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FPL Team News and Injury Round-up – Gameweek 36

Friday was a busy day on the team news and injury update front as 14 Premier League managers delivered their pre-match press conferences.

The head coaches of Brighton, Everton, Fulham, Huddersfield, Liverpool and Southampton all held their pressers yesterday and the stand-out quotes from those six managers – including Jurgen Klopp’s comments on Mohamed Salah and rotation – can be viewed here.

Pep Guardiola gave us more than he usually does in his own press conference on Friday, first starting with the latest on Manchester City’s injured contingent.

On Kevin De Bruyne (muscle), Guardiola said:

Still he is not fit. He’s getting better, but is not fit.

Asked about Fernandinho (knee), the City boss replied:

We will see tomorrow. Little bit of a problem in the knee but we will see tomorrow.

Guardiola also explained why John Stones was omitted from the match-day squad on Wednesday, saying:

We need for one typical game, more specific qualities for one central defender. I thought between Vinny and Nico, Vinny going back is a little bit quicker, the personality to play in Old Trafford. When it’s long balls, I prefer Nico and Vinny because they are so strong.

That above quote could be particularly relevant given that City are at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Guardiola also said:

When teams play so high, I need maybe Leroy, when they play deep, David Silva in the pockets is an incredible player.

The Clarets could welcome Phil Bardsley (gashed leg) back for Sunday’s match against City, meanwhile.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Ander Herrera to be available for the visit of Chelsea this weekend and will hand a late fitness test to Scott McTominay, while the United boss also said he had no plans to take David de Gea out of the firing line, saying:

No, not at all. I trust David and for me, he’s been the best player United have had the last six/seven years. Going through tough patches is just part of a footballer’s career.

Maurizio Sarri didn’t provide any update on Marcos Alonso (gluteal injury) but said Callum Hudson-Odoi (Achilles) will be out for around three months.

The Chelsea boss also provided news on two of his other injured players:

Rudiger is OK, at the moment. We are trying to recover Kante but I am not sure at the moment.

Eden Hazard has occasionally been used as a false nine in matches against the “big six” this season, with Sarri having previously explained that he likes the Belgian’s defensive qualities in that role.

This fresh quote on Friday might be a hint that he will proceed with caution at Old Trafford:

We will try to win, of course. But we need not to lose.

Nuno Espirito Santo and Brendan Rodgers both reported no fresh injury concerns in their respective pressers.

Leicester are up against Arsenal, who welcomed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to training on Friday after his “small procedure” on a sinus.

Emery said on Friday:

He trained today and, if tomorrow he can train, I think we can think he’s ready for Sunday. If he can train normally tomorrow, it’s a possibility [he could start].

Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Denis Suarez (groin) remain sidelined.

Mauricio Pochettino may secretly have one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Ajax but his ability to rotate may be hindered by Spurs’ lengthy injury list: Serge Aurier (hamstring), Erik Lamela (hamstring), Moussa Sissoko (groin), Harry Kane (ankle) and Harry Winks (groin) remain unavailable for Saturday’s game against West Ham.

When asked about the possible distraction of Tuesday’s match, Pochettino said:

I think it’s a little bit unlucky we can’t recover players for the game tomorrow. Then we need to still assess some players this afternoon, we’ll see if some players can be available or not.

We come from a very busy period and of course, there’s a lot of fatigue in the team. But all our decisions are going to be focused on trying to win the game tomorrow. It’s the most important game. We cannot think of Tuesday.

All the decisions we are going to take for tomorrow’s game is because we need to provide the team with energy, the capacity to fight from the first moment. It is so important to provide the team with the best tools and fresh legs, fresh minds to win.

Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini revealed that Aaron Cresswell (unspecified), Manuel Lanzini (groin) and Javier Hernandez (ear) have returned to training this week but Samir Nasri (calf) remains out, with a comeback pencilled in for next week.

Rafael Benitez confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles (stomach illness) will miss out against Brighton, while Miguel Almiron (hamstring) is ruled out for the season.

The Magpies’ boss expects Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar (knocks) to recover, however.

Crystal Palace will once again be without James Tomkins (groin), Mamadou Sakho (knee) and Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle) for their match against Everton, while Neil Warnock said Joe Ralls (hamstring) will miss the rest of the season and that Harry Arter (calf) remains a doubt for the trip to Fulham.

