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FPL injury and team news updates ahead of Double Gameweek 27

Manchester City rotation could hit new heights in Double Gameweek 27 in light of Pep Guardiola’s most recent team news update.

For the first time in months, the Citizens manager has a full squad to choose from now that Nathan Aké (£5.4m) is back from a long-term absence.

Now that “everyone is fit”, Guardiola’s promises to use his full complement of players could come true at the worst possible time for Fantasy Premier League managers.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Sunday’s Manchester derby will not feature David de Gea (£5.3m) who has travelled to Spain to attend the birth of his child. That should see him miss more games as he will need to self-isolate on his return to the UK.

“As soon as David travels back, we just have to follow the government rules. I expect him to be available very soon.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Manchester United manager currently has injury flags against Paul Pogba (£7.6m), Anthony Martial (£8.7m), Juan Mata (£5.8m) and Donny van de Beek (£6.6m) but could only give a blanket update on the quartet in his Friday press conference.

“We’re still hoping to get one or two back [from injury], of course. We can’t promise any of them being available that weren’t available in the last game against Palace. So we’ll go with the same squad if not.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Double Gameweek 27’s other two-time combatants Southampton arguably come into this round better equipped than usual.

The Saints have been stricken with injuries this season but could welcome back some key names when they travel the Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon although Ralph Hasenhüttl did admit that Moussa Djenepo (£5.4m) would need to have his fitness managed.

“We have a few players back in the training. Ibrahima Diallo, Takumi Minamino and Kyle Walker-Peters are coming back and are in the sessions. If they are available for the games, we will have to see. But it looks good.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl

“(Djenepo) showed that against the ball he is a good player. We have to pay attention to him because he has a big injury history since he has been here. Three games in seven days is tough. We must be careful who we take and who we rotate and how we manage the load.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

McCarthy returns as Walcott starts up-front for Southampton

Meanwhile, uncertainty reigns over the Southampton goalkeeper situation after Fraser Forster (£4.0m) started ahead of Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) in Gameweek 26.

Hasenhüttl kept his cards to his chest when asked about the position on Thursday instead describing the latter’s reaction to being dropped.

“(McCarthy) reacted quite well. We had a good conversation. He knows I trusted him and gave him a chance even though he’s played not so perfect games. Against Newcastle, he was responsible for the third goal. This is not the key. We all make mistakes. We all have times where we make more mistakes than others and then you have to go into a duel with the other one. On the goalkeeper you not change it so often normally but because we are part of two competitions you have more chance to do this and I have two good ones.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl

In their first Double Gameweek 27 match, Southampton will face a Sheffield United outfit short of a suspended Phil Jagielka (£3.9m) while Jayden Bogle (£4.3m) and Chris Basham (£4.6m) are also ruled out. Either one could return for Gameweek 28 though.

Spurs are relatively injury-free ahead of facing Crystal Palace. Serge Aurier (£5.2m) is a doubt with a calf problem while Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m) remains unlikely to feature.

“He had that injury then he played the last match until minute 70, 75 when he started feeling his calf again. He doesn’t have an injury, he has just not the best feelings after a muscular injury. I believe he is going to be [fit]. Gio Lo Celso, I don’t think so, I don’t think so for Sunday. There is maybe an opportunity but I don’t think so. I will believe for the Europa League on Thursday.” – Jose Mourinho

Crystal Palace could have Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) back for Gameweek 27 following his long lay-off. Roy Hodgson sounds positive that nothing is standing in the way of his involvement now.

“Yes, I think (Zaha is available). He trained well this week so no reason why I can’t consider him. He has come back quicker than perhaps the medical staff thought was possible.” – Roy Hodgson

Nathaniel Clyne (£4.5m), James McArthur (£5.2m) and James McCarthy (£4.3m) recently joined the lengthy injury list at Crystal Palace while Tyrick Mitchell (£3.8m) has picked up a muscle problem.

“No (he’s not back). He too I’m afraid is suffering from a muscle injury. I think the players we’ve got fit we’re hoping to keep fit, but the others we probably won’t see until after the international break.” – Roy Hodgson

Salah on scoresheet but Liverpool crumble to late Foxes goal-flurry

Liverpool’s injury problems at centre-back simply refuse to go away this season as Ozan Kabak (£5.0m) must contend with a knock ahead of Sunday’s clash with Fulham.

