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FPL Gameweek 4 team news: Injury updates on Pulisic, Son, Mane, Vardy and more

Our weekly press conference summary rounds up the headline injury news and stand-out manager quotes from the pre-match conference calls.

MANCHESTER UNITED V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

The Son Heung-min (hamstring) injury saga drags on, with the Korean having initially been ruled out until after the international break but now apparently having an outside chance of being fit for Sunday’s match against Manchester United.

Speaking after full-time in the Europa League win over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday night, Jose Mourinho said:

I don’t believe [he can play]. But because he is so optimistic and always trying to give us positive feelings and hopes, I don’t want to say he is completely out – because maybe he can surprise us.

Giovani Lo Celso (knock) is also a doubt, with the Spurs boss saying:

Apart from Lo Celso, who is a question mark for Sunday, no more problems.

United appear to be relatively injury-free bar Phil Jones (knee) and Axel Tuanzebe (foot), with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying of Harry Maguire (knock):

Harry [Maguire] had a knock after the league game, a big hole in his ankle! He should be okay. Apart from that I think we’re okay, no more injuries from the cup game.

CHELSEA V CRYSTAL PALACE

Only Hakim Ziyech (knee) and Billy Gilmour (knee) remain on the injury list at Chelsea with Christian Pulisic (hamstring) set to be involved for the Blues against Crystal Palace on Saturday – but not from the start.

Frank Lampard told reporters:

Pulisic is in the squad for tomorrow. He won’t start the match because of the injury he’s had and it’s been a difficult injury but I am very keen to get him back in there. It’s great to have him back for himself and for the boost he gives the team because he’s an important player for us. Hakim Ziyech is getting closer but he’s not quite fit enough to be on the bench.

Jeffrey Schlupp (muscle) and Nathan Ferguson (knee) remain out for Palace while the game will very likely come too soon for Gary Cahill (hamstring), James Tomkins (thigh) and Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder) despite that trio’s return to training.

Roy Hodgson said:

They’re gradually coming back but obviously, they’ve been out for a long time so they’re not really ready to go straight back into the team. This week we’ve seen the re-emergence of Gary Cahill, James Tomkins and Patrick van Aanholt. We’re limiting the contact work as far as he [Van Aanholt] is concerned as it’s a shoulder injury but it’s good to see those guys back in training.

The Palace boss also said that he “can’t put a timescale” on Ferguson’s return, with his recovery from a knee injury a “slow process”.

LEEDS UNITED V MANCHESTER CITY

Pablo Hernandez (groin) and Adam Forshaw (hip) remain Leeds United’s only two confirmed injury-related absentees for the visit of Manchester City but Jack Harrison is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Marcelo Bielsa all but confirmed that Ezgjan Alioski would come into the side, saying that the Macedonia international “is able to do as well or better than Harrison” in the left-wing role.

Gabriel Jesus (muscle) and Sergio Aguero (knee) remain out for City, while Ilkay Gundogan isn’t likely to feature after his period of self-isolation.

Ruben Dias could be involved, however, with Pep Guardiola saying:

[Dias] trained twice – yesterday and today. He settled good. He is part of the team, we have a training session this afternoon.

Today was the first day [Gundogan] came back to the locker room, but he didn’t train with us. He will train with us during the international break and we will see.

EVERTON V BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Jonjoe Kenny (ankle), Allan (muscle) and Andre Gomes (unspecified) all picked up injuries for Everton in midweek and will sit out Saturday’s match against Brighton, while Richarlison (ankle) faces a late fitness test.

Carlo Ancelotti told reporters on Friday:

Allan, after the international break he will be ready. Jonjoe is out for 4 weeks. The twist on his ankle is quite serious. Gomes, I think he will be ready [soon]. If we played Sunday or Monday he would be fine. It is a little thing.

Richarlison we are trying to [get him fit]. He is better. We are going to have a test tomorrow morning and see if he is available to play or not.

An international break follows Gameweek 4, with James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina set to be in action for Colombia just over three days before the Merseyside derby in mid-October.

Asked about Rodriguez, Ancelotti said:

He doesn’t have a lot of time to recover, I hope he can recover well for the game against Liverpool. If he doesn’t – he’s going on the bench!

Long-term absentees Jose Izquierdo (knee), Christian Walton (ankle) and Florin Andone (knee) remain out for Albion, while Saturday’s clash with Everton looks to have come too soon for Alireza Jahanbakhsh (hamstring) and Davy Propper (Achilles).

Yves Bissouma returns from suspension, however.