Eddie Howe confirmed that he has two new additions to an already lengthy injury list, saying:

The long-term injuries are still the same, we can now add to that list, Junior [Stanislas].

Adam [Smith] will definitely be missing tomorrow, we will have to wait and see whether he’ll play again before the end of this season. We hope he’s avoided a long-term injury.

Watford’s team news was the last to be revealed, with Javi Gracia’s press conference again embargoed until 5pm.

Sebastian Prodl (knee) and Domingos Quina (shoulder) remain sidelined but Gracia said he has everyone else available.

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  1. HD7
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    G2G mate?

    Lloris
    Laporte Duffy Robbo
    Sterling Redmond Son Mane(C)
    Gray Aguero Jimenez

    Subs: Foster, Jota, Doherty, Valery

    1. liverpool01
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Jota over Redmond

        1. HD7
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Read Redmond is one of the best in home fix in last 5 games...
          whereas Jota is good only at home mostly

          1. liverpool01
              2 months, 1 day ago

              I don't see a lot of goals in that game probably 1-0 but your team looks good

              1. HD7
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Thanks bro

                1. liverpool01
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    cool

        2. Takamba
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          If you had to pick...

          Maddison (ARS, mci, CHE)

          or

          Lingard (CHE, hud, CAR)

          For the run in?

          1. Halftime Lemon
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Milivocevic instead??

        3. liverpool01
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Would pick none of them but Lingard if I had to

            1. Latch86
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              This

          • Vlad Tepes
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Start Jota or Wilson? Cheers all

            1. Latch86
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Jota

            2. STRANGER INGS
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Jota

            3. Lovren an elevator
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Jota all day

            4. Stats Don't Lie
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Wilson easily

            5. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Jota - extra point per goal and Watford have looked defensively a nightmare lately

            6. dhirst
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Which duo scores the most points between them this gameweek... predictions?

              Mane & Pogba

              Mane & B.Silva

              1. Latch86
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                B

              2. Pinball Wizard
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Mane

              3. stupendous
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Why not just ask who scores more, Pogba or Bernardo?

            7. Latch86
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Starting 11 / bench / captaincy in the right order?

              Foster
              Doherty | VVD | Laporte
              Eriksen | Sterling | Mané (C) | Son (VC)
              Rashford | Jiménez | Vardy

              Bench: Gunn | Doucouré | Bednarek | Valery

            8. Whats the Huth
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Zaha or jiminez?

            9. Rainer
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Any word from Jamie Jackson on Firmino?

              1. Drogba Legend
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Is he actually doubtful now?

              2. TRASH BOAT
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                None on him but says Aguero is out...

            10. Weasel51
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Help!!!

              Really stuck for which transfer to make here.

              Have .2 in the bank and one FT.

              Thinking Duffy > Matip ... any thoughts?

              Lloris
              Robertson Duffy Dunk
              Mane Deulofeu Sterling Son
              Aguero Jiménez Rashford

              Foster Jota Doherty Bednarek

              Cheers..

            11. Drogba Legend
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Okay, just made my transfer of KDB > Mane: G2G?

              Lloris
              TAA - Laporte - Dunk
              Son - Eriksen - Jota - Mane (TC)
              Aguero - Jimenez - Firmino

              Foster - Duffy - Camarasa - Valery

              TC or BB this week?

            12. Whats the Huth
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              On wildcard.
              Shall I buy Zaha or jiminez?
              Thanks

              1. OldBenKenobi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                hmm the guys face looks photo shopped on.
                I dont trust it still 😆

                1. Garfield1001
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Yeah i thought that also...

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

                  Yeah brutal Photoshopping

            13. Nicoson
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Who to bench:

              A) Jimenez
              B) Fraser
              C) Babel

            14. OldBenKenobi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Any other Trippier owners getting cold feet and worried about a 1 point cameo?
              Considering a hit to lose him and to get Salah

              1. Rainer
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Doubt he'll come on.

                1. OldBenKenobi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  so you think he doesnt even play then?

            15. Bubbles1985
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Lloris
              Robertson Laporte Duffy
              Eriksen Son Sterling Jota
              Aguero Jiminez Gray

              Foster Camarasa Doherty Bednarek

              I have 0.4m itb and 1ft...