“Ozan [Kabak] had yesterday, after the game, a little problem. Played now a lot of games. We will see if he’s ready for Fulham, it doesn’t look like it at the moment. Nat [Phillips] I think will be ready, Ben [Davies] as well. It looks like from the boys who were available, and I didn’t get the final information yet, the game could come too quick for Ozan.” – Jurgen Klopp

In his Friday press conference previewing Sunday’s trip to Anfield, Scott Parker simply said he would have a better idea of their present injury situation tomorrow.

Jack Grealish (£7.6m) is “unlikely to play” for Aston Villa against Wolves on Saturday although Dean Smith said the player is “doing better” as he recovers from a leg injury.

How Aston Villa fared without Grealish ahead of Double Gameweek 26

Ollie Watkins (£6.6m) should maintain his monopoly over Villa’s centre-forward role for a little longer as Wesley (£6.0m) must spend some time with the Under-23s to build-up his match fitness following an extended absence of more than a year.

West Ham could be short in the goalkeeper department when they host Leeds on Sunday.

Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) is still recovering from an arm injury while Darren Randolph (£4.3m) is in the gym attempting to shake off a thigh problem.

David Moyes gave no update on Ryan Fredericks (£4.2m) or Arthur Masuaku (£4.3m) in his Friday press conference but did express his “hope” that one of his stricken goalkeepers would be ready.

David Martin (£4.0m) and Nathan Trott (£4.0m) are the back-up options.

“I think we’re pretty much as we were. Lukasz Fabianksi hasn’t trained yet but has got a chance to play. Darren Randolph’s got a problem with his hip and is doing some work in the gym. I’m hoping we’ll have one of them fit by Monday night.” – David Moyes

Bielsa and Hassenhuttl give injury updates ahead of Double Gameweek 25

West Ham’s opponents Leeds could welcome back Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m), Jamie Shackleton (£4.8m) and Rodrigo (£5.7m) on Monday night although Marcelo Bielsa wants to see some improvement in their condition beforehand. An outing with the Under-23s for Rodrigo may have helped his cause; Ian Poveda-Ocampo (£4.2m) also involved.

“It all depends on how they evolve in the following days. Some players coming back from injuries will play in the (Under-23s) game tomorrow.” – Marcelo Bielsa

With Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) fresh on the injury list, Leicester will have to continue without James Maddison (£7.3m) whose hip problem appears to be causing ongoing issues.

“(Maddison is) still continuing with the medical team. As I’ve always said with him, there’s no timeline on it, we’re just hoping that gradually he’ll feel better. He’s had the reassurance of a few scans to know that he doesn’t need any operation.” – Brendan Rodgers

“It’s just a little bit irritable where he’s had a previous operation, but we’re hopeful that, over these next weeks, he will get better and it’ll be great to have him in the squad again.” – Brendan Rodgers

Meanwhile, Jonny Evans (£5.5m) is a “major doubt” with a calf injury and Ayoze Pérez (£6.0m) is still only in light training following a knee issue.

The Foxes’ Gameweek 27 opponents Brighton must continue without Tariq Lamptey (£4.6m) who has suffered another setback with his hamstring injury. That should see Joël Veltman (£4.3m) hold onto his right wing-back berth a little longer ahead of Blank Gameweek 29.

Aaron Connolly (£5.2m) also faces an assessment for a back issue.

“Tariq Lamptey won’t be fit for the Leicester game. He’s had a little setback this week. It’s disappointing but we need to get to the bottom of that, it’s a problem with his hamstring. Aaron Connolly had a slight issue with his back today so we’ll see how he is (on Friday).” – Graham Potter

Thiago Silva (£5.6m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.1m) remain the only doubts at Chelsea as N’Golo Kanté (£4.9m) builds up back to his best following a recent hamstring injury.

“He has come from an injury so he will not play now every 90 minutes before the international break. We will manage him and we do that with the physical coaches. I’m very happy to have him, Jorginho and Kova [Mateo Kovacic].” – Thomas Tuchel

Sean Dyche must make a decision on Jack Cork (£5.0m), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.4m) and Robbie Brady (£5.0m) ahead of Burnley’s Saturday lunch-time encounter with Arsenal.

