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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. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    shocked at all the Soucek benchers? any reason? or just forced because of better players?

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Forced

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Sheffield united doesnt really concede headed chances or attempts from set pieces

    3. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      played him last week against Fulham

    4. djman102
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      He was on the bench for me. Now Calvert-Lewin is there.

  2. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    My Bench this week is
    Bamford Adams Dallas.

    Cannot BB as i have Forster. And no funds to upgrade for a hit.

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Question?

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        No Question

    2. Radzio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Would you BB if you would have Martinez as 2nd keeper? That's what I have + Antonio instead of Bamford and thinking about BB

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Yes mate. Id do it.

        1. Radzio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Thanks, will probably do that!

  3. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Pope
    Cancelo Dias Coufal
    Salah Bruno Grealish Soucek Gundogen
    Bamford Antonio

    / DCL / Dallas / Mitchell

    G2G or another change? Taken - 4

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Gtg

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Looks good

    3. Saïss doesn't mat…
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      How much itb do you have?

    4. OLEgend
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Haha we have the same 10players, Digne instead of Antonio for me.. McCarthy DCL James Brewster bench

    5. DickFranDyke
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      GTG

  4. Tree House
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Start one and bench order the other three please!

    A) DCL (mci)
    B) Raphinha (ars)
    C) Dallas (ars)
    D) Mitchell (BUR)

    I'm thinking start B bench ACD

    Thanks!

    1. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      B

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Start B rest indifferent

    3. MOTHRA
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Bacd

      1. Tree House
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        thanks all

  5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Is it really worth bringing in a Burnley or Fulham defender just to play them over Son?

    1. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Fulham definitely not. I’d rather save the ft, but would want Burnley covered in some way this week

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Not worth it

  6. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    My 11 starters are involved in every match this gw 🙂

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Lucky you

  7. Alex1995
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Best replacement for DCL for this week?

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

      Cavani for sure. WBA and he is in form

      1. gart888
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Good call, but it requires having extra money available to do it.

    2. gart888
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Just for the one week? I'd be tempted to go Antonio vs SHU. Seems like he should be fit to start.

  8. DickFranDyke
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Where's Dr.Fudge,aka Fudgy when you need a dodgy fudgy medical opinion. Lol.

  9. iL PiStOlErO
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Thinking of doing just DCL to Cavani and roll other ft and do Romeu to Raphinha next gw. Just two final questions:
    1) Coufal or Dallas?
    2) Justin to Shaw now?

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

    McCarthy Coufal Romeu Justin

    1ft, 1.8itb

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      1 Coufal
      2 roll

  10. gart888
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Martinez Johnsone
    Dias Stones Robertson Coufal Dallas
    Salah Bruno Grealish Gundo Soucek
    Kane Bamford Antonio
    2 FT, 1.0 ITB, TC and WC left to play.

    I don't usually ask questions this open ended, but I'm at a loss at what my transfer should be this week. Any suggestions? I plan on doing Antonio -> Watkins next week, but want to grab the Antonio SHU matchup first.

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I’d get rid of Robertson

      1. gart888
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah, that's how I'm leaning but he's going to have a double in 26 probably, and has SHU and FUL coming up, so those are juicy too.

        If you were to get rid of him where would you go? I'm not sure that I really care about catching a double this week since my starting backline (Stones, Dias, Coufal) is already looking very strong.

    2. OLEgend
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Robertson to Targett?

      1. gart888
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Good thought, but that blocks me from doing Antonio to Watkins, which I think I want to do next week.

  11. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    So really Antonio is certain to start then?

    Would u use an ft to get Bamford for Dcl? (was planned for nxt wk anyway)

    Play Antonio, Bam 1st sub...

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      He’s not certain

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yes

    3. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I would if you planned to do it next week anyway DCL is only gonna play a part in city game at best

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Have a WC to get him back in if he has a good dgw 26...

  12. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Pope
    Dias Stones Coufal
    Salah Fernandes Son Gundogan Soucek
    Bamford Antonio

    Steer DCL Dallas Mitchell
    3.6m 1ft

    A) dcl to ings
    B) dcl to richarlison
    C) roll ft

    370k so feel like I need to do something

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Issue is I’d then have to bench son

    2. gart888
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I'd roll it. Your starting lineup looks very strong.

