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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. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Is Brighton's Veltman a nailed player?

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      He's a bad player

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yes

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

      Likely to start most imo

  2. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Advice appreciated - bench correct? Anything worth a hit with 2M ITB?

    Pope
    Stones, Mee, Coufal, Dias*
    Salah, Fernandes, Soucek, Gundogan(c)
    Bamford, Antonio*

    (Martinez, DCL*, Son, TAA)

    Cheers.

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Gtg

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Saïss doesn't mat…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I'd start son over bam tbf

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers. Close between Bamford and Sons

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

    Which two players to start from this lot?

    A Son
    B Bamford
    C Antonio
    D Coufal
    E Anguissa

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

      BC

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Antonio and Son

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

      But that’s a decent BB if you have a sub keeper

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

      Bc

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

    Stones + ESR to Foden + Lowton for free?

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yes

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yes

    3. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Cheers both

  5. cruzex
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    select one to the bench:

    Son

    Soucek

    Shaw

    Ty

    1. RomeluAndJuliet
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Son

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Soucek

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

        Soucek

  6. The Big Fella
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    I am not quite sure what to do about my team:

    Robbo; Dias; AWB; Dallas; Mitchell
    Salah; Fernandes; Son; Gundo; Soucek
    Antonio; Watkins; Bamford

    I have 2 FTs and £3.8 in the bank. I was debating shifting Robbo for somebody as I brought him in when I thought Liverpool had turned a corner but clearly this was hasty/rash as they then got leathered by City. Could bring in Cancelo or Stones for him. Then I would save 1ft for next week to give me two for the DGW. Any other suggestions much appreciated! I am really stuck here.

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Robertson to Lowton and Soucek to Sterling?

      1. The Big Fella
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I like it a lot, cheers. Only issue is then the captaincy headache of Gundo vs Sterling. I was also debating McCarthy to Pope and Robbo to Cancelo/Stones.

  7. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    It'd be great if Forster becomes the first choice keeper for Southampton

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

      That is an issue for me since I have him and am considering BB this week, which would mean selling him for Pope.

    2. Honourvolley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Unlikely.

      Asked whether he had considered keeping Forster in for more league games, Hasenhuttl said: “No. I have seen the games and I cannot see many mistakes from Alex."

    3. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yep

  8. Redranger
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Best Justin replacement? Already have Mee, Cancelo, Stones and Dallas?

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      AWB

    2. MOTHRA
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Shaw

  9. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Does Justin>Burnley defender (bench DCL) seem best move this week? (Have 4.9 to play with)

    Pope
    Coufal, Cancelo, Dias
    Fernandes, Grealish, Salah, Gundogan
    DCL, Antonio, Bamford
    Steer, Justin, Mitchell, Mendy

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yep or you can change Dominic to Ings if possible

      1. JoeSoap
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks. Ings is an option though Burnley have 2 games this week. Could do both but hard to bench any of the others.

  10. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    City V Spurs score predictions....

    City 2 Spurs 0

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      2-0

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      0-2

  11. Werner Bros
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Any reason not to do these moves?

    Riedewald Neco > Gundo Lowton

    Martinez Forster
    Dias Cancelo Dallas Coufal Neco
    Salah Bruno Son Barnes Riedewald
    DCL Bamford Watkins

    2FT 3.8ITB

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Nope

    2. MOTHRA
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      None at all

  12. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    What to do here?

    Martinez
    Coufal Alonso Stones Pieters
    Salah Bruno Gundo Grealish
    Kane Antonio

    2FT’s

    A) Salah ➡ Sterlo(c)
    B) Grealish ➡ Foden
    C) Antonio Son ➡ Brewster Sterlo(c)
    D) Grealish Pieters ➡ Foden Mee

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Bench

      Forster Son Bamford Dallas

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      B

  13. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    No news on Digne?

    What are people doing with Antonio?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      No news is good news?

      Playing Antonio

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      There was never any news about Digne being injured in the first place.

