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FPL Gameweek 22 team news and injury updates

After a hectic Christmas period in which we often had to make do without pre-match press conferences and up-to-date injury news, we are at least back to some semblance of normality ahead of Gameweek 22.

All 20 Premier League managers held media gatherings either on Thursday or Friday, with some well-owned players among the players discussed by their respective bosses.

There was positive news on James Maddison, who sustained a blow to the head against Aston Villa.

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers said today:

Just a knock, he had some tests after the game. He’s fine, he’s trained the last few days.

Kevin De Bruyne also took a whack to his upper body in the EFL Cup on Tuesday but when asked whether the Belgian has had any ill-effects since, Pep Guardiola said:

No, no, I think it is fine.

Jurgen Klopp brought us up to date on Liverpool’s injury situation, saying on Friday:

James [Milner] and Naby [Keita] are not available, both are muscle injuries. We’ll see how quick, we don’t have to put a timeframe on it. For sure not for this weekend, not for next week, but then we will see.

Joel [Matip] was not part of all parts of training, he was outside on the pitch which looked really good but then he had to do his own stuff again. Yesterday was part of the first part of training. Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] trained completely normal since he was in.

Dejan [Lovren] and Fabinho we expect to be back next week in full training. If’s that then early enough for the United game I don’t know but we will see.

A start away at Tottenham Hotspur would seem a tall order for new signing Takumi Minamino but Klopp gave us an idea of where the versatile Japan international might feature in future, saying:

He played [as a striker v Everton] because we thought it was the most natural to him in the first place, especially defending-wise against the ball it was most natural to him.

He played the position the year before, not this season but the season before, when my former player was manager at Salzburg. I watched a couple of games and they played a lot in a diamond and he was the no.10 very often. He can play second striker, all that stuff, for Japan he plays as no.9, he can play on the wing. 

But we thought from a defending point of view it’s the most natural position for him that he knows because I don’t want to give him kind of a playbook: read it and now you know what you have to do. 

So he could defend naturally actually, but it’s not the only position he can play, no, no no. He played in a 4-4-2, both wings, second striker, for Japan the only striker – a lot he has to offer and I loved the game. 

For Spurs, Harry Kane (hamstring) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) will now be missing until April.

Ben Davies (ankle), Tanguy Ndombele (hip) and Hugo Lloris (shoulder) remain out but Danny Rose (calf) is back in training.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that Harry Maguire (hip) has “got a chance” of featuring against Norwich City tomorrow, despite previous media reports hinting at a long absence.

The United boss explained:

He’s got a chance for tomorrow. It was a minor thing, don’t know where the reports are coming from. He’s going to go through training today and see how he reacts for tomorrow. He was close to playing against City, just not fit enough.

Scott McTominay (knee) and Paul Pogba (ankle) remain sidelined, while Jesse Lingard was ruled out of Saturday’s match due to illness and Eric Bailly (knee) and Tim Fosu-Mensah (knee) will feature for the reserves on Friday night.

Daniel Farke ruled Teemu Pukki (hamstring) out of the trip to Old Trafford, so, with Josip Drmic (hamstring) also sidelined for the game at Old Trafford, teenage forward Adam Idah could potentially be handed a chance up front.

Christian Pulisic‘s stock is set to fall further in Fantasy Premier League, with Frank Lampard saying today:

Christian Pulisic is out, he’ll be out for a few weeks. He was injured in training last Saturday. It’s an injury in the adductor, so he’s got a tendon injury. It was quite a nasty injury, he was in pain when it happened.

On Chelsea’s other injury news, Lampard added:

Marcos Alonso is recovering, he’s trained today but he won’t be ready for tomorrow. Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] is still out.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring) will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge while Sean Dyche said on Thursday that the Clarets will “almost definitely” be without Ashley Barnes, who is set to see a specialist on a recurring groin problem.

Jay Rodriguez and Phil Bardsley have missed almost a full week of training due to illness so may also not feature, with their manager explaining that their ailment was “a deeper thing than just a bug”. 

Nuno Espirito Santo ruled Willy Boly (ankle) and Diogo Jota (dead leg) out of Saturday’s game against Newcastle but Morgan Gibbs-White (back) is back in contention.

The Wolves boss said of Jota:

He had a strong impact, he has some fluid and blood on the injury, he’s going to be scanned again next week. After this scan we can wait and determine better his return.

