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Replacements needed for De Bruyne and Vardy in wake of long-term injuries

A large number of Fantasy Premier League managers now have big transfer decisions to make ahead of Gameweek 20.

In the build-up to the FA Cup fourth round, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) were both ruled out for several weeks.

The Belgian came off with a suspected muscle problem in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Guardiola has now confirmed that De Bruyne will miss the next four to six weeks as he recovers from a hamstring issue.

Meanwhile, Vardy has been dealing with pain from a hernia in recent weeks and Brendan Rodgers has seen fit to get him under the surgeon’s knife to correct the problem.

That has ruled him out for “a few weeks” just as Fantasy managers were considering investment in light of Leicester’s appealing short-term fixtures.

With some managers facing two high-profile absentees in the coming weeks, the number of hits for Gameweek 20 is likely to increase.

This is also the sort of development that could tempt some into deploying the Wildcard.

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888 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mongreloid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Injuries that warm the soul

    1. teneighty
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Stay classy.

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

        That’s my line.

        ... SAN DIEGO! (screaming hysterically)

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

    Vardy replacement?
    Unlimited cash.

    Own Bamford & Antonio

    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Messi

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

      Kane

    3. matiakez
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Kane the most sensible but ings as an interesting left field pick.

    4. cruzex
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      werner.

    5. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I also think Messi if you have unlimited money

  3. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Gündogan

  4. ‘Tis the Season
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Gundo or Foden ❓

    1. Sarri-ball
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Im planning foden

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Gundo to get more game time though..??

    2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Gundo or El Ghazi for me.

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Seriously over Villa assists

      2. NateDogsCats
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Would stay away from El Ghazi, was dropped with Barkley back and Trezeguet is back too, I'm going to sell when I get the chance

          1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Thanks for the info, I thought he was pretty nailed.

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Foden will be the new KDB/Silva?

      4. tom_p77
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Same decision to make.

        Leaning towards Gundo as more nailed and possible pens

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

      Now I really do look stupid, sold him at 11.7, bought back at 11.8, and now he's injured!!!!
      In the process, Son was also sold at 9.4 (after buying for 9.0).

      1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        A lot of us did this. No worries.

    4. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Vardy out: Kane or bust for me

      1. cruzex
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        werner

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          *spits out drink*

          1. Your Man With The Hair
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            lol!

          2. cruzex
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            why not? Werner will play after now, chelsea cant lost more games and good fixtures. Great differential

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

              Have you seen Chelsea play recently? They are pretty awful and Werner showing no form. Need to see a couple of good performances before I even contemplate bringing in Chelsea attacking assets.

    5. Im New Here
        1 month, 5 days ago

        KDB being transferred out will free up a lot of funds. I'm thinking Gundo (or more rogue move, Sterling) then an upgrade to Kane

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Literally did Kane to Vardy for a hit last week. Looks like a -4 to reverse the move. Net profit: -13 points.

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Same for me but with Son and KDB

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

          Same here.

        3. GS456
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Same

      • Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Anyone considering using the wildcard in the wake of all these injuries? I know it is best used before the next big DGW for the BB, just wondering if anyone is jumping the gun?

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          just tried to make a draft. was actually impossible. knowing my luck, i'll make the team worse which is always what happens when I wildcard.

          In terms of differentials I like Digne, Ings and Maddison, but it feels like they'd probably all get injured in the same week.

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Ings TC in 23 if they get the DGW is very tempting to me

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              I'm trying not to look too far ahead, but I still have FH, WC, BB and TC. I've got no confidence in my ability to pick a captain right now though off the back of 7 blanks and a KDB assist in my last 8 picks.

            2. NateDogsCats
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Definitely keeping my eye on this, I know I'd be petrified of him getting injured with his record but incredibly tempting fixtures if he's fit and the fixtures fall that way

            3. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Last season I played my first WC in gw 4 or 5.

              Ended up with a GW rank of 6.9 million. 24 points.

              Fun times!

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

            Will stick to the DGW I think. By then the dust will have settled.

            W

          3. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Thanks all

        2. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          KDB to Son
          Vardy to Kane

          Done.

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Same. Did that an hour ago. No need to overthink it

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Time to overthink it if Kane/Son get injured before the next league game?

