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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. boroie
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Bench order correct?

    Bissouma KWP Brewster

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Personally think Brewster will score

    2. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Would start KWP

      Home to Everton , else free up cash

      1. boroie
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I’ve got McCarthy too hence why he’s on the bench. Would you put him ahead of Bissouma?

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Yes

          Whats your 11?

          1. boroie
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            McCarthy
            TAA Chilwell Reguillon Kilman
            Salah Son Sterling Podence
            Kane Wilson

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Id start KWP over both Podence and Chilwell in your team

              Especially since you have no Everton, and the benefits to your rank of an Everton blank + double Soton cleansheet would be very nice

              I always take such risks. e,g currently betting against the crowd with double leeds defence tonight against Villa.

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I base it on who may have the highest ceiling. I'd go Brewster at first

  2. Joey Tribbiani
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Cant wait to set up next weeks team

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I think I am set. Any changes?

      Martinez
      TAA Dallas Lamptey
      Salah (C) Sterling Son Foden Podence
      DCL Ings

      Steer Mitchell Brewster James

    • Oggle22
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Feel like I should save ft this week but that would be weird haha

      Any advice 1.1mil in bank was on Jrod to zaha till found out j. Rod might now play
      Mccarthy
      TAA KWP Mitchell
      Salah Son Bruno Rodriguez Grealish
      Mitrovic Jiminez

      Nyland Taylor Saliba Davis

      Cheers

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

        Not weird. I'd save.

        1. Oggle22
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Upgrade defence?

      2. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Save

        1. Oggle22
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Upgrade defence?

    • boroie
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Correct bench order?

      1 - KWP
      2 - Bissouma
      3 - Brewster

      Currently in 213

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Looks good

    • FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I will have at least 1 transfer with nothing 'planned' next week

      May well move sideways from Meslier to Martinez with it next week since I already have Ayling,

      All depends if Villa are good again for a 5th week in a row.

      Martinez may well be worth the extra 0,3mil over Meslier and will get a dgw later.

      1. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        2 get it over with man

    • jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Been waffling on transfers all ****ing week. Now 30 minutes to decide and it's killing me. Final answers?

      1) Soucek > McGinn (in a 352)
      2) McCarthy > Martinez
      3) Save

      1. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        2. Longterm benefit

        Try to save transfers unless

        1) You are getting a player who could be a longterm best team season ending candidate
        2) Captain type player in coming weeks
        3) Injury

        Martinez is currently a 1) here

    • derdourily
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A) Sterling+Mané(c)+ Werner
      Or
      B) Salah(c)+Mané+ Maupay (-4)

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

        A

      2. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A

      3. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A

    • Garam MOSALAH
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Bench one:

      A) Mitchell (ful)
      B) Justin (ars)
      C) Taylor (TOT)

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Taylor

    • AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Help! Bench one:

      A) Chilwell
      B) Saiss
      C) Lamptey

      1. derdourily
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A

    • SHIKABALAA
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Sell Burke Barkley or sell Podence for Barkley and get into benching dilemma between Podence/Wilson ?

      • FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Who is everyone captaining?

        I am going for TAA. Have thought it through and feels much more logical than Salah or Kane this week , also underlying stats point to both liverpool and spurs not going goal crazy

        1. AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Easy backfire there. No clue how Liverpool will be defensively with VVD out.

          I am in Salah

          1. FPL_trail_runner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Liverpool will still without VVD keep at least 10 cleansheets this year

            Home to SHU is as good as it gets to try

            1. AK_FC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Good luck to you mate! Hope it works out.
              Any thoughts on my question above? Bench one of: Chilwell, Saiss, Lamptey

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

              Without VVD & Alisson is 2 key people from a 4/5 player def unit - that's a minus in my book

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

          Attacker Cap over Def is the logical choice unless there are overwhelming arguments against - I doubt stats support TAA over Salah or Kane. If they do, I'd question the data source

      • JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Martinez
        Lamptey / Digne / Kilman
        Grealish / Salah (c) / Son / Havertz*
        Jimenez / Kane (vc) / DCL

        Subs: Steer / Bissouma / Mitchell / Justin

        Have I missed anything?

        * Vanity pick as I'm a Chelski.

      • Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        (s)alah and own son,never looked like getting harry ,content tbh...

      • Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        One word to describe me.

        I took -16 this week.

        1. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Amateur

        2. DMP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Balsy. (IF PAYS OF) Otherwise, noob.

        3. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Don’t mind me. I took a minus 84 across the first 6 gw so you’ve gotta do better than -16 this gw;)

        4. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Wolves

      • Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Captain son Kane?

        1. AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Kane

      • Bazinga FC
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Please help guys
          Costa (LEE) or Konsa ?

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Today is konsa’s birthday if that helps

        • Gentle_Turks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          First sub-

          A Anguissa
          B Taylor

          Thanks

        • FPL FAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Jorginho to Grealish for a hit?

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Do it next week and then also consider Barkley

          2. The Littlest Robbo
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 hours ago

            Why would you remove Jorginho, I keep keep the Chelsea penalty and use money elsewhere