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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. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Auba to Pukki?

    David Luiz Back!!!!

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Damn I wish a free transfer

    2. Rider on the Storm
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      No

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        By any stretch....no

  2. DIMITRIS
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Sorry for repost, but comment was last on previous page...
    I don't know whether I should put an armband on a player that plays in FA cup ( MUFC, CITY, Arsenal for example) because there is a caveat of injury. Is it perhaps better to go with Liverpool or Spurs options for C this GW ???

    1. The Strokes
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Pool won the title who knows now.
      Only Spurs and Wolves are sure.

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        That leaves me with Kane or Son ...

    2. VAR United
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      vc a non fa cup player

    3. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I guess as long as you have a decent (and safer?) VC then an injury wouldn't matter fully. It would still hurt of course but an injury would likely mean they don't play the Prem game at all.

  3. The Strokes
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Sorry for repost, but comment was last on previous page...
    My team now:
    Pope
    Alonso – Doherty – Aurier - TAA
    Salah – KDB – Fernandes
    Auba – Jimmy – DCL
    (Button – Saka - Barnes - Holgate)

    I have one 1 FT and thinking going -4 for

    A. DCL & Barnes to Martial & Nketiah
    B. Do nothing

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A

      1. linkafu
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Top team by the way

        1. The Strokes
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Thanks

    2. Rider on the Storm
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Play homgate and wait 2 ft

  4. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Final WC check (no chips left, 40pt lead in ML)

    Martinez
    Maguire TAA Doherty
    Salah KDB Martial Pulisic
    Rash Jimi Nketiah

    Ederson,Aurier,Lasc,Foden*

    Moving forward plan is to play 442 with Lasc/Foden/Nketiah usually benched

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Play Aurier, bench Puli for this one

    2. VAR United
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      wouldn't bench aurier this gw. sounds obscene but i'd bench taa

    3. Rider on the Storm
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      With 40 pts lead i would wait for my wc (unless others already played it) and block opponents

  5. WD27
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Any Chelsea fans or anyone else have much to say on Pulisic? Should be fairly nailed for a good amount of minutes and hes looking dangerous for 6.9? Mount not looking much of a threat atm

    1. Reg83
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      is he nailed though? what about giroud? good replacement for DCL?

    2. Rider on the Storm
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I'd go with pulisic if i could

  6. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Vardy guendozi -4 to puli nketiah,
    Then after 2 gws puli to mahrez

    Yes or no

  7. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Is Cathcart nailed?

    1. Rider on the Storm
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I think no

    2. Reg83
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      kiko more nailed i reckon

  8. james 101
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    How many of you:

    A. Have had back to back 100s (last two game weeks)

    B. Expect a third

    Sounds like quite a few people on here...

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Close if I had used my BB

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Fair point. I got 20+ points from my BB week.

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      211 in 2 weeks but not 2 tons....

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        That’s great too

        Doing well in the charity league?

  9. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    For this week
    A - Jota
    B - Tammy -4
    C - Nketiah -4
    D - Ings -4
    E - Ayew -4

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A

    2. james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A I guess.

    3. Rider on the Storm
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A 100%

    5. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Just lol’d at E

    6. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Andy Carroll vs Bournemouth

    7. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Thin pickings

      Have Tammy and would love to shift him. The only one I’d consider for a hit would be Ings but fixtures are dire.

  10. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Play one in each group 🙂

    1) Krul (ars)
    2) McCarthy (wat)

    A) Lascelles (bou)
    B) Holgate (LEI), [Vardy owner]

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      2B

    2. Rider on the Storm
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      B

    3. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      2A

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Looks like it's 2B. Thank you fellas!

    5. Reg83
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      2B

  11. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    (C) out of:
    A) Jimenez (avl)
    B) Rashford (bha)
    C) Salah (mci)
    ..?

    1. Rider on the Storm
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      B

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A

    3. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Own all three and I'm on C

  12. Rider on the Storm
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Chances for B. Williams (mun) to play this gw?

    1. Reg83
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      0.5%

  13. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Will Egan and O’Connell be back vs spurs? Just wondering if defensive solidity will return for the blades, have Egan but feels a waste of a ft moving to Saiss, idk

  14. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Would appreciate thoughts on my two WC drafts. Not sure which one to gravitate towards!

    WC A
    Patricio
    Maguire, Aurier, TAA, Justin
    Salah, Son, KdB, Martial
    Rashford, Jimi
    (Nketiah, Lascelles, Foden) (0.8itb)

    WC B
    DDG
    Boly, Doherty, TAA, Aurier
    Salah, Pulisic, KdB, Martial
    Kane, Jimi
    (Nketiah, Lascelles, Foden) (0.5itb)

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      B, mainly due to double wolves def. not a fan of the Kane pick, in B can you do foden to son and Kane to DCL?

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I would go B especially if chasing i.e. Kane Pulisic differential-ish

      1. Rider on the Storm
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Me too

    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A

  15. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Captaincy choice tough because you don't know if managers are going to rotate in the FA Cup, rotate in the PL or not rotate at all. There is also the potential for players who are due to be engaged in FA Cup games getting injured.

    For those reason, and the possibility of early team news confirming his participation, I think Jimenez(c) is a safe choice.

