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FPL Gameweek 17 team news and injury updates

After a relatively quiet day on the team news front on Thursday, there was a bit more to interest Fantasy managers from the pre-Gameweek 17 press conferences today.

There were some ominous quotes from Frank Lampard in his media gathering, with the Chelsea boss asked about whether the fixture congestion means that he’s more likely to rotate his midfield options over the coming weeks.

Lampard responded:

Slightly, yeah. I’m pleased with what we have in midfield. With the schedule that we’ve had, the amount of games we’ve played back to back, then I think rotation [is possible]. A little bit for the game and what’s in front of us, because sometimes you want to change the set-up, but also just for the fatigue factor and keeping people fresh. I certainly take that into consideration in midfield.

Sometimes [playing twice a week] takes a lot out of you, so I think there’s a genuine reason there. But we didn’t travel and we did play on Tuesday, so I think that’s less of an excuse for us.

On Fikayo Tomori (hip), Lampard added:

Tomori’s not fit for the game following on from the other day but he should train next week, hopefully.

Chelsea’s opponents Bournemouth have real problems, with Nathan Ake (hamstring), Steve Cook (wrist), Adam Smith (ankle), Charlie Daniels (knee), David Brooks (ankle) and Lloyd Kelly (thigh) all confirmed as out.

On Callum Wilson (hamstring), Eddie Howe said:

Callum, again I don’t think it’s a serious injury. He felt tightness in his hamstring, very minimal injury looking at the scans. Again, we hope to get him back very quickly.

Josh King (hamstring) could be back, with Howe adding:

Got a chance, yep. Josh has come through the various things that we need him to come through, hasn’t had a great deal of time on the training pitch but what he has done he has done well.

On the aforementioned injured players, the Bournemouth boss added:

It was relatively good news on Nathan’s scan. The trouble with hamstring injuries is it’s very difficult to give definitive timelines. We’re looking at about six weeks, that’s conservative, Nathan could come back sooner than that.”

Steve Cook injured his wrist against Tottenham and there was a fracture there. He’s had an operation, we hope to get him back reasonably quickly. At some stage [he could play with a cast], not immediately.

An operation [for Smith] would have meant maybe 10-12 weeks. Hopefully, he’s got away without having the operation, which halves the time.

Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday that John Stones remains out with a muscular injury, while Sergio Aguero (groin) is still not training with the team.

On David Silva (knock), the City boss added:

Tomorrow, we’ll see. Yesterday and today, could not train. Maybe tomorrow is able to train.

It was a kick in some part of his leg that is painful, that’s why it’s painful.

The reigning champions will be up against Arsenal this weekend but we are yet to hear from Freddie Ljungberg or be provided with an injury update from the Gunners, so we will keep you posted if anything breaks this afternoon.

Across north London, Tottenham Hotspur reported that Ben Davies (ankle) is still continuing rehab in Qatar, while Erik Lamela (hamstring), Hugo Lloris (elbow), Michel Vorm (calf) and Tanguy Ndombele (groin) are undergoing on-field rehabilitation.

Harry Winks (ankle) has returned to training, meanwhile, but boss Jose Mourinho was unsure whether the midfielder would be fit to play.

The Spurs head coach said of Winks and his team selection for Sunday:

The players that didn’t travel [to Germany] are of course fine and we didn’t get any injuries from the Munich game. Harry Winks is the only player from the injury list that’s back. I don’t know if back to playing, but back to training with the team.

Ben Davies is going to be out for a long time. It’s kind of injury like Hugo, two, three months. You even lose the notion of the time and I get lost, I don’t know how many weeks more. I think Lamela is out for about two months. Ndombele, I think is a small injury. Normally he’s back for the Christmas period.

The team for Sunday was decided before Wednesday. So Wednesday doesn’t make an impact on the Sunday decisions. But, of course, in the same way I know some players had a very good performance [against Bayern].

Asked about the possibility of a rest for Harry Kane over Christmas, Mourinho added:

If you ask me, am I going to give him a rest on 26th December because then we have a match after two days or so, no, I’m not going to give a rest. The Munich match was one of these ones where the result was secondary.

