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. PUP02
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 10 mins ago

    Bench one.
    A) Rico
    B) Lundstram

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 10 mins ago

      B for me.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
        7 days, 9 mins ago

        Rico

      • Jones Kusi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 9 mins ago

        B

      • YEAH PITCH!
          7 days, 4 mins ago

          Neither.

      • Fantasyamateur
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 mins ago

        Some last minute advice on this team?

        Pope
        TAA - Rico - Soyuncu
        KdB - Sterling - Mount - Yarmo
        Abraham - Vardy - Wilson

        Bench: Lundstram, Cantwell, Reid, Stekelenburg.

        4.1M ITB and 0FT.

        Anything worth a hit..?

      • Ian Davis
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 10 mins ago

        Who to start out of Soyuncu, Rico and Lundstram?

        1. DandyDon
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 9 mins ago

          Rico

        2. Jones Kusi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 9 mins ago

          Rico

        3. Nuno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 8 mins ago

          Rico

      • Snapes on a Plane
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 10 mins ago

        Is this the right bench order?

        Connolly-Cantwell-Montoya

      • Monkey magic 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 10 mins ago

        Am i GTG chaps?

        Pope
        TAA / Chilwell / Tomori
        Mane / Tielemans / Martial / Pulisic
        Vardy(c) / Abraham / Jimenez

        Stek / KDB / Rico / Lund

        Thinking about doing KDB to Son for -4 and really not sure if defence is right, thoughts please.

        1. No Professionals
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 1 min ago

          Team is fine, no hits

        2. Kiwi Don
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          I have swapped KDB for Son this week, think over the next 6 weeks Son could outscore him with better fixtures. Hope this madness pays off and tottenham stop being useless.

        3. Monkey magic 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          Cheers guys.

      • Red Rock
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 9 mins ago

        A) play Connolly or Rico and save FT for IB

        B) David Silva > Martial/£9m mid

        Already have Mane, KDB, Hudson Odoi, Tielemans

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 8 mins ago

          B Martial or Maddison

          1. Red Rock
            • 2 Years
            7 days, 7 mins ago

            Thank you, can't do Mad as have 3 LEI

      • MeatPieSausageRoll
          7 days, 9 mins ago

          For those that keep asking - I’m captaining Vardy

          Hope this ends all the speculation

          1. Marko1985
            • 3 Years
            7 days, 7 mins ago

            Iv currently got the armband on Vardy but I’m so close to changing it to Tammy. Are you not worried about Arsenal turning up and making it difficult. Feel like Arsenal have to win and looks like they are going to go 5 at the back again

            1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                7 days, 5 mins ago

                The vice is on Tammy but I just is think Palace are more capable at the back than Arsenal and A bit more faith in Vardy taking his chances

          2. Ha.
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 9 mins ago

            Best Lanzini replacement?

            1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
              • 6 Years
              7 days, 8 mins ago

              Trossard/McGinn/Barnes

              1. Ha.
                • 4 Years
                7 days, 5 mins ago

                McGinn capable of doing anything against Wolves?

            2. Gregor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              7 days, 8 mins ago

              I’d be tempted by JWP.

              1. Ha.
                • 4 Years
                7 days, 5 mins ago

                It feels wrong, but so right

          3. FOO FIGHTER
              7 days, 8 mins ago

              The benchings of Lundstram lol. Highest scoring OOP in FPL.

              1. Dthinger
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 23 hours ago

                yeah, but 0 points against Leicester, 2 points against Liverpool, and 1 point against Chelsea. I'm betting he has a more defensive role at Spurs.

            • Daghe Munegu
              • 3 Years
              7 days, 8 mins ago

              Play Rico or Yarmo?

            • MoManeTaa
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 8 mins ago

              Bench one

              1. Lund, 2. Soy, 3. Pieters

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                  7 days, 6 mins ago

                  Omg

              2. Mee and the Boys
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                7 days, 8 mins ago

                Cantwell or Lundy to start this weekend? Other will be 1st on bench

                1. Gregor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  7 days, 7 mins ago

                  Lundstram.

              3. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 7 mins ago

                i have to say not feeling very confident this gw...

                1. MoManeTaa
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 7 mins ago

                  whyy

                2. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  7 days, 5 mins ago

                  Good GW incoming then buddy

              4. SAY MY NAME
                • 2 Years
                7 days, 7 mins ago

                GTG? correct bench order? thanks in advance...

                Pope
                TAA/Tomori/Lundstram
                Salah/KDB/Maddison/Pulisic
                Abraham/Jiminez(vc)/Vardy(c)

                Button/Soyuncu/Rico/Cantwell

                1. Darth_Newdar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  7 days, 6 mins ago

                  Yes I think so... I currently have Rico on my bench and am starting the other 4 defenders you own so we're in agreement on the order. And also on Vardy (c) as well.

                  1. SAY MY NAME
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 3 mins ago

                    thanks mate, i've actually just put Rico first on bench as i reckon arsenal more likely to score at Leicester than Newcastle against Bournemouth

                    1. Darth_Newdar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      6 days, 23 hours ago

                      Yeah I'm trying to make the same decision, but in my case I'm starting one of them. It's a coin-toss really.

              5. Darth_Newdar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 7 mins ago

                Which one to bench? I always get these decisions wrong at the moment!

                A) Rico
                B) Tomori
                C) Söyüncü

                1. Gregor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  7 days, 7 mins ago

                  C

                  1. Darth_Newdar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    7 days, 5 mins ago

                    I feel that this could easily be a 2-0 or 3-0 Leicester win. I'm a Bournemouth fan, it just seems so unlikely that we would keep 4 clean sheets in a row, although obviously taken in isolation the game against Newcastle is good.

