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Latest FPL injury news on Calvert-Lewin, Pope, Dias, Antonio and other key assets

Fantasy Premier League managers learned a great deal about recently injured players in Double Gameweek 24’s pre-match press conferences.

After a swathe of key figures sustained problems in the FA Cup, the importance of these media briefings was higher than ever.

And, thankfully, we were treated to a number of relatively helpful updates.

Pep Guardiola was in an uncharacteristically forthcoming mood, confirming that key Double Gameweek defender Rúben Dias (£6.1m) had returned to training following an illness.

The Manchester City manager also revealed that Rodri (£5.3m) after sustaining a knock against Swansea midweek, good news for anyone previously concerned about Ilkay Gündogan (£6.0m) moving into a deeper midfield role.

Still, how long the German international can last in his more advanced role, which works best in combination with a false-nine, remains to be seen considering Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) trained for the second time this week following a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

Saves and bonus for Pope highlight advantage over Burnley defensive colleagues

The Nick Pope (£5.5m) scare appears to be over as quickly as it began. The goalkeeper was left out of the FA Cup defeat against Bournemouth with a knock, as revealed by Sean Dyche talking to talkSPORT midweek.

However, he confirmed on Thursday that the goalkeeper had “recovered to train”.

“Charlie Taylor getting fitter, will be touch and go. Robbie Brady, similar but different to Charlie – it’s the risk and reward of playing these guys. Woody is a doubt for the weekend. Nick Pope, he has settled down.” – Sean Dyche

Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson had “nothing new to report” in terms of injuries ahead of Double Gameweek 24 as Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) remains on the sidelines. Crystal Palace are yet to score a single goal in a Premier League match he did not start this season.

Carlo Ancelotti has ruled Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) out of Everton’s first Double Gameweek 24 fixture against Fulham.

And, somewhat unfortunately for his owners, it is the Machester City meeting on Wednesday which the striker might be fit for, as well as Jordan Pickford (£4.8m).

“Both (Calvert-Lewin and Pickford) will not be available for the game on Sunday. We are looking for the next game on Wednesday where we think both of them will be available. “I think (Calvert-Lewin) stopped [playing] before the problem [developed]. He only had a sensation, a feeling that something was not good and he stopped. He has a little problem, he can play on Wednesday.” – Carlo Ancelotti

There was better news on James Rodríguez (£7.7m) who has returned to training and is available to play twice in Double Gameweek 24.

“Rodríguez is fine, he’s trained yesterday and today. He’s available for the game on Sunday, no problem.” – Carlo Ancelotti

Even with Rodríguez back in the team, Calvert-Lewin is still consigned to a single Gameweek fixture against Manchester City. As a result, his Fantasy stock will have fallen considerably in the wider context of a Double Gameweek.

There is also no change in the Fulham camp as they prepare to face Everton and Burnley.

In his Friday press conference, Scott Parker confirmed Tom Cairney (£5.2m) and Terence Kongolo (£4.3m) remained his only injury absentees.

The 29.7% ownership of James Justin (£5.2m) certainly have a transfer on their hands after Brendan Rodgers revealed the defender had injured his ACL. Upcoming opponents Liverpool will be without Fabinho (£5.4m).

“Fabinho will not be available, he suffered again a little muscle issue so will be out for this game. So we’ll have to find a solution and all of them had the chance this week to show in training who is ready.” – Jurgen Klopp

Meanwhile, there was a slightly less helpful update from David Moyes concerning Michail Antonio (£6.7m).

After the West Ham forward was diagnosed with fatigue, his manager said on Friday the player was “doing well” and would “hopefully be close” to being involved against Sheffield United on Monday.

Can Jesse Lingard follow up on his West Ham debut FPL haul 10

Moyes was clearer on Angelo Ogbonna (£5.0m) and Issa Diop (£4.3m) though. The former is definitely out of Double Gameweek 24 with an ankle injury while the latter “is fine” after sustaining a head injury midweek.

