Team News

FPL Gameweek 12 team news and injury updates

After previously rounding up Thursday’s eight pre-Gameweek 12 press conferences, we now turn our attention to the remaining media gatherings that were held on Friday.

Liverpool v Manchester City is the stand-out fixture this weekend and there was important news from both camps.

Ederson (muscle) will miss Sunday’s clash, with Pep Guardiola saying:

He is not able to play tomorrow. I don’t know [how long he will be out].

Aymeric Laporte (knee), Leroy Sane (knee), Oleksandr Zinchenko (knee) and Rodri (hamstring) remain missing while David Silva (muscle) – who there was no mention of in Friday’s presser – also looks likely to miss out, with Guardiola having said last Sunday:

I didn’t speak with the doctor but when he has some muscular problems and can’t play more minutes it’s because he has something, and muscular problems normally means 10 to 12 days.

Asked about his “defensive” tactics at Anfield last season, Guardiola added:

The plan for Anfield last season was not like this. Let them play maybe the first step but push and try to play as always. But the people forget you sometimes can’t do it because we play against the champions of Europe.

Defensive was not the plan, it’s because they were so good. We are not going to play 90 minutes there because they are an exceptional team. Sometimes you have to defend deep, sometimes you can’t make a build-up as usual because they are incredible.

Jurgen Klopp had more positive news from the Liverpool camp, saying:

Virg [van Dijk] was for other reasons not here [on Thursday] but is completely fine. Jordan [Henderson] is completely fine. Joel [Matip] still out, like Shaq, like Clyney.

Mason Mount (ankle) has been the cause of concern among Fantasy managers over the last 48 hours but Frank Lampard offered his owners a glimmer of hope in Friday’s press conference when saying:

Ross [Barkley] has got an ongoing issue so he’s not in the squad tomorrow. With Mason [Mount], he’s in the squad, we’re giving him another 24 hours, and we’ll make a call on that one in the morning.

Antonio Rudiger (groin) faces another three weeks on the sidelines, however.

Crystal Palace are in good shape as they prepare to visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Roy Hodgson saying that all of his squad are fit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t deliver a press conference today but we have had some of his post-Europa League comments lifted from their embargo.

Asked whether any of his injured players could return this weekend, the Norwegian said:

Hopefully Scott [McTominay]. Hopefully Victor [Lindelöf] as well. He hasn’t trained this week. It’s his foot.

When probed about whether Brandon Williams could start in place of the suspended Ashley Young, Solskjaer replied:

There are options. I’m not going to give the team out now. Ashley is suspended and I felt we needed a strong team tonight and an experienced team. We just wanted the win.

Solskjaer again seemed to suggest that Mason Greenwood wouldn’t be involved on the domestic front, adding:

Sometimes it’s not the right time to play him. We’re taking our time with him. It’s been a difficult period, Anthony’s been away, but to put all the weight on his shoulders wasn’t right. He needs to learn the man’s game.

Brighton’s Adam Webster will miss the trip to Old Trafford after damaging his ankle ligaments.

Spurs reported that Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen (both hamstring) remain unavailable this weekend as they continue their rehabilitation, while Hugo Lloris (elbow) is a longer-term absentee.

Asked specifically about another start for Giovani Lo Celso, Mauricio Pochettino said:

I need to assess tomorrow morning, it is a very short period to recover. Some players suffer some small issues and are maybe not fresh enough to play. We are going to play three games in six days.

Across north London, Unai Emery said that Granit Xhaka won’t be considered for a first-team return after the public fallout between the erstwhile club captain and Arsenal’s fans.

Dani Ceballos is also unavailable after picking up a hamstring injury in the draw with Vitoria on Wednesday.

Dean Smith expressed some doubt about Jack Grealish‘s (calf) chances of featuring against Wolves this weekend, saying of his midfielder:

It’s 50/50, to be honest. I expected him to be training by now but unfortunately, the bleed on his calf was a little bit bigger, so he’s still got a lot of pain.

He’s physically OK. He just needs to make sure that he can get through the training session tomorrow. We’re hopeful but he’s a 50/50 one at the moment.

Nuno Espirito Santo said that Morgan Gibbs-White remains a doubt with a niggling back problem.

Ahead of Bournemouth’s trip to Newcastle, Eddie Howe said:

Dan Gosling has trained and trained well. Still no David Brooks, Junior Stanislas, Charlie Daniels. Andrew Surman is still out, so we’re missing some key players but the squad is still in good shape.

