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FPL injury updates on Vardy, Kane, Zaha, Mané and Alisson for Gameweek 23

Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) is in line to make his comeback from a hernia operation in Gameweek 23.

In his Friday press conference, Brendan Rodgers revealed the striker had recovered well following the procedure and, more importantly, was due to return in time to be involved against Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

“Jamie (Vardy) will be available for the weekend. It was just about trying to fit the operation in at the right time. He’s responded very well.” – Brendan Rodgers

Even though Vardy’s comeback could be viewed as something of a surprise opportunity, launching straight into signing the FPL forward for Gameweek 23 might be a little premature.

Ayoze Perez (£6.0m) and Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.6m) have filled in for Leicester’s number nine over the last three league matches and the latter earned particular praise on Friday afternoon.

“We don’t have to (start Vardy against Wolves). Iheanacho was terrific in his work-rate so he will be high on confidence. Jamie is so important, but the beauty is that we don’t need to rush him. Whether he starts or comes off the bench it’s a boost. It’s not a problem. It’s great that Kels has got his goal. He’s worked so hard. He worked very hard versus Palace but didn’t get his goal. You saw, for the second goal, it was a lovely turn. Having the availability of all the players is important.” – Brendan Rodgers

Fit-again Pereira already showing signs of last season's form

Meanwhile, Wilfred Ndidi (£4.8m) could also return against Wolves, although Rodgers still needs to assess him as he finalises his recovery from a hamstring tear.

“We’ll see with him over the next 24 hours, whether it’s worth the risk. He’s coming along very well. If not for the weekend, it will be for midweek.” – Brendan Rodgers

And the latest update on Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) suggests Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) could be a useful asset for Fantasy managers in the coming weeks.

“The timeline was a couple of weeks on Castagne from that Leeds game. He’s responding well. We’ll see how he is over the next 10 days. Fofana is undergoing treatment. He would be between four and five weeks.” – Brendan Rodgers

Which FPL forward should we choose to replace Harry Kane?

There is less certainty about Harry Kane‘s (£11.0m) return though with Jose Mourinho in a cryptic mood once again during his post-match press conference on Thursday night.

“I think from all the guys injured, [Sergio] Reguilon, Dele Alli, [Giovani] Lo Celso, Harry Kane, I think the first one to be back will be Harry … So we have to fight with what we have, and against West Bromwich with Harry Kane, without Harry Kane, we have to go, we have to win that match.” – Jose Mourinho

Crystal Palace’s attacking potential for the coming Gameweeks has taken a nosedive with the latest injury update on Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m).

Roy Hodgson had to withdraw him against Newcastle and, three days later, has ruled him out of the trip to Leeds on Monday and he could be on the sidelines for some time.

Meanwhile, Hodgson now considers key centre-back James Tomkins (£4.5m) in the same category as Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.3m) as someone who is “much further away” from an immediate return.

Palace’s upcoming opponents Leeds will be without Rodrigo (£5.7m) and Ian Poveda-Ocampo (£4.3m) on Monday night with the duo set to be out for “weeks rather than days”.

Liverpool could have goalkeeper Alisson (£5.9m) back for their crunch clash with Manchester City although Jurgen Klopp still needs to assess Sadio Mané (£11.9m) and Fabinho (£5.4m), who have partially trained this week.

“[Alisson] feels much better, good enough to have an individual session today. Sadio [Mane] and [Fabinho] will be in parts of team training today, then we will see.” – Jurgen Klopp

Ben Davies (£5.0m) and Ozan Kabak (£5.0m) might be involved, with the latter now given his international clearance, but Klopp has highlighted how unprepared they pair are currently.

“In an ideal world, you have a few weeks to work together on defensive things. Ben [Davies] and Ozan had yesterday an analysis meeting and they trained.” – Jurgen Klopp

There were no new injury updates to come out of Pep Guardiola’s Friday press conference, only confirmation that Sergio Aguero (£10.3m), Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) and Nathan Aké (£5.4m) are still on the sidelines with their respective issues.

David Moyes was also among the managers with very little to report before the weekend’s matches. He confirmed that his squad are “all fine” although added that Arthur Masuaku (£4.3m) is “hopefully only a month or so away” from a return. 

As has been the case for much of the last few weeks, Scott Parker confirmed on Thursday that he had no new injury worries ahead of facing West Ham in Gameweek 23.

