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FPL injury and team news updates ahead of Double Gameweek 26

Fantasy Premier League managers considering Everton players for Double Gameweek 26 received some helpful news from the latest round of press conferences.

After appearing as a second-half substitute against Liverpool, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) looks much more likely to start on Monday night.

Carlo Ancelotti said in his Thursday press conference that he and Allan (£5.2m) were “okay” following their recent lay-offs.

“Allan and Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] are OK, they are training regularly. I think that they are available to play for sure from the beginning.” – Carlo Ancelotti

Fantasy managers should keep an eye out for Joshua King (£5.4m) though, who is reportedly edging closer to his first Premier League start for the Toffees.

“He’s not far [from a start]. The important thing for him is to stay fit, his condition is good. He’s working and adapting really well, he will find a place in the first XI in some games.” – Carlo Ancelotti

And anyone backing their Everton assets for Double Gameweek 26 will be mildly encouraged by the latest injury news coming out of the Southampton camp, Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) and Takumi Minamino (£6.0m) joining a long list of players in the physio room.

“We have another two injuries. Oriol Romeu’s season is over. Surgery on Monday means three months out. He has a fracture on his ankle. [His injury] hurts us. I don’t know who plays number six at the weekend. Minamino is out for the weekend with a light muscle injury. It leaves us with Ibrahima (Diallo), Kyle Walker-Peters, Theo Walcott, Michael Obafemi and Will Smallbone injured (the Everton match).” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

“Hamstring (for Minamino). Slight problem in the hamstring. Maybe he comes back next week. It’s not a big injury. We rested him from the beginning after having not played so long would be too much for him. It was very slippery. The pitch was not good in Leeds. After the first movement, he struggled with his hamstring. He finished the game because we could not change anymore but he’s not perfect.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

Not only will West Bromwich Albion be without Semi Ajayi (£4.8m) through suspension when they host Brighton on Sunday, but they will also miss Robert Snodgrass (£5.6m).

In his Thursday press conference, Sam Allardyce revealed that the decision to rule him out was to avoid running the risk of further damage.

“He wanted to be involved in the squad. The kick in the knee ultimately covered up a slightly bigger problem in his calf, where there was a slight tear. If I send him out on Saturday against Brighton and that calf tears more than it is now, then I would be kicking myself. Cos that would be four or five weeks maybe out. I have taken the decision to tell him to get ready for next Thursday.” – Sam Allardyce

How De Bruyne looked on his Man City return against Arsenal

Pep Guardiola did not go into much detail about team news ahead of Manchester City’s Double Gameweek schedule but provided some useful information on Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m).

“He’s fully fit. He was fully fit against Gladbach as well. I’m not going to say any differently to how key and important a player he is for us. In the last part of the season, he will be so important.” – Pep Guardiola

Major changes for first Double Gameweek 26 opponents West Ham seem unlikely.

Arthur Masuaku (£4.3m) and Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.5m) remain out while Ryan Fredericks (£4.2m) is “touch and go” with a groin injury which is not thought to be serious.

Gundogan fit to start as De Bruyne returns to City XI and Foden drops to bench 1

Those hoping to invest in Leicester for the Double Gameweek did not receive as helpful an update on James Maddison (£7.3m) as they might have hoped for.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed surgery was not required, pointing instead to fluctuating pain levels dictating the time-frame more than anything else.

“It’s going to be one of those where he doesn’t need anything surgically, it’s just going to be about once the pain dies down. I can’t put a timeline on it. It’s going to be about how he feels. We’re going to have to assess that each day.” – Brendan Rodgers

How Aston Villa fared without Grealish ahead of Double Gameweek 26

Dean Smith was more definitive in his Friday press conference, ruling out Jack Grealish (£7.6m) for the first of Aston Villa’s Double Gameweek 26 matches against Leeds while Matty Cash (£5.0m) and Wesley (£6.0m) remain sidelined.

