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The latest FPL Gameweek 32+ injury news as Klopp hints at rotation in run-in

Another Fantasy Premier League deadline is already upon us and Gameweek 32+ could be a particularly tricky one to navigate, with the matches spread over six days and dovetailing with the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Only five head coaches have given their official pre-Gameweek 32+ press conferences so far, although we have had a smattering of virtual media gatherings for the FA Cup and a bonus post-coronation conference call with Jurgen Klopp.

Other managers, namely Jose Mourinho, Eddie Howe, Graham Potter, Carlo Ancelotti and David Moyes, won’t be heard from until long after Saturday’s deadline has been and gone.

With that in mind, and with eight Premier League clubs in FA Cup action before they contest their Gameweek 32+ fixtures, there could be a lot of as-yet-unknown fitness issues developing after our Fantasy teams have been finalised, leaving us powerless to do anything about them.

Get those benches ready, then…

Jurgen Klopp

There was a stand-out quote from this afternoon’s Liverpool love-in, with Jurgen Klopp making some ominous – but not totally unexpected – comments about whether the Reds would be going all-out to achieve a record Premier League points total now that the title is in the bag.

In response, Klopp said:

Getting these kinds of [record] points tallies sounds pretty nice to me but I’m not sure it’s possible because six of the remaining seven games are played in a very short period of time. Every three days, we will have to make a lot of changes.

The Gameweek 32+ Pressers

Five of the six managers in action in the first three days of Gameweek 32+ have already spoken to the media, with Roy Hodgson being the exception.

Crystal Palace will be up against Burnley on Monday and the Clarets will be sweating on the fitness of Jay Rodriguez (hamstring/ankle), as they are already without Ashley Barnes (hernia), Chris Wood (Achilles), Robbie Brady (groin) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf) 

Sean Dyche said :

He got a knock to his ankle but he felt his hamstring but we’re hopeful it’s nothing serious. We’re running out of players rapidly so we had to take him off. We’ll find out more today.

On his other injured players, Dyche said one or two might have an “outside chance” of being fit for Gameweek 33+ and added:

We are hopeful Robbie might train this week again. Woody is doing well and is in front of the curve but we are just being careful because we want him to be right. Barnesy’s behind the curve so that’s going to be a little bit yet. Johann is going well.

Ahead of Watford’s clash with Southampton, Nigel Pearson said:

Not [new] injury concerns but we’ll have a look again today at whether players have picked up anything that’s not necessarily a major problem… the loading of players playing in the heat is something we need to be aware of.

Sofiane Boufal (thigh) will be assessed for the Saints, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (ankle) also faces a late check after being forced off against Arsenal.

Talking of Hojbjerg and then of possible rotation, Hasenhuttl said:

We know that Pierre was a little injured yesterday when he stepped off with an ankle problem. We don’t know if it’s enough yet [to keep him out].

We will need some fresh players for the weekend. Yesterday was intense and we’ll be against a side fighting for their life.

Nuno Espirito Santo has a clean bill of health ahead of the trip to Villa Park so his main decision will likely once again be over his starting formation, with the Wolves boss having frequently alternated between a 3-4-3 and a 3-5-2.

Speaking of the congested fixture schedule, the Wolves boss said:

It’s been tough for everybody. I think the schedule is tiring. For us, it’s been tight since the beginning. 50 games in one season for us is many more than other teams, and it’s very demanding on the players.

Dean Smith hinted at rotation in the days and weeks ahead, saying on Thursday:

I think we’ll have to freshen it in certain areas. We’ve got a decent squad so we’re going to have to rotate at certain times, and this [game v Wolves] may be a time.

On John McGinn, Smith added:

We are having to manage him, he’s trying to recapture the form that he had previously. It’s very difficult to do that, because he has first got to get his match fitness. Each game he’s getting better at regaining that.

The FA Cup Press Conferences

Daniel Farke said that Norwich City are currently assessing Josip Drmic for a knock to his ankle but that there are no other new injury concerns.

