The Fantasy Premier League deadline for Gameweek 36+ is only hours away, so our regular injury and team news round-up returns to summarise everything we know about the latest fitness situation at all 20 Premier League clubs.
We haven’t heard from every manager, however, as the games are spread out over the next four days and some head coaches won’t face the media until later in the week.
We’ll cover each team briefly below but, as ever, more detailed information can be found in our Team News tab.
Chelsea v Norwich City
Billy Gilmour (knee) and N’Golo Kante (hamstring) remain out ahead of the visit of Norwich City, with Frank Lampard confirming on Monday that the fitness situation was “as we were” – which presumably means that Fikayo Tomori (muscle) is also still sidelined.
Andreas Christensen has been passed fit after being forced off at half-time on Saturday evening.
Asked about rotation, Lampard said:
Possibly. I don’t want to give my starting line-up away but what I have got is a group where there are people competing to try and get into the team.
There has to be a level of where, if we make mistakes or are if we are not reaching the levels we want, where the people who are working hard in training might can come in. I also have to think about the freshness of the squad.
As much as we would like a settled team… I would love to pick certain partnerships, certain units of the team and keep going and keep going, but, that hasn’t always been easy and we’re striving for that. We’ll see for tomorrow.
Moritz Leitner (hernia), Grant Hanley (hamstring), Christoph Zimmermann (back) and Sam Byram (hamstring) remain long-term absentees but Daniel Farke has no new injury concerns heading into Norwich City’s first match since their relegation to the Championship was confirmed.
The Canaries have lost a squad member since they were last in action, however, with loanee Ondrej Duda allowed to return to parent club Hertha Berlin.
Manchester City v Bournemouth
Pep Guardiola didn’t report any fresh injury concerns in his pre-match press conference – but he didn’t even have a chance to speak about them, with all of the questions directed at him concerning FFP and the decision to overturn City’s two-year ban from European competition.
We’re in the dark concerning the fitness situation at the Etihad, then, although we do know that Sergio Aguero remains sidelined with a knee problem
Adam Smith (head), Nathan Ake (groin), Simon Francis (knee) and Chris Mepham (knee) will all miss the trip to the Etihad, while Joshua King (hamstring) will be assessed after a minor injury led to his absence against Leicester.
Arsenal v Liverpool
Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee) and Bernd Leno (knee) remain out for the Gunners, while Mesut Ozil (back) faces yet another late fitness check ahead of the clash with Liverpool.
Eddie Nketiah is still suspended, meanwhile.
Mikel Arteta said ahead of the game:
It’s very important to have momentum and energy going into important matches and in order to do that you have to go game by game. Today and tomorrow we will assess the players and how they are. A lot of them have played some crazy minutes up until now.
We’re going to have games every two and a half days. We will try to put the strongest team out as possible here and as well on Saturday. To do that we need to know how everyone recovers from the game.
Jordan Henderson (knee) and Joel Matip (toe) are sidelined for Wednesday’s match, while James Milner (muscle) isn’t expected to be available until next week’s clash with Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp otherwise reported a clean bill of health.
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Steve Bruce said on Tuesday that he “doesn’t think” Jamaal Lascelles (knock), Isaac Hayden (hamstring) and Sean Longstaff (hamstring) will recover for the visit of Spurs, while Andy Carroll (groin) is also a major doubt and Florian Lejeune (thigh) and Ciaran Clark (ankle) remain unavailable.
Loanee Danny Rose is ineligible to face his parent club.
Tanguy Ndombele is a major doubt after suffering an unspecified injury in training, while Dele Alli (hamstring) looks unlikely to feature despite his expected return to the training ground on Tuesday afternoon.
Jose Mourinho also said that Serge Aurier was a “big question mark” following the death of his brother, with the Lilywhites leaving the decision on the Ivorian’s involvement up to him.
Leicester City v Sheffield United
James Maddison (hip) and Ben Chilwell (foot) remain doubts ahead of the visit of Sheffield United, while Marc Albrighton is also a concern after picking up a knock in the 4-1 defeat at Bournemouth.
