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.

Our YouTube/podcast round-up can be viewed below.



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830 Comments Post a Comment
  1. PUP02
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 22 days ago

    Bench one.
    A) Rico
    B) Lundstram

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 22 days ago

      B for me.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
        6 months, 22 days ago

        Rico

      • Jones Kusi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 22 days ago

        B

      • YEAH PITCH!
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 22 days ago

        Neither.

    3. Fantasyamateur
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 22 days 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..?

    4. Ian Davis
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 22 days ago

      Who to start out of Soyuncu, Rico and Lundstram?

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 22 days ago

        Rico

      2. Jones Kusi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 22 days ago

        Rico

      3. Nuno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 22 days ago

        Rico

    5. Snapes on a Plane
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 22 days ago

      Is this the right bench order?

      Connolly-Cantwell-Montoya

    6. Monkey magic 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 22 days 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
        6 months, 22 days ago

        Team is fine, no hits

      2. Kiwi Don
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 22 days 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 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers guys.

    7. Red Rock
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 22 days 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
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 22 days ago

        B Martial or Maddison

        1. Red Rock
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 22 days ago

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

    8. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 22 days ago

      For those that keep asking - I’m captaining Vardy

      Hope this ends all the speculation

      1. Marko1985
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 22 days 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. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 22 days 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

    9. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 22 days ago

      Best Lanzini replacement?

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 22 days ago

        Trossard/McGinn/Barnes

        1. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 22 days ago

          McGinn capable of doing anything against Wolves?

      2. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 22 days ago

        I’d be tempted by JWP.

        1. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 22 days ago

          It feels wrong, but so right

    10. FOO FIGHTER
        6 months, 22 days ago

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

        1. Dthinger
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 22 days 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
        6 months, 22 days ago

        Play Rico or Yarmo?

      • MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 22 days ago

        Bench one

        1. Lund, 2. Soy, 3. Pieters

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 22 days ago

          1

        2. FOO FIGHTER
            6 months, 22 days ago

            Omg

        3. Mee and the Boys
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 22 days 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
            6 months, 22 days ago

            Lundstram.

        4. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 22 days ago

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

          1. MoManeTaa
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 22 days ago

            whyy

          2. Amey
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 22 days ago

            Good GW incoming then buddy

        5. SAY MY NAME
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 22 days 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
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 22 days 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
              6 months, 22 days 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
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 22 days 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.

        6. Darth_Newdar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 22 days 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
            6 months, 22 days ago

            C

            1. Darth_Newdar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 22 days 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
                6 months, 22 days 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
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 22 days 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.

        7. Drogba Legend
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 22 days 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
            6 months, 22 days ago

            Think I’d get Vardy and Chilwell.

          2. Super Saints
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 22 days ago

            Get Vardy for starters

        8. Mr. Chimes
            6 months, 22 days ago

            Are we concerned about a Mount cameo?

            1. Gregor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 22 days ago

              Not really no.

              1. Mr. Chimes
                  6 months, 22 days ago

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

                  1. Gregor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 10 Years
                    6 months, 22 days ago

                    Yep.

              2. Super Saints
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Will happen as I'm starting him

            2. Super Saints
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 22 days 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
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 22 days ago

              Play Mount or transfer him to Martial for free?

              Bench of Ottamendi Cantrell and Kelly

              1. Darth_Newdar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Play for me

              2. Super Saints
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Put Cantwell first on bench and start Mount

            4. royals forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 22 days 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
                6 months, 22 days ago

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

              2. Darth_Newdar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

                I'm starting him as well

            5. manu4life99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 22 days ago

              Bench 1

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

              1. Darth_Newdar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Of those three, I think Söyüncü

            6. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 22 days ago

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

              1. YEAH PITCH!
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Don't do this to us.

                1. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 22 days ago

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

            7. 1569Tippins
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 22 days ago

              Start Cantwell or Mahrez?

            8. Manani
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 22 days ago

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

            9. itsmeguneet
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 22 days ago

              Captain Vardy or Tammy??

              1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Vardy

              2. Super Saints
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Vardy

            10. Gaffa914
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 22 days ago

              Thoughts on Aubameyang and Mount —> Mousset and Sterling

            11. Queens of the South Age
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 22 days ago

              Who to play?

              A. Cantwell
              B. Rico
              C. Lundstram

              1. Darth_Newdar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Lundstram

            12. Londongeezaa
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 22 days 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
                6 months, 22 days ago

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

              2. Dthinger
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

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

            13. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 22 days ago

              Captaining Mane of Vardy.

              Good luck all

              1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Over*

            14. Mané money
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 22 days 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
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Lundstram positive OOP
                Donkey reverse OOP

              2. Gregor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 10 Years
                6 months, 22 days ago

                Lundstram 1st sub for me.