Farke also suggested the Canaries will “have to rotate a bit” for this weekend’s FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

Those comments were echoed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said:

With the long lay-off we’ve had, looking after the players is one of our jobs and as you say rotation. We play Wednesday, Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday again.”

Are there any new injuries? No. I think we came through unscathed. It’s still Axel [Tuanzebe] and Phil [Jones], they’re out. They are the only two absentees.

Arsenal reported that Kieran Tierney is available for the FA Cup quarter-final clash with Sheffield United after suffering cramp during Thursday’s win over Southampton.

Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee) are out for the season but David Luiz is available after suspension.

Bernd Leno (knee) is targeting a return to full training in four to six weeks, while Cedric Soares (nose) is aiming to be available for Sunday’s FA Cup tie and Lucas Torreira (ankle) is hopeful of being back in training in the coming days.

Chris Wilder says that Lys Mousset (knock) should be fit to feature this weekend after being taken off against Manchester United as a precaution.

Jack O’Connell (knee) will be assessed over the next 24 hours and is “improving every day”.

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Brendan Rodgers has reported no new injury concerns ahead of Leicester City’s FA Cup tie with Chelsea.

Steve Bruce said Newcastle United will assess Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie for muscle injuries ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final tie with Manchester City on Sunday, with the Longstaff brothers possible returnees.

Manchester City and Chelsea are also in FA Cup action this weekend and we may get some quotes from Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard released from embargo ahead of Saturday.

The City boss had said ahead of kick-off at Stamford Bridge last night:

We have Phil Foden injured, Joao Cancelo is injured, Sergio Aguero is injured.

Gabriel [Jesus] had a big kick, too, in the game against Burnley and the day after he could not train.

We have Newcastle and Liverpool, and we need him, so that’s why we decide to rest a little bit. He may help us for half an hour or an hour.


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407 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Hi....2.3mitb and 2ft...... what is best bet here please?

    A... jota to nketiah (can get mahrez / jesus in 33

    B.....soy to aurier (bench boly)

    C....something else

    McCarthy (hendo )
    Taa Maguire boly (soy Stephens )
    Salah Kdb Fernandes martial (fleck )
    Jiminez jota dcl

    Thanks

    1. Graham Zusi's Hair is …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      A, just concerned about Nketiah starting

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Cheers....general feeling seems to he laca to start in cup and Eddie in league....but who knows...

  2. Graham Zusi's Hair is …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    A. Jota to Rashford
    B. Barnes to Martial
    Cheers

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      A

    2. Fook You Phil Jones (FYPJ)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Both

      1. Graham Zusi's Hair is …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        if i could afford it i would.

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      B

    4. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      B

  3. disha123
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    ward(cry) or taylor(bur)??

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Burnley still look solid with all the problems

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    To bench boost Yes or No?

    Pope,
    Trent, Doherty C, Aurier, Boly
    Salah, KDB, Fernandes,
    Jimmy, Rashford, Vardy

    McCarthy, Barnes, Sarr, Taylor

    .2 itb

    1. Graham Zusi's Hair is …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      only hesitation this week is city vs pool. i dont know what to expect. could be low scoring. could not be!

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Yes i would.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Cheers, got to use soon still got WC & TC to play

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      I would. Any FT? McCarthy > Martinez even better.

  5. yer old da
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    My instinct was not to bring Bergwijn in as my 4th midfielder and, while he’ll likely start next week, I’m still keen on changing him. So which of A or B?

    A. Bergwijn > Pulisic this week
    B. Hold off and roll the FT, so I can do Bergwijn > Martial next week by downgrading either Pope or DCL

    1. Graham Zusi's Hair is …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      hold

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      A - berg should start but certainly not 100%

    3. HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      I am thinking of A!

  6. Well you know, Triffic
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    This is Arsenal's last chance of silverware this season, and they can play a second string against Norwich and still get a result.