            2. Black Knights
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Also no need to do it yet.

        3. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Need to perma-cap Kane now to actually benefit from having him. His EO will be close to 80-90% most weeks probably

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I've just done 5 weeks perma-cap Salah, I don't recommend it.

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

              Ouch!

        4. Mr. Mystic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          2 frees: KDB & Wilson -> Gundo & Kane?

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            The popular moves so yes

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

          The prospect of Sterling (C) home to Sheff Utd GW21 looks like the decider

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            until random benching

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

            I'm tempted but it's a trap isn't it?

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

              Worst FPL asset I've ever owned so probably.

          3. moz_1983
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Makes sense on paper. With Kun out, Jesus largely useless and KDB out for 4-6 weeks, he must be nailed even if he does play for Pep.

            1. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Front three could easily be: Foden, Bernado, Mahrez/Torres

              He is not remotely nailed.

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

            The problem is that Gundo is straight-up better than Sterling.

            He is beating him on goal attempts, xG, xGI/90 over the last 6 weeks. He's beating him in almost every category. Don't let the price fool you, Gundo is playing as an advanced #8 this season.

            I'd rather pick Gundo and frankly, I think I'd rather cap him too now he's on pens.

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              The question is, do you think with KDB out, does gundo revert to a deeper position.

              If so, then yea, its a no brainer to get him over sterling.

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

                If anything he might play further forward. Losing one of their creative mids means they need more creativity from midfield. Gundo might be pushed closer to #10.

            2. CloudSky
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Does Gundo drop deeper with KDB out though?

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

              I had Gundo on FH this week so I'm well aware of what he's capable of, but when it comes to captaincy there's no doubt for me that I'd rather put it on Sterling.

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

          Note to self.

          Do NOT do early transfers. Lots of football to be played and potential covid cases before next GW.

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

            96435 people have brought in KDB this week...

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

              Well deserved.

            2. moz_1983
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              According to FPLstatistics people have been buying Vardy in en masse even today. Lessons learned.

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

              also most transferred out 😉

          2. HaveYassineChikhaoui
              1 month, 5 days ago

              *Checks notes* This is the umpteenth time I have not learnt from this mistake, guess I'll do the same next week.

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

              True!

            • Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Check out OR#1's transfer times this season
              https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/4865323/transfers

              GW19: 16 Jan 10:52 (10 mins before deadine)
              GW18: FH
              GW17: 1 Jan 15:41 (20 mins before deadline)
              GW16: 28 Dec 13:07 (20 mins before deadline)
              GW15: 26 Dec 10:38 (20 mins before deadline)
              GW14: 19 Dec 10:34 (30 mins before deadline)
              GW13: 14 Dec 20:47 (1 day before deadline)
              GW12: 11 Dec 18:26 (5 mins before deadline)
              GW11: 5 Dec 10:48 (10 mins before deadline)

              Not saying that he is doing the optimal strategy, but he is certainly doing something right this season and waiting till you have as much information as possible (and not bringing in a player who is then confirmed to be injured or have COVID midweek)

          3. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Hope all you early transfer people looking to save 0.1 on KDB to Gundogan crash and burn this week.

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

            Is there any point planning for more than one week? #askingforafriend

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

              If you're very lucky. But it's all quite random and unexpected this season.

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

                Thanks. Will tell him.

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

                  Np

            2. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              My triple Villa and triple Spurs says no

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

                True

            3. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Without a WC now and a BB to use in 26 it's all planning for me

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

                I planned to not use any chip and maneuver 18 and 19. Didn't go well with Leeds, Southampton, Everton games getting cancelled. You just cannot plan for more than one week with any amount of certainty.

                1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  True but you still have to plan - if it goes tits up out of your control so be it

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

                    My story. Actually did an excel in GW15 to plan all the transfers leading up to 19. Sitting at 78 points with just Martinez left to play. Red arrow after 10 consecutive greens!

            4. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              People should only apply if they enjoy planning. It rarely has any benefit.

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

                True in my case. Every GW where I have planned well in advance has been a disaster.

          5. JJeyy
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Anyone got any stats on how gundo/sterling peform without kdb?

            1. JJeyy
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              perform

          6. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            A. Salah
            B. Sterling

            1. tom_p77
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 5 days ago

              A

            2. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              A

          7. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Just got back from work. I see KDB is in the red.

            I think I am going Gundo then upgrade Adams to Kane.

