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Kane and Son set to start as post-FPL deadline injury news begins to emerge

Six Premier League managers held their pre-Gameweek 30+ press conferences on Thursday, with some key quotes and injury updates emerging from the various conference calls.

It’s too late for Fantasy Premier League managers to do anything about this fresh information, of course, but those playing the Sky game can still tinker with their sides ahead of Friday’s action.

We’ll round up the main headlines from today’s virtual media gatherings in the article below.

Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho confirmed that Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko will all start against Manchester United on Friday, with that trio and Steven Bergwijn having all recovered from injuries during the lockdown period.

Speaking to the media, Mourinho said:

Kane, Son and Sissoko, they recover and they are ready to play.

I can tell you, no problem, [Kane] is going to start the game. Does Harry have 90 minutes, 80, 70, 60 [in him]? I don’t know. I think only the game will tell us that.

The three players who had surgery – Sissoko, Son and Kane – yes, they are going to start.

The Spurs boss added that he was unsure if Giovani Lo Celso will be able to start tomorrow’s match after some fitness issues but is hopeful that he can feature in some capacity.

Japhet Tanganga (back) and Dele Alli (suspended) miss out.

Manchester United

Rashford plays down injury worries after latest FPL double-digit haul

United will be down two back-up centre-halves in north London on Friday but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer otherwise reported a clean bill of health, saying:

We have two players, Phil Jones and Axel [Tuanzebe] will miss this game and the start. Let’s see how bad they are. Apart from that the rest of the squad is fit and available.

On the fit-again Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, Solskjaer added:

If selected, Marcus and Paul… they’ve been out for a long, long period but they are available. How long they’re going to play for, let’s see.

Norwich City

Why there is still more to come from Lundstram despite latest blank

Norwich City were handed a triple injury blow on Thursday as Daniel Farke revealed that Grant Hanley (hamstring), Sam Byram (hamstring) and Christoph Zimmermann (back) will miss the rest of the season.

Marco Stiepermann has returned to training having self-isolated following a positive coronavirus test but won’t be considered for the visit of Southampton.

Burnley

Ashley Barnes (hernia), Chris Wood (Achilles) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf) will all miss the trip to Manchester City on Monday.

That trio may be sidelined for a little while longer, too, with Sean Dyche saying:

They definitely won’t make this early period of these games.

We’re really working hard with them and you’re going into the world of keeping your fingers crossed when you’ve got so many games in such a short space of time.

You only have to miss a couple of weeks and you could miss five or six games.

Watford

Watford have three definite absentees ahead of the visit of Leicester City, with Nigel Pearson telling reporters:

Isaac Success has ruptured his Achilles. Deulofeu won’t be available this season, he’s got a serious knee injury with his cruciate. Janmaat won’t be available this season either. But everybody else more or less is available.

Pearson confirmed that Troy Deeney was available for selection following his belated return to full-contact training.

Leicester City

Ayoze Perez and Ryan Bennett were both passed fit on Thursday, although Brendan Rodgers did reveal that Dennis Praet (calf) was a concern ahead of the trip to Watford.

Rodgers said:

Both those players [Perez and Bennett] have been back in training this week, so they’ll be available. Dennis Praet is a doubt, but we’ll see tomorrow if he’s going to make the squad or not. If he doesn’t then he should be fine for Tuesday.

The rest

We’ll hear from Jurgen Klopp on Friday ahead of the Merseyside derby but the Liverpool boss has already been speaking to the Reds’ own website and sounded fairly positive when asked about his side’s injury situation, saying:

In the moment, nobody really is ruled out for Sunday, but we have to see. A few trained more, a few trained less, most trained all [sessions], so that’s good news and in the end we will have a good team on the pitch, 100%.

Four teams have already been in Gameweek 30+ action, of course, and there were plenty of injury updates to report from the respective managers’ post-match interviews.

John Fleck (knock) and John O’Connell (knee) missed out on Sheffield United’s goalless draw with Aston Villa but the Blades may have one of those players back on Sunday, with Chris Wilder saying:

Fleck, we’ve got great reports that he trained nearly full tilt so he’ll train tomorrow [Thursday] and he’ll be available for Sunday. Fingers crossed he comes through a clearance session.