    I think Aub will play the FA cup game and then get a rest v Norwich.

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Naaaahhh

  7. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    For the run in which Manchester players to complete my triple ups?

    A Martial + Jesus
    B Rashford + Mahrez

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      B easy

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        See where you’re coming from

        But Jesus has a fantastic record this season when you look at his starts - it’s off the bench he’s dim.

        Edging towards A but it feels tight either way

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      B

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      A

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        I’m getting this combo after the Liverpool game plus Foden

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          Ty

          Think I’ll probably follow you - bad news for you given my recent judgement failings. You getting both at the same time? Free or hit?

          Would love Foden but currently have Ederson. May just find a way to switch him to either Mahrez or Foden later.

  8. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Is this worth a -8?

    Jota, Mane, Douglas Luiz, Brandon Williams OUT

    Nketiah, Son, Martial, Aurier IN

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      -8 puts you well behind before a ball is kicked?
      Jota & Mane could easily punish you this week?

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Son is not worth a hit

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Selling Jota before Villa??

      1. Dele
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 21 hours ago

        Thanks all! Haha 🙂

        I’ve got 2FT to blow but maybe I can fix some smaller issues instead and keep Salah & Mane

  9. El Fenomeno R9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    0 penalties for Everton this season,what do we think who is taker under Ancelotti?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Siggy

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Doggy boy

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Or Siggy you can say

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          😀

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Richarlison I'm betting. Siggy has had a pretty poor record lately and isn't starting regularly.

  10. alexh87
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Who to start?

    A) Saka
    B) DCL

    1. barcaa7
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      B

  11. barcaa7
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 21 hours ago

    Start one

    a-Holgate
    b-Lasc
    c-Kiko

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      A

  12. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Very tempted to BB this lot, Yes or No? [*could be Aurier (shu)]
    Martinez (NOR) DCL (LEI) Azpi (whu)* Egan (TOT)

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Yes I would

      What do you think of BB with this bench ?

      Martinez (NOR) Aurier (shu)
      Barnes( eve)Fernández (bou)

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        Yeah looks good

      2. james 101
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 19 hours ago

        Also good

    2. james 101
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 19 hours ago

      Sure. Got to use it sometime

  13. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    So there will be heavy rotation for Liverpool in the game against Villa!

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 20 hours ago

      Opportunity to gamble?

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 20 hours ago

        I think so. Origi Minamino maybe?

  14. megilligan24@gmail.com
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 20 hours ago

    Who believes in Jesus? Gabriel Jesus that is. Doesn't he have to get a lot of minutes in the run in?

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      There’s theory, and there’s Pep

  15. james 101
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 19 hours ago

    Marty
    TAA Doherty Ritchie
    KDB Son Fernandes Salah Martial
    Rashford Jimmi

    Button Taylor Nk Robertson

    GatG / Bench good?

    Caping salah or Martial

  16. Easy Cheesy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 19 hours ago

    Saka or joelington for the starting XI?

    1. Zaruto
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 15 hours ago

      Joel

  17. RAMZES666
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 19 hours ago

    A or B?

    A. PvA (BUR)
    B. AWB (BHA)

    Bearing in mind AWB plays FA cup.

  18. Pukki blinder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    I’m currently doing wc what’s people’s thoughts on having salah or ta or any Liverpool ?

  19. HUATSHOOTER
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Will you take pulisic for this week?

    1. HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      Or he will play facup?

  20. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 days, 18 hours ago

    GK Pope Foster
    DEF TAA, Maguire, Doherty, Holgate, Lascalles
    MID Salah, KDB, Son, Fernandes, Jorghnio
    FWD Rash, Jimmy, DCL

    Plan on a -4

    Maguire to Lamptey
    Son to Martial
    Jorghinhio to Pulisic.

    Leaves exact funds to do DCL to Ings next week. Bringing Ings in as all rivals below have him.

    Captain Fernandes I think.