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FPL injury and team news updates as Smith rules Grealish out of GW31

We round up the latest Premier League injury news ahead of Gameweek 31 in our weekly press conference summary.

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

A video recap with Neale and Andy can be viewed at the bottom of this piece.

LIVERPOOL V ASTON VILLA

Jack Grealish (£7.5m) looks set for more time on the sidelines as he suffered another setback in his recovery from a shin injury.

The Aston Villa midfielder was targetting a comeback against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon but is still unable to train fully.

“Myself and Jack were quite optimistic to get him back a little bit sooner than he probably should and he’s had a setback that will probably put him back at least a couple of weeks. We’ll see how he is but it’s unlikely he’ll be back for a few weeks. He was really good in training, but he couldn’t tolerate the loading. It’s a loading injury and we have to de-load him over the next couple of weeks and get him back from there. We know it’s not a long-term injury and he will be back.” – Dean Smith

The Reds don’t have any fresh worries – although fatigue could be a factor after midweek exertions.

“To be 100% honest, we don’t know yet. We played on Tuesday, flew back on Wednesday, trained yesterday. Some players still felt the game. Injured… is nobody from the game. We have to see what we make of the information they give us today.

“Nobody is injured but if we have to change something, you will see tomorrow.” – Jurgen Klopp

MANCHESTER CITY v LEEDS UNITED

There was very little from Pep Guardiola on the team news front, with City injury-free.

Instead, he hailed the contribution of Ruben Dias (£6.2m) and the new contract for Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m).

“[Dias] has been so important so far. Still, you have two months before the end of the season, but he has been so important for the continuity and leadership and for the quality when he has played.

I am glad Kevin who has the world in his hands and can play for anyone, decides to stay with us. It’s a big compliment for Manchester City.” – Pep Guardiola

The City boss had previously warned us that he wanted fresh legs “more than ever” for this clash with Leeds, however, so rotation could be about to bite.

Ahead of travelling to the Etihad Stadium, Leeds have no new injuries to worry about although they will still be short a key option on the flanks.

Jack Harrison (£5.4m) is ineligible to face his parent club so will miss out on Gameweek 31.

WEST HAM UNITED V LEICESTER CITY

Michail Antonio (£6.7m) looks set to miss the visit of Leicester City and joins Declan Rice (£4.7m) on the sidelines this weekend.

We’ve obviously had a couple of injuries and I don’t think Mick is going to make this game but I think, apart from that, we’re not too bad.

I won’t give you any more information on Declan Rice, to be honest. I will just say he has got an injury as everybody is aware and we’ll try and get him back as quick as we can. We don’t want to put any timescale on it.

Caglar Söyüncü (£5.3m) remains unavailable for Leicester following his positive coronavirus test, with Harvey Barnes (£6.7m) also out.

James Maddison (£7.1m) may not be ready for a starting XI return, with Brendan Rodgers explaining in his Friday press conference that the midfielder is “a bit away from where his level would be”.

SHEFFIELD UNITED V ARSENAL

Following confirmation that Kieran Tierney (£5.3m) is out until May, Mikel Arteta revealed on Thursday that Martin Ødegaard (£6.0m) was likely to miss Sunday’s meeting with Sheffield United.

“We don’t know, he wasn’t able to play today and he will be out I think for the next game or two. But we don’t know yet.” – Mikel Arteta

With Ødegaard unlikely to play, Bukayo Saka (£5.2m) and Emile Smith Rowe (£4.2m) are both sure to be involved against the Blades.

“I think (Saka and Smith Rowe) were both really good, obviously they haven’t played much football in recent weeks and they struggled to finish the game, but I think overall they both had a good game.” – Mikel Arteta

Sander Berge (£4.9m), Billy Sharp (£5.5m), Chris Basham (£4.6m) and Jack O’Connell (£4.7m) remain sidelined for the Blades but George Baldock (£4.9m) and Jayden Bogle (£4.3m) are back in training after serving their six-day concussion protocols. 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V MANCHESTER UNITED

During his post-match press conference on Thursday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained he had to withdraw Luke Shaw (£5.3m) against Granada to protect him from an injury.

“I had to protect Luke. But I think and hope he should be okay for the weekend.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) is expected to be ready for the meeting with Spurs and Paul Pogba (£7.6m) has a minor issue to overcome.

“He’s not recovered from it and hopefully, it’s not got any worse from this because he lasted 70 against Brighton, 65 now, so hopefully he’s ready. I think he should be ready on Sunday. Hopefully, they’ll [all] be okay. Of course, Marcus [Rashford], as we spoke about, his foot is a bit sore, so we didn’t want to aggravate that too much. Apart from that, Paul [Pogba] had a little niggle but he should be okay.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ben Davies (£4.6m) and Matt Doherty (£5.6m) remain Spurs’ only absenteees.