“We’re just keeping an eye on Corky, he had a tight hamstring, did well to get through the game last night. Johann [Berg Gudmundsson] has trained well for a couple of days, as has Robbie Brady. We’ll have to make a judgement call to try and make sure they’re ‘overly’ ready if there is such a thing. The next challenge is not just being clear of injury, it’s true Premier League fitness.” – Sean Dyche

Newcastle still have “one or two knocks” as Isaac Hayden (£4.6m) and Emil Krafth (£4.2m) face assessment for ankle and shin problems respectively.

Miguel Almirón (£5.6m) and Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m) are out until April while Callum Wilson (£6.5m) remains some way off a return.

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313 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Which of those do you think WONT blank?
    Salah Bruno Watkins Bamford Raphinha

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Raphinha

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Salah

    3. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Salah

  2. AgentRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    May as well keep Foden for this week and hope he gets some minutes this time, right?

    Dias and Stones my other city players

    1. JustPark
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Think so.

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm capping, surely has to start at least one of them? maybe not I guess

      1. AgentRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I thought that last week! But I think he will this time as unlikely he misses four starts in a row you’d think

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          my thoughts exactly, nothing guaranteed though obv - worth a shot

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I reckon he starts. Well rested and the only Manc in the team!

  3. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Bench one:

    A- Coufal (LEE)
    B- Lowton (ARS)

    Captain one:

    1- Gundogan
    2- Kane/Son
    3- Salah
    4- Cancelo

    1. AgentRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B) and Gundo

    2. Usmanov
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B1

  4. Kno
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Any Barnes owners considering going mount? Got raphina allready and prob going antonio over jlingz from west ham

    Some very decent fixtures before and after the blank

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I think I'd have got him if i didn't need players for 29, good option

    2. Usmanov
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yup, I'm considering it

  5. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on what to do this week? 1FT 0 ITB

    McCarthy, Martinez
    Shaw, Stones, Mee, Tark, Dallas
    Sterling, Gundo, Bruno, Son, Raphinha
    Kane, Bamford, Watkins,

    Cheers

  6. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Lingard or Antonio?

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      The numbers say Lingzzz

    2. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Both for me. Except if I get Aubameyang instead of Antonio.

    3. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Antonio

  7. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    A- Salah to son?
    B- Barnes to soucek?
    C- Salah & Barnes to son & Bale/soucek (-4)?

  8. Fantasydreamer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Lingard or saka? Either would be benched in 28

    1. Usmanov
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Saka, if you've got Antonio

    2. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Probs Lingz

  9. KAALI_DAAL
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A. Replace Barnes with FT

      B. Save FT and play Raphina instead

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        B

    • CaptainKazuru
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Martinez
        Stones / Dunk / R.Pierera
        Kevin (C) / Salah / Gundo / Raph / Soucek
        Kane (V) / Bamford

        DCL / Coufal / Dallas

        0FT

        G2g?

      • tissae
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Would you save you save FT, or ship Barnes out and play DCL instead?

        Martinez
        Cancelo Dias Digne
        Salah Bruno Gundo Son
        Bamford Watkins DCL

        Steer Dallas Barnes Mitchell, 1FT, 1.7m itb.

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Save

      • F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Is Bruno to Aubemayang crazy? Gets me a player towards 29 + great fixture this week. Haven't got as much money as others tied up in Bruno either.

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Not crazy, who will you captain next week?

          1. F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            In 28 you mean? Not sure yet. A City player or Salah I guess. Not the best but I don't think Bruno is significantly better than those options that week either. Or if Villa/Everton does happen then obviously one of those. (but not too hopeful on that)

      • cuppatea78
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Any suggestions on who to replace Harvey Barnes with? I'd have up to £9m to spend.

      • Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Play Dunk or Shaw?

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Dunk

      • Leeds-Utd
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Salah to Auba???

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          If you have bruno as well i'd rather do Bruno to Auba as Salah has the better fixtures the next 2 weeks.

      • CelticBhoy1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Have Sterling, is it worth a -4 to get KDB in for captain?

        1. JohannaAdams10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Got the same thought but currently thinking of giving Sterling, one more chance !

      • Aster
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Ster apologised nicely for his shitty FPL score, so I will give him another chance.

        • CaptainKazuru
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Play one;

            A) Dunk (Lei H)
            B) Coufal (Lee H)

          • wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Is Rodriguez fit?