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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. Wizard of Özil
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Captain:

      A) Salah
      B) Sterling

      1. Ycfc
          3 months, 17 days ago

          A

        • Concrete
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          B

        • V-2 Schneiderlin
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I've gone with B - mostly cause rival has Aguero and this will reduce my risk if City score big

      2. RamaJama
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Who to get for the blanks?

        A) Pedro
        B) Brooks

        1. Gringo Kid
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          B

        2. Concrete
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          B

      3. Concrete
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Doherty to

        A Chilwell

        B Ricardo

        1. Demel
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I think both are traps. Neither have really been performing.

        2. Atimis
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Would go with cheaper now as Leicester don’t defend

      4. Demel
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        G2G?

        Ederson
        Robertson - AWB - Schlupp
        Sterling - Son - Pogba - Hazard
        Aguero c - Jimenez - Rashford

        Kepa - Doherty - Shaw - Camarasa

        1. Concrete
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yep

        2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Love the Schlupp move. Gtg.

          1. Demel
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I have owned him for a few weeks now but he has been stuck on my bench as first sub unfortunately.

      5. Brakos2k
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Play Anderson or Pogba?

        1. Concrete
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Pogba

        2. Demel
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Pogba

        3. The Curse of Falcao
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          pog

      6. Dybala10
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Play 2:

        A) Azpilicueta
        B) David Luiz
        C) AWB

        1. Concrete
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          B and C

        2. Demel
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          A & B

        3. Warby84
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Double up

      7. FDMS All Starz
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Bottomed

        Which combo will score more this week?

        A) Vardy & Jota

        B) Jota & Son +4pts

        C) Maddison & King

        1. Concrete
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          C

      8. YEAH PITCH!
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Why are people trying to talk Salah into form? I've had him all season, and I like the guy, but come on. If you have Aguero or Sterling, surely you captain them.

          1. Demel
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            As a non-Salah owner I am hoping that as few of the top 10k as possible captain him so he doesn't punish me too much if he explodes.

            1. Kiwivillan
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              14k but o/ Aguero C

              1. Demel
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                That's good to know.

          2. @fpl_phenom
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            this

          3. V-2 Schneiderlin
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            think people are still looking at his 12 & 15 point returns from a few months back!

            1. YEAH PITCH!
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Won't help us now though lol.

            2. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              agreed

          4. Colonel Shoe 肝池
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            man the money ive lost on richarlison 🙁

            1. Demel
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              I would be more worried about the amount of lost points.

              1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                that too....double whammy

            2. Kiwivillan
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              This post gives me deja vu from last season

            3. Jᴀʀᴠish
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Bill Kenwright?

          5. Weilong7
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Lloris
            TAA Robbo AWB
            Son Pogba Salah F.Anderson
            Rashford Aguero Jimenez

            Button Lascelles Doherty Masuaku

            1) Doherty to Chilwll / Pereira?
            2) Bench Jimenez or Rashford to accomodate option 1?
            3) Any other suggestions

            Thanks!

            1. Annie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Chilwell would be benched this week?

              1. Weilong7
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                really? why so?

                1. Annie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  You misread...

          6. Powers106
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I am considering Jimenez --> Chicharito to be set up for next GW as well. Better now, or wait a week in case Arnie catches fire? Thanks!

            1. Concrete
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Wait

              1. Powers106
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Thanks

            2. @fpl_phenom
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              wait

              1. Powers106
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Thanks

          7. vanillasky639
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            bench one:

            Rondon vs Everton (H)
            Doherty vs Chelsea (A)

            1. Sanchit
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Doherty

            2. Jᴀʀᴠish
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Doherty surely

          8. Sanchit
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Anyone considering Wilson over King/Barnes?

            1. Demel
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              I will own him in my Free Hit next week if he is fit a great pick imo.

              1. Kiwivillan
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                You have amazing rank with all chips left. FH31 is a dud move. Thank me later

              2. Kiwivillan
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                You have 3 players for 31. Scratch that

            2. Warby84
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Only light training atm,

          9. Atimis
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Which one sounds best ??

            1. Puncheon to Brooks and also play Shaw
            2. Shaw to Luiz and also play ABarnes
            3. Doherty Shaw to Azpi ASmith -4 and play both

            1. Concrete
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              1

            2. Demel
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              1

            3. Atimis
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Thanks 😉

          10. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Morning.

            GTG & bench order correct?
            Save FT.

            Boruc,
            Trent, Pereira, Luiz
            Mane, Salah, Pogba, #Son, Brooks
            Rashford, Aguero C,

            Fabs, #Jimmy, #Doherty, Lascelles,

            .1 itb 2 FT, playing FH 32

            Can you think of players to replace ones ready for next week marked #

            1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Doh to Bournemouth - Clyne

                Then next week Sonny Jim to Hayden Higgy

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Cheers

            2. Ycfc
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Thoughts on this?? Doing C would mean 11 players next week but Rich and Anderson in horrible form

                A) Richarlison > Brooks
                B) Anderson > Brooks
                C) Keep both and do Son > Brooks next week

                Thanks!