Caglar Soyuncu will be out until the end of the season after being sent off for violent conduct at the Vitality Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers said on Tuesday:
We’re obviously still assessing Ben [Chilwell] and James [Maddison] game by game so we’ll leave it to the last moment to see how they go but [there are] questions marks. We’re seeing how they respond on a daily basis. It’s safe to say they’ll be doubts for Thursday, but before every game we like to give them every chance possible.
Marc [Albrighton] picked up a knock so we’ll see how he is tomorrow and obviously we’re without Çağlar [Söyüncü], which is a big blow for us.
Chris Wilder said that he was “hopeful” John Fleck (groin) would recover for the visit of Leicester on Thursday, saying that the midfielder would have a “couple of clearance sessions” before a final decision was made on his involvement.
Wilder added that the Blades had a “couple of bangs and bruises” following the win over Chelsea but believed that his squad were “all fit to go” for the trip to the King Power Stadium, which could mean that Chris Basham (head) has recovered.
Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Jack Cork (ankle), Ben Mee (thigh), Matthew Lowton (foot) and Ashley Barnes (hernia) remain unavailable for Burnley, with Sean Dyche saying that the returning Chris Wood had suffered no adverse reaction to his 65-minute run-out at Anfield.
Nuno Espirito Santo says that Wolves have “some issues” that require assessment ahead of the trip to Turf Moor, with Pedro Neto a concern after suffering from “strong cramp” in the win over Everton.
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
We won’t hear from Roy Hodgson ahead of the Gameweek 36+ deadline but we do know that Christian Benteke will miss the visit of Manchester United, having been sent off for violent conduct in Sunday’s defeat at Aston Villa.
Gary Cahill (hamstring) remains out.
Similarly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-match press conference will likely take place on Wednesday.
Speaking after the 2-2 draw with Southampton, the Norwegian said of Luke Shaw (ankle) and Brandon Williams (head):
Luke twisted his ankle. Hopefully, we can have some good news on him after we’ve done a scan.
I can’t say [really], I’ve not seen Brandon because he was with the medical staff and I think he was getting some stitches with a gash over his eye.So let’s see how he is.
Solskjaer also said yesterday before kick-off:
We’ve had a decent amount of recovery days in between, which we won’t have the rest of the season now. We picked the short straw in that respect, but we picked the long straw at the start of this period.
Everton v Aston Villa
As above, both of these managers won’t face the media until after the FPL deadline has passed on Tuesday evening.
We await updates on the condition of medium-term absentee Bjorn Engels (Achilles) for the Villans, as well as two players who were injured on Sunday: Kortney Hause pulled out of the starting XI against Crystal Palace in the warm-up after suffering a groin issue, while Neil Taylor‘s afternoon lasted all of 36 minutes before he too succumbed to a muscle problem.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) and Fabian Delph (muscle) are expected to remain out for the Toffees, while Yerry Mina picked up a thigh problem in the defeat at Wolves and will surely be a sizeable concern given the four-day turnaround.
Mason Holgate (shin) and Andre Gomes (knock) are expected to be in contention, however, with their head coach saying on Sunday that he “thinks” the pair will recover in time.
Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion
Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Steven Alzate (groin) remain out but Graham Potter otherwise reported a clean bill of health heading into Thursday’s match against Southampton, with no injuries picked up from the weekend.
Having only been in action last night, we won’t hear from Ralph Hasenhuttl until later in the week.
The Saints were previously missing Moussa Djenepo (calf), Sofiane Boufal (thigh), Nathan Tella (unspecified) and Yan Valery (muscle).
West Ham United v Watford
Nigel Pearson or David Moyes won’t address the media until Wednesday or even Thursday, with the two clubs not in action until Friday night.
Gerard Deulofeu (knee), Isaac Success (Achilles) and Daryl Janmaat (knee) are Watford’s only known absentees at the time of writing, while we await news on whether Felipe Anderson (hamstring) and Robert Snodgrass (back) are ready for a comeback after a return to training.
More detailed information and predicted line-ups can be found in the Team News tab.
Keep an eye on our Twitter feed, too, for any late-breaking updates.
A video round-up with Andy and Neale can be viewed below.
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