. Balbuena played 45 minutes for the under-23 team on Monday, also without any problems. I think they are both available for selection.

The Hammers’ boss also commented on Manuel Lanzini‘s recent return:

It wasn’t my original idea as I wanted him to play 65-70 minutes maximum [v Newcastle] but he said he was OK and he worked without any problems and played the whole game. He is ready and recovered.

On Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic, Pellegrini added:

I am pleased with Javier. He is in a good moment and is making good movements in the attacking areas. Every striker wants to score more goals but he is contributing well. We also have Marko coming back, so I think we have options.

Maybe one of them for different reasons must wait in this moment or they can play both together, but in having good options for a manager, it’s a solution, not a problem.

Sol Bamba (knee) has been ruled out for the season but is Neil Warnock’s only confirmed absentee so far.

The Cardiff boss said:

The back four takes care of itself tomorrow.

I left Josh [Murphy] out [against Wolves] altogether because he’s been very, very poor for a couple of weeks, in training. It’s lack of confidence. And yet he’s one player who can just spark us off.

Victor Camarasa, I know he wasn’t 100 per cent but he had to play last week to get a game under his belt. He’ll be a lot better this week.

[Paterson is] a great asset to have. I’ve not written him off anywhere. It’s just, would you pick him in front of Niasse or Ken? Would you put him at right wing-back, at right-wing, in midfield behind the striker ahead of Camarasa?

Huddersfield Town v Bournemouth

Eddie Howe provided an update on Callum Wilson (knee) on Friday morning.

The Bournemouth boss said:

He’s done some light training this week, he’s been back on the grass for the first time and has looked pretty good. I’ll have to consult with Callum and the physios and see how he feels.

Steve Cook (groin) has been ruled out for “five to six weeks”, meanwhile.

Jan Siewert has a multitude of injury problems ahead of Gameweek 30.

The Huddersfield boss said:

I think we are short on numbers! Hoggy still has problems with his ribs, isn’t good at all. Demeaco with his hip, he’s not able to play. Depoitre has a problem with his foot, I’m not quite sure if it’s possible for him at the weekend.

Siewert confirmed that Jason Puncheon and Jon Stankovic are available for selection but Adama Diakhaby (hamstring) and Isaac Mbenza (calf) remain out.

Newcastle United v Everton

Rob Elliot (back) and Ciaran Clark (knock) have been joined on the sidelines by Sean Longstaff, who looks set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Marco Silva only has worries over two veteran defenders ahead of the trip to Tyneside, meanwhile:

Leighton [Baines], not ready. Started to work with the team but not fully. Jags [Jagielka] is out of the last two sessions, also. All the others are okay.

Crystal Palace v Brighton and Hove Albion

Roy Hodgson’s presser was thin on team news but it is expected that
Mamadou Sakho (knee) and Pape Souare (shoulder) remain out.

Chris Hughton, meanwhile, provided the following update:

At this moment, only Pascal Gross is unavailable this weekend. We’ll see how it goes this week, he’s not training but has been doing some good work. He has a chance for [the FA Cup tie versus] Millwall. Leon Balogun is now back in training.

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  1. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Captaining sterling ahead of kun and vardy
    A little worried

    1. drughi
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Then don't

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Why would you if you are worried?
      I dont really get the captaincy love for Vardy

  2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    This injury round up article is one of the best going IMO, always find it really helpful.

    Thanks!

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Fully agree, very helpful for people like myself who only come on the site after work

      1. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        That's very nice to hear, thank you both!

        1. YEAH PITCH!
          6 months, 15 days ago

          I'm with the guys above. It really helps with making transfer decisions.

          1. Come on you Kante
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Agree very detailed and useful

  3. jorgenoj
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Best player under 6.5 for the blanks?

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      King

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Do you mean a midfielder? I would go for Fraser.

