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Mané in contention as managers deliver post-deadline press conferences

Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Friday that James Milner (£5.3m) and Sadio Mané (£12.2m) are in contention to return for Saturday’s clash at Carrow Road.

Such news may be of frustration to Fantasy Premier League managers who had to make a decision about the Senegalese international prior to last Saturday’s Gameweek 26.

Takumi Minamino (£6.4m), Divock Origi (£5.2m) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.2m) have all had a stint on the left flank while Mané has been sidelined he will surely return to the starting XI if fully fit, although there is the small matter of a Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid 72 hours after the encounter in East Anglia.

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Minutes could well be managed as a result, although a two-week breather before the meeting with Daniel Farke’s side should ensure that there is little issue with fatigue.

Norwich centre-back Ben Godfrey (£4.4m) will return from suspension ahead of the visit of Liverpool, leaving Timm Klose (£4.3m) as the only confirmed absentee for the match against the runaway league leaders.

Godfrey is by no means a certainty to regain his place alongside Christoph Zimmermann (£4.4m), though, with Grant Hanley (£4.0m) having performed ably in his stead of late.

The fit-again Emiliano Buendia (£6.0m) will be pushing for a recall on the right flank after being overlooked in Gameweek 25, with Farke having hinted before the goalless draw with Newcastle that the Argentine winger hadn’t perhaps quite been at full fitness after his recent thigh injury.

Lukas Rupp (£4.5m) could make way, then, but the positive nature of the display at St. James Park – chance conversion again letting the Canaries down – could see changes few and far between elsewhere.

After a two-week winter break and with a six-day breather to follow after their meeting with Leicester, there is little reason for Wolves to be at anything other than full strength when the Foxes visit Molineux on Friday – injuries permitting, of course.

Ruben Vinagre (£4.2m) won’t feature at the King Power Stadium but Adama Traoré (£5.8m), who was in the wars against Manchester United, was passed fit by Nuno Espirito Santo in the Wolves manager’s pre-match presser, with the rest of the squad also available at the time of writing.

The fit-again Willy Boly (£4.7m) and Diogo Jota (£6.1m) were back in the starting XI in Manchester, with Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m) and Pedro Neto (£5.0m) making way. Boly capable of operating on either side of the defence, Dendoncker could still get a reprieve at the expense of Romain Saïss (£4.4m).

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said on Wednesday that Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) “probably is going to be doubtful” to face Wolves on Friday, so Hamza Choudhury (£4.3m) could continue to deputise in central midfield given that Nampalys Mendy (£4.3m) is still sidelined.

Youri Tielemans (£6.2m) has seemingly regained his place from Dennis Praet (£5.3m) in the middle of the park and two assists against Frank Lampard’s side will do his chances of another start no harm, while the superlative form of Harvey Barnes (£6.0m) ought to see the young winger as good as nailed on the left flank. Ayoze Pérez (£6.2m) is perhaps less secure on the right wing but still caught the eye at times against Chelsea and has now started six league games in a row.

Ryan Bennett (£4.8m) is ineligible to face his parent club while Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) came through a 79-minute run-out in Gameweek 25 seemingly unscathed, so there don’t seem to be any serious lingering effects from his recent glute injury and a fortnight’s breather may have helped him regain full match-fitness.

James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m) was stretchered off with a knee injury against Spurs last week but was subsequently only deemed to have suffered a bad cut, with Ralph Hasenhüttl expressing hope that his ever-present midfielder would be fit enough to return against Burnley in Gameweek 26.

The Southampton boss talked in terms of Ward-Prowse playing back in his usual “number six” role if he does recover so Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.4m) or Yan Valery (£4.6m) may get the nod at right-back (where Ward-Prowse had been deputising) for this weekend’s game.

Hasenhüttl didn’t consider Walker-Peters for the trip to Anfield as he needed to learn about the finer details of the Saints’ system but a two-week winter break has given him ample opportunity to do just that, so the Spurs loanee could very well be handed a start in what is otherwise a settled back four.

Ashley Barnes (£6.1m) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.9m) will miss Burnley’s trip to Southampton, while Matt Lowton (£4.2m) and Charlie Taylor (£4.2m) will both be assessed before Saturday’s game, with the left-back looking more likely to recover given his manager’s comments on Thursday. Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) and Erik Pieters (£4.3m) will both be on standby to deputise should the first-choice full-backs fail to recover.