Jamaal Lascelles (leg), Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring), Fabian Schar (hamstring) and Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) are not quite ready to return despite making good progress in their respective rehabilitations but Paul Dummett (groin), Ciaran Clark (calf), Andy Carroll (groin), Miguel Almiron (groin), Dwight Gayle (hamstring) and Jetro Willems (groin) are all back in training and in contention to feature against Wolves.

Javier Manquillo (hamstring) is sidelined, however, while Steve Bruce seemed to imply on Friday that the Magpies had lost Yoshinori Muto and Ki Sung-yueng to knocks as well.

DeAndre Yedlin will also be assessed for a knee injury.

There’s not much change at Everton, with boss Carlo Ancelotti reporting:

The injured players are the same. Andre Gomes will come back next week and start to train individually here. [Jean-Philippe Gbamin], I don’t know precisely but is working alone in this moment. The same with [Alex] Iwobi. The others are fit.

Dan Burn (shoulder) and Jose Izquierdo (knee) are Brighton’s only two confirmed absentees for the trip to Everton but Aaron Mooy is a fresh doubt, with Graham Potter revealing that the in-form Australian had “not trained in the last couple of days” after picking up a knock.

Roy Hodgson confirmed that new loan signing Cenk Tosun is in contention to be in the Crystal Palace squad against Arsenal, adding that Max Meyer (knock), Jairo Riedewald (knock) and Wilfried Zaha (knock) were all fit.

The Gunners will be without Kieran Tierney (shoulder) and Calum Chambers (knee), while Hector Bellerin (hamstring) looks unlikely to feature, with Mikel Arteta saying on Thursday that the defender was “still not there” despite a partial return to training.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasn’t included in the Arsenal medical round-up and has been pictured in training, so the assumption is that he has recovered from the illness that forced his no-show in the FA Cup.

Keinan Davis (hamstring), John McGinn (ankle), Jed Steer (Achilles), Tom Heaton (knee) and Wesley (knee) are all unavailable for Aston Villa, while Jonathan Kodjia (illness) hasn’t trained as of Friday.

There was no update on Matt Targett (hamstring) in Friday’s press conference but Dean Smith had previously expressed confidence of him returning for this weekend.

Eddie Howe said on Friday that the “long-term absentees won’t really change for this weekend” but, without naming names in the broadcast section of his press conference, added that a few of Bournemouth’s sidelined contingent are “getting very close now”.

News broke late on Friday that Chris Mepham would be out for a long period of time after sustaining a serious knee injury.

Danny Welbeck (hamstring), Tom Cleverley (heel), Sebastien Prodl (knee) and Daryl Janmaat (knee) remain unavailable for Watford’s match against the Cherries, although Welbeck has at least resumed training with the rest of the Watford squad.

Kiko Femenia (hamstring) has joined them on the sidelines for this one, while Nigel Pearson said on Thursday that the Hornets “don’t think” Will Hughes (hip) will recover for the trip to the Vitality Stadium.

The Watford boss added that a few of his players had “less-serious” injuries that will be monitored over the coming days.

Michael Verrips (concussion) will miss Sheffield United’s match against West Ham United tonight but Simon Moore (groin) is back in training and could be back among the substitutes after a month-long absence.

Michail Antonio (hamstring), Jack Wilshere (groin) and Andriy Yarmolenko (thigh) remain unavailable for the trip to Sheffield United, while Ryan Fredericks will join them on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury that will rule him out for four to six weeks.

Yan Valery (virus) is Southampton’s only confirmed absentee.


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631 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Kun C worth a risk???

    1. Jag-z
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Could be a great shout for this gw
        But a problem long term

      • Joey Barton and Friends
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        If I had him, I’d risk it against Villa.

      • Regin
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Probably not. Jesus could start

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Just done that - 2 week punt and risk I think worth taking- see my post below

      • Lecky Legs FC
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I captained Aguero Vs Sheffield United - the right call, followed through with it against Everton and it was a massive fail I'm going to throw the armband on him Vs Aston Villa this GW but I won't be surprised if he doesn't start if your chasing a ML like myself then it's risky but might be worth it

      • GloryManUnited
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Best captain option this week

    2. Tucker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Alli to:

      A) Richarlison

      B) Sarr

      C) Maddison

      1. JohnBlack
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        C

      2. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Maddison

      3. Regin
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I am doing c

    3. Salt'N'Pepe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Who to get rid of first in GW23

      Ryan
      Dunk TAA Lundstram
      Martial Maddison Traore KDB
      Rashford Vardy Jiminez

      Button Grealish Aurier Kelly

      1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Martial and Rashford out to get a Liverpool mid in?
        Or Martial Aurier out to get double Liverpool defence?