Arsenal defence hit with injuries and bans ahead of facing Villa's attack

Arsenal are likely to field Alex Rúnarsson (£4.4m) against Aston Villa in light of Mat Ryan‘s (£4.2m) recent injury and Bernd Leno‘s (£5.0m) suspension.

“He’s not been available to train yet and Alex (Runarsson) is available so we will have a choice to make for the weekend.” – Mikel Arteta

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) might have to wait for his first start since returning from having to deal with some personal issues, while Kieran Tierney (£5.3m) still requires assessment for his calf problem.

“Well (Aubameyang) is available, he played a few minutes after 10 days of not doing much and hopefully in the next two days he feels good and he is available to contribute to the team. “It’s a different injury in (Tierney’s) case. Kieran is a player that really pushes himself. We are trying to manage him in the best possible way and find every possibility to give him the best chance to be fit as soon as possible.” – Mikel Arteta

Manchester United are only concerned with two individuals ahead of their Saturday-evening meeting with Everton.

Edinson Cavani (£7.9m) took a knock to the ankle midweek while Eric Bally (£4.9m) is, not for the first time in 2021, a doubt to face the Toffees.

“Edinson [Cavani] should be available, yeah definitely. He got a bad ankle knock there. Eric [Bailly] is a doubt. Apart from that, everyone is raring to go.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Whether Cavani or Anthony Martial (£8.7m) leads the Manchester United line, they will almost certainly face Robin Olsen (£4.5m) in the Everton goal as Jordan Pickford (£4.8m) is ruled out once again.

“We have out for this game Pickford, he is not recovered yet. We have out Allan, who started training with the team training. We have out Gbamin, who is following his individual programme.” – Carlo Ancelotti

FPL Gameweek 9 team news so far: Updates on Pulisic, Chilwell, Havertz and more

There has not been enough time for Thomas Tuchel to provide a proper update on Thiago Silva (£5.6m), who was forced off against Spurs.

Speaking in his post-match press conference on Thursday night, which doubled as a pre-match media commitment ahead of facing Sheffield United, the Chelsea manager could only offer a preliminary assessment.

“It is too early to give a diagnosis because I just saw him very quickly in the dressing room with a big strap around his muscle. We will have to wait until tomorrow… but I think for Sunday he is a big doubt. I don’t think that he can play.” – Thomas Tuchel

Jamal Lewis (£4.2m), Jamaal Lascelles (£4.2m), Federico Fernández (£4.7m) are on Steve Bruce’s mind as Newcastle prepare to host a beleaguered Southampton outfit.

“We’ve got a worry to our left-back, Jamal Lewis has got a hamstring problem. We’re hoping Jamal will make it but we’ve still got the likes of Matt Ritchie who can fill in there.”

Meanwhile, Paul Dummett (£4.4m) is “still struggling” and Ciaran Clark‘s (£4.5m) partner has gone into labour, although the Magpies manager is hopeful he will be involved against the Saints. New loan signing Joe Willock (£4.7m) is sure to feature though.

“He’s only trained with us two or three days but he will be involved. He’s a little bit different to what we’ve got, he wants to get forward and score a goal. He’s got the ability to get up and down the pitch.” – Steve Bruce

Ralph Hasenhüttl is in serious need of a pick-up after Wednesday’s 9-0 drubbing at Old Trafford and he might just get it this weekend.

Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) has been absent since Gameweek 14 but was described as a “maybe” for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle while Jan Bednarek‘s (£4.9m) red card and resulting one-match ban was overturned earlier this week.

The Saints manager also revealed Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) had returned to training and that Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.7m) might be ready in time to travel north, although Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m) was ruled out.

Charlie Taylor (£4.5m), Josh Brownhill (£4.9m), Ashley Barnes (£6.0m), Chris Wood (£6.2m) and Robbie Brady (£5.0m) are all possibilities to feature for Burnley as Brighton come to Turf Moor.

Meanwhile, Seagulls manager Graham Potter confirmed Solly March (£5.0m) would miss out on Saturday but had better news on Joël Veltman (£4.3m) and Alexis Mac Allister (£5.3m).

“We’re hopeful for Joël Veltman and Alexis Mac Allister, but that’s all it is at the moment – just hopeful.” – Graham Potter

Chris Wilder was a little more obliging than usual in his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Chelsea.

Ben Osborn (£4.7m) has been confirmed as fit and available while the Sheffield United manager is hopeful on Enda Stevens‘ (£5.0m) chances of featuring.

