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FPL injury and team news updates ahead of Blank Gameweek 29

There’s a lot less team news to get through this week, with only eight clubs in Premier League action in Blank Gameweek 29.

We’ve got all the injury latest in our weekly press conference round-up below.

Neale and Andy’s video is also now available to view on YouTube:

For more information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed.

ASTON VILLA V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

While there is optimism on Bamford’s fitness, there is still a lot of doubt surrounding the availability of Son Heung-min (muscle) for Gameweek 29.

Speaking ahead of Spurs’ ill-fated trip to Croatia on Thursday, Jose Mourinho said of the Korean’s timeframe for recovery:

I don’t know, I don’t know, but of course, no chance for this one.

The Spurs boss looks to be pointing us in the direction of a (potentially tactical) no-show for Gameweek 29, discussing Son’s chances of representing South Korea over the international break:

If a player is injured and cannot play, a friendly or official, it doesn’t matter the match it is. So if we arrived next week and Sonny is injured and we can obviously prove that to the South Korean Football Association, what is he going to do there? Nothing. So if a player cannot play for the club, he cannot play for the country.

Indeed, speaking to the club media later in the day, Mourinho added:

Sonny has no chance for this match, no chance at all. I even feel it’s very doubtful for the weekend. I believe he will need the international break to recover totally.

Annoyingly, we didn’t get an update on Son’s fitness after the defeat in Zagreb.

Spurs otherwise have a fully fit squad for the Aston Villa game, with Giovani Lo Celso making his return from injury in midweek.

As for Aston Villa, Dean Smith said that he was hopeful of Jack Grealish‘s (leg) recovery ahead of the clash with Spurs.

The Villa talisman has been back on the grass this week and described as “pain-free” but Smith did add that Grealish had not even trained with his team-mates as of Friday, saying:

I’m hopeful for Jack. I’ll leave it until Sunday morning. He’s not trained with us at the moment, but he’s pain-free and he’s running. Ultimately, it will be his decision.

I’m hopeful, but if he doesn’t play I can pretty much guarantee he’ll be ready for the Fulham game after the international break. I know Aston Villa fans will be fretting over whether it’s a long-term injury. It’s not a long-term injury. We’ve been guided by Jack, who’s been suffering the pain. We’ll leave it as late as we can.

Bertrand Traore‘s (rib) prognosis is a little more positive, with Smith saying:

Bert is having an injection and he will train on Saturday, so he should be available for selection come Sunday. He got a whack in the rib, took a tumble over the boards and he was in a lot of pain. He went to hospital but thankfully there was no bleed. He’s just had some painkillers for that and he’ll be ready to train Saturday morning.

Wesley is still building back up to full speed and will feature in a bounce game over the international break, while Kortney Hause is similarly in need of match fitness after his own lengthy lay-off.

FULHAM V LEEDS UNITED

Patrick Bamford has a good chance of recovering from a knock to the hip in time for Leeds’ trip to Craven Cottage, although wasn’t pictured in a training ground video on Thursday.

Speaking to the media, Marcelo Bielsa said:

We think that yes, he will play on Friday. He has a knock on his hip that is painful but we don’t think that it’s going to make him miss the game.

Liam Cooper (illness) looks set to miss out on Friday’s match, however, while Leif Davis and Rodrigo are fresh doubts with minor muscle problems picked up in training.

Bielsa added:

Cooper is sick, Davis has a small articulation problem which is nothing serious. Rodrigo had a contracture yesterday in training which I don’t know if he’s going to be available for the game on Friday. Either way, it’s not an important injury.

Cooper had earlier been ruled out of Scotland’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers by national team coach Steve Clarke, in doing so implying that he has little chance of featuring in Gameweek 29.

His absence would seem to boost the prospects of Pascal Struijk retaining his place at centre-half, with Bielsa confirming that the budget FPL defender had come through his earlier-than-expected return from injury against Chelsea unscathed.

Robin Koch is fit again, but after a lengthy injury lay-off and after only featuring for 45 minutes for the under-23s earlier this week, his manager said the Whites would “have to be careful” about a first-team comeback.

