Team News

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. Ray In Bruges.
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Pope (McCarthy)
    TAA Doherty Stevens (Kiko, Lascelles**)
    KDB Martial Pulisic Fernandes (Dendoncker)
    Vardy Jimenez Abraham

    2FT, 0.1 ITB

    Any suggestions here? All feedback appreciated.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      vardy to jesus

    2. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Abraham and dendo to greenwood and antonio, bench jimi

    3. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Start McCarthy?

    4. Ray In Bruges.
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Cheers all!

  2. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Vardy (c) crazy?

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      It's not the word I would use but yeah lets go with crazy for now.

    2. V-2 Schneiderlin
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      not crazy - definite start, on golden boot, Leicester need to win...

  3. snowman
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    azpi or walker for next 3 GW?

  4. Manani
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    likelihood of Holgate starting?

  5. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Is Laporte about to go unnoticed and be the top scoring City option with a 15 pt haul???

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Of all players, surely Laporte wont be risked this GW.

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        We just dont know any of this

  6. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Which GK for more save points?

    A) Krul (che)
    B) Martinez (LIV)

  7. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    What to do with aurier or soy
    Any trnsfer is for a hit
    Playing BB

    1. timmmuh
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      If you are playing BB, you must move them both out. Maybe a Chelsea defender or 2? They might repay the hits and then some, but the fixtures in 37/38 are not good for them.

      1. Champions united
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        That's the only dilemma

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Dont play BB.

  8. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bench one
    A. Kane
    B. Mahrez
    C. Jimenez

    1. Gooner97
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      C

  9. Pique and De Bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Hey all, thoughts please on my F/H team. Gone full differential from my mini league leader (as far as i know).

    De Gea
    AWB / Azpilicueta / Digne
    Sterling / Son / Pulisic(c) / Silva(vc) / Martial
    Jesus / Giroud

    Pickford / Ings / Alderweireld / Fredericks

    Picked a strong ish bench in case of rotation but can be thinned down if needs be and got 3.3m itb so can pretty much change anything. Any thoughts/comments appreciated.

    1. Silva’s Left Nut
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Bruno over martial based on away form I think

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        and yea thats a good shout

      2. Pique and De Bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Want Bruno but he’s got him and chasing nearly 100 pts so went for Martial as 2nd best option.

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Son>Salah imo

      1. Pique and De Bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Worried it’s Salah’s turn for the bench this week.

    3. Martial Matas
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Similar dilemma for me, and similar FH team! Money doesn't seem to be an object as looking for diffs.

      Maybe double up utd so Bruno instead of Son?

      1. Pique and De Bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Agree all the value in midfield and not expensive either, maybe i don’t have to go total differential thanks.

      2. Pique and De Bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        How’s your f/h looking?

    4. Pique and De Bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Thanks all for the advice.

  10. checkit_j
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Vardy to Giroud? Or jesus?

    1. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      on FH Giroud, for the rest of the season Jesus

      1. checkit_j
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Saving my fh for 38

    2. MidTableFantasy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Jesus seems like a better set and forget option to me

  11. Leo10
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    TAA (ars) or Taylor (WOL) on FH?

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Taylor

    2. Manani
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      taa

    3. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Taylor

  12. fplking14
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    TC Pulisic?

    1. Silva’s Left Nut
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      If chasing someone yes

      1. Art Vandelay
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        If that someone is Usain Bolt 😆

        To be fair I TC'ed Andy Carroll a few years ago.

  13. Silva’s Left Nut
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bottomed. Hate having to choose between Giroud and Ings, so I’m considering having both, which would mean removing a mid and going to a 3-4-3. Which (if any) of these mids would you remove?

    A) Martial
    B) Dilva
    C) Pulisic
    D) Sterling
    E) Bruno
    F) Remove nobody, stay with 3-5-2

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      b

  14. Brimble82
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Foden (C)
    Who’s with me???

    1. GloryManUnited
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      *Raises hand from behind sofa*

      1. Brimble82
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Mine’s a double story sofa!

    2. timmmuh
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Me too ... over Sterling, Bruno, KDB, Pulisic

      1. Brimble82
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Similar here. Seems crazy right?
        But it also feels like the ultimate ‘High risk, high reward’!

