Team News

The FPL Gameweek 8 team news and injury updates so far

Eight Premier League managers held their pre-Gameweek 8 press conferences on Thursday, although none of the ‘big six’ contingent were among that number.

The remaining 12 top-flight bosses will deliver their pre-match pressers either on Friday or after tonight’s Europa League games and we’ll have the usual article and video round-ups tomorrow afternoon to summarise those.

The headline team news from today came from Leicester City, with Brendan Rodgers confirming that James Maddison (ankle) is fit to feature against Liverpool this weekend.

Rodgers said:

James is fine, he’s trained the last couple of days. He’ll be OK.

The Leicester boss added that he had no other injury concerns as he prepares to return to Anfield.

We may not see Lukasz Fabianski (hip) again this calendar year, with Manuel Pellegrini confirming on Friday that the Polish shotstopper is set for a spell on the sidelines.

A decision will be made today or tomorrow on whether Fabianski will have surgery or recover without an operation, with Pellegrini saying:

In both cases [with or without surgery], less than three months will be difficult for Lukasz to return.

Asked if he would move for a free agent to bolster his options between the posts, the West Ham boss added:

Roberto is a goalkeeper that I trust a lot. For the moment we are going to keep the two goalkeepers that we have. But we will decide after we have exact knowledge how long Fabianski will be out.

Sean Dyche looks set to be without Jack Cork (shoulder) for the first time this season, saying on Thursday:

Corky is the only doubt, he’s got a very minor fracture on his scapula. And although it’s not that painful, there’s obviously a precautionary element to that. Touch and go but I’m thinking we probably look wiser on it to make sure he’s ready for the next one.

Dyche heavily implied that Jeff Hendrick would cover for Cork in central midfield.

When asked if he could possibly move to a 4-3-3, the Burnley boss said:

It often comes down to what suits the players and I believe I know what suits the players, which is why we often do play with two strikers.

The flexibility we have been looking for has certainly been on show. In pre-season we morphed into a three on a couple of occasions and it had a positive effect, Brighton and last weekend it had a positive effect. It’s there should we need it.

Jay Rodriguez can play wide as a three, even though he’s a forward, and he’s done that many times. Ashley Barnes has done that many times, particularly before he got here, down at Brighton.

The Clarets are up against Everton this weekend, who are still without Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh).

There was more positive news surrounding Andre Gomes (ribs) and Theo Walcott (head), however, with Silva saying:

Really good news for us. Andre started since the first day of the week, Theo started to do some individual as well, and today did all the session with the team. They are good news for us. Both OK.

Like you know, Andre didn’t play the last month. He worked during the week, in some moments more tired than the other teammates, but that is something normal. Now it is up to us to keep working hard with him and to put him the same level as the others.

Dean Smith had mostly positive news for the weekend, saying of Aston Villa’s fitness situation:

Henri Lansbury has been back training now so he’s available for selection. Tyrone Mings is fine, he’s trained all week. Matt Targett has trained the last couple of days as well so he is available for selection.

The game will come too quick for Jonathan Kodjia, who has trained with us, but because of the nature of the facial injury, he’ll be available after the international break.

Graham Potter rounded up Brighton’s injury latest, meanwhile, saying:

Solly’s [March] been training back, Alireza’s fine. Davy Propper we’ll wait till tomorrow to make a decision. Shane Duffy is making really good progress, won’t make the game but diagnosis is probably a bit better than the original diagnosis.

Leo [Trossard] is making good progress but again too soon, same with Berny [Bernardo] as well. Leon Balogun, back in the squad.

Potter said he was “optimistic” that Trossard and Duffy will return soon after the international break.

Ahead of the match at Watford, Chris Wilder said of Sheffield United’s injury situation:

The game on Saturday has just come a bit too quick for Didzy [McGoldrick]. I think he might be going over with the Republic of Ireland squad, for them to have a look at him as well, to see where he is. He’s getting closer.

Billy Sharp returns from suspension for this clash, while the Hornets will again be without Troy Deeney (knee).