  4. Scotty B
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Vardy or Higuain & why?

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Vardy

      Why not

    2. RoysCallerAnne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      What would you do with the extra cash if you got Vardy

      1. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        How much are we talking ? . I could use a nice holiday and car

        1. RoysCallerAnne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          3 fiddy

    3. drughi
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Higuain- world class striker and playing with a better team and have better support

      1. arndff_
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Went with Vardy myself. Planning to sign Hazard next GW and *probably* a Chelsea defender, so 3x on Chelsea would be too much (imo).

      2. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Disagree Chelsea's support is crap and racist

    4. Stevie B
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I think Vardy because the fixtures.

  5. jorgenoj
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Speroni --> Boruc (-4) for the blanks?

    Other keeper is Etheridge

    1. arndff_
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Just ditch Etheridge for a GK who plays in 31,33.

  6. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    I'm starting JWP and benching Jimenez. Right move?

    1. Seaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Unless I'm looking at the wrong fixtures then I don't think its the right move.

    2. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Prefer Jiminez over jwp

    3. arndff_
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Jimenez over JWP imo

    4. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Erm wrong move

  7. Printing Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    After acrunnif 0, 2, 0 points, i got a good feeling that Pereira will finally repay my -4 from 3 weeks ago

    1. Printing Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      *after a run of

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I bloody hope so too

  8. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Chances of Arnie starting this weekend?

    1. HakimZyech
      6 months, 15 days ago

      To me 100%

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        I wish I was that confident

        I have a feeling Pellegrini had a grudge against him but I could be totally wrong

    2. fr3d
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      30%

    3. DJ1000
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Arnie clearly better than Hernandez. Only a matter of time till he starts. Away against Cardiff would make complete sense

    4. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I am starting with him over Jimenez. High risk high reward.

  9. Stevie B
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    What to do with this lot?

    Fabianski, Speroni
    Robertsson, Alexander-Arnold, Digne, Doherty, Wan-Bissaka
    Salah, Pogba, Sterling, Richarlison, Hayden
    Aubameyang, Jimenez, Rondon

    1 free transfer and no money in the bank.

    Thank you!

    1. Codetto
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Auba -> vardy/higuain

    2. billydesmond
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      then Sterling to Hazard in GW31

  10. pmos
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 15 days ago

    If you had to choose:

    a- Pogba and D.Silva
    b- Sterling and Martial

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      A

  11. arndff_
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    G2G?

    Fabianski
    Robbo TAA AWB
    Salah Sterling Son Pogba FA
    Vardy Jimenez

    Doherty Barnes Bednarek

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Yes

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Yes good to go

  12. Bobby_Baggio
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Evening all. Save or use FT? Using FH32 so 31 & 33 will be just standard transfers. Grazie.

    Fab
    Robbo - Pereira - Digne
    Mane - Pogba - Salah - Sterling
    Jimenez - Vardy - Rashford

    (Speroni) - Bed - Punch - Bennett

  13. panda07
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Which forward would you go for?

    A) Vardy
    B) Higuain

    1. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Sorry didn't see Scotty B's post above

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Vardy

  14. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Pogba > Hazard worth it this week?

    1. Sid07
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I would if I could

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      No? United scored far more than Chelsea and Wolves conceded less than Arsenal.

    3. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Not this week sorry

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Think United will be fired up and Poga fresh and it looks like will be further forward with Matic/Herrera possibly returning so no

  15. Sid07
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Pogba to mane??

  16. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Can anyone fill this lazy got in on possible cancellations and double gameweek possibilities? I read city v Cardiff may be moved to 32 so I guess that means they have a blank 33. Could there be any other cancelled games in 33?

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Lazy git even

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        I was thinking the same

    2. RoysCallerAnne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Ben Crellin Twitter. You can get the laminated version for 55p if you're feeling flahoolick.

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Is it double sided?

      2. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Does he take euros?

      3. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Just checked it out, it's really helpful. Great shout

      4. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        *flaithulach

  17. Foozeball
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Going with FH31/BB32.

    Guaita or Ryan for my 2nd dgw gk? (Already have Foster)

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      A bit of a waste of your chips

      1. Foozeball
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Lovely, constructive input there

  18. Kun Tozser
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Play;

    Pogba
    Jiménez
    Brooks

    ?

