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FPL Gameweek 6 team news: Injury updates on Rodriguez, De Bruyne, Vardy and more

It was another busy day of press conferences on Friday, with Fantasy managers having little time to react to today’s developments ahead of the earlier-than-usual deadline of 18:30 BST this evening.

Our second and final pre-Gameweek 6 press conference summary rounds up the headline injury news and stand-out manager quotes from the conference calls that were held today.

For a recap of the virtual media gatherings held on Wednesday and Thursday, click here.

MANCHESTER CITY

Gabriel Jesus (thigh), Benjamin Mendy (muscle) and Fernandinho (muscle) will all miss the trip to West Ham but Aymeric Laporte (muscle) and Kevin De Bruyne (muscle) could be fit to feature, having returned to the training ground on Thursday.

Sadly we have had no help from Pep Guardiola, who, when asked about Laporte, De Bruyne and Nathan Ake (minor groin niggle), would only cryptically reply:

Some of them will be involved, some of them no. You will know tomorrow.

EVERTON

Seamus Coleman (hamstring) has joined Jonjoe Kenny (ankle), Mason Holgate (toe), Jarrad Branthwaite (ankle), Cenk Tosun (ACL) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) on the treatment table ahead of the trip to Southampton, while Richarlison is suspended.

Having said he was a huge doubt just days earlier, Carlo Ancelotti revealed on Friday that he was “confident” that James Rodriguez (bruise) would be involved after a partial return to training. 

The Everton boss said:

No he’s not definitely out, fortunately, I think his recovery was really good. He trained today, just a partial training session. I hope that he’s going to train tomorrow and we will see if he is in condition to play on Sunday. It’s really better now and we are confident that maybe he can play. He had a big hematoma and was not able to train until today.

LIVERPOOL

Virgil van Dijk (knee) faces a long spell on the sidelines following his injury in the Merseyside derby and the Dutchman joins Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Kostas Tsimikas (thigh) in being unavailable for the Sheffield United game.

There is plenty of uncertainty elsewhere, however, with Jurgen Klopp failing to rule Joel Matip (unspecified), Thiago (knock), Naby Keita (illness) and Alisson (shoulder) either in or out until he had seen his players in training.

Klopp told the media:

My last information was that the boys who played the other night [in the Champions League], they are all fine. The rest, we will see.

Apart from Ox and Virg obviously – and maybe Kostas, who gets closer and closer but who is not at all in contention for this game or the next one – all the others we have to see day by day pretty much. A lot of conversations with the medical dept.

We have training after the press conference, so we will see who is out there. You can only be in contention if you are training. I don’t want to rule anyone out until someone tells me.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard will be sidelined for a “few weeks” with unknown fitness issues but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday that he expects Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood to recover from undisclosed injuries in time for the Chelsea match and added that he was confident of Edinson Cavani‘s involvement as the Uruguayan edges closer to full match fitness.

Solskjaer said:

I hope and expect all three of them to be available for selection. Edinson wants to tick all the boxes that he’s gone through in his programme. It seemed positive yesterday with both Mason and Harry.

LEICESTER CITY

Caglar Söyüncü (abductor), Daniel Amartey (hamstring), Wilfred Ndidi (adductor) and Ricardo Pereira (ACL) remain out but Brendan Rodgers said after Thursday night’s win over Zorya that he things that Jamie Vardy (calf) will be available, with a final assessment to be made in training before the clash with Arsenal. 

Rodgers said:

We’re thinking that he will be available, but we just need to confirm that over the next couple of days. He’s responded really well this week to treatment and he’s been out on the grass, so we just need to see how he is.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Jonny (knee) remains out but Nuno Espirito Santo was typically non-committal with the rest of Wolves’ team news, saying only that the club were “assessing a few things” ahead of the visit of Newcastle.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Roy Hodgson said on Friday that Gary Cahill (knock), Jack Butland (illness) and Jordan Ayew (illness) will miss the trip to Fulham, with that trio joining James McCarthy (hamstring), Connor Wickham (muscle) and Wayne Hennessey (muscle) on the sidelines this weekend.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

A scan on Karl Darlow (knock) hasn’t revealed any serious damage to the Newcastle United goalkeeper but Steve Bruce said on Friday that his stand-in shot-stopper was still “sore” and that a decision on his involvement against Wolves would go “down to the wire”.

Mark Gillespie will be on standby to deputise if Darlow does miss out, with Martin Dubravka (heel) a longer-term absentee.

