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

    Wilson to cavani this week, then Antonio to Bamford week after?

    Martinez
    Cancelo dias mee coufal
    Raphinha bruno gundog soucek
    Antonio wilson*

    Johnstone son DCL chilwell

    1ft 10.1itb

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

      Nice mate.

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

      Save play Son

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

        Double city defence makes me want to bench him..

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

      Short term seems reasonable.

    4. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Widcard still available fwiw

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

      10.1itb?! Don't remember ever seeing that much before. Kudos.

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

        Rise in funds has seen a drop in rank.. 42k to 235k in 2 weeks

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

    New crowd, new answers please.

    Play Watkins (bri) or Coufal (SHE). Thanks

    1. TNB
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I tend to play the attacker so Watkins

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

        Watkins

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

        watkins

      • BOATIES FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        watkins

      • Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Watkins

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

      Salah or son for sterling?

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

        You’ll want Son back for 26.

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

          Not a problem

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

        Neither

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

        Salah

    3. TNB
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Pope
        Konsa-Coufal-Stones
        Salah-Fernandes-Gundo-Soucek-Son
        Bamford-Antonio

        (McCarthy-Dallas-DCL-Holding)

        2FT 4.4ITB

        I don't want to burn a transfer as I would ideally like to use FTs up until gw30.

        1. Holding > Cancelo
        2. Holding > Mee/Lowton/Tarkowski
        3. Son > Sterling

        1. BOATIES FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          1

        2. JohnnyRev7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          2. Lowton.

          He's my transfer for this GW. 4.5m. Good and available until GW26 if necessary. Playing bench fodder thereafter. Don't overspend on bench replacements.

          1. TNB
              2 months, 26 days ago

              That's what I thought based on wanting to preserve the WC until 30/31.

              I'll still have 2FT next week to maximise potential for DGW players moving forward.

              1. JohnnyRev7
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Sounds good. I'll also be WCing 30/31.

        3. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Bench two

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

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

            12

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

            24

          3. BOATIES FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            1 3

        4. Krafty Werks
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Play Anguissa with a DGW over Raphinha vs Arsenal? Yay or nay? Thanks.

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

            No

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

          Dias flag should have been removed.

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

          Thoughts on this WC draft? 2.7ITB for Ings to Kane in 26

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

          Martinez - Dallas - Raphinha - B. Davies

        7. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Anyone considering double Burnley defence, or a Fulham defender to replace Justin?

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            who you torn between

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

              This is my team, but loads injured and have 2 ft, so need to use atleast 1:

              Areola*-(Martinez)
              Dias*-mee*-stones*-(Justin, Dallas)
              Salah-bruno-grealish-son-gundogan*(c)
              Antonio-bamford-(DCL)

        8. Thunder Warrior
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Who scores more points?
          A: Pope, Lowton, Son, Bamford
          B: Martinez, Coufal, RLC, Richarlison

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            A

        9. KenyaDigIt
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Any Fulham fans? What's the news on André-Frank Zambo Anguissa? Will he play both games, 90min?

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

          It’s tempting to hold DCL for a favourable dgw in 26

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

            Watkins and Kane will also have good doubles

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

              Aye planned getting Kane for Antonio combined with bamford & dcl

              Watkins is a consideration

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

            Hold

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

            Yes am benching him for the same

          4. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            who is Everton's second game against

        11. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          With DCL injured is it worth switching him out for Richarlison or Cavani?
          Currently have only 3 players playing two games is that enough or is a free hit in order?
          Cheers

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

            I went Rich

            1. nico05
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Tempted to myself tbh

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

          Bench Son or Coufal?

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

            Coufal

            1. nico05
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              This

          2. Rinseboy
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Son

          3. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Soufal

          4. MMN
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

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

            Save FT 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

          5. PLerix
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Which two to play?
            a) Soucek
            b) Antonio
            c) Coufal
            d) Son

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

              BD

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

              Bd

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

            Repost

            What to do here?