Still, true to form, Wilder also said that a few of his players were “touch and go”, which could include George Baldock (£4.9m), who picked up a knock in Gameweek 22.

The Blades will, of course, face Chelsea without Ethan Ampadu (£4.3m) as the defender is ineligible to face his parent club.

After several weeks of providing us with useful injury updates, Nuno Espirito Santo was back to his taciturn self ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Leicester.

He revealed that Wolves had some “problems” but that tomorrow would be a better day for knowing more. A conveniently timed press conference indeed!

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832 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Will Everton have DGW in GW26 as well?

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers mate

  2. Pep bites Kun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Select 1 from each for the next 2-3 gw's

    A. Shaw
    B. Mee

    1. Lacazette
    2. Antonio

    1. BremerHB
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      B2

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      B2 easily

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      B2

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Decisive so far

  3. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Martinez
    Dias Coufal Chilwell
    Grealish Salah Son Bruno Gundo
    Bamford Antonio
    (Steer DCL Stones Mitchell)

    0.9ITB & 2FT

    a) Mitchell > Lowton
    b) Mitchell > Rudiger
    c) Chilwell > Shaw
    d) Chilwell > Alonso

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Chilwel to lowton

  4. Redranger
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Drop Robbo for?

    A) Rudiger
    B) Mee

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      B

  5. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Evening Guys,

    Pope (H) Brighton
    or
    Martinez (H) Arsenal

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I’m going Pope all the way 🙂

      So probably Martinez lol

  6. Alan_T
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    CHO or Raphina?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Raph

  7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Can Antonio handle starting Fulham so soon after finishing 90 mins vs. Villa?

    It’s a very quick turnaround, 67 hours between games or something

    Would also be a 3rd start in 6 days including Liverpool from Sunday...

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      The guy is a combine harvester

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Big red combine harvester
        Big red combine harvester
        Big red combine harvester
        Chuck chuck chuck chucking along...

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I read on reddit that this issue had been discussed on Avl fan forums. The fact that also Bruno might have his minutes managed doesn't make anything easier.

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Antonio is more fragile than Bruno

    3. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      If not, I'd have thought he'd have come off at 60mins vs Villa when they were 2 up

  8. BremerHB
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    GTG? Bench order ok?

    Pope
    Dias - Cancelo - Dallas
    Salah - Fernandes - Gundo - Raphinha
    Bamford - Antonio - DCL

    Martinez - Coufal - Robbo - Anguissa

    1. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Looks good. I'd be tempted by Coufal over Dias or DCL

  9. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Play one:
    A AWB (have DDG)
    B Coufal (have Cresswell)
    C Stones (have Cancelo)

    1. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      B

  10. gellinmagellan
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Which three defenders to start this GW?
    Robbo Cancelo Shaw Coufal

    1. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Bench Robbo

      1. gellinmagellan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Resounding approval

    2. hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Bench Robbo

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Bench Robbo

    4. bigwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Bench Robbo

    5. soup natsi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Bench Cancelo

      1. gellinmagellan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Head says bench Robertson, heart says bench Cancelo

        1. claretparrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Stats say Cancelo has a better chance of CS and a better chance of attacking returns. Go with head!

          1. gellinmagellan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Fair

  11. claretparrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Play Dias or DCL?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Dias

    2. The Smudger88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Tough one. I'm playing Dias over DCL atm

    3. Big Mac 24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Both 2 pointers

    4. soup natsi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      dcl for sure

    5. marcos11
        3 months, 11 days ago

        DCL

      • claretparrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Eesh we're tied!

    6. Connor's Calling
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      For those with WC, BB and TC left, is the current thinking:

      This week + next week bring in Everton + Burnley players (assuming you already have 3 City)

      GW25 - WC (set up DGW 25 players and bumper DGW26 players)

      GW26 - BB/TC?

      What else am i missing?

      1. Oz
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        there may be some better opportunities emerging - +2 and +1 game weeks are not that wonderful

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I think there is option to dead end team gw29 and WC 30.

        1. claretparrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I've not spent much time on it but I think this is my plan

      3. A.J.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Not comfortable WCing until I know exactly what GW29 looks like. That's the main stumbling block. Certainly not using until after the cup matches and atm trying to save until after BGW29.

        I have a rough idea about TC. No clue on BB, possibly GW24.