              Both ML rivals have Mane, should I take a hit to get Salah and play TC??
              Neither rival has Salah...

              1. Bubbles1985
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Maybe Sterling and Eriksen to Bilva and Salah then TC Salah...?

                Help appreciated!

            16. Evasivo
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Play 2 from

              Dunk Duffy Bednarek Doherty

              1. LewanGOALski
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                I am on Duffy + Doherty

                1. Evasivo
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Those were my choices too

            17. LewanGOALski
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Eriksen ➡ Bilva ?
              For free

              A) Yay
              B) Nay, do it next week

              thx

              1. Bubbles1985
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                A

              2. Pinball Wizard
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Eriksen has a better fixture than Bilva on paper. I guess it depends on what you are planning to do with the cash

            18. unitednations
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              right boys, what to do here?

              Foster -- Patricio
              Duffy Doherty Laporte -- Valery Kola
              Son Sterling Eriksen Pogba -- Jwp
              Kun Jimenez Gray

              A: Eriksen >> Mane (TC)
              B: Eriksen >> Mane (C) and Kun TC37
              C: Eriksen + Kun >> Salah (TC) + Zaha (-4) + 2.1m to upgrade gray > rashford in gw37
              D: Sterling + Kola >> Salah (TC) + Yoshida (-4)

            19. DV8R
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Mane vs Salah (TC) decision a season definer... Very tough.

              1. RamaJama
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Agree

              2. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                They will both score 8-11

              3. Bubbles1985
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                If both ML rivals have Mane then I am right to bring in Salah for a hit and TC him right?

                I have not liverpool coverage and they have no bonus chips

            20. Lord Tachanka
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Adam Smith in for a hit???

            21. kysersosa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Managers, GTG??

              Guita

              TAA, VVD, Masina
              (TC) Mane, Son, Eriksen, Babel
              Vardy, Lacazette, Jiménez

              Guatia, Pogba, Chilwell, Rice

            22. YEAH PITCH!
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Anyone taking a - 4 to bring a Liverpool defender in?

                1. Garlana
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Literally just thinking about bringing taa in for -4

                  1. YEAH PITCH!
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Same here bud. For Duffy. What about you?

                2. pundit of punts
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  A. Firmino (HUD,new,WOL) + Gray (WOL) + Martial (hud,CAR) + 8 points

                  or

                  B. Mane (HUD,new,WOL) + Deulofeu (WHM) + Zaha (EVE,car)

                3. Professor Abel X
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Anfield express have tweeted, not looking good

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Alexa, undo transfer

                  2. DAZZ
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Not reliable in recent times.

                  3. mikess
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Are they still a relaible source?

                  4. DV8R
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    If true, what does this mean for Salah/Mane returns?

                    1. TRASH BOAT
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      I may go Mane now - got 2 in a 5-0 v Watford without Bobby

                  5. TRASH BOAT
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    no smoke without fire

                4. wernerhedgehog
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Do we still trust Anfield Express??

                  https://twitter.com/AnfieldExpress_/status/1121808494582276097

                  1. Rains of Castamere
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Yes.

                5. Drogba Legend
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  If Bobby is out, who should my first sub be:

                  A) Dunk
                  B) Camarasa
                  C) Valery

                  Starting Duffy as of now too

                  1. DanLynch
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Duffy. Have a look at mine below?

                  2. DV8R
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Valery

                  3. Bald Eagle
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Anfield Express just confirmed he’s out, groin injury.

                  4. DanLynch
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Dunk*

                  5. pingissimus
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Cam

                  6. DanLynch
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Ryan
                    Duffy-Trent-Robbo
                    Mane-hazard-sterling-son
                    Jiminez-aguero-Wilson

                    Button AWB Valery Odoi

                    I have 1.4 in the bank and 1ft would you guys make any changes? I can’t decide. Thanks

                    1. Drogba Legend
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Could upgrade CHO since he'll be out for awhile but probably save FT. Could go Wilson > Mitro if you fancy that.

                  7. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    I know there's all the Spurs rumours about rotation, but do I have this right?
                    Play Eriksen and Son. Play Jota. 1st bench Llorente.

                    Any move would be for a hit (if pushed I'd get Babel, Mili or Bilva) to replace Eriksen (who appears a potential fall-guy).

                  8. Rains of Castamere
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Firmino confirmed out!