Spurs are up against Wolves this weekend, whose manager Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed that his players came through the win over Besiktas unscathed.

Willy Boly (ankle) remains a long-term absentee, however.

Liverpool will be without Dejan Lovren (muscle), who joins Joel Matip (knee) and Fabinho (ankle) on the sidelines.

Jurgen Klopp said of the Croatia international:

Out. Muscle, this time, more serious than last time.

Asked about why Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were not pictured in team training:

They did recovery [sessions], yeah. As far as I know [they are all OK].

Across Merseyside, the injuries are piling up for Duncan Ferguson – although he may have one or two bodies back this weekend.

The interim Everton boss said:

We’ve got Theo Walcott out for three weeks, calf. Morgan Schneiderlin, two weeks, calf.

We’ve got Fabian Delph, Seamus Coleman, Yerry Mina, light training, have trained the last two or three days.

[Digne] has trained this morning. A little bit tight but he has trained, so we’re hopeful of him.

Rounding up Manchester United’s injury situation, including providing us with the latest on Jesse Lingard (knock), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:

Next week, Eric [Bailly] will start training, Tim [Fosu-Mensah] will start training, Paul [Pogba] will probably start training next week with us properly. So let’s see.

I’m not sure about Jesse [Lingard], but I hope [he can feature]. He wasn’t training today, but we’ll check him on Saturday probably. He’s really come good now; he’s been fit, he’s been training well, so we hope so.

Aston Villa will be without one of their key defenders when they travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday, although another has recovered to make the trip.

Dean Smith said earlier today:

Matt Targett trained yesterday so he’ll be available.

Tyrone Mings hasn’t, he’s got a hamstring injury. Thankfully for us it’s not in the belly of the hamstring, hopefully he’ll be pain-free after this weekend and then can keep progressing.

Matt Ritchie (ankle) and Jamaal Lascelles (leg) have been joined on the sidelines by Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring), Ciaran Clark (calf) and Ki Sung-yueng (unknown), who were all ruled out of Newcastle’s match against Burnley by their manager on Friday.

Saint-Maximin will be out for around a month.

Steve Bruce added that he also had concerns about Miguel Almiron (tight hamstring) and Jonjo Shelvey (sore calf) in his pre-match press conference, saying:

I don’t think with muscle injuries you can take that risk. If at all they are struggling with it then you can’t risk it. If they pull up and they’re out for a month to six weeks, we’ll all look stupid. We’ll err on the side of caution.

On Jetro Willems (unspecified injury), Bruce said:

Jetro’s ok, we think. He’s another one, but we think he’s ok. We’ll see how he is today.

Graham Potter says that Brighton will make a late call on Aaron Connolly (dead leg) but Solly March (groin) will not be available until the end of December or the beginning of January.

The Brighton boss said of the budget FPL forward:

We’re waiting on Aaron Connolly a little, so we’ll give him as much time as we can. At the moment he’s looking doubtful but we’ll see, we’ll give him up to the game to see where he’s at.

The Seagulls have no fresh injury concerns after last weekend but Dale Stephens is suspended.

It was all quiet on the team news front at Norwich City, for a change.

Daniel Farke reported that Grant Hanley (groin) has returned to team training but Saturday’s game against Leicester City comes too early for the defender.


A round-up of Thursday’s press conferences can be viewed here.

Predicted line-ups and more detailed information are found in the Team News tab, which is being updated this evening.

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


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412 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Pick one to bench out of Alli, Maddison, KDB and Mousset
    Got to be the Moose right?

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Unfortunately yes

    2. Earn your Spurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yep

  2. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    This worth a -4?

    KDB, Jimenez, Connolly > Dendonker, Rashford, Tammy

    Gives me an extra 1.1ITB to upgrade Hanley > Aurier next week.

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Generally against removing KDB but it sounds pretty good tbh

    2. Earn your Spurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yes go for it

  3. In ole we trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    GTG
    Guaita
    Taa, soy, lundstram
    Kdb, maddison, pulisic, mane(vc)
    Abraham, ings, vardy(c)

    Bench, Stekelenburg, cantwell, o'connell, cathcart

  4. oiks
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Hi guys, I have a defender dilemma...