Jack [O’Connell], we’ve got a decision to make. We’ve got a specialist report on it but we’re hopeful that it’ll be short-term. He isn’t out for the season just yet, we’ll look at it, but if he is, then we’ll adjust and adapt.

Dean Smith said of Villa’s absentees, meanwhile:

Bjorn Engels has an Achilles issue. He’s not going to be around for the next week or two at least. Frederic Guilbert’s the same, he’s injured. Danny Drinkwater should be back training at the end of the week. He picked up an injury against Leicester last week.

Pablo Mari (ankle/calf) and Granit Xhaka (ankle) were forced off early in Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester City, with Mikel Arteta saying afterwards:

They are getting assessed at the moment then we will know something more tomorrow morning. Pablo’s one didn’t look very good to be fair.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported bad news on Thursday evening, tweeting:

City announced on Thursday afternoon that Eric Garcia has been released from hospital after suffering an injury during the win over the Gunners.

The defender will be monitored in the coming days, ahead of a return to training and competitive action.

Pep Guardiola hinted at changes against Burnley on Monday in his post-match interview.

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1,122 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bobby
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Ok need some advice fellow managers. I've had a terrible season (mane tc etc) and I was looking forward to restart. I've also been manic though at work (I'm a key worker) and didnt know transfer window was 5.00 so it shut while I was actually doing it! My new team included sterling, Kdb (c), aguero etc, but instead I've got a terrible team and so again going downhill. Can I retire early this season or will it annoy me more!? Whst would you do?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Do you have a WC ?
      Use it. Get a good team.
      Forget about what happened. Get nice core of template and 1/2 differentials and enjoy the game !!

      We play this for fun. I am sure you'll enjoy rest of the season

      1. Bobby
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks amey. It's just the thought of all those lost points when I could have made up a lot of ground. Its broken my spirit after two crushing seasons!

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          I agree that this was a bad GW to miss.
          Huge scores already after 2 games played.
          But sometimes you have to take these on chin & move on 🙂

    2. Reg83
        4 months, 13 days ago

        i would quit. not realising the deadline is suicidal. especially since there were unlimited transfers.

        just forget this season- cancel it- corona all impacted our plans

      • Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Carry on and Tattoo the following on your hand - GW31+ Deadline Tuesday 5pm.

      • Wardinator
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Don’t go on tilt. A good fantasy manager performs after things go pear shaped. Doing well when things go your way is easy. See this as a good thing. Use this as a personal challenge and opportunity To show you’re a good manager by keeping calm and carrying on

      • Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        If you have a WC, I'd say bite the bullet and go for it.

        Apart from that, if you know anyone in a similar situation (maybe someone on here does?) you could form a mini-league (declare an amnesty WC period) based purely on points going forward.

        Not ideal I know, but I know from personal experience that FF is a good distraction and was sorely missed during the lockdown period.

        Keep up the good work btw - Respect to all key workers o/

    3. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Wildcard : GW 33
      Transfer : KdB (che, LIV) -> Son (WHU, shu)

      Not going to captain Son.
      Have no value tied up in KdB.

      Should I be taking a hit?

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        No IMO

      2. Reg83
          4 months, 13 days ago

          for free yes, for hit no

      3. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        How does this WC draft look?

        Pope
        TAA Doherty Mee
        Pogba Son KDB Bruno
        Rashford Jiminez Abraham

        Martin. Webster Lascelles Cantwell

        1. tibollom
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          nice quite like the look of that, nice punt with Pogba

        2. jk_footyfan
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Martial over Pogba

        3. Ranger3
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Pogba is too much, better get a defender of UTD instead

          1. Steiger
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            This

        4. cheekumz
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          this place is so funny... As soon as someone deviates from the template... the recommendations are always some variation of "looks good but change x and y" to take them back to the template.

          I like the Pogba pick, personally i'd wait a week on him but i'm sure you're aware of the risks and if you're chasing could be an excellent differential.

        5. Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Looks good, but be wary of attacking or defending double/triple ups. Bruno Pogba Rashy is a punt, and would work wonders if they start regularly. Personally I wouldn't double up on Burnley defence. There are a lot of value options in defence below 5m, or you could upgrade to 5.5m by downgrading Webster to fodder. With 5 subs, your 3rd bench is almost never going to be called into play.