      2. Jag-z
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Aurier

      3. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Gone back and forth on this all week.
        Any compelling arguments one way or the other?

        A) Traore (NEW)
        B) Alli (LIV)

        1. Jag-z
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Alli 1 pointer incoming.. So adama

          • Regin
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Traore.

        2. Eastman
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Anybody keeping Alli or who is the best replacement? Maddison?

        3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Play Alli or Lund?

          1. Jag-z
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Lord Lundstram

          2. YEAH PITCH!
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Bench fodder

            A) Hayden
            B) Dendoncker

            1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              A

              1. YEAH PITCH!
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Thanks. Any particular reason?

          3. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Made the move to get Aguero in for next 2 games before getting Mané by transferring him out for Ings.

            Risky but needing big differential to get up ML so captaining. Good to go?

            Ryan
            TAA Söyüncü Lundstram
            Salah KDB Richarlison Grealish
            Vardy (vc) Aguero (c ) DCL

            Button Cantwell Rico Kelly

            1. Lecky Legs FC
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Look at my comment above I got one call right one wrong it's a risky move but could be brilliant best of luck to you if you go through with it the armband is on him 🙂

          4. Jag-z
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Play gazzaniga or a non playing gk(mc govern).. Fearing negative points return 🙁

              1. Rhys85
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                You'll only get Gazza off the bench anyway I'm afraid

            • Rhys85
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Evening guys,

              Should I play Soyuncu (SOU) or Sidibé (BHA)?

              Cheers

              1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Sidibe

              2. Jag-z
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Sidibe oop

                • Rhys85
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Cheers

              3. Regin
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Interesting that many are not captaining Vardy. He is a straight forward cap choice imo

                1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  How so? He is kinda not in form honestly

                  1. _Ninja_
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Returns in 10 of his last 11 games is decent form

                    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Yeah, it's less about his form, more about Southampton showing some.

                  2. Don Van Vliet
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    How is Vardy not in form? He's missed the last two, granted, but to say he's not in form is inaccurate.

                2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  First on captaincy poll

                3. Forza Papac
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Bit boring though isn't it?Sterling(c) for me.

                4. GloryManUnited
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Wrong

                5. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Southampton ain't the whipping boys anymore

                6. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Salah, Mane, KDB, Kun, Sterling, Rashford, Martial, Jimenez all have great fixtures. To be honest, I'm surprised the captaincy poll is so heavily in Vardy's favour.

              4. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                One more lads. Play 2 out of 3:

                Alli,Lord Lund, Rico

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Rico on the bench

                2. Rhys85
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Alli and Lund

              5. Rinseboy
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Capt Rash KDB Martial or Vardy?

                1. Jag-z
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Ginger boy

                2. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Any Mane © in the house 😉

                3. Pass it to Demba
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Anyone help me for my draft league. Massive punt or go sensible?

                  A - Martinelli, Alli & Kolasinac (fornals sub)
                  B - Martinelli, Alli & Gomez (kolasinac sub)
                  C - Martinelli, Fornals & Kolasinac (alli sub)
                  D - Alli, Fornals & Gomez (Kolasinac sub)
                  E - Alli, Fornals & Kolasinac (Gomez sub)

                4. Jag-z
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Kdb captain here.. Fear of him playing deep. What are the odds

                    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      50-50

                    2. Regin
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      He could play deep. More likely. Captaining him a slight risk

                    3. Rhys85
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      I'm tempted to captain him myself, I think even if he plays a bit deeper he's capable of a big haul. Looking at Villa's stats it could be a big win for City and someone's gotta load the gun!

                  • Jinswick
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Best option here? Cheers.

                    A) Otamendi -> Holgate (5.0) & save FT
                    B) Otamendi & Moura -> Holgate (4.4) & Maddison
                    C) Otamendi & Moura -> Digne (5.7) & Grealish
                    D) Something else

                    Ryan
                    TAA, Soyuncu, Otamendi
                    Salah, KDB, Martial, Moura
                    Vardy, Ings, Maupay

                    Button, Dendoncker, Aurier, Kiko
                    Bank 0.0m, 2FT

                  • fplfansss
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Anyone keeping faith in Alli?

