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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
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 hours 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
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Looks good 7/10

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        How do I make it better? (:

  2. Mikey44
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Tarkowski or Mee for one week before WC? Thank you

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Tark

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      T

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

      I also fancy Tarko

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Tarkowski

  3. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 hours 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
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Antonio doubt scuppers my BB plans.

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

      He’ll be fine I reckon.

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      50/50 right now

    3. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      I've activated BB with Antonio

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 hours ago

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

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 hours 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. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    bottomed

    Bench one plz

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

  6. Il Capitano
      2 months, 16 hours 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.

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 hours 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
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        A

      2. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        A

      3. toerag
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        b

        1. toerag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          sorry AAA
          a

          a

          oops

      4. Il Capitano
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          A

        • Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          A

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          Cheers all

      5. quayle99
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

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

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Sterling for me if you have both

        2. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Sterling C Gundo VC

        3. toerag
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          sterling i think

        4. frenchfries
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          I have both and going with Sterling

      6. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        TC Sterling or keep for Kane in 26?

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          TC Sterling

        2. Taegugk Warrior
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          Kane if you don’t plan to BB

      7. Taegugk Warrior
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        For -4 hit.

        A. Martinez, Mee (442)

        B. Pope, Soucek (352)

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          B

      8. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours 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
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

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

      9. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours 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
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

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

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 hours 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
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 hours 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
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 15 hours 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
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 hours 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
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

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

      10. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 hours 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
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          Would save if not WCing next week

        2. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          What about Captain?

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Probably Sterling

        3. mr messi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          I would save

        4. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          could get digne if you're bothered

        5. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 hours 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
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

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

      11. frenchfries
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 hours 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

      12. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 hours 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
          2 months, 15 hours ago

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

          1. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

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

      13. Captain_Shirokov
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Bench two:

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

        1. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          tough.. 2+4 maybe.

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          2 and 3

      14. Corona is not good 4 U
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          Play two:

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

          Thank you!

          1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            A, D

          2. Hadebayor Mum
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 hours 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!

        • KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 hours 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
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            def no.

        • LǝgleSs e|even
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          Any other DGW attacker worthy to replace DCL with?

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Decrodova Reid

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Jesus for a punt?

          3. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Richarlison might step bonus of James creativity back

          4. Balls of Steel
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Richarlison

        • Hadebayor Mum
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 15 hours 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

        • LewanGOALski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 hours 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
          ..?

        • jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 hours 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?

        • Stimps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          Not seeing Richarlison in many teams!

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Sickening points last 10 games

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Could be a good punt.

            Could even lead the line without DCL.

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 hours 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
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

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

        • Taegugk Warrior
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

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

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Yes

          2. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Ofc nope

        • Hiddenpaw
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          Whose with me in team Captain Pope?

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Good pick two guaranteed clean sheets

            1. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 hours ago

              Nothing is guaranteed in football

        • AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          Vardy to Ings? Y or N?

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Y

            1. AzzaroMax99
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 hours ago

              thx

          2. Hiddenpaw
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            No, Vardy will play I think

        • Twisted Melon
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          Who scores more this week
          A)Richardson
          B) Kane

          1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            probably Kane

        • Atimis
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 hours 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

        • Netters2018
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          DDG still nailed?