It is also a case of one in, one out for Manchester United. Paul Pogba (£7.6m) will not feature at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon but Eric Bailly (£4.9m) is back in training.

“We’ve had a rare opportunity to do a bit of training and recovery. Paul [Pogba] is out. Eric has been training, which is a boost to us.Eric is available. He has trained for a couple of days so he’ll be available for selection. So that’s a positive. Apart from that, no-one else is back.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Leeds assets could be restricted in their full potential this weekend considering the latest update on Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m). 

The holding midfielder, who has acted as the Whites’ lynchpin this season, is currently a doubt after picking up a knock in Monday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Robin Koch (£4.3m) and Diego Llorente (£4.4m) are still missing in defence.

“There’s not a definite position at the moment whether he’ll be able to play or not. For the moment, no player is coming back and Kalvin remains a doubt. In the case of Robin Koch, week to week we are verifying when he can return. With regards Diego Llorente, it’s a day to day thing.” – Marcelo Bielsa

Still, Arsenal unlikely to be at full strength either. Mikel Arteta needs to see more of Kieran Tierney (£5.2m) in training before making a call on the left-back while Thomas Partey (£4.9m) has been ruled out.

Timo Werner (£9.2m) has recovered from his dead leg in time to face Newcastle this weekend although Thiago Silva (£5.6m) misses out with Kai Havertz (£8.2m) also a doubt.

“It’s maybe too close for Kai, still, and for sure, for Thiago. For Thiago, we are aiming for Southampton. Let’s see if we make it – cannot promise. For Kai, let’s see if he’s out today. Will be a very short time so maybe he will be missing this match.” – Thomas Tuchel

Newcastle are set to be without Callum Wilson (£6.7m) for “six to eight weeks” following a tear to his hamstring. Fabian Schär (knee) and Javier Manquillo (ankle) will both be out for a similar length of time with ligament damage.

Newcastle stick with back five for relegation six-pointer against Sheffield United

Dean Smith gave his usual update ahead of the weekend’s action. Kortney Hause (£4.4m) and Wesley (£6.0m) are the only absentees for Aston Villa, who still have the same group of players available for selection after the 1-0 win over Arsenal.

Adam Webster (£4.4m) is doubtful to feature for Brighton against Villa, while Graham Potter put a 12-week timescale on Solly March‘s (£5.0m) return from his knee injury. Davy Pröpper (£4.8m) has trained and his manager “thinks” he will be available on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Tariq Lamptey (£4.6m) is “making good progress now and [is] not far away” although Brighton are erring on the side of caution as he recovers from his hamstring problem.

Grady Diangana (£5.0m) is now back in full training for West Bromwich Albion following his recent hamstring strain.

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1,293 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Bench boost activated. Ashley Barnes in for DCL for a hit to enable it.

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      It’ll end in tears

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Wow season over for you now

    3. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I thought you'd be more of a Wood person.

    4. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      GL

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks

    5. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Hope it works for you.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks

    6. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      It's a must to be on here during Burnley games then

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Lol

    7. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      That escalated quickly...

    8. jammie26
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Barnes for a hit, are you on drugs?

    9. grennans2
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Bench 2:

        A) Grealish
        B) Watkins
        C) Targett
        D) Saka

        1. ZAMUNDA
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Always play your attackers

        2. Konstaapeli
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Play A. And flip a coin between B/D

      • estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Advice needed ... £3m ITB

        Pope
        Stones, Cancello, Shaw
        Gundo(c), Grealish, Bruno, Salah, Barnes
        Bamford, Antonio

        Martinez, DCL, Alioski, Dier

        A) Barnes to Rashford -4
        B) Dier to Digne -4
        C) DCL to Richarlison -4
        D) Dier to Lowton -4
        E) Hold

        1. Konstaapeli
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Who do you bench if D?

          1. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Barnes

            1. Konstaapeli
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Not sure it merits a hit tbh.

        2. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          D

        3. goblin140
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Hold. Help below pls?

      • AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Forster+Vardy+Barnes to Pope+Hames+Ings (-4)?

        Thinking to BB also with Martinez, Bamford, Dallas and Mitchel

        1. AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          James*

      • elchilangles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        To keep or ship DCL and Antonio???

        1. jimmy.floyd
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Keep

        2. Konstaapeli
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Depends. Do you have good cover? Is it for free or hit?

        3. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Keep Tony,ship Lewin

      • jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Play Son or Soucek?

        1. ZAMUNDA
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I wouldn't bench Son. Even tho Soucek on bench is a tragedy

        2. goblin140
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I would play Soucek

      • Tronity
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Most nailed for next two GWs? Stones, Dias or Cancelo?

      • tuturututu
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Are we keeping DCL or is it worth getting someone else for a hit?

          1. jimmy.floyd
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Keep

        • AC Me Rollin’
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          So I have DCL and Antonio...

          Bamford / Mitchell / Dallas (Subs)

          A) DCL --> Jesus (-4)
          B) No changes

          1. ZAMUNDA
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            No changes and play Bamford

        • Pedersen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          DCL to Kane
          Justin to Mee

          Good to go ?

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            yes

        • Boom XhakaLacaSaka
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Mcneil for a hit yay or nay

        • Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          DCL or Son first on bench?

          Incase Antonio doesn't make it.

          1. Jellyfish
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Son

          2. cheese XL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            No BB?

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Next week. Don't fancy any of those two to score against Man City anyways.

          3. iL PiStOlErO
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            DCL surley wont make it so Son. But Antonio should be fine

        • Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          There's no bigger headache than owning C. Taylor

          1. Congers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Couldn't agree more. You starting?

            Currently first sub for me.

            1. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              I'm between him, Son or Cavani/Saka(-4) as I'm WC25
              Currently on Son cause I don't see him starting both games

              1. Congers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Good shout. It's Robertson starting for me, so a little bit tougher to chose.

                1. Congers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  *choose

          2. money face bandwagon
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            finally binned him. had enough of the nonsense

        • niaz1982
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Cost myself -4 swapping DCL for Richarlison?

          1. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Whos on your bench?

            1. niaz1982
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Bamford

              1. Konstaapeli
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Play Bamford 100%

                1. niaz1982
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Yeah 1 fixture each he's got the better one now

          2. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Nah.

          3. Bobby_Baggio
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Nah

          4. AC Me Rollin’
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Would Jesus be worth it for the same swap for a -4?

            1. niaz1982
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              I've got Dias Gundo and Sterling already

        • iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          DCL+Justin to Cavani+Keane?

          Pope
          Cancelo Dallas Lowton
          Sterling Salah Bruno Gundo(C)
          Antonio Bamford DCL

          McCarthy Coufal Romeu Justin

          2ft, 2m itb

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Cavani + Shaw

            1. iL PiStOlErO
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Good shout. What do you think about AWB? Shaw would be better? Have money for both.

              1. Bobby_Baggio
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Shaw is enough and keep that money

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Cheers Bobby.

        • Bobby_Baggio
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Afternoon all. Which one please? Think I'll bench Son too.

          Pope
          Dias - Coufal - Stones
          Salah - Gundo - Bruno - Son - Soucek
          Bam - Antonio

          (McCarthy) - DCL - Alioski - Justin

          A) Justin > Shaw
          B) Justin > Mee/Lowton

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            B - Mee

          2. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Wow, I have 14 of those 15 - only difference is Holding vs. Alioski. I would probably lean towards A - Pope probably enough Burnley cover.

            What is your plan with chips? I've used FH already, and still undecided if I want to WC next GW.