Scott Parker will be able to name an unchanged side for this match, with no new injuries to report from the Fulham camp and Tom Cairney (knee) still sidelined.

Parker said in his pre-match conference call:

The squad’s all good at the moment, no new fresh injury worries. Tom Cairney is still a little bit off so he won’t be involved.

In the written section of his press conference, Scott Parker later confirmed that Bobby De Cordova-Reid (knock/hamstring) – who missed the defeat to Manchester City – would also sit this game out.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION V NEWCASTLE UNITED

Brighton could be able to call upon Dan Burn for their relegation six-pointer against Newcastle United, with the hamstring injury that forced him off against Southampton not as serious as first feared.

Graham Potter told reporters on Thursday:

He’s responded well. I think he’ll train tomorrow, we’re hopeful he will. So he could be available for the weekend, that’s good news for us.

Striker Aaron Connolly is also an option as a substitute after making a swift recovery from a rib injury – although off-field indiscretions could still cost him a place in the matchday squad.

Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) and Solly March (knee) are long-term absentees, with Adam Webster (foot) not expected back until after the international break.

Allan Saint-Maximin (groin) and Fabian Schar (knee) remain absent ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Brighton but there was positive injury news from the Magpies’ camp to report, with Callum Wilson (hamstring) and Miguel Almiron (knee) both back on the grass.

Steve Bruce told the media:

They’re both back on the grass. We still think with Callum that the international beak is at the right time but he’s well into his rehabilitation, he’s back on the grass.

Almiron trained for the first time yesterday, we’ll see how he is. He’s got a chance – we’ll see.

WEST HAM UNITED V ARSENAL

Saka, Aubameyang return to Arsenal starting XI but Smith Rowe absent from squad

Bukayo Saka will be assessed for hamstring tightness ahead of the trip to West Ham, having been substituted in the north London derby last weekend and then having missed out against Olympiacos.

Mikel Arteta had earlier in the week declared that the young winger was “much better” but his subsequent comments on Thursday were less positive:

We spoke yesterday and he wasn’t ready to be involved today. We made that decision and we will make that decision for Sunday against West Ham, then we will talk to the doctors at the national team to decide what we do.

On Friday morning, Arteta added:

Everybody was fine after the [Olympiacos] game, we will assess them this morning. Regarding [Bukayo Saka], in the next two days, we will know if he is available to play against West Ham and after that we will make the decision on what to do.

Willian had also missed out on Thursday because of a tight calf, with further news awaited on the Brazilian.

Arteta has reiterated that no problem remains with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after disciplinary issues caused him to sit out the north London derby, saying ahead of the striker’s 90-minute run-out in Europe:

We talked, everything has been resolved in a really positive way so we move forward.

Overlooked Fornals can benefit from West Ham's appealing fixture run

David Moyes said that West Ham’s injury situation remains similar to what it was last weekend, with Pablo Fornals (knock) said to be “improving”.

Longer-term absentees Angelo Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku and Andriy Yarmolenko aren’t too far away from a return but will sit this one out.

Jesse Lingard is available after being ineligible to face his parent club in Gameweek 28.

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1,718 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Which one ??

    A) Bale
    B) Aubameyang

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Both for fun?

    2. Hotdogs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      both?

      leaning towards Bale atm

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      a

  2. Hotdogs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Auba or Bale?

    A) Sterling > Auba
    B) Sterling > Bale
    C) Sterling + Son > Bale + Auba (for -4)

    On C) I know there's almost no chance but I'd hate myself if Mourinho is trolling us again and Son starts

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      C

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      b

  3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Which to sell for Dunk?
    A. Dias
    B. Cancelo

    Who fills the punt spot?
    1. Auba (whu, LIV)
    2. Lingard (ARS, wol)
    3. Play with 10 (blank+Salah)

    Note: 1 and 2 are -2/-4 and I'm on WC in 31

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      A 1

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Sry meant B 1

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      b
      not sure tbh

    3. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I'm selling Cancelo

      I'm keeping Salah but a punt on Lingard isn't that bad

    4. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      B, 2

    5. Benjustjamin
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      B3

  4. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    DCL to Bamford (-4)