FULHAM V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Since their 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Monday night, nothing has changed in the Wolves camp on the injury front.

Willy Boly (£5.4m) will miss Friday’s trip to Fulham as he continues to self-isolate until Tuesday following a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

Meanwhile, João Moutinho (£5.2m) is still “not at 100 per cent” and will face a late fitness test.

Fulham have not picked up any new injury concerns ahead of meeting Wolves, Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) managing to train this week.

“Everything is fine in terms of (injuries). (Lookman) trained today, he’s looking okay in that situation. Hopefully will be fine for tomorrow.” – Scott Parker

BURNLEY V NEWCASTLE UNITED

Owners of Burnley defensive assets might be somewhat wary of the latest news coming out of Newcastle. 

Callum Wilson (£6.5m) and Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m) are both available for the Gameweek 31 trip to Turf Moor

“Callum and Allan will be in the squad. [Whether or not I start them] that’s the big decision I have to make. I’m mindful of the fact that both of them have had muscle injuries which you’ve always got to box carefully with. But I’m also wary that we’ve only got six weeks of the season left.” – Steve Bruce

Meanwhile, Jamaal Lascelles (£4.2m) misses out with a foot injury, Federico Fernández (£4.7m) is likely to be involved and Ryan Fraser‘s (£5.6m) groin problem has not improved.

“It’s not looking so good [for Lascelles] at the moment, he’s going to have more scans today and over the weekend. He won’t play this weekend, that’s for sure.” – Steve Bruce

Sean Dyche confirmed that Phil Bardsley (£4.4m) comes back into the thinking after compassionate leave but the Clarets are still without Ashley Barnes (£6.0m), Kevin Long (£4.3m) and Robbie Brady (£5.0m) fit.

On Erik Pieters (£4.3m), the Burnley head coach said:

“Erik has trained today so we’re expecting him to be OK.” – Sean Dyche

WEST BROMWICH ALBION V SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton are largely injury-free compared to earlier in the campaign. There are no new updates on any of the existing long-term absentees and no new major problems either.

However, Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.7m) has a minor leg issue that Ralph Hasenhüttl will have to assess ahead of Monday’s meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

“No [new injuries] so far. We had two half-sessions today, Kyle [Walker-Peters] had a little problem with his leg, the rest are quite fit.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

Saints’ upcoming opponents West Brom experienced mixed news on the injury front.

Dara O’Shea (£4.2m) is likely to be involved on Monday night while Branislav Ivanovic (£4.4m) is set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

“Dara [O’Shea] is looking very good for the Southampton game. We’ve got that extra couple of days with the game being on a Monday instead of a Saturday, which is a big help in terms of him playing. Branislav [Ivanovic] will be out for a long time, we think. We will have to assess it week-by-week, but certainly at the moment it looks like it’s going to be a long period.” – Sam Allardyce

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION V EVERTON

Adam Webster (£4.3m) and Dan Burn (£4.2m) could be involved against Everton on Monday night, although both require assessment before Graham Potter can include them in his next matchday squad.

Everton will be without André Gomes (£5.3m) and Jordan Pickford (£4.8m) at the Amex Stadium although they will welcome Alex Iwobi (£5.9m) back.

Meanwhile, Allan (£5.2m) requires some assessment and could be involved.

“Gomes is not available. We are checking Allan. He trained normally this morning. But we have three days to wait to see how it goes. Maybe he can be available.” – Carlo Ancelotti

“Iwobi will be available. Pickford started training this week but I think is not 100%. We don’t want to take a risk for this game. Delph and Bernard are following their individual programme.” – Carlo Ancelotti

CRYSTAL PALACE v CHELSEA

Thomas Tuchel said on Friday that Chelsea were at “full fitness” heading into Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace, although Thiago Silva (£5.6m) will sit this one out through suspension.

The Eagles will have to face Chelsea without loanee Michy Batshuayi (£5.7m), who is ineligible to face his parent club.

James McArthur (£5.2m), Nathan Ferguson (£3.8m), James Tomkins (£4.4m)and Mamadou Sakho (£4.4m) remain absent while Nathaniel Clyne (£4.5m) is due back in training next week.

James McCarthy (£4.3m) is fit, however.


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1,602 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JBG
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Grealish XD... Dean Smith really is a c tease.

  2. Tinmen
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Evening guys. Was all set on -4 KDB to Sterling

    Though after peps comments on tomorrow’s game I’m thinking KDB might start.
    What do you guys think?

    1. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 16 days ago

      If you were manager would you start him? Or even play him? I don't see it personally.

  3. KAALI_DAAL
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Do we think KDB will start?

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Imo, no.

      2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Don't think so. No need.

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      On my WC, am I G2G? Got 3.8m in the bank to do Gundo > Son next week for the double. Any changes?

