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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. fpl_tp95
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 6 days ago

    A) Son to bale
    B) Son to Lingard
    C) Gundogan to Lingard and hope son plays

    No hits involved.

    Thoughts

    1. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      C if for free looks good. Especially if you have a WC left

    2. ZakyJ
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      B

  2. Steve McCroskey
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Never thought I'd be saying this but should I transfer Salah out for Bale or Lingard?

    1. Xabatlea
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Probably yes, if you are Wildcarding Next G w

    2. Saosin
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Yes

  3. PL Ball
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Sanchez
    Dallas, Cresswell
    Soucek, Son*, Smith-Rowe
    Watkins, Kane

    Digne, Cancelo, Stones, Gundo, Bruno, DCL
    2FTs. 3.5 ITB.

    What would you do here? Son to Raphina maybe..

    1. Xabatlea
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      All is risky

  4. claretparrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Haven't taken a hit all season but only have 7 (exc. Son) this week.

    DCL > Laca the only move I can get remotely excited about... do it?

    1. HaffNanner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Keeping DCL for the Palace game next week

    2. Saosin
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      7 is fine

  5. HaffNanner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Pick 2 of these to bring in

    A. Aubameyang
    B. Bale
    C. Lingard
    D. Trossard

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      C & D

    2. Wrench
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      B, C

    3. ZakyJ
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      AC

    4. Xabatlea
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      AB

    5. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      AC

  6. #Swish41
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    So...is Gundo > Lingard worth a hit for 10 (plus Son)?...

    It’s -2 in reality...but do I want Jesse long term (I still have WC)...or will Gundo be big rotation anyway...

    1. Bubbles1985
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      For me it would depend how much value is in Gundo?

      1. #Swish41
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Only £0.2...

        1. Bubbles1985
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Go for it IMO

  7. Bubbles1985
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Reguillon or Tierney?

    Currently have Kane captain, Antonio, Bale and Lingard vc

    Thinking Reguillon is the best bet in this case as I may even captain Lingard!

    1. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I’d go Reg personally

      1. Bubbles1985
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Cheers.
        That's who i have but getting the usual itchy deadline fingers.

        FH needs to score well!

  8. PP6
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Trsossard Or 3x Brighton defenders?

    1. Wrench
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Defenders.

    2. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Trossard

    3. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Leandro trossardinho

  9. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Which one would you rather have?

    A) Kane, Lingard B) Bale, Antonio

    1. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      A every day

    2. Xabatlea
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      A

    3. Saosin
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      A

  10. Pukkipartyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    SON C?

    1. Xabatlea
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      No

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Do it

    3. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Depends who your VC will be. You'll need it.

  11. Xabatlea
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Wildcarding GW 31.

    Salah , Sterling , Lowton out
    Bale, Raphinha, Dunk in
    (-8)

    A) yes
    B) no

    1. Saosin
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Yes

  12. tbos83
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Pick one out of
      A) Tierney
      B) Cresswell
      C) Reguilon
      D) Aina

      1. Xabatlea
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        B

    • dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      -4 done, will WC in 31, good luck all!

      Lloris
      Dunk Cresswell Strujik
      Son Lingard Trossard Raphina
      Kane Watkins Bamford

      Ederson Dias, KDB, Digne

      Trossard to become Mount/Kai then WC, cant wait

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Good plan.. Captain?

        1. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Reluctantly Kane

    • FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Is Mee - > Dunk worth a hit?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        How many others playing?

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I got 10 players currently and no hits taken yet.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Then no.

      2. Effe
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I think that is worth the -4

    • Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Do Arsenal play Odegaard / Lacazette or Aubameyang this weekend . . . . hmmm . . .

      1. Prison Mike
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Too much rotation risk to go for them

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          For a one off game . . . FH . . . there's little attacking options outside of Arsenal.

          1. Bubbles1985
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I currently have Auba on FH.

            Want Laca but not risking him over Kane/Antonio/Bam

            Think Arsenal lose this weekend too.

      2. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        For what it's worth, I think Auba will play. I'm capping him, but I did last week, so what do I know.

    • Prison Mike
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Who would you keep for GW30?

      A) AWB (BRI)

      B) Digne (CRY)

      1. UpTheCherries
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Both

        1. Prison Mike
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Selling one for Dunk

          1. UpTheCherries
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I see!! Keep digne but tough call

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        B

        1. Prison Mike
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          More attacking threat for sure, but Man United keeping a lot of clean sheets now?

      3. FF Dirtbag
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        AWB. The consistent clean sheets for United recently makes Me say this

    • Bojan Horsemack
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Any reason to fear Craig Dawson losing his place?

      1. UpTheCherries
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        None at all

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Wouldn't think so. Goal machine.

    • Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      A son to lingard for free
      B gundugan to lingard for free
      C save

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        B

    • Henning
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Pick 3 player to join My team just for gw 29
      1. Aubameyang
      2. Dunk
      3. Watkins
      4. Bale
      5. Trossard
      6. Saka
      7. Cresswell
      8. Lingard

      1. Xabatlea
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        2,4,8

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Saka still doubtful to play right? Dunk, Bale, Lingard.

      3. Henning
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Thanx

    • tabby98
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Martinez (Johnstone)
      Dallas, Reguilon (Cancelo, Stones, Digne)
      Raphinha, Lingard, Son* (Bruno, Gundo)
      Kane, Bamford, Antonio

      Anyt transfers worth taking a hit for?

    • Tinmen
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Which one guys?

      Tierney
      Dallas

      1. FF Dirtbag
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Tierney

      2. Wrench
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Dallas this week

    • CrouchDown
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      For the next 2:

      (A) Dunk + Cancelo

      (B) Cresswell + Stones

      1. richarlison2348
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Probably A

      2. Wrench
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Lacazette or Antonio on FH?

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Laca

      3. umerlfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Who would you rather have just for this week if you already have Sanchez (BHA Keeper)?

        A) Welback
        B) Dunk

        1. Wrench
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Definitely Dunk.

      4. Pedaso Pirates
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Being a bit thick probably but why is everyone wildcarding in GW31 not GW30?

        1. richarlison2348
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Fixture swings, all of the people who play in 29 have good fixtures in 30

            1. Pedaso Pirates
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Got it thanks. Just beginning to realise that!

          • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            When is best to play BB?

          • gmando2011
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            same question ive been wondering

        2. richarlison2348
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Gundogan to Lingard or De Bruyne to Aubameyang?
            WC in 31

          • ZakyJ
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            my 3-3-3 team:

            Martinez Areola
            Konsa Dier? Struijk Cancelo Dias
            Raph Auba Son? Bruno Gundo
            Kane Watkins Antonio

            0 FT 1.1ITB

            With Dier and Son not playing its probably2-2-3

            Im thinking of taking a -8 for Cancelo & Dier > Dallas & Cresswell

            Not only does it give me 10 (11 if son plays) but also set me up better for future (auba>KDB next week)

          • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            What to do here lads, 1FT, 4.6 ITB:

            Martinez,Button
            Cancelo,Dias,KWP,Coufal,Mitchell
            Bruno,Son,Bale,Gundo,Raphinha
            Antonio,Bamford,DCL

            That's 7 players with Son and Bam flagged

          • SharkyJon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            A) Cancelo to Cresswell
            B) Son to Bale
            C) Both for a -4?

          • Forgetmeknot
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I’m playing 5-4-1 on FH. Silliness or has merit?

            1. Wrench
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Why not? It's just one week.