      4. The Smudger88
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Think a lot of people will be going with that setup. That's my plan as it stands. A lot will depend on the FA cup midweek.

        I've brought in Pope this week. Had 2 FT coming into this GW and saving one for these DGW.

    7. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      DDG
      Cancelo Stones AWB
      Salah Bruno Gundo Barnes
      Antonio DCL Bamford

      Johnstone Chilwell ESR Coufal

      2 FT and 4.3 in the bank

      1. DDG and Chilwel to Pope and Lowton for free
      2. DDG and Barnes to Pope and Grealish for free
      3. Just DDG to Pope and carry one transfer (Play chilwell and AWB first on bench as Chilwel has Sheffield)
      4. Any other idea

    8. Wılly
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Which one to play?

      A. TAA (MCI)
      B. Gundogan (liv)
      C. Adams (new)

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Really Tough.

    9. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Would you rather:

      A) Bamford in GW 25, who has a single GW in 26
      B) Adams/Ings in GW 25 who will probably have 2 DGWs in 25 and 26
      C) Someone else who has a DGW in 26 but not 25

    10. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      What will Son’s effective ownership be this week?

      1. soup natsi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        near 100% in top 10k

    11. richarlison2348
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Can we take a moment to appreciate the people who comment on so many questions? I see you Deulofail, your hard work and commitment does not go unnoticed

        1. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Fair play.

        2. soup natsi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          found Deulofail's second acc

          1. richarlison2348
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Proceeds to slink back into the shadows

          2. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Me? You got the wrong guy!

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Nah JK. I'm very commited. Thanks.
              Gotta commit to something after breaking up with a significant partner yesterday 🙁
              Plus, I have RSI from working at my laptop and touching myself, so it's extra hard for me to participate on this forum. I really should stop

        3. yanky
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          major bench headaches this week, need to bench 2 ...

          a) TAA (MCI)
          b) Dias (liv) note- already playing Cancelo
          c) DCL (mun)
          d) Soucek (ful)
          e) James (shu)

        4. Lev Yashin
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          GTG?
          Starting XI and bench order OK?

          Martinez
          Cancelo, Coufal, Dallas
          Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Gundo
          Antonio, Bamford

          Dias, Robbo, Adams

          Cheers.

          1. Lev Yashin
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            We'll that's just rude.

        5. KUN+10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          How is she looking fellas? Bench order ok?

          Martinez
          Mee Cancelo Wan-Bissaka
          Son (c) Bruno (vc) Salah Barnes Grealish
          Antonio Bamford

          Steer Dias DLC Mitchel

        6. sufcben
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          G2G? 1FT 1.7 itb

          Mendy
          Justin - Cancelo - Coufal
          Gundo - Grealish - Salah - Fernandes (c) - Son
          Antonio - Bamford

          Forster - DCL - Stones - Mee

        7. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Hi all. Good to go here? Set up correct?
          4.3mitb and 1ft but plan to save it

          Thanks

          Pope (Martinez)
          Cancelo dallas chilwell (coufal dias)
          Salah bruno grealish gundog soucek
          Antonio (c) watkins (dcl)

        8. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          First time owning a Burnley player this season. Just Fulham left with 0 appearances in my squad.

          And I only used Chelsea players in GW1. How long will that last, I wonder.

          1. richarlison2348
              3 months, 11 days ago

              When'dya pick up a SHU or WBA player?

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                I had Brewster for 17 GWs and Button for 9 GWs 🙂

            • bench boost for every gamew…
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I have 2!!

          2. manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Bench 2

            A) DCL
            B) AWB
            C) Shaw
            D) Dias
            E) Stones

            1. TheSteel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              DCL Stones

            2. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              AB

          3. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Would you transfer out Salah for Soucek with a view to WC25 ?

            1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Eh?

          4. gellinmagellan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 17 home league matches with City, last suffering defeat on home soil to City in 2013. This is definitely City's game to lose but these kinds of stats (goals against a particular team etc.) so many times uncannily work

          5. TheSteel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Start James(shu) or Dallas(CRY)?

          6. The Overthinker
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Start Soucek or Robbo?

            1. claretparrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Sou

          7. XX SMICER XX
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Benching headache, who to bench?

            Defenders:
            A. TAA
            B. Maguire
            C. Mee
            D. Coufal

            Forwards:
            1. DCL
            2. Bamford
            3. Antonio

          8. Tripleburger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Should i bench Gundo or Wilso?