      Mendy
      Rudiger - Trent - Coady
      Salah (c) - Bruno - Lingaard - Jota - Gundo
      Kane - Nacho

      Bench: Forster - Vydra - Coufal - Veltman

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      This is my final decision on WC...

      A) Vardy+ Nat Phillips (ESR fodder)
      B) Lingard+TAA (Davis fodder)

      Rest of the backline is Rudiger, Shaw, Fofana, Veltman

      1. Biggsy
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        B

    • Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      GL everyone.
      We move.
      😎

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Good luck!

        Hopefully we move in the right direction!

    • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Would you start Coufal or Shaw.

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Shaw

    • TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Start one: Shaw vs Coady

      1. Jonny HOW SON?
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Coady

    • Fantasy man on the top
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 16 days ago

      WC active

      Is my bench okay?

      Mendy (Forster)
      Rudiger, Shaw, TAA (Stones and Struijk)
      Bruno, Salah, Jota, Son (Lingard)
      Kane, Nacho, Vydra

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I'd start Lingard / Stones over Son. Otherwise you have 4 players in the Spurs v United game.

    • Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Money is no option, what would be the best defence?

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        TAA, Shaw, Azpi

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        TAA, Alonso, Dias, Azpilucueta and Castagne

      3. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Taa Azpi Creswell

      4. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Trent, Dias, Alonso with Coady and Konsa as backup

      5. Biggsy
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Is money the issue? Or tinkering managers not pandering to us FPL players and putting out the same 11 each week?

      6. beetlejuice
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        TAA, Alonso, Shaw, James, Regullion

    • WG010692
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Help on WC team please, any thoughts welcome;

      Mendy (Forster)

      Azpi Phillips Diaz (Coufal Kilma)

      Salah Bruno JLingz Jota (Raph)

      Kane Iheanacho DCL

      1.7 ITB to help me with Son next week

    • linkafu
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      A Alonso Saka
      B Bellerin Gundo

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Surely AVL/EVE won't double in GW35
      They already play each other in GW34?

    • OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Who to C if not have Salah

    • KAALI_DAAL
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Gundog and Dallas to Jota and Phillips?

        1. KAALI_DAAL
            3 months, 16 days ago

            For free.

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yes

        2. michaelington
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Is this the wrong week to move Auba to Salah?

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            No I would do it this gw

          2. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yes

          3. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 days ago

            For free go

        3. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Too risky to captain Jota?

        4. StayoutheSpiceZone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I currently have no city. I can get anyone, but really am unsure. I’ve been on aguero all week, but I’m swaying to sterling

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Sterling from those two

        5. McPollolocco
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 16 days ago

          My team: don't be surprised e.g. about Ings or Bamford, play in a mini-league and can't take every player

          Martinez
          Digne, Rüdiger, Cancelo, TAA
          Maddison, Salah, Neto, Mahrez
          Ings, Kane

          Bench: Forster, Bamford, Pereira (WBA), Coufal

          Thoughts?
          Have some questions?
          a) Mahrez to Rodriguez
          b) Who captain
          c) Who should i bench?

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            No
            Ings
            Current starting XI looks alright, Pereira first sub

        6. Disco Stu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          KDB & White > Salah & TAA for a -8 Yay or Nay?

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Nay

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Difficult one

            Probably no

          3. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            No

          4. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Yes if Salah (C). Might br able to recover the hits if Salah gets the points.

              1. Disco Stu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Would definitely Captain Mo

          5. VaVaVoom14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Start Soucek or Bamford?
            Captain Jota Trent or Kane?

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Start Soucek

              Tempted by TAA captain

            2. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Soucek
              Trent

          6. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Alonso orBellerin?

          7. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Would any of you start Ben White over Cresswell this week?

            1. CAP
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              I wouldn't

              1. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Cheers pal!

            2. Vazza
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Although West Ham have a trickier fixture, I would start Cresswell with his attacking threat

          8. Vazza
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Who to play

            A. Areola (WOL)
            B. Forster (wba)

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              B

          9. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Will Gundogan start?!

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Pep roulette is frustrating. Not sure.

              Here I am with Dias KDB & Gundagon not sure if they’ll play

          10. Joey Tribbiani
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Unpopular opinion: Kane is the best captain this week

              1. Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                He's safe that's for sure.

                Will start and play 90 and is on pens and in form.

              2. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Not sure if that's unpopular since he is likely to have EO above 100%

            • Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Sterling (c)
              Vardy IN
              No Salah
              No Son
              No Trent

              Feels like I'm doing it wrong, but it feels so right.

            • Burger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Aguero likely to start this week?

            • Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Made some tweaks, now I'm logging out!

              Leno Forster
              TAA Alonso Reguilon Rüdiger Holding
              template
              template with Davis

            • Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Only Kane from the scout picks this GW. Could be good, could be a disaster.