Aston Villa’s long-term absentees John McGinn (£5.4m), Jed Steer (£4.3m), Tom Heaton (£4.4m) and Wesley (£5.5m) will remain sidelined for the visit of Spurs but we are in the dark regarding the availability of Danny Drinkwater (£4.4m).

The former Leicester midfielder missed the 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth but could very well threaten the midfield pairing of Douglas Luiz (£4.4m) and Marvelous Nakamba (£4.4m) if passed fit given that Smith has shown a lot of faith in the Chelsea loanee since his arrival in the Midlands. Conor Hourihane (£5.7m) and Henri Lansbury (£4.4m) are further options in the middle of the park but look to have fallen down the pecking order in recent weeks and may only be among the substitutes at best this weekend.

Harry Kane (£10.8m), Juan Foyth (£4.8m) and Moussa Sissoko (£4.8m) are unavailable for Spurs as they travel to Aston Villa on Sunday, while Erik Lamela (£5.7m) will be assessed ahead of the game.

Giovani Lo Celso (£7.3m) and Ben Davies (£5.3m) are back in training, at least, and should be in contention to feature in the Midlands. Davies’ return perhaps puts Japhet Tanganga‘s (£4.1m) security of starts in some doubt given what Jose Mourinho had said previously about the importance of the Welshman to his system.

Tanganga could still continue as the two-in-one left-back/centre-half while Davies gets up to full speed, with Mourinho again declaring that Ryan Sessegnon (£5.4m) “is not a left-back” after his run-out in that position in the FA Cup fourth round against Southampton.

Sead Kolasinac (£5.2m), Bukayo Saka (£4.5m) and Reiss Nelson (£5.3m) were all passed fit by Arsenal on Friday, with Kolasinac potentially in line to displace Saka at left-back as he had done at the start of the calendar year.

Newcastle’s long-term absentees Jetro Willems (£4.5m), Paul Dummett (£4.4m) and Emil Krafth (£4.3m) won’t feature at the Emirates on Sunday, while Andy Carroll (£5.4m) and Jonjo Shelvey (£4.9m) aren’t yet ready for a return.

Dwight Gayle (£5.0m) and Yoshinori Muto (£5.1m) will be assessed after a return to training but will likely be among the substitutes at best as Joelinton (£5.5m), who picked up a rib injury in the win over Oxford United last week, was passed fit on Thursday.

New signings Valentino Lazaro (£5.5m), Nabil Bentaleb (£5.0m) and Danny Rose (£5.3m) also bolster Newcastle’s squad depth, with Bentelab having already made two competitive starts for the Magpies.

Rose, ineligible to face Oxford in the FA Cup, could very well be handed his first Newcastle start in London at the expense of Matt Ritchie (£5.3m), who is a possible option on the other side of the pitch given that DeAndre Yedlin (£4.4m) has failed to really impress of late.

It remains to be seen if Bruce sees Lazaro more as a wing-back or a winger, meanwhile, with the right-sided Austrian another alternative to Yedlin if it’s the former.

Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) is still feeling the effects of a recent ankle injury according to Frank Lampard, who said in his latest press conference that the player has had to be pulled out of training a few times over the Winter Break but managed a full session on Friday. As things stand, he will have to be assessed over the weekend ahead of the visit of Manchester United on Monday night.

Christian Pulisic (£6.9m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£6.3m) have both been ruled out of Gameweek 26 but are both approaching a return to full fitness.

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547 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FantasyHero
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Pick one :
    A. Firmino & Son
    B. Jiminez & Mane

    Rest of team
    McCarthy button
    TAA lascellas egan o'Connell Stephens
    Salah kdb hayden traore (?)
    Vardy Ings (?)

    Leaning towards Jimenez and Mane as Jimenez seem to be a better bet than Son but firmino has great form.

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Jimenez & Mane

      Fixtures

  2. KAPTAIN KANTWELL
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Can't wait for the Valentines Vardy party!

    PANTS DOWN at the ready!

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Yeah, Porhub is giving away premium offers.

  3. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    It’s my birthday bisches

    Hiccups

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Bappy hirthday!

  4. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    "Daniel Farke reports that all of Norwich City's players are fit apart from long-term absentee Timm Klose."

    Collector's item, this

  5. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Finally some PL action. Excited for Vardy party tonight!

  6. Velinter
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    I am on a wildcard, really tempted to do De Bruyne to Mane for next 4-5 gameweeks, now i am on VVD, Salah and Firmino, thoughts?

