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FPL Gameweek 21 team news and injury updates

There were only six stand-alone Premier League press conferences held in the run-up to Gameweek 21, leaving us in the dark for many clubs ahead of the New Year’s Day deadline.

Pep Guardiola was one of the three managers to hold a media gathering today, with the City boss confirming that David Silva (knock) and John Stones (hamstring) are “back” for the visit of Everton.

Asked about Aymeric Laporte (knee), Guardiola added:

He’s getting better, he’s training alone but already on the pitch. It’s the last part, I think in one week, maybe ten days, he can start to train with us.

The City head coach also had his say on the risk of picking injuries up over the festive period, saying:

We think about that, we have five games in 12 days. Quite similar for the other teams but in this period, to have one or two more days to recover, it is a lot.

We play 80 minutes with ten against 11, a difficult test against Wolves. After less than two days, we come back and play again. It’s a risk but you have to take it.

Carlo Ancelotti brought us up to speed on the Toffees’ fitness situation, saying today:

The injured players are the same, they are almost close to recovery. Schneiderlin has started to train with the team today, I think he will be available for the game on Saturday.

The others we didn’t have problems in these two days, that was good. Andre Gomes and Gbamin need time to recover but everything is going well for them.

Elsewhere, Chris Wilder confirmed that John Lundstram (ankle) will take part in a full training session on Tuesday and will be assessed after it.

The Sheffield United boss said ahead of the trip to Anfield:

Everybody has come through [the Man City game] well, health-wise, so we’ve got a full quota to pick and choose from.

Sitting in for Nigel Pearson yesterday, Craig Shakspeare said of Watford’s walking wounded:

We’re still waiting on five or six players, either with illness or knocks. We’ll have a clearer idea tomorrow but we’re hoping that all of them make it.

[Hughes and Cathcart] are part of that five or six so they’ll be assessed again tomorrow. As players they’ll want to be fit for the Wolves game so we’re going to give them every opportunity to try and make it.

Graham Potter confirmed that Brighton have no new injury problems in his press conference on Monday.

Solly March (groin) has trained but the match against Chelsea will come too soon, while Jose Izquierdo (knee) remains unavailable despite making good progress.

David Moyes’ first West Ham press conference (in his second stint, anyway) was predictably thin on injury updates, with all the talk about his reappointment.

Asked about if he could have much impact in the Bournemouth game:

I have to say it is not easy. I have taken training this morning. But really, I cannot have a massive influence on what I have got [for GW21]. For me, it was about trying to pick up as much as I can from the people around.

I am coming here initially to try and get us wins and away from the wrong end of the table but the bigger picture is to have a strong team, a really good footballing team, attacking team and all those things I have to bring to the table.

As for the other 14 teams in the division, we will have to make do with any late-arriving quotes from embargoed sections of press conferences held after the weekend’s games.

The problem with that, of course, is that the information can quickly become outdated.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for instance, was positive about Paul Pogba‘s chances of featuring against Arsenal when asked after the Burnley game but the Frenchman reportedly hasn’t travelled to London with the rest of the Manchester United squad.

There were some heartening comments from Brendan Rodgers after the win over West Ham, with the Leicester City boss saying of Jamie Vardy:

His wife went into hospital on Friday and gave birth on Saturday morning. He wouldn’t have played on Saturday anyway, he’d have been on the bench, but we let him stay at home to look after his wife and kids and he’ll be back for Newcastle.

Asked about Ricardo Pereira (hamstring), Rodgers replied:

He should be fine for Newcastle. He just felt it a bit tight, so I didn’t bother taking him [to West Ham]. I gave him a rest at home. He’ll be back in [on Monday] and fine.

The other issue with two or three-day-old comments is that there hasn’t been much thought put into the next game, with managers interviewed soon after full-time – the embargoed section of Nuno Espirito Santo and Roy Hodgson’s pressers, which were masquerading as Gameweek 21 previews, offered precious little in the way of useful information to Fantasy managers.

Injuries need time to settle and be assessed, too, so even if Eddie Howe was the type of manager to offer us clear-cut fitness updates (he isn’t), then the hamstring strains picked up by Josh King and Jack Stacey can’t have been properly appraised.

Keep checking in with our Twitter timeline and the Team News tab throughout the evening as we bring you up to speed on anything else we’ve heard, as some quotes won’t be released until later tonight.


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371 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Vardy C?

    1. FISSH
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      YEA BABY

    2. syke63
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Definitely

  2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Alli to Dilva on the cards for GW22

    1. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I'm taking Alli out this week...