LEICESTER CITY V WEST HAM UNITED

Jamie Vardy (hip) and Jonny Evans (calf) are expected to be fit for Gameweek 4, although Dennis Praet (knee) faces a late fitness test.

Brendan Rodgers told reporters on Friday:

Jonny is fine. Thankfully he just felt it a little tight but it was more having played his first game, so he was okay,” the Leicester manager commented on Friday.

And like I said afterwards, Jamie is absolutely fine. He has this little something in his hip which takes a few days to settle down and he’s fine, he’s okay.

Dennis, we’ll see how he is. He’s trained but we just need to see what the reaction is for that. Obviously, he came off but that wasn’t as serious as what we thought.

Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have been back in training following their stints in self-isolation so could come into the reckoning against Leicester this weekend.

David Moyes will be forced into at least one change, however, with Ryan Fredericks (hamstring) ruled out until after the international break.

ASTON VILLA V LIVERPOOL

Sadio Mane has tested positive for COVID-19 in the run-up to Sunday’s clash with Aston Villa, so the Senegal international will miss out in Gameweek 4 as he embarks on a period of self-isolation.

Joel Matip (muscle), Kostas Tsimikas (thigh), Thiago Alcantara (illness) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) are unavailable but Jordan Henderson was declared injury-free by his manager in Friday’s pre-match press conference.

Match fitness could still be an issue for the club captain, however, with Jurgen Klopp saying:

Hendo will be part of parts of the training today. So he absolutely has no muscle issues, it’s all fine, he’s not injured anymore and now we have to make sure he can make the next step. What that means for the weekend, I don’t know.

Jack Grealish has trained after sustaining a dead leg early on in Monday’s win over Fulham, a match the Villa talisman finished despite that early knock.

Bjorn Engels (thigh), Wesley (knee) and Tom Heaton (knee) remain out, while Kortney Hause (muscle) was added to the injury list on Thursday and Orjan Nyland has been struggling with a back problem for the last fortnight. 

Dean Smith confirmed that Ross Barkley was “in his thoughts” following his loan move from Chelsea.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS V FULHAM

There was predictably no clear-cut update on Daniel Podence (shoulder) or Marcal (calf) from Nuno Espirito Santo on Friday, with the Wolves boss only saying:

We have some issues still to attend [to], players that are recovering, players that have knocks from the previous games. So we still have tomorrow to determine who is going to be in the squad.

Podence has been named in the Portugal squad, at least, which raises hopes that he is fit for this weekend.

Scott Parker confirmed that Kenny Tete (calf) and Mario Lemina (unspecified) will miss the match against Wolves and that Harrison Reed (unspecified) is “touch and go”.

New signing Ademola Lookman will be involved this weekend “in some capacity”.

NEWCASTLE UNITED V BURNLEY

Steve Bruce has problems at centre-half, with Ciaran Clark (thigh) and Paul Dummett (match fitness) ruled out and Jamaal Lascelles (hamstring) described as a “bit of a problem” for the weekend.

Matt Ritchie (shoulder), Matty Longstaff (thigh), Martin Dubravka (heel) and Dwight Gayle (knee) remain absentees and Emil Krafth (hip) and DeAndre Yedlin (knock) are doubts, but there is better news on the fitness front elsewhere with Jamal Lewis (eye) clocking up 90 minutes against Newport County in midweek and Allan Saint-Maximin (ankle) nearing a return.

Steve Bruce said of Saint-Maximin:

It looks as if he could be fit. A big day for him today but he’s trained all week. We decided not to risk him against Newport. We hope Allan is well, he’s got over his ankle injury and we’re glad to see him back.

Jack Cork (ankle), Ben Mee (thigh), Matthew Lowton (knock) and Jay Rodriguez (ankle) are set to miss Saturday’s game against Newcastle, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson (knee) and Robbie Brady (rib) rated as “touch and go”.

James Tarkowski made his return from a bruised toe against Manchester City in midweek, while Ashley Barnes also made a competitive playing comeback in the EFL Cup on Wednesday after nine months on the sidelines.

ARSENAL V SHEFFIELD UNITED

Arsenal have yet to issue their regular pre-match injury bulletin ahead of Sunday’s clash with Sheffield United but Emile Smith Rowe (shoulder), Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) and Calum Chambers (knee) are all expected to remain out.

Cedric Soares (calf) and Kieran Tierney (groin) both made playing returns in the last week.

Lys Mousset (toe) and Jack O’Connell (knee) remain out for the Blades but John Egan returns from suspension for his side’s trip to north London.

