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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. Marco Ni Motet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 15 days ago

    My OR is top 1 K. Have Salah, Mane, Sterling and Vardy. My rivals in mini leagues all have Salah, no Sterling. Who would you captain?

    1. Cmdr Shepards Boots
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 15 days ago

      If Salah gets points, you will get 1/2 of what your rivals get. On the other hand, you will receive double the benefit of any Sterling/Mane etc points. I guess it comes down to risk vs reward and whether you are happy to gamble on big gains vs staying in line with the rest?

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      top 1k... you're good enough to go on your own gut 🙂

      Salah imo if it helps

    3. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      HB

    4. Marco Ni Motet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Thx for the input. Ive been on Salah all week and tend to stick with him but appreciate others input.

  2. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 15 days ago

    So to be able to get haz & kepa in gw32, (im FH in gw31), i should this gw do:

    A) jimenez to rondon
    B) rash to king
    C) jimenez doherty -4 to king clyne/4.8 def.

    1. The Chump
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      If you are building for 32, why are you getting rid of the double gameweekers?

      1. Nightf0x
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Ur point is right, also building for gw33 too

  3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 15 days ago

    1) Play Shaw or Kola?

    2) Billing to Brooks for -4 and play Brooks before Felipe or Rondon?

    1. twoplustwo
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Definitely not number 2

    2. kinghenry14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      kola didn'even start against rennes and spurs so i guess shaw
      and defo not 2)

  4. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 15 days ago

    GTG or take some hits ???

    Fab
    Pereira/TAA/Shaw
    Salah/Hazard/Mane/Pogba/Brooks
    Kun(c)/Jim

    Hart/ABarnes/Doherty/Bednarek

    1. twoplustwo
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Fine!

  5. twoplustwo
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Morning everyone, good to go? Rondon bench my only question, can't drop Maddison vs. Fulham or Anderson vs. Cardiff I imagine.

    Alisson

    Robbo Ogbonna Luiz

    Mane Pogba Maddison Hazard Anderson

    King Aguero (C)

    Bench: Boruc *Rondon* Bednarek Bennett

  6. Mambino
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Bench Boruc, Hayden, Rondon, Luiz, Captain Sterling

    1. brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Reply fail!

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

        yep

  7. Dannyb
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Repost
    Bennett to TAA now for free? If yes who to play him instead of,
    A Pereira
    B AWB
    C Schar

    1. twoplustwo
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Yep

    2. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      C

    3. Ojpsan1
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Yes and C

  8. kinghenry14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 15 days ago

    anything worth a FT or gtg? 1FT 4.0ITB

    ederson
    robbo digne awb
    salah mane pogba maddison
    kun jimenez rondon

    boruc doherty gunnarsson bennet

    cheers

    1. Bojaninho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      save it

  9. T96
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Pat
      Robbo Taa Awb
      Salah Pog Son FAnderson
      Vardy Jim Higuain

      Hamer Doherty Hayden Kiko
      1FT 1.8Itb

      Transfers look good?
      Pat > Boruc
      Doherty > Chilwell

      Son > Hazard
      Kiko > Clyne
      (Next week)

    • RoscoT2
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Team : Dubravka
        TAA Doherty Wan
        Brooks Son Pogba Salah
        Jimi Aguero (C) Vardy (V)
        Subs: Speroni Kante Bednarek Peltier

        Good week to use TC on Aguero??
        No WC or FH left

        1. The Chump
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Save it for the double gameweeks IMO. Plus ManC has champions league in midweek coming up. Aguero could be coming off early or even rested.

      • Bojaninho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        1.Vardy + Hazard+ TAA

        or

        2.Mane+ Higuain+ Chillwell

        1. Bojaninho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          already have 2 lfc

        2. Jones Kusi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 15 days ago

          1

        3. kinghenry14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          1 out of those imo

          1. Bojaninho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 15 days ago

            all hail the king

        4. The Chump
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          1

      • Jones Kusi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 15 days ago

        What do you recommend?
        A. Son, Jim > Fraser/Maddison, Vardy/Higuain (-4)
        B. Son > Fraser/Maddison
        C. Doherty > D.Luiz/Pereira
        D. Hold and do A for free next gw

        1. Bojaninho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          a for free next week

      • sam4775
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Any suggestions with this please guys? 2FT

        Fab
        VVD TAA Digne AWB
        Son Salah Pogba
        Rashford Jimenez Aguero (C)

        Button / Moutinho JWP Doherty

        Using FH next week. Cheers!

