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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. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Triple United anyone? Bruno, Rashford and Shaw?

    West Brom, Sheff United and the DGW

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes

    2. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      the double is not amazing for attacking players, als europa during that run so expect rotation

    3. Digne do well
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Was just looking at including Bruno, Cavani and Shaw in a WC.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yep, me too

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Thinking about DCL+Justin to Cavani+Shaw. what do you say?

    5. NULL-X-VOID
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      reckon rash would play? Played 120 min in the FA Cup, could see a rest against WBA

      1. Toby Lerone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Rashford played in every game this season when fit

        1. NULL-X-VOID
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          the FA Cup game is the differentiating point for my question lol, he never played a 120 min midweek game anytime this season before this one

          1. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yea I forgot about the extra time. I guess he generally does play when fit. I would expect him to play.

  2. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    A) DCL + Maddison > Cavani + Lookman (-4)
    B) DCL > Kane prep for gw26
    C) DCL> Cavani

  3. Captain_Shirokov
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Play any two:

    1. Son (mci)
    2. Soucek (SHU)
    3. Coufal (SHU)
    4. Grealish (bha)

    I'm playing 1 and 3 at the minute. Thoughts?

  4. ZakyJ
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Im likely to WC next week so have 2FT and lots of funds to use:

    Martinez
    Coufal Stones Cancelo
    Gundo Salah Grealish Soucek Bruno
    Antonio* Bamford

    (Forster DCL* Allioski Justin*)

    anything better than: DCL & Justin > Richarlison & Mee

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes good moves

  5. zelio78
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Who will score more points this week:

    A) DCL (Man City)
    B) Soucek (Sheffield)
    C) Mee (Palace and Fulham)

    I would get Mee on a FT in place of Chillwell. I can just keep the transfer and play one of A or B though.

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      C

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      C yes

    3. toerag
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      c

  6. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    A) Justin -> Cancelo/Dias
    B) Son -> Sterling

    1. Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      A - Cancelo.
      Good long term hold and could haul this week.
      I have Sterling and will be getting Son in a couple of weeks.

  7. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Bench one out of these?

    A) Antonio (SHU)
    B) Son (mci)
    C) Cresswell (SHU)

    1. Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Antonio - he'll prob be out anyway

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Same decision but with Coufal instead of Cresswell

      Not got a clue!!

      1. NULL-X-VOID
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        don't bench Creswell for sure

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yikes Karan. What’s the team pal?

  8. Jimbo-Jones
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Got 2FTs so need to use one:

    Pope
    Stones Cresswell Coufal Pieters
    Salah Bruno Sterling Gundo Soucek
    D-Reid

    Bamford Dallas DCL

    1. Stones to Cancelo
    2. Coufal to Lowton
    3. DCL to Ings (but I know I'll want DCL back for doubles)
    4. Other...

  9. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    would you sell or keepr DCL here..?

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

    Martinez - Bamford - Dallas - Kilman

    I have 2 FTs
    bank: 3,6

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I’d be tempted by a punt on Cavani or ings I think so I’ll say sell, could hold and double up on burnley def or just make a move to prepar you for 26 onward like kilman > target

    2. Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I'm keeping and benching, reckon we'll want him back when DGWs get announced, and it's clearly only a slight injury if he's back for city.
      Bamford a perfectly good player to start in his place.
      I'd look at improving Kilman or Antonio, with DGWs in mind.

    3. Lazaretti
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I would sell at least one of Antonio or DCL

  10. Lazaretti
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Hello all. I have Zaha, Wilson(+DCL) injured

    Planning to do Wilson, Zaha to Barnes, Foden (-4) giving me

    Pope, Cancelo, Gundogan (c), Foden and Barnes as DGW players.

    Would like to get Sterling(c) but that would mean taking Salah out or to take -8 hit.

    What do you think should bring in Sterling and c him?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Not for a -8 ... worst case Sterling might only start one match.

      1. Lazaretti
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks. Good point. It comes down to if I want to lose Salah or not?