“He could be back to play against Sheffield United next Wednesday or Wolves next week. We’ll be led by Jack on that.” – Dean Smith

Leeds must continue without defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) when they host Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

“His injury is in his calf. It’s a place where we have to avoid that he has a recurrence because the recurrence makes the situation worse. So we’re being very cautious so that when he returns, he returns for definite.” – Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa was more positive about Mateusz Klich‘s (£5.2m) involvement following his withdrawal against Southampton. The Leeds manager, who also ruled out Rodrigo (£5.7m) and Robin Koch (£4.3m) on Thursday, said that Klich was “doing pretty well” but that he was unsure whether he will be fit enough for Saturday.

There are very few concerns at Spurs, meanwhile, with Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m) the only absentee now that Serge Aurier (£5.2m) is “fine” and back in training.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer could be short some relatively important personnel for Manchester United’s Double Gameweek, notably Scott McTominay (£4.9m) and Edinson Cavani (£7.9m). Daniel James (£6.2m) was the most recent addition to the list of doubts.

“He felt a tweak. We will have to check on him tonight. Then Scott, Donny, Edinson, we hope that they can be available for the weekend – I’m not sure. Paul [Pogba] is still out for a few weeks.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

It looks as if Liverpool won’t have to wait too much longer to rely on Diogo Jota (£6.6m) after his long-term absence.

Jurgen Klopp gave a promising update on him in his Friday media briefing although it is hard to say the former Wolves man will be necessarily involved in Double Gameweek 26.

“Diogo [Jota] trained now twice with the team, looks very good but it’s a long time out. So we have to see what we can do with that but in training, it’s really promising.” – Jurgen Klopp

Things were less positive at the other end of the pitch with Fabinho (£5.4m), James Milner (£5.3m) and Jordan Henderson (£5.4m), the latter facing more time off than the other two:

“Fab[inho] is not yet with the team, tomorrow he will have his first session with the team. Same for James Milner. All the others are long-term. The best-case scenario, I don’t know, to be honest. It’s not a quick one. We all hope that it’s still a possibility for him to play a few games this season, but we’ll see.” – Jurgen Klopp

Chelsea will be without Thiago Silva (£5.6m) for the first of their Double Gameweek 26 matches with Thomas Tuchel earning no new injury problems following a midweek win over Atletico Madrid. The only issue the Champions League victory has created for the Blues’ boss is what to do with the in-form Olivier Giroud (£6.7m).

“No more injury concerns. No Thiago Silva cannot play on Sunday. He did an individual session today and one on the pitch which was a big step for him. So I hope he will join the group next week.” – Thomas Tuchel

“All the time (Giroud) deserves to start. He trains very well, he’s a leader in the group and he is a big personality so even when he did not start he deserved to start. But I will not tell you now if we will let him play from the first minute.” – Thomas Tuchel

Fulham’s two matches in Double Gameweek 26 have attracted some interest in their assets. Thankfully, the injury news coming out of Scott Parker’s Friday press conference does not impinge on any of our favourite Fantasy cottagers:

“We’re all good. Mitro comes back into the fold as well. Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo still need some work.” – Scott Parker

Fulham’s opponents Crystal Palace look likely to be without Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) once again on Saturday, Roy Hodgson reporting on Friday that the player has been on the training ground today but that he will not be in full training with the rest of the squad until next week.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche had a long list of players to talk through on Friday:

“Woody has been out for a few days now training, so that’s good. J-Rod had a couple of knocks that we’ve been keeping an eye on and he seems fine. Johann [Berg Gudmundsson] not yet, I’ll be surprised if he’s come through it by Sunday. Robbie Brady is a maybe. Barnesy won’t be for Sunday. Erik [Pieters] is touch and go. Dale Stephens trained today so we’re hopeful on that one. Two or three maybe could figure, the rest we’re still waiting on.” – Sean Dyche

Owners of Bukayo Saka (£5.2m) might be somewhat concerned by Mikel Arteta’s recent comments related to his physical condition.

“He’s really fatigued. He’s played a lot of minutes and he hasn’t had much rest. We asked him to go again and produce this moment, and the boy has done it. Let’s see how we are feeling tomorrow. Today the players are still in Greece, we have to travel back on a four-hour flight but we won’t use that as an excuse.” – Mikel Arteta

Tariq Lamptey‘s (£4.6m) comeback edges ever closer based on Graham Potter’s most recent update, in which he revealed good progress building up match fitness in training.

