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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. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    How is this WC team looking?
    No chips left.

    Areola Sanchez
    Stones Mee Dallas Targett Lowton
    Salah Bruno Son Foden Gundogan
    Kane Ings Bamford

    Any suggestions are welcomed!

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Looks good 7/10

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        How do I make it better? (:

  2. Mikey44
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Tarkowski or Mee for one week before WC? Thank you

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Tark

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      T

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I also fancy Tarko

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Tarkowski

  3. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    If I save ft, and then next week have 2 fts for
    AWB & Saka out
    Dallas & Rapinha in

    Is it worth getting those 2 (already have Bamford)
    Not sure on losing awb either!
    Backline is
    Lowton - dias - cancelo - Cresswell- awb

  4. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Antonio doubt scuppers my BB plans.

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      He’ll be fine I reckon.

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      50/50 right now

    3. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I've activated BB with Antonio

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        At least you can deactivate it 🙂 So that your season isn't over again.

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Yes, mine too. Don't want to take him out for a hit, but I was already planning -4 and -8 is too much. With 3 Whu players this would have been nice week to BB.

  5. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    bottomed

    Bench one plz

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

  6. Il Capitano
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 16 days ago

    2 FT 4.5M ITB

    McCarthy
    CANCELO STONES LOWTON
    Son Salah GUNDO (C) Soucek Bruno
    Antonio Bamford

    Johnstone - Coufal Adams Justin

    Drew up a few plans:

    A) Adams/Antonio? + Justin + Johnstone > Rich/Cavani + BUR/UTD def + Pope (-4) (BB24, WC25, TC26)

    B) Adams + Johnstone > Rich/Cavani + Pope (WC25 BB26)

    C) Johnstone > Pope (save FT for 2x Leeds in next week) (WC26)

    Antonio uncertainty plus the hit puts me off A a bit. B probably the most sensible course, but TC Kane does tempt me in 26.

  7. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    1FT & incredibly 6.6m ITB

    A. Robbo >> Tarko (bench DCL)
    B. DCL >> Cavani

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      A

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      A

    3. toerag
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      b

      1. toerag
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        sorry AAA
        a

        a

        oops

    4. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 16 days ago

      A

    5. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      A

    6. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Cheers all

  8. quayle99
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    I have Sterling and Gundo
    Really struggling with the armband...

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Sterling for me if you have both

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Sterling C Gundo VC

    3. toerag
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      sterling i think

    4. frenchfries
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I have both and going with Sterling

  9. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    TC Sterling or keep for Kane in 26?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      TC Sterling

    2. Taegugk Warrior
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Kane if you don’t plan to BB

  10. Taegugk Warrior
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    For -4 hit.

    A. Martinez, Mee (442)

    B. Pope, Soucek (352)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      B

  11. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    G2G? Bench order correct? I’m rolling FT

    1FT 3.4itb
    Pope
    Dias, Stones, Shaw
    Gundo (C), Salah, Bruno, Son, Soucek
    Bamford, Antonio
    (Martinez) (Coufal, DCL, Dallas)

    Or is Antonio too much of a risk and I should play Coufal over him?

    Cheers and GL

    1. Amey
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I'd keep Dallas ahead of DCL that's what I've done.
      GL bro

  12. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Chasing, so want to be different from template and attack these doubles. Thoughts on this plan? 2ft 1.1itb

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Taylor
    Salah Son Bruno Soucek Anguissa
    Antonio Bamford

    Ramsdale DCL Robbo Holding

    This week: Stones, Anguissa, Salah to Tarkowski, Foden, Sterling C -4

    Next week: Taylor, Antonio to Dallas, Ings C -4

    1. frenchfries
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Would personally stay away from Foden, even without the hit. Keep Stones, and do Salah+Anguissa to Sterling+Tarkowski?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Thoughts on those transfers with Gundo over Foden then? Your suggestion involves a mid to a defender, Salah, Taylor to Sterling, Tarkowski is doable.

        1. frenchfries
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Its the hit going sideways im not to keen on. Could pay off, but unlikely. You would need atleast a goal and no CS for it to break even. I did Salah -> Sterling this week, and looking at Taylor->Mee/Tarkowski also.

          1. Pukki Party
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah you could be right. Would be longer term though as i prefer Burnley def next week over ManCity def against Arsenal,

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Great plan...

      I’m planning on a couple of hits for BB26 no WC so instead of Dallas I’m looking at Targett and Raphinha next week..

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Yeah still have BB myself and this would have been a great week to play it without all the injuries.

  13. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    With DCL not an option, I’m struggling to find a transfer here! Any ideas folks?