    Which 3 of Soyuncu, Kelly, TAA and Lundstram?

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      How can you include TAA in that? Why do you own him if you are considering to bench him in this game?

      Id bench Kelly

    2. Earn your Spurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I've the same 4 plus Dunk - i'm benching Dunk and Kelly

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Bench Kelly

    4. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Bench Kelly

  5. Typo
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Kelly (BHA) or Aurier (wol)

    Who would you play?

    I am leaning towards Kelly. Dont think spurs will keep a CS against an in form wolves.. I also have Jimenez.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Kelly

    2. Earn your Spurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Kelly

    3. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Same dilemma here, I also have Dele and Son, I think I will go all Spurs.

      1. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Kelly

  6. Earn your Spurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Predictions please - how many points this weekend for
    a> Mane
    b> Vardy

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      8
      13

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      1
      26

    3. drughi
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      12
      17

    4. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      8
      6

    5. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      11
      12

  7. Uns95
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Team GTG? Leave Lund on bench?

    Henderson
    TAA Robertson Soyuncu
    KDB Mane Pulisic Tielemans
    Rashford Abraham Vardy(c)

    McGovern Lundstram Rico Elneny

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I'm playing Lund and leaving Soy on bench

      1. Uns95
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I’m just conscious of the Sheffield double up with Henderson, but I guess Lundy is more attacking than Soy...

        1. in sane in de bruyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Go big or go home 😉

  8. Cahill
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Peng tings givin man stress...

    wildcard set please?

    Guita
    Chilwell Lund Aurier
    Mane Son Alli Martial
    Tammy Vardy Rash

    Martin Shelvey Targett Rico

    1. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Nice team!

  9. MartialMatas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Best one week punt defender for 4.9m?
    To go with TAA Soyuncu Lundstram

    1. Cahill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Tarkowski/Cahill?

    2. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Just got a feeling about Dunk (non owner)

  10. Hungry Singh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Play Dunk or Soy.....?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Soy

  11. Lignja
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Pope
    Soyuncu, Lundstram, Kelly
    Mane, Son, Kdb, Pulisic
    Abraham, Vardy, Rashford

    Martin,Cahil, Dendoker, Rico

    Pulisic to Alli -4 or keep ?

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Keep

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Not for a hit

    3. valurth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Keep

  12. Timon
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Hi All..

    A. Keep Zaha
    B. Sell for Pulisic
    C. Sell for Grealish

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      B is due a haul but there is a slight risk of rotation
      Maybe better to keep and reasses next week

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Team GTG?

      1ft 0itb
      pope
      TAA lundy dunk
      mane maddi KDB son zaha
      rash vardy (C)

      ryan willem connolly rico

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        post fail - keep zaha and roll the transfer

  13. The SK
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Would you do KDB to Alli for -4 this gameweek (already have Son)?

    1. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No

    3. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No

  14. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Tomori > Kelly this GW, or is Kelly just a transfer waiting to happen?

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Kelly is nailed right now but when their defender are getting fit, he's a transfer waiting to happen

    2. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yes if nothing else to do!

  15. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Bench 1

    Kelly
    Soy
    Lund (hendo gk)

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Kelly

    2. Rock n Grohl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yeah kinda same dilemma here. Playing Lundo against a leaking Villa defence. Kelly and Soy in that bench 1 and 2 spot respectively.

  16. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Team GTG?

    1ft 0itb
    pope
    TAA lundy dunk
    mane maddi KDB son zaha
    rash vardy (C)

    ryan willem connolly rico

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yes

  17. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    1 month, 6 days ago

    What to do here?
    0,2 ITB

    HENDERSON
    TAA-LUNDSTRAM-SÖYUNCU
    KDB-MANE-MADDISON-SON
    VARDY-RASHFORD-TAMMY
    Button - Kello, Guilbert, Hayden

    Thanks for the help

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Nothing.