The Magpies will again be without Fabian Schar (knee), Matt Ritchie (ankle), Florian Lejeune (match fitness) and Sean Longstaff (suspended).


Predicted line-ups and more detailed information will be found in the Team News tab.

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830 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lets all klopp together
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Please help, who would you captain here?

    Pope
    Taa, Pereira, lundstram
    Hayden, kdb, sterling, salah
    Firmino, abraham, connolly,

    Bench, mcgovern, cantwell, dunk, simpson

    1. Arse Biscuit
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Abraham

      1. Phlajo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        This

    2. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Tammy.

    3. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Firmino.

  2. TM44
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Who should I captain from the three below?

    A)vardy
    B)salah
    C)abraham

    1. Arse Biscuit
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      C)

    2. Phlajo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      I have A and C.

      I'm going A. Arsenal can't defend.

      Also sad Arsenal supporter

    3. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Vardy.

  3. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Doesn't it feel perfectly set up for a differential captain this week?

    1. Phlajo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Pukki gonna start a party tonight!

    2. Mr. Chimes
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        I think I’m going Tammy. But something is definitely luring me into captaining TAA

        1. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Well that would be bold for sure.

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          He's the one for next week

      • YEAH PITCH!
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Sterling

      • Warby84
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        I’m on lascelles over Lundstrum think it a wiser move...

        1. Arse Biscuit
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Play LundstrAm

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Same

      • Bookkeeper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Deloufeu anyone to make the Friday night game worth watching?

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          expecting a watford win with clean sheet

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            0-0 incoming bro

            1. MoManeTaa
              • 2 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              hehe fine wid me as long as pukki doesnt score

        2. DandyDon
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Great differentials this week. Deu, Jota, son, pukki. Unfortunatelyi have none myself

      • Nightf0x
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Which in each??

        A) 1. Ota to wilems, gw13 kely -4 to taa
        2. Ota to taa, kely 5th def. May upgrade later

        B) 1. Get son, next gw get jimenez
        2. Get madison, next gw get auba

      • ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        It's amazing how FPL Managers in here expect a big score line in favor of Lei in the Leicester-Arsenal game. As much as Arsenal are not good defensively this season, I expect them to come and sit tight. Could be a low scoring game.

        1. Unliklinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          I agree with you. Goal and assist for Vardy in a 2-1 would be about right 😉

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Yep
          All i want is one return 😮
          I'm starved for © points from last 3 gw's bro

        3. Longlatini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          George Graham would laugh if you told him this Arsenal side have the ability to sit tight

        4. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Depends on the timing of the first goal I reckon.....if Leicester score in the first half, it cud be Vardy party later on in the game

      • TaiwanHC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Would you guys play Zouma, Rico or VVD?

        1. Arse Biscuit
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Rico

        2. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          VVD

      • AFC49
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Start Rico or Lundstram?

        1. Unliklinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          I will be playing Lund every week. Up to you if you start Rico or not.

        2. Phlajo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Lund

        3. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          I’m playing Rico.

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Pick 3 to play, I am on the first 3 ATM:

        A) TAA
        B) Tomori
        C) Rico
        D) Lundstram
        E) Soyuncu

        1. Arse Biscuit
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          ACDC

        2. Phlajo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          ABD.

        3. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Agreed.

      • Kadhai Paneer FC (TK15)
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Representing the community this week!

        Gazzaniga; Digne, Aurier, Tarkowski; Willian, Richarlison, Maddison, Son (c), Martial; C Wilson, Rashford

        Think I will beat the scout picks?

        1. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          A few decent punts there I drew 43-43

        2. DF
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 1 hour ago

          Nah

      • Water_Pink
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Aggy and pukki to Abraham and vardy?
        Iv got sterling and kdb and soy and tielsman and tomori already

      • rohaansunil
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Please help
          Aguero+dilva to son+jiminez? Won't have any city cover tho
          For -4
          Or get kdb for son
          Or dilva to Maddison for free

        • RubeRx
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Pukki to punish all the unfaithful sellers tonight

          This is the perfect bounce back game for him..

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            If people having be holding him this long , then I hope so for them

          2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Watford will dominate Norwich imo.

          3. Amey
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Everyone saying same for last 4/5 gw's

          4. MeatPieSausageRoll
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              All the players I haven’t got round to selling are going to punish people with better teams too

          5. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Oh sod it , starting Cantwell instead of Yarmolenko

            1. Longlatini
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Adds a bit of interest to tonight’s game

          6. Oggle22
            • 2 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Currently playing Cantwell for a but if excitement in tonights game with Lund and Rico 1stvand 2nd on my bench go with it?