    Pope
    Cancelo, Lowton, Cresswell
    Sterling, Gundo, Bruno, Rashford, Grealish
    Bamford, Antonio*

    4.0, Robertson, Dallas, Brewster

    3m itb and 1 FT. Tempted to just save it at this point but seems wrong not bringing in another dgwer

    1. frenchfries
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Would save if not WCing next week

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      What about Captain?

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Probably Sterling

    3. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I would save

    4. Captain_Shirokov
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      could get digne if you're bothered

    5. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I'd save. Don't want attackers with double except ManCity, and you have 2 Burnley def. Digne in for Robbo maybe the best option but i'd save.

    6. elwardio
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I would hold - you can get a better double game weeker next week eg ings

  14. frenchfries
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Pope
    Dias Taylor* Coufal
    Sterling(C) Bruno Gundo Grealish
    Bamford Antonio Watkins

    McCarthy Son Justin Dallas

    Taylor->
    A) Mee
    B) Shaw

    Not decided on WC next week or not

  15. Esalman
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    What to do here?
    Pope
    Stones Cancelo Coufal
    Soucek Son Salah Bruno Grealish
    Martial* Watkins
    Martinez Justin* Brewster* Neco*, 1.2 itb, 2FT

    A. Martial > Richarlison
    B. Justin > Keane
    C. Soucek > Foden
    D. something else...

    1. Aadii
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Justin ----> Mee
      Son ----> Sterling

      1. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Will do Justin > Mee, just not sure about Son haha. Cheers!

  16. Captain_Shirokov
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Bench two:

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

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      tough.. 2+4 maybe.

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      2 and 3

  17. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Play two:

    A) Coufal,
    B) Soucek,
    C) Raphinha,
    D) Antonio.

    Thank you!

    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      A, D

    2. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Definitely D. He'll start or not play at all I think. Play one of A or B and have the other first sub. I am braced for a Raphinha double though!

  18. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Stones, Salah, Vardy > Shaw, Sterling, Rich? (-4)

    Martinez,
    Cancelo*, Lowton*, Stones*, Coufal
    Gundo*, Bruno, Salah
    Vardy, Bam, Antonio

    Macey, Grealish, Son, Dallas

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      def no.

  19. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Any other DGW attacker worthy to replace DCL with?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Decrodova Reid

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Jesus for a punt?

    3. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Richarlison might step bonus of James creativity back

    4. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Richarlison

  20. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Am I GTG? 1FT and 9.4 ITB. Think I'll save the FT?

    Pope

    Mee Digne Cresswell Dias Cancelo
    Bruno Gundo (C) Grealish
    Watkins Antonio

    Martinez Soucek Raphinha DCL

  21. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

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

    Martinez - Bamford - Dallas - Kilman

    I have 2 FTs
    bank: 3,6

    Who to sell for Cavani here:

    A) DCL - injured, might play vs MCI but I will want him later
    or
    B) Antonio - I will want to drop him after this GW, but he faces SHU now; slightly doubtful
    ..?

  22. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Martinez, Forster
    Cancelo, Stones, Mee, Coufal, Kilman
    Bruno, Salah, Grealish, Gundo, Soucek
    Antonio, Bamford, DCL

    Anyone have any ideas? I'm at a near-loss. Even with 2FTs, 5.7itb.
    Don't really like any of these, but... Forster > Pope? DCL > Richa? Antonio > Kane?

  23. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Not seeing Richarlison in many teams!

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Sickening points last 10 games

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Could be a good punt.

      Could even lead the line without DCL.

  24. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Everton may have given us a preview of how they will play vs Man City in the Man Utd game. Low possession, knock it into the channels for Richarlison and King (DCL replacement) to compete and pull Dias and Stones out of position.

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Bought him in vs Newcastle and was awful, got rid straight away cost a few points

  25. Taegugk Warrior
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Martinez to pope for -4...? No burnley cover at the moment

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Yes

    2. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Ofc nope

  26. Hiddenpaw
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Whose with me in team Captain Pope?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Good pick two guaranteed clean sheets

      1. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Nothing is guaranteed in football

  27. AzzaroMax99
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Vardy to Ings? Y or N?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Y

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        thx

    2. Hiddenpaw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      No, Vardy will play I think

  28. Twisted Melon
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Who scores more this week
    A)Richardson
    B) Kane

    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      probably Kane

  29. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Justin to Burnley def and GTG? Or something for a hit?

    Martinez
    Cancelo/Stones/Justin*/Coufal
    Salah/Bruno/Grealish/Gundo
    Antonio/Bamford

    Martin/DCL/Robo/Stephens

  30. Netters2018
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    DDG still nailed?