      1. Don Van Vliet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Allies has been unfortunate not to have registered more points of late. You'd be wise to hang on to him one last GW.

    2. ppv
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Dilva semi retired. Alli erratic

  3. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Any changes needed?

    Pope
    Taa soyuncu rico
    Salah (c) Maddison kdb Alli grealish
    Jimenez Vardy

    Button Kelly Connolly Lundstram

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Just salah to mane

    2. Lindelol
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      not interested in 343?

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Cheers. Looking at that next week with 2ft

  4. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Sorry Repost(no replies earlier)
    Hendo
    TAA Soy Lundy Rico Kelly
    Mane KDB Maddison Alli Dendo
    Vardy Rashford Jimi

    Did Tammy to Jimi last night and have 1 free transfer 0 itb
    1. Save
    2. Maddison to Adama/Martial?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Easy save there

  5. Mr_Barbs
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    1FT
    A) Ramsdale > Fab/Foster
    B) Save

    Play One:
    1) Sidibe (Mci)
    2) Kiko (Wol)

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Sidibe, Soyuncu
    Salah, KDB, Maddison, Martial, Traore
    Vardy, Ings

    Button, Maupay, Kiko, Lundstram

  6. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Posted previously..

    Thoughts on this wildcard for gw 22?

    Ryan Button

    Taa holgate Lundstram Kabasele Gibson

    Mane kdb salah tony dendo

    Vards DCL Jiminez

    Current team

    Guiata button

    Taa targett soyuncu Hanley Lundstram

    Ali kdb mane salah Richarlison

    Ings vardy greenwood

    Thanks

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Sorry I don’t have taa in my current team have Rico lol

    2. Eriksen Maestro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Looks good

    3. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Most will keep their 2nd WC for the Double GWs - you may be frustrated - but seems too early to be blowing your 2nd WC

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        True. But I have did this the last few seasons and it never seems to work out!

        Not sure though you could be right!

    4. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Gtg

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        It’s definitely worth it!?

      2. Don Van Vliet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Tony.
        Hilarious.

    5. syke63
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Tony is Antonio? West ham mid has a lot of options, all fairly limited imo. Antonio would be my pick for the double but Moyes will experiment.

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Tony martial haha

  7. Eriksen Maestro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Henderson for Fabianski -4?

    Long term transfer and plan on starting Lundstrom every week

    1. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Not worth a -4 in my opinion.

    2. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No imo. For fee next week

    3. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Not for a hit

  8. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Vardy or Salah captain ?

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Vards

  9. Big Troy Deeney
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Is Vardy likely to start tomorrow?

    1. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Probably yes

    2. Eriksen Maestro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Yup and will try score for his wife and baby at the hospital

      1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Or cos that's his job.

    3. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Magic 8 ball says yes

  10. McGlynn8
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Zouma or Rico?

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Check cs odds

      2. Eriksen Maestro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Any other? Rico

    • diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Remember when Pogba was all the rage a few GWs ago?

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        He will come good

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Too late for owners though.

        2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          ...at Juventus

    • Siva Mohan
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      A. Grealish >> Traore
      or
      B. Ings >> Jiminez

      Please suggest, thanks

      1. Eriksen Maestro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        A

      2. Sasquatch Slayer
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        A.

      3. mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        hmm everyone on here is so quick to get rid of grealish. I know villa have terrible form and mcginn is out, but he's still the main man in that squad

        1. Sasquatch Slayer
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I have often underestimated team form. Maybe overcompensating here ?

      4. Zlatanzo
          1 month, 25 days ago

          B

      5. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Fpl wishes for 2020?

        I'll start first.

        - Win the most important mini league

        - beat Mark

        - beat Torrs Magic

        Now you.

        Shoot

        1. Sasquatch Slayer
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Beat Daniel
          Win all ML’s
          A cup run

          1. PepTalk
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Beat Daniel. Beat Sasquatch Slayer.
            Live long and prosper

          2. Daniel S.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Bring on Sas

            1. Daniel S.
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              It's on Pep

        2. beric
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Beat epic fail

      6. Burger_and_Chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Any potential transfers here or shall I save FT?

        Thoughts on captain this week? 