                1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    C

                2. Js31
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Bench one

                  1 Anderson
                  2 AWB
                  3 Pereira

                  Thanks

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    2

                  2. Kiwivillan
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    1 unless his awful stats last 10 games are an unidentifiable outlier

                  3. Couch Potato
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      1

                  4. jimbo_smells
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Who to bench from my front 8:

                    Salah Mane Pogba Richarlison JWP

                    Aguero Rondon Jimenez

                    Had all JWP's points stuck on the bench the last 2 weeks. But fancy Jimenez as Wolves do well against the bigger sides... so bench:

                    A) JWP
                    B) Jimenez
                    C) Richarlison
                    D) A N Other

                    ?

                    1. Concrete
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      B

                    2. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      C or Rondon

                    3. BobbyDoesNotLook
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      A

                      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Actually C but then A

                    4. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Don’t consider benching jimi if you fancy him to do well

                        I say bench Richarlison or rondonaldo

                    5. Concrete
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Doherty to

                      A Chilwell

                      B Ricardo...

                      1. Kiwivillan
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        A is same move I'm considering

                      2. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          A if you think .4 will be handy

                          I bought pereira 3 weeks ago, with 0 then 2 and luckily benched for his next 0.

                          I’m more confident in Chilwell

                      3. sentz05
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Bench Rich, Rashford or Mitrovic?

                        1. BobbyDoesNotLook
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          Rich

                      4. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        is next week the best time for free hitting? Can probably get 8 or 9 playing with no hits

                        1. g40steve
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          Depends on your chips & strategy

                          1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                            • 7 Years
                            3 months, 17 days ago

                            got all 3, have no strategy yet

                        2. Kiwivillan
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          32 is. 31 you're competing against loads of non 31 FH teams that probably spank you in 32 and have same team for 33

                        3. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                            3 months, 17 days ago

                            Play 9

                        4. Sanchit
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          Best option for GW 31 and GW 33 ( would be different formations) :
                          Luiz
                          Wilson
                          King
                          Barnes

                          1. @fpl_phenom
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 17 days ago

                            luiz

                        5. Mr_Barbs
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          Last decision to make!

                          A) jota > lanzini
                          B) jota > brooks/fraser
                          C) jimenez > wilson/king

                          Fabiaski
                          Robertson, TAA, AWB, Schar
                          Salah(vc), Pogba, Son
                          Aguero(c), Jimenez, Vardy

                          Button, Jota, Hayden, Doherty

                          1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              If u have 2FT then I like A then B for brooks.

                              If u have only 1FT then carry it over.

                          2. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                            • 7 Years
                            3 months, 17 days ago

                            Fab (Foster)
                            Robertson Pereira AWB (Digne Doherty)
                            Salah(c) Son Pogba Fanderson Brooks
                            Jimenez Aguero (Murray)

                            A Murray to Rondón (drop Fanderson)
                            B Son/Murray to Higuain/Hayden (-4)
                            C Save FT

                            1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                C for me

                            2. b91jh
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              Vardy, Salah or Sterling for (c)?

                              1. @fpl_phenom
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                Sterling

                              2. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Leading then salah
                                  Chasing then Vardy

                                  Exciting Saturday night then sterling

                              3. saurabh.06
                                • 4 Years
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                Whom should I start?
                                A. Lasaceles
                                B. Arnautovic

                                1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    B Arnie could return even if he comes off bench

                                2. Sid07
                                  • 5 Years
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Have 2FT
                                  1) rashford to vardy + save FT
                                  2) pogba + Jimi to Brooks + higuain
                                  3) pogba + Jimi to Fraser + higuain

                                  1. Sanchit
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    1.
                                    Personally think United arsenal could be a goalfest so wouldn't want to get rid of pogba this GW.

                                    1. Sid07
                                      • 5 Years
                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                      Nd rash??

                                3. yuva247
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  final decision...captain salah or kun?

                                  1. g40steve
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Kun

                                  2. @fpl_phenom
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    kun

                                  3. Kiwivillan
                                    • 5 Years
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Kun for me have both

                                  4. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                      Kun as per everybody above.......but if you’d asked 30 mins ago like someone else then it was a sea of salah replies.

                                      1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                          So basically, let it be your decision and do not be influenced by others opinions on this choice

                                    • The Curse of Falcao
                                      • 3 Years
                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                      start Jimenez or F.Anderson?

                                      1. @fpl_phenom
                                        • 3 Years
                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                        im goin Fanderson.... I have luiz too though so its making me , make a call one way or the other...

                                    • JasonG123
                                      • 5 Years
                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                      Play one:
                                      (A) Jimenez (che)
                                      (B) Barnes (liv)

                                      We all know Jimenez has scored against top 6 opponents but Barnes has actually returned in all 4 games against top 6 opponents that he has started in.

                                      1. @fpl_phenom
                                        • 3 Years
                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                        Jimenez