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Lessons Learned from Gameweek 7

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  1. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 9 hours ago

    A second string for Arsenal tonight. That could be good for them this weekend.

    I say second string, there's still plenty of talent there, but you all know what I mean.

    1. Lucky Z
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      We all saw the starting line-ups. And yes we undersand that Martinelli is not Auba

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        *cough*

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      Lesson from tonight's lineup:

      Tierney, Bellerin and Holding continue to build up match sharpess, Expect them to start in the "First Team" after the international break but this weekend a game too soon.
      Ceballos/Torreira look like bench for weekend. Chambers on bench tonight means could start at weekend again.
      Saka rested so looks like has nailed down a first XI spot.
      Nelson/Wilock look like impact subs again for weekend but possible one of them may start vs Bournemouth too. A early withdrawal may give us a better idea on that.

      1. TAT
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Good write-up. This might make Unai's team selections for the weekend more predictable. I'm looking at a short-term punt with Saka myself.

        1. CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          Yeah, the emergence of Saka has been an easy pick for me, definitely. I now have XV players who I have no qualms putting out in the XI. Reckon I'll ship out Ceballos soon though. He had that one great game, looked like he was in the first team plans, but then nothing really... Ah, 'tis Le Arse, they were always going to Arse it up when it comes to team selection.

          1. CroatianHammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Actually, at 3-0 we might see Ceballos get minutes 2nd half & maybe he stakes his claim once more.

          2. TAT
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            You just can't trust Unai when it comes to team selections. I think Saka is OK short term given his recent performances, but he will get rotated as everyone else.

            Ceballos is an interesting one though. Everyone can see how he should start, yet Unai seems to think otherwise – even though it was him who convinced Ceballos to go ahead with the loan move. It's a bit strange.

  2. Vlad Tepes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 9 hours ago

    Guess Chambers will start instead of AMN right?

    1. The Wise Owl
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      I personally think Emery is grooming Chambers to be the next captain, so I'd think he'd be preferred over AMN.

      1. Vlad Tepes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Yes and AMN is playing tonight so.

  3. Guy Demel (5,5,5,5,13,7,6)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 9 hours ago

    Everton will inevitably sign Lingard next summer.

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      We’re getting Gazza back in.

    2. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      He is officially retiring and going full time into fashion

  4. Infected by ebolasie
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 9 hours ago

    Hayden to Saka for free? Or bank FT?

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      Hayden will never be in my team. Red card magnet

    2. SH
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      If you have KDB and need a short time cover. Rested today, so should start the next match.

  5. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    15 days, 9 hours ago

    Hmmm... 0.1 itb. Actually Dinker to Saka is a possibility and keep KDB. Hmmm...

    Seems like a waste of transfer no?

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      Or it's a great punt.? Cant decide

      1. stupendous
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 9 hours ago

        Just done Dendonker to Saka for free and have 1 ft remaining.

        Exciting to see if it works out this weekend.

    2. SH
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      I am doing this. Although I have 2FTs

  6. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 9 hours ago

    Very disappointing result for Rangers. A point was needed from that game if we're serious about advancing to the knockout stages.

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      Sorry mate

      1. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 9 hours ago

        Cheers my friend *reaches for the bottle*

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      So Rangers didn't hurt Young Boys then!

  7. Naby K8a
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 9 hours ago

    Is the "United way" failing to shot on goal?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      Ole should retire. Absolutely out of his depth

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Don’t understand the fans that defend him what are they watching

    2. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Manchester Untied.

  8. Lestat
    • 9 Years
    15 days, 9 hours ago

    anyone without sterling this weekend who can only get him in with a 4 pt hit?..and is it worth it?

    Im one of those with the KDB/Aguero combo.

    1. The Units
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      I am in the same situation. Have decided to rely on my rather ordinary bench for this week (Guendouzi, Lundy & Kelly).

      I am.waiting to see how bad the KdB injury is.

  9. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Wolves defence looking real solid lately ahead of this weekend. Feel like having money tied into premium city assets is a real waste this week unlucky sterling and Aguero owners

    1. Indpush
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Caring of you

    2. Lindelol
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      very caring of you but no

  10. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Reason for James sub? Bad, injury or saved?