    1. Yoshioka
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Pogba

  19. Yoshioka
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 15 days ago

    To owners of both, are you starting:

    a) AWB (BHA)
    b) Digne (new)

    I'm caught between chasing a potential AWB cs and a potential attacking return from Digne. I suppose either could produce cs or a goal/assist, but I'm still caught between the two.

    1. billydesmond
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      AWB

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      A for me, but I’m starting Schär and Rondón aswel so hoping for a Newcastle win

  20. AYLD28
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Play:

    1. Boruc
    2. Debravka

  21. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Evening all. 2FTs and look ing for advice.

    Ederson
    Robertson / TAA / Pereira / Digne
    Salah / Son / Pogba / Maddison
    Aguero (C) / Jimenez

    Fabianski // Barnes / Camarasa / Doherty

    Which striker to bring in?
    A) Vardy
    B) King

    If A, who to downgrade, and to who? Currently 0.6m off a straight swap.

    1) Ederson
    2) Doherty (4.9 SV)
    3) Digne (5.1 SV)
    4) Pogba (8.4 SV)
    5) Fabianski > Boruc

    1. Yoshioka
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Vardy, and Doherty to Diop perhaps.

    2. billydesmond
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Or Vardy and Doherty to Adam Smith or Jack Simpson

  22. Manani
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    rondon or King?

    already got Barnes and Jimenez

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      King

  23. gaurava1216
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Locked and loaded!

    Boruc
    VVD Doherty Diop
    Salah(C) Mane(VC) Brooks Hazard
    Aguero Rondon Vardy

    Patricio- Balbuena-McNeil-Bednarek

    2M ITB for either Mcneil to Lanzini next week or Bednarek to Luiz

    Field 11 and have 1 sub for 31....

    Good luck all!

  24. The Tinkerman
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Very tough benching calls this week. Do you agree with my choices?

    Ederson
    Keane, Robbo, AWB
    Brooks, Anderson, Mane, Salah (C)
    Higuain, Jiminez, (V)ardy

    Fab; Richarlison, Doherty, Shaw

  25. gaurava1216
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    81.6% of the current top 10k managers have never previously finished in the top 10k while 49.4% have never previously finished in the top 100k

    Sitting at 14k rank.... this gives me hope of a top 5k finish to beat my PB. all chips intact- ready for BGW 31.

    1. RoysCallerAnne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Very doable from 14k. 1k with a bit of luck. GL!

  26. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Aguero TC locked in finally ! Good luck everyone!

    1. Boz
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Good luck!

    2. drughi
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Good luck, armband firmly on Kun but saving TC for salah gw 36

  27. Boz
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Fab
    Rob Awb Pereira (Doh Kiko)
    Salah Son Pogba Fand (mcneil)
    Hig Jimi Barnes

    5.6itb, 1ft

    Jimi to Vardy with ft? Yay or nay?
    Or anything else?

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Like that move if you don’t mind loosing value on Jimmy

  28. jorgenoj
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Brooks or Fraser if money is irrelevant?

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Toss a coin.

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Brooks

  29. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Gtg?
    Fabianski
    Robertson,TAA,Periera,AWB
    Salah,Pogba,Hazard,Almiron(vc)
    Aguero(c),King

    Hamer,Jota,Barnes,Doherty 1.3m itb 1FT(rolling)

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Yes good team

      1. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks

    2. drughi
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      nice team, gtg

      1. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers..
        planning Aguero > Vardy or Higuaín and AWB > Azpilicueta next week for free.

  30. jorgenoj
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Should I transfer out Etheridge(-4) for a keeper who plays in 31 and 33? Free hitting 32.

    1. billydesmond
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Yes. You will likely recoup the 4 points if you select a decent keeper (Fab or Heaton).