    2. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Amazing team. That frontline is best for next 3 months

      1. Longlatini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Do you know this week’s winning lottery numbers too?! 😉

        1. One Wheels Enough
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Got the same team apart from Madd/Tammy to my KDB/Ings, interested in who'll have the best combo this week...

          1. One Wheels Enough
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Sorry I meant Zaha not KDB!

  18. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    How does this sound?
    1FT - Mane -> Salah(C) over Vardy?

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Living up to your name.

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        😎

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      no

    3. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Only if you have WC. I have all 3 and doing Salah C but if its Nigel Pearson debut, Vardy looks better C as first match under new manager always causes extra efforts from the team

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        It's a gamble of course. I'm chasing closer to 100 points in my ML :/

    4. Lignja
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      no

  19. RECKLESS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Wasnt Nigel Pearson manager in CPL vs Watford match? Because I read here he has his debut vs Liv?

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I thought so too

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Not sure. Just checked photos and it was Hayden Mullins on sideline.

    3. Spoox777
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      He was in the stands watching.

    4. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      He wasn't... this is such a reckless comment. He takes over against pool.

  20. balint84
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    A) keep Lowton against newcastle
    B) switch him to Targett, Villa have better fixture
    2ft no other plan

  21. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Right think I’m there am I G2G, with correct bench order?

    Pope
    TAA, Chilwell, Lundstram
    Mane, Dele, Son, Zaha
    Vardy(C), Tammy, Rashford

    Button, Kelly, Aurier, Dendonker

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yes

    2. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      G2G to a point. Might regret not having KDB this week

  22. Henning
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    1 FT and 1.6 m in the bank
    GTG ?

    Pope

    Lundstram Soyuncu TAA

    Mane KDB Son Pulisic Maddison

    Ings Vardy

    Guaita Mousset Dunk Rico

  23. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Was all set on removing kane until he went and hauled. Now I feel inclined to keep.

    Keep or downgrade to tammy or rash?

  24. Ludde
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Best defender for 5.0. Already have Lundstram, Aurier, Chilwell and TAA. Thinking Kelly but dont know?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Kelly is fine & very cheap.

  25. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Hi all. 2FTs here and a bit unsure of where to use them. 0.3itb.

    Gazz
    Soy, TAA, Lund
    Alli, Martial, KdB, Mane
    Vardy, Jesus, Jimenez

    (McGovern, Kelly, Rico, Dendonk)

    A) Jesus to Tammy
    B) McGovern and Rico to Martin and Cahill and play BB
    C) Burn FT
    D) Other

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A

  26. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Big week for KDB & Salah

    Hauls & everything is rosy in the garden again for them

    Blanks - and its possibly time to offer them as sacrifices at the altar of budgetary constraints to enable the likes of Rashford, Tammy, Son, Alli etc

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Hanging on to KDB for some time I reckon. Can’t see losing him being beneficial to be fair...Kevin will score big this week against a very average Arsenal defense

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      High hopes for Salah this gw. Haven't owned De Bruyne at all this season so hoping he has another stinker 😀

  27. Cech's Magic Hat
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Gtg? 0.5 itb and 1 ft if I need it..?

    Ryan
    Soy TAA lund
    Son maddison KdB mane
    Vardy Abraham jimi

    Button Kelly dendoncker Simpson

  28. Dont give a fuchs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Shall I use my FT to do pva to kelly/aurier or save ft?

    1. korbendallas82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Depending on your team. Im looking into saving up, so i have 2 ft before gw18. I want to Get in Rash for free. Maby Grealish to. How is the gw18 squad looking for you?

  29. ‘Tis the Season
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Letting go of TAA is so satisfying. I seriously feel as letting him go will benefit my score in the long run. ESP as I brought in RASH for Jimmy.

    I haven’t always been the biggest supporter of ANY united players but feel Rash is totally on fire and will our score Jimmy by some margin.

    Losing TAA with the risk of him being benched is my only solace.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 6 days ago

      TAA unlikely to be benched with news of Lovren injury.

      Gomez will play at CB.

  30. yakirh
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Hearing romours about TAA rested to avoid getting 5th yellow card and suspended vs Leicester

    Do you have some info?