    2. NULL-X-VOID
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I don't see Sterling being benched for either but idk it's pep, bringing him in myself and captaining him

  11. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Struggling a bit with this last decision men

    Start souceck or lacazette? The other will be first sub

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Laca

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Lacazette

    3. Lazaretti
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Laca

  12. Please Answer Me
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Why are people choosing Mee over Lowton?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      More goal threat

    2. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Tarkowski if you have the money

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Good in the air against teams that traditionally poor against set plays

    4. Riders of Yohan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Corners. Lowton has such poor delivery

  13. NateDogsCats
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Can punt on any forward this week, who would you pick?

      1. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Cavani

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Ings or Cavani

    • SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      G2G?
      1FT + 3.6 itb so open to ideas but general plan is to save and bring Kane next gw

      Pope
      Cancelo, Stones, Coufal
      Salah, Bruno(C), Son, Gundogan, Grealish
      Antonio, Bamford

      (Martinez, Dallas, DCL, Douglas)

    • largeagle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Who is best? Bamford or Richarlison(-4)?

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Bamford

        1. largeagle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks!

    • mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Is Mendy (NEW) worth taking out for a hit to get Pope?

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Very close call, but not imo. Mendy is likely to get 6 and if you add transfer cost Pope needs to get 10 pts to get even. Depends on which you prefer going forward.

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

        If chasing, maybe. Mendy looks nailed on for a 6 pointer with Wilson out.

    • Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      “He [Antonio] is doing well,” he said. “He’s done a little bit on the grass and we’re trying to get him back quickly, so hopefully he will be very close for the weekend.”

      For what I understand this basically means that BB with Antonio in the team is simply too risky 🙁 And it isn't fatigue, it's his hammy.

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        They play on Monday. When Moyes says « the weekend » he means Monday game?

        If so, yeah, not guaranteed he starts the SHU game...

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I suppose weekend means monday and "a little bit on the grass" and "hopefully close" does scare me tbh.

    • TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Two questions regarding only gw 24

      1 Bring in Burnley defender or Richa?
      2 Bench Coufal or Son?

      Thanks

      1. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        1. Burnley Defender
        2. Bench Son

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        1 - Mee

    • ZakyJ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Anyone TCing, toying with giving Gundo the honour!

      1. boombaba
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        No

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

        It's tempting.

    • Sloane426
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Grealish > Sterling?

    • boombaba
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Play bammers or watkins

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Bench boost activated. 22 players this week. WC next week with triple Leeds and double Soton. TC Kane 26 with 11 DGW’s. Next 3 weeks season-defining and I can’t wait!

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Saved thanks

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

        21 here , also WC next week

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

          Great minds think alike

    • Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      god I wish I didn't beans my TC on KDB in GW19

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Who would you TC now?

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Kane gw26

      2. toerag
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        where would you go now??

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

      McCarthy, Son, DCL to Pope, Hames, Cavani for a -4?

      Can do Richarlison instead of Cavani as well. Will be WCing in GW25. So, it's for one week only.

    • jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Play Souček Or Son?

      1. Foodball Madnager
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Soucek

        • DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Play So

          1. jimmy.floyd
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            ?

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

            I see what you did there.

        • AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          A. Real dilemma.

          Soucek for the home fixture?

          1. Wobbles
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Same problem, sometimes having too many options can be hindrance. Kind of wish they hadn't rescinded his red card

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Start

          A. Coufal
          B. Saka
          C. Soucek
          D. Coufal to Tarkowski and start Tarko

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            D

          2. jimmy.floyd
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            D

        • Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          A) Mitchell -> Lowton (bench DCL)
          B) DCL -> Richarlison
          C) Save FT

          A) means I might WC next week
          B) means I’ll likely WC next week
          C) means I’ll likely not WC next week

          Pope
          Cancelo, Coufal, Bellerin
          Salah, Bruno, Sterling, Gundogan
          DCL, Bamford, Watkins

          Forster, Targett, Martinelli, Mitchell
          Bank 2.3m, 1FT, all chips

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            b

        • mr messi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Start Bamford or Soucek? Have Antonio so one might come off the bench

        • tjostolv
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          TC Sterling or Gundo anyone?

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Sterling

          2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Sterling

        • PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Bench one plz

          G)realish
          W)atkins
          C)oufal
          R)afinha

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Watkins

          2. Il Capitano
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Watkins

            • Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Coufal