    3. Goro Majima
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Possibly...

    4. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      So far on him!

  15. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Reece James and Mason Holgate good picks ?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      no
      holgates leg fell off

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Nah

  16. PartyPooper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Please help

    1. GloryManUnited
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Hahahahahahaha

      1. PartyPooper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Lol comment fail

        1. PartyPooper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Who to bench. TAA, Vardy or Greenwood???

          1. GloryManUnited
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Greenwood

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      911 here, whats your emergency?

  17. Joyce1998
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Captain?

    A- sterling
    Or
    B- pulisic

    1. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A if you want to risk

    2. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Between those 2 and just canr decide. You tell me!?

  18. Hitmonlee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    A) KDB > Sterling (c)
    B) Vardy > Jesus (Pulisic (c))

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

  19. JenkoJunko
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Some one? Anyone? Please?
    2FT 1.0ITB FH remaining
    Patricio Button
    TAA Doherty Lascelles Kiko Holgate
    KDB Salah Bruno Martial Mahrez
    Nketiah Greenwood Jimmy

    A. Lascelles / Mahrez / Jimmy to Stevens / Foden / Jesus -4 (worried about not having any subs if don't bring in a defender)
    B. Mahrez / Jimmy to Foden / Jesus

    1. Hitmonlee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. Silva’s Left Nut
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Free hit that

      1. JenkoJunko
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Out of curiosity.... would you free hit it to cover chelsea?

  20. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Given the fears or being benched:

    Sterling, DSilva & Jesus -> Antonio, Willian & Ings -12?

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Spits tea out. Signs off. Throws computer at wall. Walks off pier.

    2. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      The ones you sell can get 30+

    3. Silva’s Left Nut
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Lmaooooooooooo

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I see what you did there.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Shameless copycat

  21. Martial Matas
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Gone from 30 point lead at top of my ML at start of gwk 30+ to 4th and chasing 81points now...
    3 weeks left going on the attack with FH this week.
    Which moves do you agree / disagree with?

    A) Robbo vs their TAA
    B) Dilva & Jesus vs their KDB & Sterling
    C) Martial vs their Greenwood
    D) Antonio & Giroud vs their Mane & Ings

  22. SpagBol
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Benching KDB over Mahrez and Greenwood...

    I feel like Mahrez can come on and return, Greenwood should return against crystal palace...

    Leaving KDB to be rested for FA cup and may come on for 1 pointer...

    Thoughts?

  23. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Why none sell TAA?

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Arsenal awful on set pieces.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Cause he will haul agaimst ars

    3. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      You would need to be a high IQ manager to understand.

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Burn with cold water mate

  24. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Barkley (C)?

    1. Hitmonlee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Definitely

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Considering CHO for old times sake - he averaged a solid 1 point a game for me earlier in the season

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Definitely wrong site...

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A maverick pick for sure. Im capping Redmond myself

  25. MartialMatas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Ritchie and Jimenez to Azpi and Ings?

    Alisson
    VVD Doherty Ritchie
    KDB Mahrez Foden Fernandes Martial
    Rashford Jimenez

    Martinez DCL Holgate Taylor

    2FT £0.7m

  26. Pringle
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    What do you prefer?

    A. Ings + Holgate
    B. Jimenez + Alonso.

  27. Gooner97
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    A) 352 with Son & Giroud
    B) 343 with Ings & Giroud

    1. screamer73
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

  28. Netters2018
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Best GK on a FH?

    1. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Pope or McCarthy

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        this

  29. Irish Villan 1985
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Hi Guys, I hear slot about leaked Chelsea squads, am I missing something, will we learn who starts before the deadline?

    1. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Yes a few minutes before Fpl Rockstar on Twitter

  30. juho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Pick one please:

    A) TAA
    B) Digne

    Thanks