                    1. tisza
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Yep. Want to roll FTs.
                      An eye on GW24 and how to set up.
                      If it was away then Alli would be gone.
                      Worth a hold to see how him, son and moura link up.

                  • Rustin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Evening all sorry a boring one here play Soy or Lundsrum cheers in advance

                    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Lundstram

                      1. Rustin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Cheers Holmes good luck

                  • DS29
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Sell Maupay to DCL or save ft?

                      1. Jag-z
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Sideways move imo.. Save

                      2. Regin
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Bench ings or soyuncu? Feel Leicester will keep a clean sheet

                        1. dmkp
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Ings will score so bench Soy

                          1. iL PiStOlErO
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Tgi

                              1. iL PiStOlErO
                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                  *this

                            • Rhys85
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              I'd definitely play Ings, his form is too good! I think there's a good chance he'll score.

                          2. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Where was this article yesterday when I sold Maddison and KDB due to rumours about them missing out to head trauma protocol?? Cancelling my subscription next year...

                            1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              No you didn't.

                            2. SADIO SANÉ
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              you still gonna post here?

                              1. Brosstan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Plenty of non member casuals on here, probably joining the herd.

                            3. iL PiStOlErO
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Even if they were both out for week you should have benched them. Where is the rash?

                              • Don Van Vliet
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Brosstan keeps me young. Posts are always entertaining and, usually, spot-on.

                            4. iL PiStOlErO
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Cpt???

                                A)Rash
                                B)KdB
                                C)Vardy

                                1. Jag-z
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    Kdb

                                  • Rustin
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    Got all three gone KDB good luck

                                  • iL PiStOlErO
                                      1 month, 16 days ago

                                      Chees all will go Rash anyway. GL.

                                  • Pass it to Demba
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    Which one should I play?
                                    A Alli
                                    B Fornals

                                    Both shite fixtures

                                    1. iL PiStOlErO
                                        1 month, 16 days ago

                                        Alli

                                    2. Snapes on a Plane
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 16 days ago

                                      Pick one to start
                                      A) Ings
                                      B) Traore

                                      1. iL PiStOlErO
                                          1 month, 16 days ago

                                          Ings

                                        • reism1
                                            1 month, 16 days ago

                                            traore

                                        • reism1
                                            1 month, 16 days ago

                                            Who are people captaining then?

                                            1. iL PiStOlErO
                                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                                Rash

                                            2. diesel001
                                              • 3 Years
                                              1 month, 16 days ago

                                              Mourinho - still moaning.

                                              1. iL PiStOlErO
                                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                                  MoUning

                                              2. Firminoooo
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 4 Years
                                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                                I give up. Tell me who to captain: Vardy, Martial, Salah, Aguero, KdB.

                                                1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 7 Years
                                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                                  Lundstram

                                                  1. Firminoooo
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                                    Thanks. Captain Lundstram it is.

                                                2. SADIO SANÉ
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                                  Vardy has the least downside I guess

                                                  1. Firminoooo
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                                    Penalty miss.

                                                    1. SADIO SANÉ
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      1 month, 16 days ago

                                                      talking about EO not what actually happens

                                                    2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 7 Years
                                                      1 month, 16 days ago

                                                      I don't think he could miss if he tried.

                                                3. Klein
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                                  Safe pick: vardy
                                                  High risk high ceiling: kun kdb
                                                  Someone you can trust and playing bad defence: salah
                                                  Hocky cocky: martial
                                                  Choose your medicine.

                                                4. Firminoooo
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                                  I will be happy with 8 points.The latest GWs my captain has given me 0, 6, 16, -2 points.

                                              3. CroatianHammer
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 4 Years
                                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                                Took a glance at price trends and see Ings and Mané heading for a bump, with Grealish and someone else... but like 15 players marked red... so I think Pope survives again. There can't be so many selling him off if that many are near the bottom.

                                              4. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                • 6 Years
                                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                                Get rid of Mepham or Aurier?

                                                Mepham is out for 3 months. Getting rid of him over Aurier means 0 in the bank.

                                                1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 7 Years
                                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                                  Mepham was an interesting pick. Get rid of him asap.