      4. Babit1967
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        It all comes down to a 4-4-2 with Doherty or a 3-4-3 with DCL

        Doherty no brainier right ?

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Don’t know about a no brainer but yes I agree.

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Prefer DCL

          Fixtures are less poor than they might look and his season form - all we have - is sensational.

          Equally DCL is at a great price point - much much prefer to have that money up top.

        3. casual
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          I'd actually go with DCL. But that's just my default setting about going with as many forwards as possible

          1. Babit1967
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Cool cheers lads

        4. Amey
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          In order to get Doherty till GW 32, i sacrificed a City attacker this GW for Son.
          I think this makes my choice obvious 😉

      5. tibollom
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Hows it looking guys?

        Pope
        TAA Lascelles Maguire
        Son KDB Bruno Mane
        Jota Rash Tammy

        Mair, Cantwell, Robinson, Kelly

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          WC? Looks good
          Bench is a problem though Robinson will go if some SHU guys back from injury and I don’t think Kelly plays in that scenario if anything happens to your 3 defender you only field 10. Therefore I would put Cantwell to fodder and get to playing defender la instead. Plus even if Robinson keeps a place the fixtures are pretty bad.

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Sorry 2 playing defenders

            1. tibollom
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 13 days ago

              yea on a WC.. thanks, will look into that...

      6. AC Yew
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Son or Fernandes? Eventually will find a way for both .

        1. casual
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Son

        2. Ranger3
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Bruno

      7. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        On my WC

        Pope
        TAA Doherty Maguire
        Salah KDB Son Fernandes
        Rash Jiménez DCL

        Bench is:
        3.9 Lacelles, J.Robinson (or Kiko if O’Connell back soon but doesn’t look it) Guendouzi

        - 0.2ITB left -

        Like this draft the most although only minus is the weak bench.

        Alternate for a bit of a stronger all round squad would be:

        DCL Guendouzi J.Robinson >> Nketiah Barnes Cathcart and play Barnes in XI.

        Appreciate some feedback, cheers.

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Nice team I'd probably go for that if I could afford it.

        2. casual
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          I don't think your new bench is that much better than your current one so wouldn't move away from your gut feeling just to get it.
          Having said that, for what it's worth I actually think Barnes is a better pick than DCL anyway

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Barnes is in my GW30+ side, I’ll be watching the game closely. If he impresses it will be hard to transfer him out.

        3. Jullepuu
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Great team. I like Barnes more than DCL too

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Both were so good before lockdown, will be eagle eyed watching the games

          2. FPL Pillars
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Cool thanks, I really like both!

        4. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Decent but very template

          Bench is an issue but so right now is triple United and zero Leicester and Chelsea

          All 3 teams have decent run ins and are capable of Jekyll and Hyde form. All your eggs are in one basket.

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Happy to do it. Chelsea play city hardly want any for that, then I’ll have FTs to play round with.

      8. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 13 days ago

        How am I looking for the next game week? Kun to Rashford maybe?

        Pope Krul
        TAA Doherty Lascelles Egan Basham
        Salah KDB Grealish Duda D. Luiz
        Kun Auba Jota

        1. casual
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          I'd say Kun to Rashford is a good shout. Means you can upgrade Grealish and / or Duda too. Personally I'd also replace Auba with maybe Vardy to free up even more funds

          1. Jullepuu
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers. Kun to Rashford allows me to upgrade Grealish to Bruno for gw 32. Auba will stay for the next two and after that become Vardy or Kane

            1. FPL Pillars
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 13 days ago

              Sounds like a good plan

      9. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        I went FH earlier and looking at WC teams on here there are only about 3 or 4 difference in the 15 so feeling
        like I could have gone WC even taken a hit the week after and would still have FH for 38 or another week.
        Those with FH and WC still an option what are ye planning to do this week.
        Also could have just taken a load of hits and cancelled them later with either WC or FH but made a decision too quick, plus there wasn’t even any price rises.