SOUTHAMPTON V WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Nathan Redmond (ankle) has been back in training this week and Ralph Hasenhuttl says that the winger “is an option” for the visit of West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

The Saints otherwise have a fully fit squad.

Kieran Gibbs is still suspended for the Baggies but Conor Gallagher is in the frame to feature, having been ineligible to face his parent club in Gameweek 3.

The game may come too soon for Filip Krovinovic, though, who has only rejoined Albion in the last week.


More detailed information and predicted line-ups can be found in the Team News tab, which will be refreshed before the Gameweek 4 deadline at 11:00 BST on Saturday.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed, too, for any late-breaking updates.

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331 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Galza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    On Wildcard...

    McCarthy
    Robbo / Castagne / Lamptey
    Salah / Sterling / Bruno / Grealish / ?
    DCL / Wilson / ?

    A) 4.5 mid + Mitrovic
    B) Trossard + Brewster

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      B mate! Great switch

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yeah, now that Brewsters finally got that move, it would be silly not to have him on the bench to come in when I want him...

    2. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      B!

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Thanks Noah. No brainier really

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I like A

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Here comes Amey with his massive spanner. 😆

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Ignore me mate if you are set on B 😀

          I just like A more ha ha

          1. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I’m not set on anything pal. 🙂
            I knew this would happen when I hit the button...

            How about Pereira instead of Trossard?

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              No way
              They aren't creative enough. His numbers aren't good too (i was surprised)

              Trossard for me definitely

              1. Galza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Cheers.

            2. Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I have both of them on my wc currently myself. Both good options and Brewster will do well. You can’t really expect anything from any of the 4.5mids. Mitro will do ok individually but as a duo I feel the Trossard/Pereira and Brewster duo out scores the other

              1. Galza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Thanks for your input. Much appreciated

    4. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Looking nice B

  2. Horlicks esq.
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    That Brewster enabler.

    Noice waan.

    1. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Everyone is going to own

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Hit post early by accident. Everyone is going to own so going with a strong front 3 becomes somewhat of a differential.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yup

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Had him for day 1

    3. Horlicks esq.
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Imagine buying Thiago for 20m and selling Brewster for 23m.

      1. Arlo2103
          1 month, 26 days ago

          2020 just keeps getting crazier

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          9 year age differential though to be fair

    4. willos_wanderers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Please help me out here:

      A. Son -> Mahrez
      B. Son, Werner -> Barnes, Kane (-4)

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I sort of like B.

      2. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Long term I like B....

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Hold and next week: Son + Werner = Pulisic + Kane for free?

    5. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Vardy's not a Scout pick?
      Are they blind? He'll easily score 2 pens this GW.

    6. Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Play KWP (WBA) or Doherty (mun)?

      Also playing McCarthy

    7. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Hey guys, struggling to decide between:

      A) Son -> Barnes (-4) allowing me to do Vinagre -> Robbo next week

      B) Keep Son, and play Vinagre (and hope Marcal is still injured)

      1. Lazaretti
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Vinagre might be already in greece

    8. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Gtg all? 2.5itb 0ft

      Martinez
      Robbo lamptey vinagre
      Salah kdb(c) Barnes soucek
      Werner jimi dcl

      Forster dunne Mitchell Burke

    9. Crouching Tiger
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I've had Brewster since GW1 on bench as 3rd choice and now I get my precious 3rd Liverpool spot back without transfers and potentially a good striker option. Feeling a bit smug now 🙂

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        The Sheff Utd owner has had him (and Burke) in his team since GW1 - loves the 4.5m options

        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/2643/event/1

        1. Horlicks esq.
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          RIP Burke

        2. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          That GW history !

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Better than mine!

      2. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yup, likewise. I also know he would leave. I was hoping Villa or Brighton but I'll take Shef Utd.

      3. Mike2795647
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yep, plus 1st game after international is Fulham, so tempting to start him

      4. The Big Fella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Would have done the same but got three from Liverpool. Had Davis as a placeholder since the start though

    10. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Will brewster change before 11am tomorrow?

      1. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        As in allow me ti get three other liv players on my WC

        1. The Big Fella
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Apparently not as he would have had to have been registered before 12 today and apparently wasn't

    11. tinear
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Mccarthy
      Taa, Justin, KWP, Bavies
      Salah, KDB, Podence
      DCL, Werner, Mitro

      Nyland-Bissouma-Son-Mitchell
      1.0 itb, 1ft

      1) Werner to Jimi/Vardy
      2) Werner Bavies to Jimi/Vardy Digne/Lamptey -4
      3) Bank ft for IB

      Leaning towards Jimi for the fixtures but Vardy is a scoring machine. Pens or not its still goals. Bavies worries me but cant find good time to bring him out without hit.