            Cheers

          7. Jones Kusi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            GTG?

            Pope
            Rico Tomori TAA
            Maddison Mane KDB Mount
            Tammy Auba Jimenez (C)

            McGovern Cantwell Lundstram Soyuncu

            1. Gregor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Sure.

          8. JJeyy
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Soyuncu or Cantwell first sub?

            1. Arse Biscuit
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Cantwell

          9. LM00091
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Vardy or Abraham this week for Captain?

            1. Gregor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Vardy.

              1. LM00091
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 days, 2 hours ago

                Cheers mate

          10. Alli
            • 2 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            GTG or any of following moves? Already did -4

            A) Mount > Maddison/Martial
            B) Cantwell > Maddison/Martial
            C) Greenwood > Jimé

            Heaton
            Söyüncü - Lundstram - Diop - Rico
            Mané - Sterling - KDB - Mount
            Vardy(vc) - Tammy(c)

            Ryan - Cantwell - Dunk - Greenwood

          11. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Should I risk starting Mount over Soyuncu?

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Yes

            2. Longlatini
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              I would

            3. Gregor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Yeah.

            4. Arse Biscuit
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Yes

          12. Sting
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            mount to pulisic or save?

            1. Arse Biscuit
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Your call

            2. Dynamic Duos
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Pulisic

            3. Longlatini
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              If nothing else is more pressing your team is in a lot better shape than mine!

          13. Genji3lade
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            Choose one to bench:

            A.) Aurier (Shu H)
            B.) Rico (New A)
            C.) Landstrum (Tot A)
            D.) Tomori (Cry H)

          14. FDMS All Starz
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 2 hours ago

            captain who?

            A) Tammy

            B) Vardy

            1. Arse Biscuit
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              Tammy

          15. FOO FIGHTER
              3 days, 2 hours ago

              So who scores more this weekend.

              Salah or Mane?

              1. Hot Toddy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 days, 2 hours ago

                Probably Firmino...

              2. MoManeTaa
                • 2 Years
                3 days, 2 hours ago

                mane..

              3. Arse Biscuit
                • 10 Years
                3 days, 2 hours ago

                Mane

              4. FOO FIGHTER
                  3 days, 2 hours ago

                  Bravo awaits unless their is a late minute change from Pep 😀

                • HurriKane
                  • 7 Years
                  3 days, 2 hours ago

                  Mane

                • Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  3 days, 2 hours ago

                  Salah

                • Longlatini
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 days, 2 hours ago

                  Mane booked for diving so Salah outscores him by 1

              5. dark91
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 2 hours ago

                1) Start Yarmolenko or Mount
                2) Do Yarmo to Martial for free and start Martial over Mount?

              6. Releasebreaks
                • 1 Year
                3 days, 2 hours ago

                Who to bench ? Mount or Cantwell ??

                1. Jones Kusi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 days, 2 hours ago

                  Cantwell

                2. Gregor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  3 days, 2 hours ago

                  Cantwell.

                3. Jamino
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 days, 1 hour ago

                  Good chance of a countwell cameo if he doesn’t start start mount

              7. YEAH PITCH!
                  3 days, 2 hours ago

                  D

                  1. YEAH PITCH!
                      3 days, 2 hours ago

                      Reply fail

                    • Jamino
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 days, 1 hour ago

                      C

                      1. YEAH PITCH!
                          3 days, 1 hour ago

                          Lol

                    • Eastman
                      • 2 Years
                      3 days, 2 hours ago

                      2

                    • 1569Tippins
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 days, 2 hours ago

                      Pope
                      Trent - Digne - Lund
                      CHO - Mount - Mahrez - Sterling
                      Aguero - Vardy(C) - Tammy

                      McGovern - Cantwell - Soy - Pieters

                      1FT / £0.2m ITB

                      A) Roll transfer over and have 2FT's over the IB which will give me time to see whether Bilva wll ever get banned and allow me to make 3 transfers to bring in two more Liverpool players for only -4
                      B) Get rid of Mahrez but for who?
                      C) Aguero and Mahrez OUT - Jiminez and Mane IN for -4
                      D) Anything better?

                      PLEASE HELP

                      1. Arse Biscuit
                        • 10 Years
                        3 days, 2 hours ago

                        A)

                        1. LM00091
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 days, 2 hours ago

                          A)