    1. kamdaraji
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      do it

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      I will probably make the same move with one of my 2 FTs.

      1. Velinter
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        On the good side of this move i bought KDB for 10.5 so i won't lose any significant value, also considering Doherty and Jota from Wolves like differentials, but first to watch tonight's game

  7. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Omg Saka passed fit. Lundstram stays benched for me 🙁

    Arteta loves Saka

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Kolasinac is also fit

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Some sakalicious points for you then 😆

  8. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    The problem with having a strong bench is having Troare 1st sub

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Unlucky Jack

  9. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Watching tonight game behind sofa with nill players. Only Traore on the bench

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      I have Boly, is that a good reason to be excited? Better than nothing I guess

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Carefully get yourself into a deep bunker before you get hit

    3. Velinter
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Me with Soyuncu only, don't ask!

  10. ZAWAd25
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Could use the help here lads:

    Fancying WOL against NOR. Which one to do?

    A) Dilva > Traore
    B) Dilva > Traore + DCL > Jimenez (-4)
    C) Neither

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      B

    2. Velinter
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      I am thinking to go with Jota next gameweeks, last year he explode this period

  11. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    3 players tonight! Send me to the World number 1 tonight

    Need Wolves 20 vs 40 Leicester

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      20 - 40
      2∅ - 4∅
      2 - 4
      1 - 2

  12. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Is traore starting?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      35mins left

  13. eamonhegg
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Ohhh... kept Mane. Hope it pays off. Any changes needed?

    Mccarthy
    Tanganaga/ TAA /Williams
    Mane / Salah / Son / KDB
    Ings / Vardy / DCL

    4.0 / Lund / Rico / Denocker

    1. Velinter
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Your defense seems awful to me, try with lasceles, ward, boly...

  14. Akshatjazz
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Guys need help

    1. Auba > wood / DCL
    2. Fleck > son
    3. Both

    1. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      neither?

      1. Akshatjazz
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        R u sure ?? Can you have a look at my team and tell me abt any changes (if required)??

        Hendo, Ryan
        TAA, Robertson, Stevens, stephens, lascelles
        Kbd, salah, traore, Perez, fleck
        Ings, Jimenez, auba

  15. fridge
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Ryan
    TAA. Robbo. Egan
    Salah. KDB. Mahrez. Maddison. Traore
    Vardy. Ings
    Button. Greenwood. Soyuncu. Kelly

    Mahrez & Greenwood > Jimi & Hayden?

  16. kamdaraji
    • 10 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    guys lift my rank up please

  17. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    City banned from CL for two years.

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      ?

    2. TyroneGAA
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Holy mother

    3. TyroneGAA
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Just seen that does it include next season?

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        It doesn't include anything. Kinda meaningless actually ...

    4. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      justice

    5. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Omg!

    6. El Fenomeno R9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Wow

    7. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      GET IN

    8. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      No surprise. We have more years of CAS appeals to go though. 🙂

  18. TyroneGAA
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Have salah Gomez taa Mendy aguero (c) kdb auba grealish left to play how many points? No answers under 100 please

  19. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Wow. City banned from Champs League for 2 seasons

  20. Holmes (specialist in failu…
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    SHU for UCL!!!

  21. TyroneGAA
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Pep gone

    1. TyroneGAA
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Before I get banned .. next season that is

  22. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Wheffield Wnited for Europe

  23. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Finally they got what they deserved. I mean City. Mafia organization as it's finest.

  24. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Holy cow, interested to see what happens with Pep now. Crazy!

  25. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    5th place gets the CL place? Arsenal back in it (almost)!

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      We'll still miss out.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        hope Sheff U or Wolves get it

  26. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    No CL for City, so I guess less rotation next season? Finally put an end to this Pep Roulette malarkey.

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      he'll be at Juve 😀

  27. SAY MY NAME
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    I'm sure city will appeal and the ban will be reduced

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      agree but guess it would be reduced to one season instead? taking away both would make the initial decision ridiculous

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      tbh City are dirty little cheaters, they deserve it. I already thought Pep was going to run away, now its a certainty

  28. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    HAHA unlucky plastic fans take an L

  29. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Sane needs to get out while he can, hope he stays in England but guess that's unlikely

  30. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Does this mean Pep will be putting absolutely everything in the CL this season, even more so now?! Pep roulette about to reach new heights . Yikesss