      What would you do?

      1. Arlo2103
          1 month, 26 days ago

          You know Werner will bag a couple of you take him out. I’m holding on for one more week

          1. tinear
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            He’s in my team from the start. For 9.5 and 1 assist is dissappointing. Lost 0.1 for keeping him one more week every week.

            1. Arlo2103
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Me too! But this was always going to be his last chance for me

        • Horlicks esq.
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Plans.

          GW 4 - I'm leaving the team with Son on the bench

          GW5 - 2FT

          Werner > Brewster
          Burke > Pulisic
          Bank 1.7m

          GW6

          Justin > Castagne

          GW 7

          Stop making moves on players who scored high before I had them. Chill, put kettle on, ask gf for a full body massage.

          1. Arlo2103
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Happy ending

          2. OptimusBlack
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Whoooo to C ?

            1. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I'm on KdB.

            2. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Yeah I’m on KDB too, but may switch to Salah if Mane has got covid. I saw there was a rumour going that he’d contracted it, now fishing around to see if there’s anything in it

            3. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Yahoooo to D ?

          3. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Would you do this lads ?

            Bavies, Son and Werner to Van Dijk, Havertz and Jimenez for -4

            1. Arlo2103
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Yes although bombing Werner would worry me slightly. Law of averages means he must score soon, and maybe a couple

                1. Niho992
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Yeah, it's always a risk, but his replacement is Jimenez and i expect from him to score few goals in next few GWs and he's cheaper.

                  1. Arlo2103
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      I don’t think it’s worth the -4 personally

                      1. Niho992
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Well, i think it will be in next few GWs

                        1. Arlo2103
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Fair play, but you asked our opinions. Mine has been giveth

                            1. Niho992
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 26 days ago

                              Cheers pal

                  2. tinear
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I’d keep Son

                    1. Niho992
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      My bench is awful...

                      1. Arlo2103
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Havertz and Jimenez for son and Werner and avoid the -4?

                          1. Niho992
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            I can, but think also that Davies will be dropped and my defenders on bench are Ayling and Mitchell

                            1. Arlo2103
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                Again I’d risk one of those to avoid the -4 otherwise VVD has to keep a clean sheet at the minimum to make it worth while. Fancy villa scoring against them even if they do get beat

                                1. Niho992
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  I know but think those transfers are good for longterm, are you agree ?

                                  Also i can keep Werner and sell Son and Bavies for Rodriguez/Zaha and Van Dijk ?

                                  1. Arlo2103
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      Definitely good long term although the international break always provides some problems and injuries

                                      1. Niho992
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 26 days ago

                                        Yea that's true mate. Cheers

                        • The Big Fella
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Not a single grav in all of this conversation. It is unnerving!

                        • mrelpea
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          I wouldn’t do it because of Havertz, still too much of an unknown. I like VVD and Jimi, but I’m swerving the new Chelsea players for a while. That said I do have money itb to bring pulisic on at short notice

                      2. Pep bites Kun
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Sheffield certainly need someone to rattle the opposition net - when will Brewster start in your considered opinions?

                        1. Niho992
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          In Gw 5

                        2. The Big Fella
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          As soon as he is no longer a Liverpool player in the game. Just waiting for him to change as I already have 3 from Liverpool

                        3. St Pauli Walnuts
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 25 days ago

                          Hope he gets a few minutes this weekend and good to start against Fulham. Would consider starting him then, bit of a benching headache though.

                      3. Totalfootball
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Does anyone know if podence trained ?

                        1. Sun Jihai
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          He did

                        2. Arlo2103
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Trained and in the Portugal squad

                          • Pep bites Kun
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Not sure, but from the article above:

                            There was predictably no clear-cut update on Daniel Podence (shoulder) on Friday, with the Wolves boss only saying:

                            We have some issues still to attend [to], players that are recovering, players that have knocks from the previous games. So we still have tomorrow to determine who is going to be in the squad.

                            Podence has been named in the Portugal squad, at least, which raises hopes that he is fit for this weekend.

                        3. Easy Cheesy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Brewster now SHU on the fpl site

                        4. Orbiter
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          What are the chances Brewster plays for Sheffield this weekend?

                          1. Sun Jihai
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Not signed in time