Isaac Hayden is a slight concern after his withdrawal against the Red Devils and, although a scan revealed nothing but cramp, Bruce said care would need to be taken whenever hamstring injuries are involved

SOUTHAMPTON

Theo Walcott will be ineligible to face his parent club but Stuart Armstrong is back in training following his period of self-isolation and Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed on Friday that the Scotland international “was an option” for the visit of Everton.

Injuries to Will Smallbone (thigh) and Moussa Djenepo (hamstring) keep those two midfielders out.

WEST HAM UNITED

David Moyes said that “everyone is in pretty good order” heading into the weekend’s game against Manchester City, which presumably means that the precautionary withdrawal of Michail Antonio (hamstring) in the six-goal thriller against Spurs has helped the striker avoid any significant damage.

Moyes also confirmed that Sebastien Haller (knock) is expected to be available after his no-show in Gameweek 5

ARSENAL

Rob Holding (hamstring) is out for three weeks and joins Calum Chambers (match fitness), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee) on the sidelines for the clash with Leicester.

Willian (calf) and Dani Ceballos (ankle) will also need to be assessed after missing the win over Rapid Vienna but Shkodran Mustafi returned to full training this week and is available for selection

CHELSEA

Kepa Arrizabalaga (shoulder) and Billy Gilmour (knee) will miss the trip to Manchester United but Chelsea otherwise have a clean bill of health heading into Saturday’s game.

Frank Lampard told reporters:

[Pulisic and Thiago] are both fine. We’ve got a pretty clean bill of health other than Kepa, who has a shoulder issue so won’t travel to Manchester. The only other player out is Billy Gilmour, who is long term, but he’ll be back soon.



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467 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Checko
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Play one of?

      James v MUN
      Bissouma v WBA
      Dallas v AVL
      Mitchell v FUL

      1. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Lethal Bissle

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Benched (chance of 1 pointer).

        2-3 points.

        Likely to concede, might get an attacking return.

        Likely benched, possible clean sheet if picked.

        Probably Dallas

      3. OleGGMU
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Bissouma

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Spurs fans... any chance Davies gets a game? How was he midweek?

      Toss up between Mitchell, Davies and Justin to start and who to first sub?

      1. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        He was good at LCB midweek but dont see him playing ahead of Toby v Burnley

    • Littlefish92
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Who to captain?

      Kane

      Salah

      1. The Littlest Robbo
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Salah

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Mo

      3. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Salah

      4. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Sally

      5. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Same question. Probably going to go Kane in the end

      6. Traction Engine Foot
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I've gone with Kane

      7. Too Mane Men
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Salah for me. Sheff Utd haven’t performed like they did for so much of last season and are borderline whipping boys at the moment. Ben Mee could also be back for Burnley which gives them more chance of showing the solid home form we’re used to seeing.

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Sheffield have been poor but nobody's scored more than 2 against them so far.

      8. Gleys11
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Salah

      9. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Done & dusted

      10. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Salah or Son, Son or Salah

        1. Killitzer
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Both with Salah as captain

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            For captain

        2. Catastrophe
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Both. Salah (C)

      11. Killitzer
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Would you rather play a half fit Rodriguez or a fully fit Bissouma?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Jrod

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 5 days ago

          JRod on one leg > Bissouma

        3. Catastrophe
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Rodriguez

        4. cutch
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Rodríguez for me, higher ceiling

      12. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Should I play Dallas or Michell?

        1. Killitzer
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I’m playing Mitchell. Quite a good chance of CS I would think given how awful Fulham are

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yes but does he get 60 with PVA fit?

          2. Strongback2011
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I fancy Mitro to hit the onion sack this weekend

        2. Jones Town
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I was asking this just before - I'm risking Mitchell

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Dallas has scored a few from midfield in the championship. Potentially today?

      13. Redranger
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Which one to play?

        A) Mitchell
        B) Soucek
        C) Bissouma
        D) Justin

      14. roghippo
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Captain Kane or Salah?

      15. Too Mane Men
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Am I absolutely off my rocker getting PVA in? Palace are woeful in attack but he could be on pens, providing assists and he has goal scoring pedigree. Plus, their fixtures stay green for ages. Have I lost my mind?

        1. Cto
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Punty for sure, but it’s one of those... he comes back and gets a pen/fk, he will be +0.2 in 3 days

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          No - good luck!!

        3. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Nope, good luck!

        4. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Not at all - good asset, but patience may be the key
          I'm waiting, want to see a start and return to match sharpness
          BOL

      16. FPL FAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 5 days ago

        McCarthy

        Saiss Robbo TAA
        Salah Son ASM Jorginho
        Kane Mitro Vardy

        Button Justin Mitchell Stephens
        1FT available
        Any ideas? Or hold

      17. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Certainly not the sexiest options, but alas. -- 1FT, 1.5itb
        1) Soucek > McGinn
        2) McCarthy > Martinez
        3) Save

        Trent, Saiss, Mitchell
        Salah, Son, Sterling, Podence, Soucek
        Ings, Jim
        (Justin, KWP, Davis)

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Gut says 2) although I doubt whether many would agree.