            Martinez
            Coufal Alonso Stones Pieters
            Salah Bruno Gundo Grealish
            Kane Antonio

            Forster Son Bamford Dallas

            2FT’s

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

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

              B

            2. Rinseboy
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              A

            3. Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              A

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

            Burnley triple up anyone?

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

              No

          8. myteamissheeeeeeeet
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Help me please as the injuries have screwed me?

            DCL, Bissouma & Justin to Bamford, Sterling & Struijk for -4?

            This is how I look with 2 FT & 5.5 in the bank.

            McCarthy
            Justin Maguire Cancelo
            Son Salah Bruno Gunders
            DCL Antonio Watkins

            Forster Holding Kilman Bisouma

          9. In Bale We Trust
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Seeing a lot of people getting rid of Son. Is this extremely short sighted? I have him in my team and while the funds from selling him could help in other areas, Spurs look like having the best dgw26 and he isn’t a rotation risk like other premiums. Thoughts?

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

              Most of them will be playing WC next week

              1. In Bale We Trust
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Ah fair enough. Makes sense so. Trying to navigate this mess with fts myself

              2. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                This

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

              Mistake

          10. wildnothing
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Gtg or anything worth a hit?

            Martinez
            Lowton Mee Cancelo
            Sterling (c) Bruno Salah Gündogan
            Lacazette Watkins Antonio

            4.0 Grealish Coufal Dallas

            Maybe play Grealish instead of Laca? He could start on the bench tomorrow maybe with Auba up front?

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

              Gtg

          11. Better luck next year
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Anyone here that has WC, FH and BB left? What are you plans for using these?

          12. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Which are the best 3 Spurs players to get for their doubles?

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

              Son Kane enough

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

              Son, Kane, Lloris

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

                Agree

            3. Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              When are they expected to have a double?

          13. merin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Any suggestions for transfers?
            I was set on doing Coufal Steer -> Mee/Lowton Pope, but now with all the recent flags, I could use some advice

            Martinez Steer
            Dias Cancelo Digne Coufal Dallas
            Salah Bruno Son Gundogan Soucek
            DCL Antonio Watkins

            2 FT, 3.4 ITB

          14. Rinseboy
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Who scores more this week

            A - Grealish
            B - Son
            C -Soucek
            D - Tark -4?

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

              Son

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

              Tough one, A maybe?

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

              C

          15. gomez123
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Any Everton fans on here in the know wether Digne is ok.....asking for a friend!!

          16. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I think I'll do Justin to Dallas with one of my 2FTs this week. Justin was going to be benched anyway, and I want Dallas for DGW25 + BGW29.

            Is it also worth doing DCL to Richarlison or Cavani with my other FT this week?

            I'll want to bring Bamford back for DGW25, then I'm planning to bring Kane back (probably for Antonio) in DGW26.

            2FT 4.5ITB
            Martinez
            Cancelo Stones Mee Coufal
            Gundogan Fernandes Salah Soucek
            DCL* Antonio*

            McCarthy / Son Watkins Justin**

            Thanks!

            1. LIH0U
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 26 days ago

              As a differential Richarlison / Cavani are great,Cavani seems to be getting more minutes by the week, and Richarlison always seem to provide something, with a DGW for him, why not.

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

                Thanks. I was wondering how valuable it would be to roll the second FT again but, with no BB or FH left, I think I can take a calculated risk and go for it, even if it means a -4 in 25 or 26.

                Cheers!

          17. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I wonder is it really worth bringing in a Burnley or Fulham defender just to play them over Son?

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

              Not worth it

          18. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            553,979 transferred in DCL, oh my.

            1. DickFranDyke
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              He misses one game and has good fixtures. Oh my.

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Who invited George Taki to the party? Oh myyyyyyyyy.

                1. DickFranDyke
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  I wish I could post one of his oh my memes

          19. PocketZola
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Is anyone taking a -8 to attack the week?

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Nope

            2. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              If digne was def out for the dgw i would probably take a hit but i think with my Gundo transfer is good for the week with double burnley, digne, richarli and cancelo. I have to leave out creswell If a hit and already bench soucek and bamford..