    1: Yay gamble
    2: Nay Bam is a doubt

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Nah

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      No

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      thanks lads

      1. LABILLETHEGOAT
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        nah

  5. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Pick one transfer in, no WC left:
    A. Bale
    B. Antonio
    C. Veltman/Dunk

    1. Hotdogs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      A

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

      A

    3. Effe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      C Dunk

    4. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I can’t believe the Bale love - I’d have him 3rd of those options

    5. nurav11
        1 month, 26 days ago

        C

        1. LABILLETHEGOAT
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          i'd say c, very likely cleansheet

    6. LABILLETHEGOAT
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Guys which player would you choose from each option?
      1:
      a) bale
      b) auba
      2:
      a) dunk
      b) dallas

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        AB

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        a
        b

      3. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        1a, 2b

        1. LABILLETHEGOAT
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          cheers guys, appreciate it

    7. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Better option?

      A) Sanchez+Dunk+Reguilon
      B) Lloris+Dunk+Veltman

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Just realized...could have just listed 2 there 🙂

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

        A

      3. nurav11
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Defo A, Sanchez the more likely clean sheet and reg the more attacking out of him and veltman

          1. LABILLETHEGOAT
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            i'd say A

      4. cutch
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Martínez* - McCarthy
        Dallas*, Cresswell*, Cancelo - Dias, Mee
        Grealish*, Lingard*, Salah, Fernandes - Gündogan
        Bamford*, Watkins*, DCL

        Mee, Salah, DCL -> Dunk, Auba, Antonio (-4)

        Good move?

        1. nurav11
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Think you could go without antonio and not take a hit - save DCL for palace game. Would still give you 9 which should be fine. Altho no way to get in Kane?

            1. cutch
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              No Kane. It's a No Spurs ML.

        2. nurav11
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Sanchez,
            Tierney, Dunk, Dallas,
            Bale, Auba, Lingard, Raphinha, Odegaard (C)
            Watkins, Kane(vc)

            Bench: Martinez, Cresswell, Bamford, Targett

            Any thoughts much appreciated - cresswell/bamford/targett in over lingard or bale?? Can't see spurs doing anything but having them in there to cover which I hate doing...

          • BenMoran25
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Am I crazy to be considering captaining Martinez this week? I know Kane has haul potential, but after yesterday's performance and no Son this week I could see them blanking at villa; thoughts?

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                On paper it is crazy

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

                Not crazy but don't get disappointed if he gets 1-2pts

              3. Boxwoods
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Yes. Crazy.

              4. sunzip14
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Don't do this to me. I am only FH'ing because I have triple Villa defense. Else, I have 8 players plus Son.

              5. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I don't see anyone having haul potential against Villa. The defense is good.

                1. BenMoran25
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    This is what I mean, it's not a giant leap to see them keeping spurs out right? Or am I just cherry picking your comment to convince myself haha

              6. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Maja or maupay to go alongside kane and Watkins up front ?

                1. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  A key FPL lesson I’ve learned very painfully is never ever ever own Maupay

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Haha thanks

                  2. Jambot
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    This is solid advice

                2. In a Rush
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I’ve gone Maja next to Kane and Watkins well rested and I see Fulham getting at least one against Leeds.

              7. HD7
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                2FT:
                Mates, which two players would you get for 29?

                Buy Lingard and Raphinha?

                Already have:
                Martinez, Regulion, Son*, Kane, Bamford* + Bissouma, Strujik

                Wildcarding in 30,31

                Thanks

                1. nurav11
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Raph yes, personally would go auba over lingard, or even tross? Depends on your funds i suppose

                    1. HD7
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      I have funds. Just heard Auba played full 90mins yesterday...

                2. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Captain
                  A. Kane
                  B. Raphinha

                  Play
                  A. Martinez (Villa defence double up)
                  B. Aerola

                3. Fantabulous KdB
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Would you sell Gundogan or Son to get Raphinia?

                  1. Pukkipartyy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Son first but yes. IF u have still wc.

                4. mcsteely
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  What's this about Son being passed fit? Does anyone have a source on that?

