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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.

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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. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    G2G? Or take a hit? 8.5m ITB!!!!

    Pope(v)
    Coufal, Dias, Cancelo, Tarko
    Son, Bruno, Soucek, Gündo(C)
    Bamford, Antonio
    (McCarthy, DCL*, Raphina, Dallas)

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Gtg

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

      8.5m... 😮 wow

      cant see anything worth a hit!
      DCL to ings next week?

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

      I've got £8.5 m too.

      Screams Sterling to me and TC!

  2. lifes a pitch
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Why are people getting rid of Soucek?

    1. Jersey Boy
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Unfavourable fixtures after this week

      1. Jersey Boy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Meaning no double in 26

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

      make space for DGWers. I'll be getting rid next week

      will try get back in for 29

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

      For Raphinha

  3. Marcin the Pole
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Pope
    Cancelo Coufal Targett
    Son Salah Bruno Soucek Gundo
    Antonio Bamford

    McCarthy DCL Ayling Justin

    Son, DCL -> Sterling, Ings (-4) madness?

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

      it sets you up for 25 aswell.

      how about 26? you'll want son back? or worry about that later?

      1. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        That's the thing. Seems a good move right now, but most likely creates future problems - I likely want Son+Kane for DGW26 and not convinced of Sterling's game time long term.

        1. Marcin the Pole
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I think I've answered my own question here.

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

            sorted 🙂

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

    Please Bench one
    1. Coufal
    2. Bamford
    3. AWB

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

      1

  5. CRO KLOPP
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Whould you play BB if this is your team?

    Martinez/Fabianski
    Dias Stones Coufal Maguire Mee
    Salah Bruno Son Gundo Saka
    Cavani Antonio Bamford

  6. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Play Coufal or Bamford?

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

      bam

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

      Bam

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

      I am on Coufal. Always get it wrong though

    4. Rog.
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Bam

  7. Tripleburger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Would anyone do Wilson to Cavani and Barnes to Sterling
    For a hit?

    1. mrpink32
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Yes

  8. Jersey Boy
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Start one:

    A) Adams (WOL)
    B) Son (mci)

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

      son

  9. The Mighty One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    I have cut way down on the "experts" that I listen to for FPL, and thanks to special thinkers like Lateriser, I see sentences like the one above and I know what to do with it:

    "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"

    Good. Keep creating that doubt. Meanwhile I'm going to look at players who seem to be having their career year and I'm going to run with it until it stops (Bruno and Gundo for now). Cheers.

  10. Shatner's Bassoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Free punt on one forward this week:

    A) Richarlison (FUL, MCI)
    B) Cavani (wba)

    Scout Picks avoided Everton entirely, which seems odd given the double.

    1. The Mighty One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      B by a lot.

  11. emyoueffsee
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Not sure what to do with this lot. No money itb and 1 ft.

    Martinez
    Dias Dallas C.Taylor
    Sterling(c) Bruno Salah Son
    Bamford Antonio Watkins

    Forster Soucek Kilman Justin.

    Any ideas.

    1. The Mighty One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Save that FT. Or move Justin anyway.

  12. Kane Lane
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    What's th Burnley news is Pope and Wood out?

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

      Pope back in training

  13. Aaron P
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Please help! Which pair is better for this double-gameweek?

    Decordava-Reid & Sterling
    Lacazette & Foden

  14. FantasyClub
      2 months, 26 days ago

      No mentions on Digne from Ancelotti or did I miss something?

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

        He’s fine I’d presume

      2. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        There were no official mentions of an injury as well. In this case, I'd say no news is good news.

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

      Pope
      Stones Cancelo Shaw
      Salah Bruno Gundo (c) Grealish Barnes
      Bamford Ings

      Martinez Rudiger Antonio Dallas

      GTG?

      1. DV8R
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Antonio over Barnes

    • FantasyClub
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I guess he must be fine

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

        On a WC who would be your city defender of choice?
        A) Cancelo (5.9m)
        B) Dias (6.1m)

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

          B

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

            Or both

        2. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          A more attacking and higher ceiling. B safer more nailed on. If you plan to have a decent bench, A.

      • Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Could use a few more opinions here, lads.

        Pope*
        Creswell - Shaw - Digne * (but flagged?) - Cancelo* - Stones*
        Gundo* (c) - Salah - Rashford
        Watkins - Antonio (flagged)

        Areola*, Barnes, Son, DCL*

        1FT, 0.6ITB

        Thoughts? Some ideas from me:

        1). Play Son, bench Digne and not risk a blank against City if he doesn't feature vs Fulham.
        2). Someone has suggested DCL > Bamford, not seeing the point in doing that, to be honest, especially if DCL is back for City. Was planning on swapping one of Watkins or Antonio for Bamford next week, but not for a trip to London.
        3). Digne > Holgate and use the cash to upgrade elsewhere eventually.

        1. Rbyrne95
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Imo I'd get rid of Digne. Everton haven't had a clean sheet since like December.

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

          The point would be Leeds double in 25.

      • Rbyrne95
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Who would you start out of Grealish, Raphinha, Bamford and Adams (pick 2).

        Also, is Targett worth the extra .2 over Konsa?

      • jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Gutted with the justin injury thought hes been so consistant and a season keeper. Probs leicester's best player so far

        Who are you replacing him with ?

      • Parsnips
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Struggling on thinking what to do here.

          Pope
          Digne Cancelo Stones Coufal
          Salah Bruno Gundo Grealish
          Antonio Bamford

          Martinez DCL Soucek Holding

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

          Decided on a -4 this week..

          2FT 0.2ITB
          Mcarthy
          TAA* Cancelo Cresswell
          Salah Sterling Bruno Soucek
          DCL* Antonio Wilson*

          Forster / Holding / Bissouma / Neco

          DCL & Wilson & TAA out leaves me with 21.7ITB

          Pick three to replace them?

        • GE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          What would you do here with 2FT? 🙂

          (2FT, 3.1 itb)

          Martinez
          Cancelo/Dias*/Digne*/Mee
          Salah/Bruno/Son/Gundo
          Bamford/Antonio*

          Bench: Messlier, Soucek, Dallas, DCL*

        • Aaron P
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Please help! Which pair is better for this double-gameweek?

          Decordava-Reid & Sterling
          Lacazette & Foden

        • Mane Mane Mane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Mee Soucek Bamford, what’s the order on who to play?

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

            Mee Bamford Son

        • Tepid Turtle
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Hi all, wondered what thoughts might be on these options:

            (2 ft, 7.8 itb)

            Martinez (Forster)
            AWB Cresswell Cancelo (Mitchell, Dallas)
            Grealish Salah Bruno Gundo(c) Soucek
            Antonio Bamford (DCL)

            Any thoughts much appreciated on (or anything else!):
            (a) Mitchell & Soucek > Lowton & Sterling
            (b) Forster & Mitchell > Pope & Mee
            (c) Mitchell & Forster > Dias & Pope
            (d) Martinez, Mitchell, Soucek > Pope, Lowton, Sterling (-4)

          • JelliedSpark968
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            How are people fitting Sterling into their teams, with Bruno and Salah?

            1. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              By having an almost non-existent bench (Forster, Brewster, Coufal, Ferguson(Yes, he's still there))

            2. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Easily
              3.2 in the bank too

          • abaalan
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            For one week, rather have Pope or Bur def??

            Could BB with Martinez, Raphinha, Digne, Mitchell for -4... worth it? (also have Antonio whos flagged)