      • HIT ME!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Who will score more points in the coming GWs

        A) Lössl
        B) Boruc

        Worth geting Boruc in on FT? Have Lössl, Speroni

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Boruc 23pts in 4 home games

          1. HIT ME!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 15 days ago

            So you think i should get him in mate?
            For
            A) Lössl
            B) Speroni

        2. The Chump
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Boruc because of better home form + better team

      • kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        good luck lads... tried to help where I could the last hour... no captain hindsights later if/when any of us answered "wrong" 🙂

        off golfing for the morning

        1. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Gd luckbud

      • The Chump
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Reposted because my original post was not clear.

        Will be doing one of these transfers before GW30 starts. Which one should it be?

        A) Digne to Luiz
        B) Salah to Sterling
        C) Salah to Hazard

        I'll be doing FH31 and building for 32.

      • Ronin13
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Play Burnley striker Barnes or Kolasinac?

        1. sam4775
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Kola more likely to assist than Barnes is to score I think

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

          Kola

        3. Dosh
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Kola

      • semiconductor
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        My playing team this week
        Boric
        Robertson Luiz WB
        Salah Mane Sterling Pogba
        Higuain Jiminez Rondon

        Plan for this gw and next
        1. Jiminez to vardy (and play him)
        2. Doherty to a playing defender next week (west ham perhaps)
        3. Musuaku to brooks (who to bench this week)
        4. Save FT

        1. The Chump
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          3 and play brooks over rondon.

      • Dosh
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        A. Pereyra --> Lanzini (-4)

        B. No hit and play one of Pereyra/Jota

      • RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Anyone considering captaining Mane over Salah?

        Guess if Salah/Mane scores well today and no cs, most will want double Pool attack instead of double defence for the blanks

        1. The Chump
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Salah has the better underlying numbers for the past few GWs though. Mane would be a good differential if it works out.

      • Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Dunno if this helps. But it behove a few Jiménez sellers to take a look ... 😉

        https://members.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/my-stats-tables/view/12222/

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Few will read it here 🙂

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 15 days ago

            🙂

        2. Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Hi Doos - hope you are well 🙂

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 15 days ago

            Yes, thank you! 🙂

        3. Colonel Shoe 肝池
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          im blind doos 😉

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 15 days ago

            Ahahaha!!! 😉

        4. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Thanks mate, so would you bench him today?
          Can't decide if I will play him or Almiron!

      • Nightf0x
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        So to be able to get haz & kepa in gw32, (im FH in gw31), building for gw32-33, i should this gw do:

        A) jimenez to rondon
        B) rash to king
        C) jimenez doherty -4 to king clyne/4.8 def.

        1. Nightf0x
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          D) downgrade dohrty to 4.5 def.

        2. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 15 days ago

          B

      • Weilong7
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 15 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
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Who is benched in scenario 1?

          1. Weilong7
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 15 days ago

            doherty on bench currently.. might want to play leicester def against fulham if i make the trf

            1. Weilong7
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 15 days ago

              sorry annie realised you did reply my previous post...

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

                I'd be tempted to save, assuming it is a FT. Otherwise starting Chilwell sounds good

      • barcaa7
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 15 days ago

        a-Pogba to Mane
        b-Save FT

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 15 days ago

          A

      • twoplustwo
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Rondon or Anderson chaps? Leaning Rondon based on slightly better form and a goal last time vs. Everton.

      • Danstoke82
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Son > Brooks -4? Or hold.

        Brooks v Hudds could be gold and Son is bang average right now.

        The potential hit troubling me though.

        Yay or Nay?

        1. twoplustwo
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          I hit Son out last week for a net gain... Brooks less sure given return from injury?

        2. sam4775
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 15 days ago

          I’m thinking the same, but for a free. Not sure it’s worth a hit though

        3. Mo Mané Mo Problems
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 15 days ago

          I’m doing Son and Rash to Higuaín and Brooks. I’d just do the hig move if I could but 0.5m short so need to sell Son this week instead of next.

          Probably get punished but bored of playing safe.

          1. sam4775
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 15 days ago

            Seem like good moves to be fair

      • twoplustwo
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Is there a risk of Pogba playing deep again today?

      • LLoris
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Doherty Out Who In Max 5.8m

          1. korbendallas82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 15 days ago

            Arnold?

            1. LLoris
                7 months, 15 days ago

                Have him anyone else that you recommend

                1. korbendallas82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  7 months, 15 days ago

                  Not really. You are 0.1 off the Chelsea defense.to bad,

          2. sam4775
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 15 days ago

            So why are so many people ditching Doherty?! Is there something I don’t know lol

            1. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 15 days ago

              2.95ppg from GW9 until now. Misses 31 and 33. 32 fixtures not that flash. Scores a lot of 1pts because Patricio can't catch a cold. I still have him but may very well sell next week

          3. Pedro's snacks
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 15 days ago

            Play Digne or Jiminez?