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I agree, I don’t hate the Man Utd attackers as a shout but need Jim or Doherty vice just in case

    2. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I don't think fear of an injury should deter people as an injury would likely mean the player misses the prem game altogether, and so your VC kicks in. The rotation is the bigger fear for me. Like you say the manager could focus more on the FA cup game then give just a part appearance in the prem.

    3. james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Man U have a lot to play for...

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        They do. And I expect them to put 3 or 4 past Brighton. But just have a nagging feeling that two of Fernandes, Rashford, Pogba and Martial will be rested.

        1. Reg83
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 2 months ago

          most of them could be rested in FA cup & play in PL

  16. inactive
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Excuse me while I update my grav.

    1. james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Nice

  17. dshv
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Patricio
    Awb doherty aurier (holgate, lascelles)
    Mane kdb bruno son (hayden)
    Rashford dcl jimmy(c)

    Any changes ??

  18. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    This is my team at mo. Scoring ok apart from my strikers

    McCarthy Martinez
    TAA Maguire Cahill Cathcart Lascelles
    Mane salah KDB son Bruno
    DCL Jota Long

    Do I roll it - captain son - or ...

    WC to

    Martinez Pope
    TAA Doherty Aurier Maguire Dawson
    Mahrez Foden Martial Son Pulisic
    Rashford Auba (c) Jesus

    Any advice/suggestions welcome

  19. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Opinion:
    Other than KDB, who is the best midfielder in the prem?

    (Not in FPL)

    1. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      David silva

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Not including wingers, but including central wide (gr

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Reply fail, grealish, David Silva, pogba, Bruno, maddison, kovacic, kante, neves

    2. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      In the Prem, id say pogba

    3. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Pogba.

      I expect Ziyech to be up there next season as well.

    4. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Grealish

    5. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Kante

  20. Rider on the Storm
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Aubameyang (NOR) to Jimenez (avl)?
    And captain one of them.

    1. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Auba

  21. Zaruto
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    In WC team...following the leader!

    1) VAA & Auba
    Or
    2) Aspilicueta & Kane

    1. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A

  22. Raging wildcard
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Planning on playing bench boost this weekend:

    Pope
    Doherty Aurier TAA
    Mane KDB Bruno Son
    DCL Ings Jiminez

    Bench:
    Martinez Lascelles Guendouzi Robinson

    Have come up with these two options:
    1) Ings Son Guendouzi > Nketiah Mahrez Martial (-8)
    2) Son Guendouzi > Martial Traore (-4)

    Anyone think a hit is a bad idea? Or have another idea? Guendouzi will be getting me zero so feels like a bit less of a hit

    1. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I like option 2 - good luck!

      1. Raging wildcard
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Thanks! You too

  23. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    GW 33+ RMWCT please 🙂

    DDG - Button
    TAA - Boly - Taylor - Holgate - Robinson
    Mane - Son - Mahrez - Martial - Richarlison
    Rashford- Jimenez - Connolly

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Pope and Bruno for DDG and Rich - upgrade a defender with the spare cash

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Cheers

  24. megilligan24@gmail.com
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    It's gonna be a tricky run in. Tend to think Liv and City play full sides this week, but after that, who knows. I'm already loaded up on United and Wolves assets. Maybe out with my Liv and City guys and in with Leicester, Chelsea and Spurs players? With budget options from Villa, Watford, Bournemouth and West Ham? Gonna be hard to drop TAA, KdB and Salah though . . .

  25. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Bench boost activated, G2g? Or Egan to Saiss worth a hit?

    McCarthy
    Doherty Egan Lascelles TAA
    KDB salah Sarr (c)
    Jim DCL nketiah

    Ederson maguire Fernandes martial

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Ballsy C choice
      Taking hit reduces points?

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Yeah hits aren’t good

  26. suddenorgan
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Bench DCL to play Nketiah?

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Think I am

      1. suddenorgan
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Everton v Leicester just looks low scoring based on how they've started doesn't it? Still weighing it up

  27. Plagued by indecision
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Would you wildcard this:

    Martinez / Button
    TAA / Alonso / Targett / Simpson / Boly
    Salah / KDB / Bruno / Cantwell / Grealish
    Aubameyang / Jimenez / Greenwood

    To this:

    Martinez / Pope
    TAA / Alonso / Lascelles / Wan-Bissaka / Boly
    Salah / KDB / Foden / Martial / Pulisic
    Nketiah / Jimenez / Rashford

    1. Plagued by indecision
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      All other chips intact

    2. megilligan24@gmail.com
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I'd be afraid of massive rotation for TAA, Salah and KDB. On the other hand, assuming Foden isn't badly hurt, doesn't Pep just have to run him out there regularly to see what he can do?

  28. internal error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Which teams do you fancy to get a clean sheet this gameweek?

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Newcastle, CP, Everton

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Man Utd. One of CPL and BUR.

      1. internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        2 clean sheets for Burnley after the city game would be impressive recovery

  29. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Who's more likely too keep a CS this gw? Patricio or Martinez?

    1. Gianluca Busio's Hair …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Patricio

  30. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    GTG?
    Henderson
    TAA Doherty awb
    Kdb son(c) Bruno martial mount
    Jimenez(vc) nketiah
    (Leno dcl egan lund)