        1. THEKID_88
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          FH this week and WC 33 for me.

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah now that I have gone FH think I will wait till 33 for WC, my triple Che gamble this week makes the team brutal for next week with 3 City too.

        2. Reg83
            4 months, 13 days ago

            wc now, free hit later

          • My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Free hit now and WC33/34

        3. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Which player probably scores more?

          A) KdB (che, LIV) + 4 points
          B) Son (WHU, shu)

          1. Reg83
              4 months, 13 days ago

              tough one. without the plus 4, perhaps Son. With the plus 4, i reckon kdb

            • FPL Pillars
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 13 days ago

              Never transfer out KDB for a hit

          2. Reg83
              4 months, 13 days ago

              with janmaat out for rest of season, is kiko femenia nailed for rest of season?
              or go with cathcart or masina?

              need a cheap WAT defender mainly to use in BB34

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 13 days ago

                See how they play this GW but Kiko looked nailed before lockdown. Do you have Lascelles?

                1. Reg83
                    4 months, 13 days ago

                    its either lascelles or kiko, but lascelles plays away to city in gw34 when i plan to BB & WAT at home to Norwich

              2. Big Mac 24
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 13 days ago

                Views on the points potential of this free hit team for next game week?

                Avoiding Salah & Mane opens up the budget Massively and TAA or VVD could clearly equal a pool midfielder haul with cleanie and one Other return.

                Tempting, numerous caption options.

                Pope (Martin)
                Alexander-Arnold Boly van Dijk Doherty (Jack Robinson)
                Son Fernandes De Bruyne (Guendouzi King)
                Vardy Rashford Jiménez

                1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 13 days ago

                  I'd want a Pool mid as captain for 31+

                2. Reg83
                    4 months, 13 days ago

                    i would def put one of mane or salah esp on FH

                3. cloudyquasar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 13 days ago

                  Gents, on WC.. Leno or Pope?

                  1. Boss Hogg
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 13 days ago

                    Pope.
                    Arsenal’s defence is rubbish!

                4. Boss Hogg
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 13 days ago

                  Son, Kane and Martial IN
                  KDB, Aguero and Mahrez OUT

                  Worth -8?

                  (Wildcarding in 33)

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 13 days ago

                    No.

                  2. St Pauli Walnuts
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 12 days ago

                    Madness.

                5. Boss Hogg
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 13 days ago

                  Slight variation on the above could be:

                  Son, Rashford and Martial IN
                  Grealish, Aguero and Mahrez OUT

                  Worth -8?

                6. My heart goes Salalalalah
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 13 days ago

                  I see a lot of Maguire picks. Is he a better pick than AWBaps?

                  1. Boss Hogg
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 13 days ago

                    Goal threat.
                    With a head the size of a planet a corner taker can just smash the ball straight at it and hope it pings in.

                    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 13 days ago

                      Probably true. But AWB has 2 assists and Maguire 0. 12 Bonus to 5. 0 goals to 1

                7. Lignja
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 13 days ago

                  Wc team, how it is looking?

                  Pope
                  Taa, Boly, Lascales
                  Kdb, Salah, Son, Fernandes, Mount
                  Vardy, Jimenez

                  Martin, Wiliams, Robinson, Connoly

                  Mount can be Sarr or Barnes

                8. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 13 days ago

                  Will Fleck start v Newcastle?

                  Any details on when/if O'Connell will return.

                  1. jamiejoe
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 13 days ago

                    Maybe, Fleck.

                    O'Connell is being assessed, it says so above in this article you are commenting on.

                9. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 13 days ago

                  Guys activated wc..

                  Pope Martin
                  Taa Saiss Justin Lascelles Robinson
                  Kdb Mane Son Bruno Barnes
                  Jimenez Rashford Connolly

                  0.1itb..Any suggestions guys???

                  1. Totti
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 12 days ago

                    is robinson nailed?

                    good but try to get DCL

                10. Weasel Boy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  Kane or Rashford for FH 31 if you already have Son and Bruno?

                  Thanks

                  1. Totti
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 12 days ago

                    rash

                11. Totti
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  on wildcard
                  already owning jimenez and calvert
                  who do u rather guys?

                  A) rashford ( already owning bruno )
                  B) ings

                  1) de gea
                  2) pope