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

    Is Cavani or Saka worth for a hit over Son?
    The problem is that I'm gonna lose DCL value to transfer him out if I go for Cavani
    Also Pope over Martinez for a hit worth it?
    I'm Wildcarding 25 ofc

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Yes good move

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Not worth it if bringing Martinez back on WC..

    3. Aster
        4 months, 4 days ago

        No

    4. toerag
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Martinez
      Cancelo Dias Mee (other Burnley)
      Gundo (c) Bruno Soucek Salah
      Bamford Antonio

      Bench - Kane Grealish Cresswell

      Play Kane over Antonio???

      Any offers??

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Never bench Kane regardless

        1. toerag
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          i know....

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            3-4-2?? Why is Grealish 2nd sub??

            1. toerag
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              4 at the back 2 city 2 burnley

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

        I’d be playing Cresswell over Bamford this week.

    5. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Simple question who may get assisst or score a goal
      A- Mee
      B- Tarkowski
      C- Lowton

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Flip a three sided coin..

      2. Taegugk Warrior
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Lowton

      3. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        It could be any of them. I’ve personally gone Mee and Lowton.

      4. mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Lowton - Biggest assist potential
        Tarkowski - Biggest goal threat

      5. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        LoL

      6. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Pieters

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Or this!

      7. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        B on track record

      8. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Noone can say tbh. All equally likely. Mee's got a better baseline BPS. So if there are no attacking returns, he is more likrly to get BAPs.

      9. Aster
          4 months, 4 days ago

          A

        • OptimusBlack
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Thanks All

      10. mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Cannot for the life of me decide on captain...

        a) Sterling
        b) Gundogan
        c) Bruno

        Do we really expect any City assets to start both? Ederson may be the only one with Dias banged up.

        1. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          If you have him, its got to be Sterling.

          1. mattyb09
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            How can we expect him to play both? He may only start vs TOT and benched vs Everton.

            1. Original Pirate Material
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              He’ll play some part in both games starting at least 1 IMO.

        2. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Same here and feel it’s a very important decision this week

        3. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          There is obviously no guarantee about anyone's points. You have to roll the dice. With City assets, you at least get 2 rolls of the dice. Expect both them to feature for around 120 minutes over 2 games unless there are injury concerns.

      11. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Play Coufal (SHE) or Watkins (bri)?

        1. NateDogsCats
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Watkins

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

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

          Martinez - Bamford - Dallas - Kilman

          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
          ..?

          1. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Antonio plays, we need him.

          2. Tango74
              4 months, 4 days ago

              I’m keeping both till awaiting fixtures

              I would ship coufal to a defender villa or Everton defender as more DGW

          3. OLLY G
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            First sub Son or Dallas?

            Thanks.

            1. Original Pirate Material
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Son

          4. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Bench one please, Antonio, Grealish or Son

            1. Original Pirate Material
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Son definitely.

            2. toerag
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              hopefully son

          5. Red dev
              4 months, 4 days ago

              I put Dias in before I knew about his illness. Plan was to swap son or soucek for gundo. Then all these injuries! Have 1 FT. No bb just triple captain.
              Will wildcard soon. Maybe before dgw 26 or after blank 29. Any ideas what my priorities should be?
              Martinez, McCarthy
              Dallas, coufal, dias, cancelo, justin
              Grealish, son, bruno, salah, soucek
              Bam, dcl, antonio

              1. Warby84
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                Stick

              2. toerag
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                dias will be ok

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

                Dias trained, will be fine

              4. Red dev
                  4 months, 4 days ago

                  Should I change a midfielder to gundo or foden maybe?

                • Red dev
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    Thanks for replies!

                • Atimis
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 4 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

                • cescpistols111
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 4 days ago

                  1FT, 1.7 ITB. Would you consider Son -> Rodriguez?

                  Current team:
                  Ederson Button
                  Rudiger Coufal Lowton Holding Kilman
                  Sterling Fernandes Son Grealish Bissouma
                  Werner Ings Bamford

                • gomez123
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 4 days ago

                  How many points do we think Digne will score this gw??

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

                    LoL
                    WTF is going on 😆

                  2. AzzaroMax99
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    Not much. 3-4

                • Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 4 days ago

                  Son to Gundo for free?

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

                    Got Sterling already if it matters...

                  2. Original Pirate Material
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    Any other way? You’ll want him back next week and for the doubles.

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

                      Think I'll just roll it and cap Sterling...

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

                      2 FTs will be valuable next week...

                • AzzaroMax99
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 4 days ago

                  Would you BB this squad?
                  On -4 already.