            1. Bobby_Baggio
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Still undecided. Have WC, BB and TC. So tough but I'm waiting. Cheers for reply. Good team BTW ☺️

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Haha, same to you. Likewise, just feel the double in 26 is such a great opportunity to score some points with either WC or a BB. But no FH for 29 is worrying me

          3. iL PiStOlErO
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Both good options. If you trust Burnley go double with B.

        • goblin140
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Hi, any thoughts on possible transfers here please?
          Looking to prepare for doubles.
          2FTs, 2.2m ITB, no WC (only FH)

          Martinez
          CANCELO DIAS Coufal
          Bruno Salah Son Grealish Soucek
          Antonio Bamford

          4.0 Dallas Mitchell Wilson

          My initial plan was Soucek & Mitchell > Gundogan (C) & Mee and don't take any hits.

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Yes good moves

          2. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Sounds good

        • Vasshin
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          2 ft and 2.3 itb left in bank. What should i do?
          My team atm

          Martinez
          Dias(Y) stones Mee
          Salah Fernandes Son Grealish
          DCL(Y) Antonio(Y) Bamford

          Bench: McCarthy Soucek Justin(R) Mitchell

          So which transfer to make?
          1. Justin to Tarkowski/lowton and soucek to Gundo
          2. Same as 1 but Dallas instead
          Or anything else

          Thanks

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            1 - Mee and Gundo

            1. Vasshin
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Already have Mee

        • JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Worth doing Dallas or Mitchell to Mee or Lowton for a hit? Both for a -8? Using BB and then WC next week

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Just Mee

            1. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Sell Mitchell or Dallas?

              1. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Mitchell

        • Sepp Blattered
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Would you do DCL & Charlie Taylor --> Richarlison & Lowton (-4)

          I do have Antonio, Watkins and Son who could easily come in for Charlie Taylor..

          1. Sepp Blattered
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Oh and already Triple Burnley defence..

            1. jammie26
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Triple burnley defence? I've seen it all now.

          2. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Get Tark or Awb for this gw.
            Have Mee already.

          3. Jellyfish
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            who to bench out of Bamford and Antonio?

            1. Riders of Yohan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Antonio

            2. Konstaapeli
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Antonio

            3. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Bamford

          4. Riders of Yohan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Is Dias + Gordon —> Struijk + Gundo madness? Really like the city mid double up.

            Martinez
            Cancelo, Dallas, Rudiger
            Salah, Bruno, rashford, Sterling, Gundo
            Bamford, Watkins

            Forster. Antonio, struijk, Kilman

            1. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              No good moves

              1. Riders of Yohan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Thanks

          5. internal error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Which combo scores more this week.
            1) Pope + Stones + Cavani +Salah
            2) Martinez + Mee +Bamford+ Sterling

            1. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              2

              1. internal error
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Thanks

          6. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Bench order correct?

            Capt Foden?

            Martinez,
            Dias, Mee, Maguire, Coufal
            Salah, Foden, Bruno, Gundo
            Bamford, Watkins

            Johnson, Mitchell, Son, DCL

            5.8.

            1. Riders of Yohan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Gundo captain. Still think son ahead of mitchell

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Cheers Mitchell either starts or stays benched, but Son has higher ceiling?

          7. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Taylor to Lowton worth a -4? Will have DCL first on bench coming on if Taylor gets 0 in both.

          8. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Lads have two free transfers and 0.4 in the bank.
            Really unsure what to do.
            Martinez Forster
            Coufal Shaw Stones Dallas Kilman
            Son Salah Bruno Grealish Gundogan
            Kane Watkins Bamford

            Any ideas to get two more double game weekers. Thanks in advance.

          9. OptimusBlack
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Best 3 Strikers for This GW only ? ?

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Cavani Richarlison Antonio

              1. OptimusBlack
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Cheers

          10. daitheboot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            A - DCL to Jesus (-4)
            B - Salah to Sterling (-4)
            C - Nada

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              B