  11. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    A) Barnes, Dendonker -> Auba, Sako (-4)?
    B) Barnes -> Auba (Play Dendonker)

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      That's a lot of money in the bank! A looks really good!

  12. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Kane to Auba (C) for free ?

    1. Infected by ebolasie
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Looks like a sideways move, Kane could easily have a good run over the next few games

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Auba has better fixture in next 10 games.

      2. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Good run based on nothing, bad form, team playing bad.

    2. The Units
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Do it. Looks like a good move.

  13. Fred54
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    These Europa League weird kick off and FTs are really messing with my internal football clock.

  14. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Save? Could have 2 FT for IB!

    Adrian
    TAA Otamendi Lundstram
    Salah(C) Pepe DSilva Cantwell
    Aguero Haller Tammy

    Button Guendouzi Rico Aurier*

  15. TAT
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    Martinelli with a wonderful header. 1-0.

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      2-0!

  16. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 8 hours ago

    I have 5 of the 6 most sold players this week - I will only sell Aurier though.

  17. Freaki
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      Martinelli is a machine!

      1. Freaki
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          2-0!

      2. Grievez
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Been a hectic day so please forgive me in advance..

        Any link to what Pep said about KDB please?

      3. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Tierney assist 🙂 ..... he is so on my watchlist after the international break.

        1. F4L
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          I might get him this week. Surely he starts ahead of Kola against Bournemouth

          1. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Hard to predict, putting him in after the international brwak seems more likely to me

          2. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            No Kolasinac will start, that's why Tierney is playing tonight. Tierney is likely to get starts after the IB. Very unlikely that Arsenal keeps a CS on Sunday anyway though.

        2. TAT
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          Hush! We need him to be a differential.

      4. Danstoke82
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Is Saka a good punt for my 4.5 mid? Need rid of Hayden and for cover this week due to the injuries to KDB and allegedly Cantwell

        1. Freaki
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Think Martinelli gonna get more starts after this performance!

            1. Danstoke82
              • 5 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              I need a 4.5 midfielder!

              1. Tempestic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                I think until Laca's back hes a good punt. Might get him in to cover injuries also.

                1. Danstoke82
                  • 5 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  Seems like a no brainer then. I have to get rid of Hayden

          • KGFC
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Exact same situation, I'm getting Saka over Dendo. Suppose it's worth the risk of 0.1 over Dendo.

            1. Danstoke82
              • 5 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              Reckon he’s worth a punt then?

        2. F4L
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          Auba going to be perma-benched at this rate 😀

        3. Niho992
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          Martineli train

        4. MeatPieSausageRoll
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            We should take Martinelli

            1. F4L
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              what about Haaland

              1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  They can play together

            2. Freaki
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                Tierney really is something like robbo!

              • KGFC
                • 3 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                Tierney is Arsenal's TAA!!

                1. Freaki
                    15 days, 8 hours ago

                    Nah robbo

                    1. KGFC
                      • 3 Years
                      15 days, 8 hours ago

                      TAA, just from the other flank.

                2. Revival
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  Who said Martinelli wasn't a patch on Auba?

                  1. TAT
                    • 1 Year
                    15 days, 8 hours ago

                    Learning from the best!

                3. kuzser
                  • 2 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  So seems Saka is nailed to start this weekend. As KDB will most likely miss the game, which option is better

                  1) Hayden-> Saka
                  2) save ft, accept Soy stepping it for KDB

                  Pope
                  lundstram Ota Taa
                  KDB Mount Son Sterling
                  Pukki Abraham Firmino

                  Button. Soy, Hayden, Hanley

                  1. Transfer Addict
                      14 days, 18 hours ago

                      Save FT if it was me. Still an outside chance of KDB minutes

                  2. BobbyDoesNotLook
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    15 days, 8 hours ago

                    Is Cantwell ok?

                  3. Transfer Addict
                      14 days, 18 hours ago

                      In turmoil...help please
                      Play Cebellos or Lanzini this week??