        2. Killitzer
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I’d be tempted to get McCarthy unless you’re planning a double transfer next GW

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I have some trouble spots, but I think I might WC in gw8, so nothing that *has* to be done.

          2. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            And I assume that was meant as "get (rid of) McCarthy"?

      18. Cto
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Son Grealish Mahrez Foden Havertz
        Jiménez Kane DCL

        Who you dropping?

        1. Cto
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Ps thanks for previous replies, appreciated

        2. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Foden

        3. Gleys11
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Foden

        4. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I've been confused for days over who to start between Digne and Kilman

          CS potential (his team and opponent): clearly Kilman
          Attacking threat: Clearly Digne

          Either could haul. Both could. Maybe neither

          The other options to bench are Robbo and Lamptey, who have both CS potential and attacking threat for this GW

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Should James be out then Digne will be on all set pieces.

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Thanks mate.

              Who would you play and first sub from Mitchell, Justin and Davies?

              1. el polako
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                No idea pal 🙂 probably play Mitchell and Davies 1st sub

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Kilman's ceiling is 6 points surely...

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              It wasn't last week

            2. mox81
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Lol

        5. MGD
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Martinez
          TAA - Regulion - Saïss
          Salah (c) - Son - Pulisic - Graelish - Rodriguez
          DCL - Maupay

          Steer - Chilwell - Brewster - Mitchell

          1 ft
          G2G?

          1. AgentRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Looks good

        6. lordkippe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Best defender up to 5.1 ?

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Short term: Wolves defender
            Longer term: Cresswell

          2. lugs
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Bellerin

          3. AgentRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I'm keeping an eye on Bellerin

        7. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Gtg for this week all? 0.2itb 0FT

          Martinez
          Robbo konsa lamptey Mitchell
          Salah(c) sterling son
          Werner jimi dcl

          Forster soucek Burke dunne

        8. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          First sub in case Rodriguez doesn't play?

          Gut says Bissouma but owning triple Villa I'm tempted to hedge my bets with Dallas.

          1 - Bissouma (WBA)
          2 - Dallas (avl)

          1. Catastrophe
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Biss

          2. AgentRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Bissouma

        9. AgentRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Play:

          a) Charlie Taylor (TOT)
          b) Justin (ars)

          1. Strongback2011
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Justin, better chance attacking returns

          2. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            B

          3. AgentRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Thanks both

        10. C_G
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          am i gtg??. took a -4:

          Martinez

          TAA Lamptey Mitchell

          Podence Salah Son JRod

          Kane DCL Jimenez

          Steer Jorginho Zouma Justin

        11. GrandGaming
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Should I start
            (1) Walker Peters against Everton
            (2) Taylor against Tottenham?

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              1

          • Von Lipwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            A) TAA @7.5m + MID around 6m + FOR around 6.5m
            B) DEF round 5.5m + MID and FOR total around 14.5m

            I think the TAA + Robbo double up is much better. Thoughts?

            1. GrandGaming
                1 month, 5 days ago

                With Pool's current form you think the double up looks better???

                1. Von Lipwig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  yes!

            2. corderz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              GTG? (unsure on bench order)

              Martinez
              Robbo Reguilion Chilwell
              Salah(C) Son Rodriguez Grealish
              Kane(vc) DCL Maupay

              Forster Dallas Soucek Mitchell

            3. fc_skrald
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              A quick one before panicking later:

              a. Mitrovic -> Maupay
              b. Pereira -> Grealish

              1. Gleys11
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Definately A

              2. Sterling Malory
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Going to hold J.rod I think.

                Play
                A) KWP
                B) Mitchell
                C) Stephens
                D) Sell J.rod.

              3. Balls of Steel
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Stick with Werner or twist to Kane?

              4. derdourily
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Who to captain?

                Mané
                or
                Salah

                1. Balls of Steel
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Mo

                2. Gleys11
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Salah

                3. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Bruno F for captaincy anyone ?
                  Could he be the one with huge haul whilst we all looking at Kane\Salah ?

                  1. Tinkermania
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Penalty confidence looks low.

                  2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Always a good captaincy pick imo. Fancy a good United win.

                4. Tmel
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  a) Jimenez > Kane
                  b) Werner > Kane

                  1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Weiner

                  2. Balls of Steel
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    B

                5. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Start Chilly ahead of Dallas and Mitchell, yeah?