“He’s had a good training session, a good week. We need to see how he reacts tomorrow but there’s a chance that he will be in the squad. He won’t start.” – Graham Potter

Meanwhile, Adam Webster‘s (£4.3m) return from an ankle injury would be “more towards after the international break”.

Callum Wilson (£6.6m) is “three of four weeks away” from a return, Javier Manquillo (£4.2m) is recovering from an ankle injury and Saturday’s meeting with Wolves is “a bit too soon” for Federico Fernández (£4.7m).

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1,047 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nerdlinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Start...

    Maddison (ARS + bur) but only likely to play 1 if at all....

    or

    Raphina (AVL) and nailed

    Cheers

    1. elwardio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Raph

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Raph

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Looks like my comment you just replied to has been deleted? Can't find it anywhere!

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Raph

    4. Nerdlinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Thanks all

    5. Peteski29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Raph

  2. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    So what are the chances of DGW28 Ast vs eve after the Europa League draw?

  3. damiang2233
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Best replacement for Grealish?

    Already have Salah, Fernandes, Barens & Raphinha

    Thoughs?]

    1. Nerdlinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Probably need some City in there. Gundo or Foden in that price range

      1. elwardio
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        This

    2. Peteski29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Gundo

    3. gogs67
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Got the cash for KDB?

    4. vandebeek
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Start Saiss or Raphinha?

      1. Peteski29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Raph

    5. Bakibaki
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Do you fancy that phillips will play in the back for pool given their defence problems? Or kabak will be in pair with fabinho if he is fit?

    6. FPL ElasticO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      We could see Pep playing 3 CBs in match against WHM, with Dias, Stones & Laporte starting all together as he did against BUR due to height advantage.....

      1. b91jh
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        That means Cancelo starts then.

    7. RealSocialDads
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Is Maddisson to Barnes worth - 4?

      1. GREEN IS GOOD
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Yes

      2. Nerdlinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Not looking at stats here but my feeling is that Barnes productivity will go down without Maddison in the team but it could just as well work out!

    8. winchester
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Lads, you think worth BB with: pope, taylor, dallas, adams ?
        Cheers!

        1. elwardio
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Yes

      • Fibonacci
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Current Squad
        Martinez
        Dias Meet Holding
        Sterling Hindi Bruno Son
        Watkins Kane DCL

        Would you FreeHit into this?
        Martinez
        Dias Stones Shaw
        Salah Barnes Gundo Bruno Son
        Kane DCL

        Worried about Sterling start and can see massive Salah haul against Sheffield.

      • GREEN IS GOOD
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        TC this GW?

        A. Bruno

        B. Gundogan

        1. Slurpy
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          the one that will play both games

        2. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          A

      • b91jh
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Start 2:

        A) White
        B) Dallas
        C) Raph

        1) Stick with Dallas (start or bench)
        2) Dallas to Konsa/Coleman/Holgate/AMN (-4), start along with A or C

      • Sean
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Taking an extra hit this week because of my Danny Ings greed felt disgusting.

        1. elwardio
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          LOL dirty

        2. gonzalocampos
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          JAJAJAJA

      • Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Am chasing and want a differential on my WC but in your opinion who scores more this week?

        Reguilion or Watkins.

        Not sure whether to bench Watkins and have Reg, or play him and change Regullion to Dunk and bench.(for 29)

        1. Better off with a pin and a…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          I'd say Watkins likely to score more. Tricky, though. Don't undertstand the comment about 29, though; Regulion has a fixture that week anyway, no?

      • TVPlugSockets
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Cavani > Kane
          Son > Barnes
          (-4)

          Or
          Just Cavani > Vardy/DCL for free (and keep Son)

          Would you do either of those? Anxious about not having Kane.

        • Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Can't wait for Mane, Zinchenko and Bale to be this gw's top scorers.

          1. b91jh
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Also Martial, Richarlison and Tielemans.

          2. Nerdlinger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Kun with the double 30 minute spectacular cameos

        • Fibonacci
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Current Squad
          Martinez
          Dias Meet Holding
          Sterling Gundo Bruno Son
          Watkins Kane DCL

          Would you FreeHit into this?
          Martinez
          Dias Stones Shaw
          Salah Barnes Gundo Bruno Son
          Kane DCL

          Worried about Sterling start and can see massive Salah haul against Sheffield.