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

            Vardy out. KDB injured. Salah not performing. We sure will see some crazy ITB numbers!

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

              I think a lot of rebalancing of sides to strong defences. Legs are gone from teams, nobody is scoring freely, defenders are beginning to have much more value.

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

                I tried making a sample 532 WC team. Looked good. Still had cash left. Amazing how our minds are not attuned to accept that fact.

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

              Agree. Everyone bulking up at the back now. It'll change again in a few weeks but that's the game!

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

                Yes

            3. Boly Would
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Considering KDB to Tielemans. Could be on pens now Vardy out? And set pieces when Maddison not on the pitch. Maddison has been coming off with 15-20 mins left and if I'm looking at up to date stats, Leicester top of the charts for goals in last 15 mins...?

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

                Too withdrawn for my liking. Will probably get a return every 4 or 5 games.

                1. Boly Would
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  And I forgot about Perez. Back to the drawing board

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

                    One to monitor

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

            Who to get for Vardy if i cannot afford Kane?
            Other attackers in team are Bamford and Adams

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Antonio or DCL

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

              Antonio

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

              Antonio or Ings

          10. Mufc202020
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            With Vardy injured do we think that iheanacho will start upfront or possibly an OOP Perez or maybe Barnes??

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Based on Rodgers comments, looks like he is favouring Perez

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

              No rush. Wait and see

            3. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Barnes could do a job, just think of the SOT

          11. Kryptonite666
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            What would be your ranking of
            Grealish Rashford and Foden as KDB replacements

            1. Confusedleedsfan
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Grealish for me. Rash has a bigger ceiling but looking out of sorts to me. Foden could be amazing, but we've all been trapped there before. Grealish for me

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              I think of all the City options Foden is going to come of age & show how good he can be?

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

              Don't like any of them tbh

          12. Confusedleedsfan
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Pick one to play -

            Bednarek - Ars H
            Dallas - New A
            Bamford - New A
            Soucek - Cry A

            Thanks!

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Bam

            2. tom_p77
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Bamford

            3. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Bambam

            4. moz_1983
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Bamford

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

              Bam

          13. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Son and Kane flying under the radar for KdB and Vardy replacements.

            1. Confusedleedsfan
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Everyone is doing that!!

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

                I'm not, I didnt sell Son and Kane though.

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Who you prioritising?

            2. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              differentials

            3. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Most already have them?

          14. Mr Frost
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Well...If Cavani is rested against Liverpool, will be tempted to bring him in for Vardy!

            1. Confusedleedsfan
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Decent punt potentially. Risky though imo

            2. NateDogsCats
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Could be a nice differential, didn't realise he played the full 90 the last 3 PL games until I checked this morning. Would love to punt on him but can't feel assured of his gametime

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

              So I think I’m going to activate my WC. Which combo do you prefer guys?

              Martinez - Sanchez
              Dias - Stones - Justin - Mitchell - ???
              Salah - Bruno - Son - ??? - ???
              Kane - Antonio - Bamford

              A) Shaw - Grealish - Gündogan
              B) Cancelo - Grealish - Smith Rowe
              C) Shaw - Foden - Barnes

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                C

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

                  Thanks Steve. Any reason for C out of interest??

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Shaw is cheap & seems nailed for now, you already have x2 city & Justin
                    Foden will now step up & could very well do the KDB role / attacker
                    Barnes is selfish & shoots on sight, could easily be deployed further forward with his speed.

            4. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Didn't realise how good Gundogen's stats actually are. Looks like a really good KDB replacement

              1. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                The question for me is whether those great stats are supported by KDB being there. Unfortunately no proper sample but in GW6 (where he started and KDB didn't), his heatmap looks noticeably deeper and he had half the xGI that he has been averaging in recent games (0.3 vs. 0.6).

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

              Will Gundo perform without KDB?

              Will Maddy perform without Vardy?

              Leave us with Grealish and Pogba.

              Pogba looks good?

            6. HD7
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Mccarthy
              Stones Holding Coufal
              Salah Bruno KDB* Maddy
              Antonio Bamford Kane

              Fraser Taylor Mitchell Bissouma

              A) GW20: KDB to Gundo
              GW21: Bamford to Vardy

              B) just do KDB to Sterling

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

                Vardy our mate so may want to reconsider A...

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

                Vardy is injured