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

    All these Eriksen transfers OUT is really making me want to put the (c) on him..... 😉

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

      I know its all i thought about since transfering him in he has a good steady flow of points as well not sure whats wrong with me

    2. fr3ddy
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      These rumors also makes you want to VC Firmino?

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

        HA! no

    3. Duffy Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I'd go safe with Liverpool (C)

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

    Any thoughts on Eriksen and Duffy to Van Dyk and Siggy for the remainder of the season

    1. BEATaroundDEBUCHY
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Think erkisen is a good for the remainder of the season...

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

    Who should be first on bench? (Very likely to play)

    A) Ward-Prowse
    B) Duffy
    C) Valery

    * Already have Ryan as keeper

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Duff

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

      Duffy

  4. Ohh1454
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    So have BB activated and C on firmino he'll either play or not so I dont mind leaving C on him but should I unactivate BB ?

  5. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Apologies RP:

    Afternoon peeps! No idea what to do at all this week, transfers or who to start!

    How it currently looks:

    Ryan
    TAA | Doherty | Bednarek
    Salah | Mane | Hazard | Lucas | Fraser
    Aguero | Jimenez

    Boruc | King | Dunk | Peltier

    1FT, 0ITB

    Happy to take a few punts and risks and just have a bit of laugh now til the season close.

    Thanks!

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

      Fraser > Babel
      or
      Ryan > Guaita

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

      King > Mitro also looks decent and bench Fraser?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks mate

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

    Dunk --> Matip?

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

      I don't like it. Gomez being back is a concern.

  7. MMN
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    1 FT, 0.2m ITB. Any thoughts on which Pool defender to go for and where to raise the cash? TC remaining ...

    Lloris
    Duffy / Doh / Bednarek
    Son / Sterling / Eriksen / Mane
    Kun / Jimi / Wilson

    Foster / Jota / Valery / Kiko

    Thoughts appreciated!

  8. Gooner97
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Would you Triple Captain this GW (Mane, Deulofeu, Sterling, Aguero, Eriksen, Robertson) or GW37 on City players?

    1. Weasel Boy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Mane

  9. palace ash
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    If Firmino is out and if you owned both, who would you Captain?

    A) Salah
    B) Mane

    1. Ohh1454
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      B

    2. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I own both, captaining salah

    3. Steiger
      2 months, 1 day ago

      A

    4. Hakim Ziyech
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Both, Captain Mané for me

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

      I think I will be wearing my phone out till 7pm swapping it around. If for any reason Milner does not look like starting its Mo for pens.

  10. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Bench two

    Jiminez
    Jota
    Doherty
    Ward Prowse

    1. Tonyawesome69
      2 months, 1 day ago

      doh and jwp

  11. FPLGeezer
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Who to start?

    1. Foster (WOL)
    2. Ryan (NEW)

    A. Doherty (wat)
    B) Duffy (NEW)
    C) Valery (BOU)

    1. Tonyawesome69
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I'm doing 2B

      1. FPLGeezer
        2 months, 1 day ago

        That sounds good. I have a good lead in my ML and want to push up rankings so double up could be gold.

  12. mash
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    So my last choices is to start:
    A) Yoshida (rival doesn't own him, better bonus points if Saints keep a CS)
    B) Valery (rival has him, better attacking prospects, but less nailed to start)

    Good luck everyone!

  13. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Duffy or Dunk to Taa?

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

      Dunk easy

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

      Dump Dunk

  14. LordEllison
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Hey All, not sure what to do with my team
    0.0 ITB & 1 FT. Abit stuck Thanks!..

    Lloris - Foster
    Dunk - Robertson - Doherty - Bednarek - Valery
    KDB - Mane - Eriksen - Son - Jota
    Jimenez - Wilson - Aguero

  15. Bobby_Baggio
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Anyone know of any infor on Bertrand?

    1. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Thoroughly nice chap. Likes fish pie and watching repeats of The Bill.

  16. Champione
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Aguero > Salah (C) worth -4?

  17. Stevie B
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Who is more nailed Alexander-Arnold or Matip?

    Thank you!

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

      This week prob matip going forward trent

  18. Amey
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Please pick one Firmino replacement:
    Zaha
    Rashford
    Mitrovic

    I'm annoyed witg Bobby Injury

    1. Karan14
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Rashford

      1. Amey
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thank you karan

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

      I like Zaha pick

      1. Amey
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thank you

    3. HollywoodXI
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Can you take a -4 and get a Liverpool mid (Mane or Salah)?

      1. Amey
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yes
        Getting mane for kdb

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

          I would seriously consider doing that. Not having a Liverpool attacker in this game could really hurt.

          1. Amey
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Thank you !!

    4. Hakim Ziyech
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Benteke

    5. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Zaha for me

    6. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      As below, Zaha.

  19. Karan14
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Benching 3 Soton players (Ings, Bednarek, Valery) with a home game against BOU.

    Starting Jota & Doherty over them.

    Would you make any changes?

  20. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Firmino owners, who is with me just holding and hoping, and who is selling?

    1. Amey
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Please help me above

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I would go Zaha then mitro then rash at this stage but wanted this week to assess rashford. This is so irritating if true.

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

      Holding, hoping. Just moved TC to Son though

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        So much misinformation around he could definitely start. I'd rather hold and have a sub than sell and watch him haul.

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

    Just to repeat, the last time Firmino didn't play Mane was in the middle, scored twice and all Salah got was white paint on the outside of his right boot.

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

      Repeat would be nice from my perspective

    2. Weasel Boy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      How many points for white paint?

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Bonus

  22. Weilong7
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    best striker for 7.3?

    1. RomeluAndJuliet
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Jimmy

      1. Nightf0x
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Forgot him

    2. Nightf0x
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wilson zaha perez rondon ings lorente

  23. Nightf0x
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Loris (foster)
    Dunk taa doc (valery bednarek)
    Son delboy sterling mane(c) (eriksen)
    Jimmy kun wilson

    A) bench 1? Wilson - eriksen - delboy
    B) transfer:
    1-- eriksen aguero -4 to salah rash
    2-- eriksen dunk/valery/bednarek -4 to redmond/jota - vvd/robbo/laporte
    3-- roll FT

  24. RomeluAndJuliet
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Duffy to TAA?

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

      Yes

  25. Hands Guber
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Shaqiri IN (C). This is not a drill. My season was well over weeks ago anyway.

    Remember me.

    1. RomeluAndJuliet
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Good luck!

  26. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    ‘Nothing in it’ according to David Lynch regarding Bobby

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Anfield Express does not lie

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Sweet summer child...

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

      His films are weird.

    3. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I choose to believe the person saying what I want to hear 🙂

  27. Dosh
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Do we think Mario starts today? Kola --> Matip FT?

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

      Matip*

  28. Shark Team
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Which do you prefer guys?
    A) Van Dijk + Jota
    B)Dunk + Wilson + 4pts

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

      A

  29. JammySprat
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Who scores more?

    1) Auba and Erikson
    2) Salah and Mitro (-4)

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

    A) Play Doherty
    B) Do Kola to VVD for -4 and bench Doherty

    Opinions appreciated!

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

      Thinking the same, will get VVD