        0.2 ITB
                                Ramsdale

        TAA                   Sidibe            Kelly

        Salah    Grealish       KDB        Moura

        Tammy          Vardy         Kane (C)

        Subs: Button Cantwell Lundstram Webster

         

        1. Sasquatch Slayer
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Save

      7. Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        on wc
        worth switching button to another non gk like mmcgovern ?? as button is decreasing in %

        1. Sasquatch Slayer
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Might be worth doing . Hopefully he drops while you on wc and you get him in for 3.9

      8. Pu-li-sick (sic)
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Swear Tomori has been due to drop for like a month now. Could be all these gameweeks distorting my sense of time but every time I look there he is on fpl statistics close to a drop. His staying power is admirable.

      9. zaidinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Hi, I need your help guys on my transfers. I have 2FTs, 3.8 ITB :

        Pope
        TAA Lundstram Evans
        Salah KDB Martial Grealish
        Abraham Ings Vardy
        Bench: McGovern, Rico, Kelly, Cantwell

        I am thinking about Mahrez for Grealish this GW and banking the other FT. Is it a good idea?

      10. mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Preferred budget defender for upcoming gameweeks (short to mid term):

        Looking to take out Rico

        A) Jack Stephens 4.3: Southampton have decent defensive stats recently
        B) Holgate 4.4: Everton on the upswing
        C) Kabasele 4.3: Watford tighter at the back
        D) Adam Webster 4.4: Brighton good fixtures coming up. Rotation a worry

        Cheers for any opinions

        1. Lebowski85
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          B or C. I'd probably go for B once city out of the way

        2. Sasquatch Slayer
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          C

      11. Nightf0x
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        delofeu to.

        A) wilson (good fix., But awful team form)
        B) tammy (dont like his fix.)
        C) ings (will get him back in team gw27)
        D) jimi (the one i most keen on getting)
        E) DCL (can switch to him if maupay didnt work out)

        1. Sasquatch Slayer
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          D or E

        2. mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          value wise, e and c seem the best options. Jimi definitely an option, although more expensive obviously. I'd go with your gut if you're leaning towards D, it's hard to call

          1. Nightf0x
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            If you have traore would that change ur mind in getting jimi

        3. syke63
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          D imo. On form, New manager and, after city, decent fixtures.

          1. Nightf0x
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            You mean E right?

      12. Brendan95
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        GTG Save FT?

        Gazza
        Robbo/Soy/Kelly
        Mane/KDB/Alli/Grealish
        Vardy(c)/Rashford/Jimi

        Button/Cantwell/Rico/Lund

        1FT 1.2ITB

      13. Holding Matip
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Anyone seen the glitch where you can add up to 6 players from one team?

        1. Sasquatch Slayer
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Load up for the DGW

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

          It's been patched now.

        3. Don Van Vliet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          No. Because it doesn't exist.

      14. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Need Maddison to drop 0.1 to get him for Donkey

        1. Woy_is_back
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Maddison owners do me a favor and sell him 😉

          1. Daniel Son
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Not before those fixtures

      15. iL PiStOlErO
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Need help. Who to captain?

          A) Vardy
          B) KdB
          C) Salah
          D) Rashford
          E) Alli

          1. Hand of clod
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            A

          2. Kno
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            A or B for me

        • Mr_Barbs
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          1FT
          A) Ramsdale > Fab/Foster
          B) Save

          Play One:
          1) Sidibe (Mci)
          2) Kiko (Wol)

          Other bench players are McGovern, Maupay, Lundstram

        • Kno
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Start calveet lewin or cantwell?

          1. Zlatanzo
              1 month, 25 days ago

              DCL

          2. rohan
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Couple of ugly transfers to be done but can only do one

            Guilbert> Cresswell or Zaha> Willian?

            Zaha> Traore not a preferred option; already got Jimi

            1. Zlatanzo
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Wouldn't go near Willian tbh, maybe Zaha to Martial if you can afford?

              • Sasquatch Slayer
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Guilbert out

              • Don Van Vliet
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Willian.

            2. Klip Klopp
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Grealish to Traore for free?

              1. Sasquatch Slayer
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                It’s all the rage this week for those looking to eke out some value

            3. Burger_and_Chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Captain picks?

              A. Vardy
              B. Salah
              C. Kane
              D. KDB
              E. TAA

              1. Sasquatch Slayer
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Keep switching between A and B

                1. Daniel S.
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  Me too

            4. Stimps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Captain

              A) Vardy
              B) Ings
              C) KDB

            5. Zlatanzo
                1 month, 25 days ago

                2 FTs, any suggestions otherwise may just burn a transfer this week... 0.2 itb

                Guaita Button
                TAA Soy Lundy Rico Kelly
                Mane KDB Alli Martial Hayden
                Vardy Tammy Jimi