      I'm keeping Antonio and playing this week, will become Ings next week.

    3. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Playing Antonio. Will make him Kane next week.

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

      Digne pictured in training https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EuCz1s1XIAMgDd8?format=jpg&name=large

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

    RP:
    Son and DCL out for? All will be for a hit for one week as I plan to WC in GW25.

    A. Cavani + Hames
    B. Richarlison + Hames
    C. Werner + Lookman

    1. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I think I like A.

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

        Cheers!:)

  15. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

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

    2FTs, 5.7itb -- Plan OK?
    gw24 - Forster > Pope & save (start Pope)
    gw25 - Pope, Antonio > Forster, Kane

    --OR--

    DCL/Antonio > Cavani/Richarlison?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      First sounds ok if you are fine with using 2FTs on GK

  16. Saïss doesn't mat…
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Anyone know when Charlie Taylor returns?? Seriously considering getting the goat Pieters

    1. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Saw a comment earlier that Taylor was fit. No idea if that's true, though.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah i'd like to know where this came from. Been "touch and go" for weeks now so wouldn't get Pieters anyway.

    2. NateDogsCats
        2 months, 26 days ago

        "Touch and go" according to Dyche

    3. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Why do everyone plan to WC in GW25?

      Nothing has been confirmed yet aye?

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I won't be pressing WC until fixtures have been confirmed.

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          This

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Sheep sheep

      3. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        To BB in 26.

        Although i like my original team in 25 better than WC team. Can have triple leeds and some Southampton and Burnley. WCing in 26. Unsure on BB

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          And why would u BB on GW26?

          1. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            WC in to get 15 DGwers and then BB in 26

    4. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yay or Nay?

      2 FT
      Dias > Lowton
      Salah > Sterling

      Areola
      Cancelo, Alonso, Lowton
      Sterling, Gundo, Bruno, Son, Grealish
      Watkins, Antonio

      Martinez, Dallas, Mitchell, DCL

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

        Sterling (c)

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Yes

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

          Cheers, mate

    5. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Who scores more this week:

      A. Lowton -4
      B. Coufal

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        B

      2. How I met your Mata
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        B

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

      On WC,

      A) Dias
      B) Cancelo

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        A

      2. How I met your Mata
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        B

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

        Thanks. Is Cancelo likely tobe rested soon do we think?

    7. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      What would the Everton double be?

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

        Sou + Villa/WBA

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Thanks

    8. Kuzser
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Who would you play guys?
      1) Barnes (LIV)
      2) Raphinha (ars)

      1. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        B

    9. bialk
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      What's happened to Angiusa. Is he no more nailed? Have him and don't know whether to play him.

    10. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      'The Manchester City manager also revealed that Rodri (£5.3m) after sustaining a knock against Swansea midweek'.

      You what?

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

        Just another tragic Munday

    11. How I met your Mata
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A or B

      A Keane
      B Mee (already have Pope)

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        A

      2. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        B

    12. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Save ft?
      4.5 itb

      Areola (Martinez)
      Cancelo-Stones-Digne (Coufal,Holding)
      Son-Rash-Bruno-Gundo-Grealish
      Antonio-Bamford (Dcl)

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Save

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Thanks

    13. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Thoughts on this WC draft?

      Pope
      Cancelo - Lowton - Digne
      Gundo - Sterling - Bruno - Rashford
      Bamford - Ings - Watkins

      Martinez - Dallas - Raphinha - B. Davies

      2.7ITB for Ings to Kane in 26

    14. cruzex
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      AWB or shaw?

      1. cruzex
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        i have both, need to select one to play.

      2. MOTHRA
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Shaw

    15. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Plan was to do soucek to gundo, have antonio and worried he won’t play, do I change my plan? Rudiger will go to first sub

    16. The Royal Robin
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Bench of Martinez Alonso Son Barnes

      Do I BB or save it for DGW26?

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        BB

      2. Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Alonso going to play or Chillwell