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

                      Yeah, Newcastle concede a lot of chances down Rico’s side though and with him being on corners and free kicks, he could get returns at either end.

                      1. Darth_Newdar
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        6 days, 23 hours ago

                        Yep thanks - it's a very close decision I think in the end, hopefully my luck will turn this week and I'll get it right.

              6. Drogba Legend
                • 2 Years
                7 days, 7 mins ago

                2FT, help would be appreciated

                Pope
                TAA - Azpi - Rico
                kDB - Mane - James - Mount**
                Jimenez - Kun - Tammy (C)

                Button - Cantwell - Lundy - Ota

                Thinking Aguero\Ota out and someone else or two.
                Vardy\Maddison\Auba\Kane\Son\Martial all on watchlist

                1. Gregor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  7 days, 5 mins ago

                  Think I’d get Vardy and Chilwell.

                2. Super Saints
                  • 3 Years
                  7 days, 4 mins ago

                  Get Vardy for starters

              7. Mr. Chimes
                  7 days, 7 mins ago

                  Are we concerned about a Mount cameo?

                  1. Gregor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 10 Years
                    7 days, 6 mins ago

                    Not really no.

                    1. Mr. Chimes
                        7 days, 6 mins ago

                        So you expect him to either start or not play at all

                        1. Gregor
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 10 Years
                          7 days, 5 mins ago

                          Yep.

                    2. Super Saints
                      • 3 Years
                      7 days, 6 mins ago

                      Will happen as I'm starting him

                  2. Super Saints
                    • 3 Years
                    7 days, 6 mins ago

                    Every transfer I make goes horribly wrong, anything obvious need doing here?

                    Pope
                    TAA Robbo Soy Lundstram
                    Mane KDB Mount
                    Vardy(c) Abraham Wilson
                    Button Dendonker Dilva Otamendi

                  3. Heiro
                    • 9 Years
                    7 days, 5 mins ago

                    Play Mount or transfer him to Martial for free?

                    Bench of Ottamendi Cantrell and Kelly

                    1. Darth_Newdar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      7 days, 4 mins ago

                      Play for me

                    2. Super Saints
                      • 3 Years
                      7 days, 3 mins ago

                      Put Cantwell first on bench and start Mount

                  4. royals forever
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    7 days, 5 mins ago

                    What are the chances of Mount do you think?

                    Any ideas would be welcomed

                    1. Gregor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 10 Years
                      7 days, 4 mins ago

                      I think he’ll probably be fine or not play at all, I’m starting him.

                    2. Darth_Newdar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      7 days, 4 mins ago

                      I'm starting him as well

                  5. manu4life99
                    • 9 Years
                    7 days, 5 mins ago

                    Bench 1

                    A) Lundstrom (tot)
                    B) Soyuncu (ARS)
                    C) Mount* (CPL)

                    1. Darth_Newdar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      7 days, 3 mins ago

                      Of those three, I think Söyüncü

                  6. MeatPieSausageRoll
                      7 days, 4 mins ago

                      2 hours 5 minutes until MeatPieSausageRoll announces how many scout picks I’ve got

                      1. YEAH PITCH!
                          7 days, 3 mins ago

                          Don't do this to us.

                          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                              7 days, 1 min ago

                              It’s not that long bro - gives everyone something to look forward to

                        • 1569Tippins
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          7 days, 4 mins ago

                          Start Cantwell or Mahrez?

                        • Manani
                          • 8 Years
                          7 days, 4 mins ago

                          I have pretty much same team as scout, got Tammy (C), who should I VC?

                        • itsmeguneet
                          • 3 Years
                          7 days, 4 mins ago

                          Captain Vardy or Tammy??

                          1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            7 days, 3 mins ago

                            Vardy

                          2. Super Saints
                            • 3 Years
                            7 days, 2 mins ago

                            Vardy

                        • Gaffa914
                          • 5 Years
                          7 days, 4 mins ago

                          Thoughts on Aubameyang and Mount —> Mousset and Sterling

                        • Queens of the South Age
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          7 days, 3 mins ago

                          Who to play?

                          A. Cantwell
                          B. Rico
                          C. Lundstram

                          1. Darth_Newdar
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            7 days, 3 mins ago

                            Lundstram

                        • Londongeezaa
                          • 1 Year
                          7 days, 3 mins ago

                          Taking D Silva out for next 3 weeks to give one of the following a run. Any thoughts?

                          A - Son
                          B - Alli
                          C - Maddison
                          D - Martial

                          1. ragonian
                            • 6 Years
                            7 days ago

                            I'm leaning towards Maddison. Tottenham struggling and Tony has already burned me too many times.

                          2. Dthinger
                            • 2 Years
                            6 days, 23 hours ago

                            I had talked myself into Maddison, but at the last second changed my mid and went with Martial.

                        • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          7 days, 3 mins ago

                          Captaining Mane of Vardy.

                          Good luck all

                          1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            7 days, 3 mins ago

                            Over*

                        • Pinball Wizard
                          • 3 Years
                          7 days, 3 mins ago

                          Play Dendonker ahead of Lundstram as 1st sub. Fixture so much better.
                          As I own Mount will probably need him

                          1. Amey
                            • 1 Year
                            7 days, 2 mins ago

                            Lundstram positive OOP
                            Donkey reverse OOP

                          2. Gregor
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 10 Years
                            7 days ago

                            Lundstram 1st sub for me.