                  1. Thomas Magnum
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I believe it is fake news!

                    1. mcsteely
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      ok, thanks

                  2. Pukkipartyy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Lol whaaaat?

                  3. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Where did you see the thing you need a source on? Some people are reliable

                5. BigBillyBass
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Play:

                  A) Areola
                  B) Sanchez

                  Also have Dunk

                6. Wolfman180
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  This may or may not have been asked a million times now but...
                  Who to take out for Aubameyang?
                  A) Bruno
                  B) Son

                7. Steve McCroskey
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Current team with 2 FTs to play with. Only 8 starters and that includes Son.

                  Martinez (Areola)

                  Dallas Veltman (Stones Dias Shaw)

                  Son Raphina (Salah Gundo Bruno)

                  Kane Bamford Watkins

                  Does Salah, Stones > Lingard, Creswell seem like a decent move this week?

                8. Corona is not good 4 U
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Is Salah and Vydra to Lingard and Antonio for - 8 too much

                    Thank you!

                  • Disturbed
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Kane the safest cap pick?

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      After 120 minutes if rubbish last night, I wouldn't call it safe; more like the least worse choice.

                      1. Disturbed
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        I hear you. Who would you cap if you’re leading?

                        1. Andy_Social
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Him. Everyone else will so it's the safe option.

                      2. sunzip14
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        He had at least 2 very good chances saved I think, despite the rubbish result.

                  • Tmel
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Considering doing these moves for a -4 to get me to 10 players and partially help with GW31 & GW 33 too:

                    Gundo > Lingard
                    Salah > Auba
                    Cancelo > Cresswell

                    a) All 3 for a hit
                    b) Just 2 (if so, which)
                    c) Just 1 (if so, which) and save 2FT for GW30

                  • Tango74
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      1) Lacca/lingard
                      2) bale/Antonio

                      Any ideas ?

                    • Super Jack Grealish
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Was hoping to have 9 with my free transfers but injuries to Burn and Son don’t look like it’s possible, any suggestions? Wildcarding 31

                      Martinez (Pope)
                      Dallas, Burn* (Dias, Digne, Lowton)
                      Son*, Raphinia (KDB, Bruno, Gundo)
                      Kane (C), Bamford (DCL)

                      2 FT

                      A) Son + Lowton > Bale + Veltman
                      B) KDB + Lowton > Bale + Cresswell
                      C) Lowton + Digne > Reguilion + Dunk

                    • jdp219
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Current team for bgw29 (6):
                      Martinez
                      Coufal
                      Raphinha, Lingard
                      Kane(c), Bamford

                      2FTs, 0.7itb
                      1) Salah, Kilman > Bale, Dallas (or Dunk?)
                      2) Salah, DCL > Auba, Antonio

                      1. arkom
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        1 with Dallas

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

                          Thank you

                    • tabby98
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Would you rather have Reguilon, Cresswell or Dunk for GW 29 & GW 30?

                      Planning to WC in 31

                      1. arkom
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Cress

                    • arkom
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Bale or Rapinha C?

                    • Mr_Barbs
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Pick one to bring in - with remaining fixtures in mind
                      A) Grealish
                      B) Tierney
                      C) Reguilon
                      D) Veltman (have Dunk)
                      E) Cresswell

                      Martinez
                      Dunk, Struijk
                      Bale, Lingard, Raphina,
                      Kane, Bamford, Antonio

                      1. Jersey Boy
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        A

                    • umerlfc
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Is Auba a risk to rotation?

                      1. Effe
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        I think so. They did well v Spurs last week without him.

                    • TheDragon
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Son captain it is then

                      1. gmando2011
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        ??

                    • Hadebayor Mum
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Is Burn to Dunk for a -4 worth it? Or just keep Burn and hope he plays.

                      1. Echoes
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Kept him hoping he starts, as I don't feel a defender transfer is worth a -4 most of the times.