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FPL Gameweek 36+ team news and injury updates

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

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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.


1,200 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hect.OR 98th
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    FH squad done, with 0.2 ITB to make a switch from Pulisic to Willian and/or Azpi to Alonso if early team news suggests one or both changes is worthwhile.

    Pope (Button)
    Maguire Azpi Digne (Saiss Taylor)
    Antonio KDB Sterling(c) Pulisic Bruno
    Giroud Jesus (Ings - will swap in for Giroud if Giroud isn't starting)

    Good to go?

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

      Very nice

      I’d still want Martial mind and who knows about KdB.

      1. Hect.OR 98th
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        cheers. Yes, all a bit of a gamble. I'm ahead by about 50 in my ML so trying to cover all bases.

  2. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Imagine if FPL_Rockstar posts fake info on the final day to ruin the game week of all the tryhards. That would make FPL history

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      TC fail!!

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Would be mental but he's already said he won't be posting on final gw

    3. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      He wont do it because ppl trust him

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Never in the history of humankind has anyone broken the trust of anonymous strangers!

  3. januzki
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Which one is likelier to start, KDB or Mahrez?

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Kdb

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Mahrez

      Slightly

      But that is not an endorsement.

      It's Man City B on Wednesday and Tuesday

  4. Champions united
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Soy to James or egan for a hit
    Playing BB

    mcarthy/ederson
    TAA digne soy saiss aurier
    antonio kdb willian bruno,martial
    ings, green, Jesus

  5. Gooner97
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    A Pulisic(C) fail would be disastrous

    1. Indio
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I can never get over the first-game aversion, even though I'm sure the stats don't back it up!

      1. Honourvolley
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        See last week for starters!

  6. Roni! Toni! Toney!
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Is Lamptey 4.0 nailed on?

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      More or less imo

  7. Indio
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Is either Mahrez and DCL or Saka and Vardy out to bring in Pulisic and Jesus worth it for a hit? Or should I just stick with my original plan of Saka > Pulisic for free? Thanks.

  8. Werner Bros
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Captain one and bench one. On FH

    Pulisic Sterling Foden Bruno Willian
    Jesus Rashford Ings

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Capt Sterling
      Bench Rash but not happy doing that

      1. Werner Bros
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Same. I currently have Ings benched. But there's so many good options

    2. Hect.OR 98th
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Captain Sterling, bench Rashford

    3. Indio
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Cap Sterling or Bruno (sorry!). Bench Ings.

  9. Art Vandelay
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Who out of Jesus and Sterling do people think is more likely to start?

    Cheers

    1. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Hoping Jesus as I got him in this week for vardy!

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

      Jesus

    3. Art Vandelay
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Cheers

      Think I am going Vardy to Jesus.

  10. SHIKABALAA
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    My ML leader is ahead of me by 50 points ,he has KDB and Sterling
    I have KDB,Mahrez,Foden ,Both of us have Greenwood,Rashford,Bruno
    He has ings and I have vardy
    What do you think is the best choice
    A)Mahrez > Dilva ,Vardy >Ings
    B)Mahrez > Antonio , Vardy > Jesus
    C) Mahrez > Sterling , Vardy > Ings
    D) Mahrez > Martial , Rashford > Jesus
    if you think there is a better option than these please tell me.

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      b or d, you might want to play foden and greenwood in 37 over antonio though

  11. Benditlike
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    A or B?

    A) Jimenez and Son -> Jesus and Pulisic
    B) FH

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      B or hold

  12. HP18
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Current MID & FWD

    Fernandes, Martial, KDB, Mahrez, Salah

    DCL, Vardy, Greenwood

    Contemplating:

    A) Mahrez & Salah --> Sterling & Pulisic
    B) Mahrez & DCL --> Foden & Jesus
    C) KDB & DCL --> Pulisic & Jesus

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      C is best if Jesus gets minutes

    2. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Probably B

  13. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Captain one of
    ©
    A) David Silva
    B) Bilva
    C) Bruno
    D) Antonio
    E) Giroud
    F) Pulisic

    Cheers guys and gals...

    1. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      David Silva, for me.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        So tempted by Antonio again in the relegation shoot out v Watford at the Olympic stadium Friday night fright night in east London.

        I've been on David Silva all week but position is everything for goals and 6 yards is much easier than 25!

        1. Jam0sh
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Something in me makes me think that hammers watford could be a cagay match

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Blood bath...

            And that is without the fans!

  14. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    David Silva (for triple City attack) or Pulisic? I already have Willian.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      David Silva

      Who are your other 2 City?

  15. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Rashford -> Jesus for free

    Yay on Nay

  16. Plagued by indecision
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    OK i have to make a decision now ... son's bedtime in 15 minutes. please, anyone... put me out of my misery and sign this off - FH

    Pope (Martinez)
    AWB / Digne / Azpilicueta (Diop / 3.9)
    Salah / Sterling / Willian(c) / Martial / Foden
    Giroud / Jesus (Greenwood)

    Thanks for your help. 0.0 ITB

    1. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Brilliant team, g2g

      1. Plagued by indecision
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        thanks. What are yur thoughts on Sterling?