    3. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      C

  13. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    No mention of Digne?

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      No

  14. nico05
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Hi there, is this worth a -8
    Just & DCL- Mee & Cavani

    Cheers

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      No

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        What would you recomend with Just and DCL out?
        Holding is first sub if that helps. Cheers

        1. ivantys
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Play DCL and Holding. DCL will play the second game and Holding could keep a CS.

            1. nico05
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Cheers thats maybe wise would you transfer out justin for a hit or just wait

              1. ivantys
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Justin to a DGW defender then bench DCL would be fine.

                  1. nico05
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Cheers that could be the best shout

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          In isolation looks defendable depending on whom you actually are benching ... they are good then it's not worth it

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            If i did the transfer above id be benching holding

      2. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Think I’ll save my transfers and keep DCL and Justin on the bench (with bamford). Means Salah gets to play! Haha.
        Or is this to big a risk and should I transfer DCL to Ings a week early?

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Gtg

        2. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Ship Justin

      3. Alex1995
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Best captain?

        A) Gundo (hear Rodri’s fit now)
        B) Bruno

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          A

        2. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          B. Will Gundo play both game anyway?

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

        Who would start between Son Taylor or Cavani -4 worth over any of them as a one week punt?

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Son

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            This

      5. Henning
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        1 ft and 2.1 m in bank

        Justin out for?

        Pope
        Cancelo Dias Coufal Dallas
        Son Barnes Salah Fernandes Gundogan
        Bamford

        Martinez Antonio DCL Justin

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Roll

          1. Henning
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Worried that i cant field 11 players

      6. Mesh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Anyone got a link to a spreadsheet with all of the possible double games weeks?

        1. Rick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          This would be helpful indeed.

        2. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Crellin on Twitter

        3. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          BEn crellin on twitter

        4. DickFranDyke
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Ben does.

      7. hogree
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Have Antonio in starting 11.

        Bench is McCarthy, Targett, Bamford and Dallas.

        BB - Yay or Nay?

        1. BraxterStockman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Yay to me!

      8. Merlinho
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Start Son or Bamford??

        1. Merlinho
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Excuse the extra question mark, whoops!

        2. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Son

        3. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Son

      9. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Gundo or foden this week only? Wc next week

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Fodan

        2. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Gundo

        3. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          I’m captaining Foden over Gundo so him I guess!

      10. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Who to ship for Ings - DCL or Antonio?

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Antonio

        2. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Dcl

        3. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Has to be DCL with the injury.

      11. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Do you think that WHam will keep cs vs SUtd?That prediction is one of the most important things for this gw in order to get a hit or not for a Burnley defender or Digne.

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Definitely

        2. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Wouldn’t surprise me

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

          Only City have kept Sheff out in their last 4, and no Ogbonna. Wouldn't say it's nailed on

          1. wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Different games at home even without a crowd.No goals away to Bur,Palace,Sou,WBA in the previous 4/5 away games

        4. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          I think it depends on the West ham line up. It could be significantly weaker. But we dont know. A hit for a burnley def is a maybe from mee. If you have creswell then it is no. He can get 12 or 15 in that game.

      12. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Play 2

        A Bamford
        B Dallas
        C Adams
        D AWB
        E Cresswell

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          AD

      13. Radzio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Would you BB this? Also have Antonio so some insecurity as well:

        Martinez(bri)
        Adams(WOL)
        Soucek(SHU)
        Dallas(ars)

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Do it.

      14. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Who is punting on Richarlison for the double?

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          For 2 weeks i have. Hopefully i get 2 games and not 1. Not expecting much.

      15. lekalatch
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Who out of these strikers would you pick for this week only?
        A) Cavani
        B) Barnes
        C) other

        And bench 2 out of these?
        1) Holding
        2) Son
        3) Antonio
        4) Laca
        5) Grealish

        1. djman102
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          A
          21 in that order, but it's close all around

      16. Fit of Pique
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Injury update on Digne?

      17. Twisted Melon
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Start
        A) Soucek
        B) DCL

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          A