        • Sharpify
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Is everyone building a team for the DGW this week, and the Man City DGW next week, AND trying to deal with the lack of fixtures in DGW 29? 😉

            1. elwardio
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Anyone not already in possession of 3 x Man City are probably not planning ahead for 29

              1. Sharpify
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  I've got 3 Man City players, so from next week I'll be trying to account for GW29 by buying in potential players for that week, altho it's possible matches could get added in to that week I guess.

                  1. elwardio
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    No more fixtures can be added in 29. Good luck

              2. Nerdlinger
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                That's the plan. Then WC 30 or 31 !

              3. CONNERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Most will have triple City this week, ergo triple city for next week already covered.

                Similarly, many already have Villa, Leeds, Spurs, WH and Fulham players so it's just a case of bringing in a few more over the coming weeks for the blank.

                Pretty straightforward.

            2. Kante Touch This
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Rashford + Bamford > Kane + Saka?

              1. elwardio
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Saka might be due rest after arteta comments?

                1. Kante Touch This
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Didn't see those thanks! What do you think of the general direction of Rashford + Bamford > Kane + 5.9m?

            3. krishgorwani
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Mendy to Martinez?

            4. spursthecircus
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Hi guys, what do you think: Bamford + TAA --> Digne/Pereira + DCL for a -8 worth it?

              • LucasPodolski
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Start Lowton or Dallas?

                1. Misery likes Kompany
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  lowton

                2. Peteski29
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Lowton

                3. CONNERS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Burnley only just scraped a clean sheet versus WBA. I don't see that happening in either of the 2 upcoming games.

                  Dallas is essentially playing as an attacking midfielder so I'd play him personally.

              • Mind över Mata
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Already playing Lowton and using my BB chip.

                How does Pope and Bamford -> Areola and Kane (-4) sound?

                1. Misery likes Kompany
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  sounds okish

                2. cheeky moses
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Think it sounds great

              • Sharpify
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Thinking of ditching Ings due to 1 game in DGW, but then he has a DGW next week!!!! Arrrrgh!

                  1. Misery likes Kompany
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    ditch. not really a dgw with city...

                    1. Sharpify
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Good point, and my rival doesn't have him (afaik), so even if gets a hatrick against Sheff it won't matter too much.

                      • elwardio
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Every chance minutes managed again as well

                    2. lambownumber5
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      I had the same dilemma but it did feel like a no brainer swapping to DCL!

                      1. Sharpify
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          Already have DCL 😉

                    3. Misery likes Kompany
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      start wan bissaka or tarkwoski?

                    4. Weeb Kakashi
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Luke has Triple captained Bale.

                    5. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      If you plan to bench Bamford what will you do when Leeds play? Just hide?

                      1. Misery likes Kompany
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        chuck a tenner on him

                    6. b91jh
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Here comes my wild guessing.

                      Ederson
                      Walker Stones Dias Zinchenko
                      KDB Rodri Gundogan
                      Mahrez Jesus Foden

                    7. Bubbles1985
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Antonio and Ayling out for
                      Watkins and...

                      A Stones
                      B Soyuncu
                      C Keane
                      D Godfrey
                      E Maitland-Niles

                      Already have Martinez, Digne and Cancelo but really want someone nailed for both fixtures this GW!

                      Help!

                      1. Niho992
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Is Watkins injured?

                        1. Bubbles1985
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          Nope.
                          Bringing him in

                      2. elwardio
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Stones

                    8. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      D(c)L, Richarlison and Digne too much toffee?

                      1. andres
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        probably yes, you cannot trust them really

                      2. Garth Marenghi
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Fine for a dgw

                      3. elwardio
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Tough fixture in 27 and blank in 29...

                    9. andres
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Would yo take a hit somewhere in order to BB?
                      Have 3 Leeds & mccarthy on the bench currently..

                      Pope (McCarthy)
                      Cancelo Stones Digne Mee (dallas)
                      Bruno Salah Gundo Barnes (Raphinia)
                      DCL Watkins (bamford)
                      0FT, 3.9 itb