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Would love to have him in my team at the moment. Don't see why he wouldn't get minutes this week

          1. Plagued by indecision
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            too risky to captain though?

            1. ZEZIMA
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              Possibly yeah. I like your Willian captain pick. Willian/Salah/Jesus are all great options for captaincy

              1. Plagued by indecision
                • 11 Years
                1 year, 4 months ago

                thank you for your help. it is much appreciated.

                1. ZEZIMA
                  • 5 Years
                  1 year, 4 months ago

                  No probs, good luck!

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      If Sterling plays but you ain't confident to captain him.

      Best tuck him in quick...
      44 mins to go

      1. Plagued by indecision
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        would you get Dilva over Sterling?

    3. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I read that as Son's bedtime, and thought it was a bit early for a professional footballer... 🙂

  17. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Someone's Pep roulette estimates of minutes by player for the remaining GWs and FA cup: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcxCQNcU0AIgMlQ?format=jpg&name=large

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      If they start Saturday only Ederson and a few key men are also likely to play a dead rubber league game tomorrow night in front of no fans.

      When the cup is the priority where is the logic in risking injury v Bournemouth unless they are not match sharp...

  18. Hulk Smash
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    a) Vardy > Jesus?
    b) Vardy > Ings? (allows Pulisic > Sterling as part of -4 in GW 37)
    c) Save?

    Pope
    TAA Doherty Saiss (Fernandez) (Robinson)
    KdB Bruno Salah Martial Pulisic
    Vardy Greenwood (Nketiah*)

  19. Skloppy Kops
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    A. KdB + Saka >> Pulisic + Dilva
    B. KdB + Jimmy >> Pulisic + Jesus
    C. KdB + Vardy >> Sterling + Giroud

    Which on for -4? Othr suggestions welcome

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      A

  20. bigdip
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Need to close ML gap. (Already did TAA & Nketiah to VVD & Jesus for -4 hit)

    DDG (Martin)
    VVD, Saiss, Holgate (Kiko, Lascelles)
    Kdb, Willian, MANE, Bruno (Saka)
    Kane, Greenwood, Jesus (c)

    Big risk time. for - 8 hit, Mane to bring in one of these TC options:

    A) Sterling
    B) Pulisic
    C) Dont hit

  21. akhilrajau
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Martial or Willian?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Likely Willian but Martial has to score away soon and it could be a haul at Palace.

      1. akhilrajau
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yea i have 2 choice here. Which one to select
        A. Ederson, willian
        B. Schmeichel, Martial

  22. kamdaraji
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi this is Pep. I will rotate tomorrow

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      He's told everyone he is dropping 4, 5 or 6 players.

      But not everyone's favourite ones!!

      Scenes in 22.5 hours!

    2. Reedy
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Bald fraud fraud

  23. HashAttack
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Which two play?
    a) Greenwood
    b) Vardy
    c) Kane

    Y / N - Swap either b) or c) for Giroud/Tammy? (for -4, one week punt only as plan to swap them for Auba and JRod)

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

      Meant to say I will be playing Bruno and Martial, hence leaning to benching Greenwood

  24. bigdip
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Need to close ML gap. (Already did TAA & Nketiah to VVD & Jesus for -4 hit)

    DDG (Martin)
    VVD, Saiss, Holgate (Kiko, Lascelles)
    Kdb, Willian, MANE, Bruno (Saka)
    Kane, Greenwood, Jesus (c)

    Go hard for - 8 hit & do Mane to one of the following"

    A) Sterling
    B) Pulisic
    C) Go home

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Keep Mane and swap KdB for Antonio or Pulisic

      1. bigdip
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        for the -8 hit?. shalll I TC Puli if I do bring in?

  25. The Big Fella
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Play Rashford or Jimenez for this week?

    1. Red Devil Swede
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      It's like toss a coin I feel. Jim does pretty alright away.

  26. GAMBIT
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    On FH

    A) Willian and Rashford
    B) Martial and Giroud

    Already have Pulisic

  27. Red Devil Swede
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Bench Jimenez or Greenwood?

  28. WE GO FOR IT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Pope | Martinez
    TAA | Doherty | Aurier | Lascelles | Simpson
    KdB | Bruno | Mahrez | Pulisic | Foden
    Vardy | Rashford | Greenwood

    1FT and 1.4 itb

    What to do?
    A. Mahrez to Dilva/Willian
    B. Mahrez + KdB to Dilva + Willian (-4)
    C. Vardy to Ings/Giroud
    D. Mahrez + Vardy -> Sterling + Ings/Giroud (-4)

    Dilva, Willian and Giroud would be one week punts. I'd move them for another one week punts in 37 before FH in 38.

  29. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Which option looks best. Only 1 FT

    A Sarr > Willian
    B Sarr > Puli
    C Vardy > Ings
    D Vardy > Jesus
    E Sarr & Vardy > two of the above for a hit (which two? 🙂

    Patricio
    Azpi / Boly / Holgate
    KDB / Sterling / Bruno / Martial / Sarr
    Vardy / Greenwood

    Martinez / Masina / Lascelles / Nketiah  

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I’m doing Sarr and Vardy to Dilva and Giroud I think

      Jesus and RLC tempting though

  30. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Azpi and Rash
    or
    Doherty and Giroud?