                  Pope
                  Dias* Cancelo Cresswell
                  Salah Bruno Gundo(C) Grealish Rodriguez
                  Ings Antonio*

                  Martinez Bamford Dallas Mitchel

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

                    No

                  2. manu4life99
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    Hell no

                • Connor's Calling
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 4 days ago

                  Any news on Digne at all? Still don't think he's a bad option this week as a one off.

                  1. Forza Papac
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    I've searched high and low but can't find any. Think FPL have wrongly flagged him tbh

                  2. toerag
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    nowt i can find

                    1. Connor's Calling
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      think i've found the original source (+i guess if others saw him hobbling off! I didnt and i want to bring him in this week!):
                      https://twitter.com/philmcnulty/status/1359632434275508228

                • Milkman Bruno
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    Justin and Dcl to Shaw and Cavani -4 is in my to do list. Would you take a further -4 for Salah to Bruno?

                  • MMN
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    1 FT 0.1m ITB. WC gone, going to BB in 26.

                    Save or sell Justin this week and bench Barnes? If so any thoughts on who to get in?

                    Areola
                    Stones, Mee, Cancelo
                    Gundo (C), Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Barnes
                    Watkins, Antonio
                    Martinez, Chilwell, DCL, Justin

                  • Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    name one thing thats brown.

                    1. Warby84
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Real Ale..

                    2. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      A stick

                    3. La Roja
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Poo

                    4. FFSbet.com
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      blue and orange mix

                    5. JohnnyRev7
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Kevin.

                      De Bruyne translates from old Dutch as "The Brown One".

                      I win and I claim my prize.

                      What is it?

                  • FFSbet.com
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    Hows is this looking G2G ?

                    DCL + Neco + Nyland > Watkins + Dallas + Areola (-4)

                    Areola (Martinez)
                    Cancelo - Dias - Maguire (Dallas - Holding)
                    Sterling(TC) - Salah - Son - Rash - Grealish
                    Watkins - Antonio (Brewster)

                    Kane maybe better TC option DGW26 but cant TC Mou attacker so Sterling it is

                    1. Matsy123
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Reasons for sterling tc? Would love to join u and need some convincing haha

                      1. FFSbet.com
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Its easy for me,expect less rotation this DGW before CL starts and think he will start both.

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

                    Who to play, Charlie Taylor (and hope he gets some minutes) or Bamford?

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

                      Bamford

                  • MoSalalalalalalalalah
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    Is it worth taking a -4 to get both DCL and Digne out, or should I just take DCL out? Would like to bring in Cavani

                    1. Milkman Bruno
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Is Digne ruled out?

                    2. Milkman Bruno
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        There is no mention of Lucas Digne in the article, was there something said?

                        1. Netters2018
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          Exact same prob, im going on the basis as he wasnt mentioned so hes fit

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

                            Think that's safe enough, probably will assume the same

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

                          No, but he's been flagged so I'm unsure

                        3. JohnnyRev7
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          It was possibly just cramp but as he limped off he was flagged.

                      • Sid07
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        1) Antonio to Richarlson
                        2) antonio to ings
                        3) play antonio ( coufal 1st sub)

                        1. Gudjohnsen
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          3

                      • Sloane426
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Only WC and BB chips left...Have triple Leeds and double Southampton already.
                        Still WC 25. BB26?

                      • Netters2018
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Wildcarding nxt week.

                        A) DDG and DCL to Pope and Richa for -4?
                        B) Coufal to Lowton
                        C) Coufal to Lowton and DCl to Richa -4

                      • Twisted Melon
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Lowton or Pieters?

                      • Quan MisTaka
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Cavani defo starting this week?

                      • Matsy123
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Whose EO do we expect to be over 100 this week?

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

                          Gundogan

                        2. Forza Papac
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          Gundogan and Bruno for sure

                        3. WE GO FOR IT
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          Bruno. I fell Gundo will be close but might just be under (Maybe that's ust me hoping as I don't own him :P)

                      • Pompel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Who should get the most starts out of of Stones and Cancelo when Champions league matches start in GW25 ?

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

                          Probably Cancelo

                          1. Pompel
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            txs, guess I eed to keep him , despite ideally needing the extra funds

                        2. toerag
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          errrr... Pep only knows.

                          stones and dias main cb pairing
                          seems to be liking Cancelo for going forward with rodri sitting back

                          stones prob

                          1. Pompel
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            Thing is I want both Sterling and Son into DGW26, and if doubling up I'll need to ship Cancelo if to keep DCL for DGW26

                      • Gudjohnsen
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Start 2

                        A. Antonio
                        B. Saka
                        C. Soucek
                        D. Coufal

                        1. manu4life99
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          AC

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

                          AC

                        3. toerag
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          ac

                        4. Aster
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            Ac