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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.

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1,200 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hect.OR 98th
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Very nice

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

      1. Hect.OR 98th
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days 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
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days 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. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      TC fail!!

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

    3. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      He wont do it because ppl trust him

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

  3. januzki
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Which one is likelier to start, KDB or Mahrez?

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Kdb

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Mahrez

      Slightly

      But that is not an endorsement.

      It's Man City B on Wednesday and Tuesday

  4. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days 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
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    A Pulisic(C) fail would be disastrous

    1. Indio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        See last week for starters!

  6. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Is Lamptey 4.0 nailed on?

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      More or less imo

  7. Indio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days 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
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Captain one and bench one. On FH

    Pulisic Sterling Foden Bruno Willian
    Jesus Rashford Ings

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Capt Sterling
      Bench Rash but not happy doing that

      1. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

    2. Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Captain Sterling, bench Rashford

    3. Indio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

  9. Art Vandelay
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

    Cheers

    1. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

    2. Honourvolley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Jesus

    3. Art Vandelay
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Cheers

      Think I am going Vardy to Jesus.

  10. SHIKABALAA
      2 months, 9 days 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…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

    • Benditlike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A or B?

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

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        B or hold

    • HP18
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        C is best if Jesus gets minutes

      2. COLLIN QUANER
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Probably B

    • jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

      Cheers guys and gals...

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        David Silva, for me.

        1. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

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

            1. jamiejoe
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Blood bath...

              And that is without the fans!

    • BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        David Silva

        Who are your other 2 City?

    • Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Rashford -> Jesus for free

      Yay on Nay

    • greggles
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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. COLLIN QUANER
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Brilliant team, g2g

        1. greggles
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          thanks. What are yur thoughts on Sterling?

          1. COLLIN QUANER
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

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

            1. greggles
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              too risky to captain though?

              1. COLLIN QUANER
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

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

                1. greggles
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  thank you for your help. it is much appreciated.

                  1. COLLIN QUANER
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    No probs, good luck!

      2. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

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

        1. greggles
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          would you get Dilva over Sterling?

      3. Tony Moon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days 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...

    • Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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*)

    • Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

      Which on for -4? Othr suggestions welcome

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        A

    • bigdip
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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

    • akhilrajau
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Martial or Willian?

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

        1. akhilrajau
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

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

    • kamdaraji
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Hi this is Pep. I will rotate tomorrow

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Bald fraud fraud

    • HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

    • bigdip
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Keep Mane and swap KdB for Antonio or Pulisic

        1. bigdip
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

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

    • The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Play Rashford or Jimenez for this week?

      1. Red Devil Swede
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

    • GAMBIT
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      On FH

      A) Willian and Rashford
      B) Martial and Giroud

      Already have Pulisic

    • Red Devil Swede
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bench Jimenez or Greenwood?

    • WE GO FOR IT
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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.

    • Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days 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
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

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

        Jesus and RLC tempting though

    • JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Azpi and Rash
      or
      Doherty and Giroud?