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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. TSN
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Bench one:

    A. cresswell
    B. Lowton

    1. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A

  2. tbos83
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Areola or Mendy this week?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Mendy

    • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone else starting to get constant pop-up banner ads on this site?

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Me. On my mobile

      2. Isca Extremadura
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah, annoying

    • gomez123
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Jesus anyone??

    • linkafu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Lingard or Jota?

      1. chelseabrad
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Jota

      2. richarlison2348
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Jota

        • RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Jota

        • Yome
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Lingard, Jota is a rotation risk

          1. funnyoldgame
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            lol

        • funnyoldgame
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Jota!!

        • Igz08
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Both

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

        On a WC, good to go? Bench & order right? 0.9 itb

        Forster
        TAA Azpi Saiss
        Salah Son Mount Jota Neto
        Kane Wood
        (Schmeichel Holding Nacho Shaw)

        Cheers

      4. AutoFill 2021
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Does Jota start?

        1. richarlison2348
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Should do

          • Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Should do

        2. richarlison2348
            2 months, 7 days ago

            No chips WC
            Leno Forster
            Rudiger Azpilicueta Phillips Coady Fofana
            Jota Salah Fernandes Lingard Son
            Kane Iheanacho Vydra

          • Spearmint
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            https://www.twitch.tv/spearmintspaff
            Live now !

            Come ask away. On Wildcard.

          • Sid07
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Start one
            1) dias
            2) coufal

            1. richarlison2348
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Dias

              • RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Dias

            2. user.n
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Guys, Targett to Coady ore Masuaku long term? Or no one?
              Thanks

              1. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Coady

                1. user.n
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Thanks mate

            3. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Anything worth A hit?

              3.8 burning in my pocket and team seems so weak with no WC left...

              DDG,
              Stones, Dias, Cresswell
              Son, Bruno, Jota (c), Raphina, Lingard
              Bamford, Kane

              (Bench Martinez, Watkins, Targett, Dallas)

              1. richarlison2348
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Can you afford Bamford to Vardy?

                  1. user.n
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    This

                  2. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Yes

              2. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 7 days ago

                A Vydra

                B Che Adams

              3. Podorsky
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                What is the consensus? Will Jota start or cone off the bench?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Starts and comes off around 60/70

                  1. Podorsky
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Figured, Firminio is better at pressing, suits the Madrid game better.

                    1. Podorsky
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      I'm C'ing Jota. Its either him or Gundo, possubly Bruno. Bot sure

                      1. Podorsky
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Horrible spelling, sorry.

              4. Corona is not good 4 U
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Calvert-Lewin -> Iheanacho for free?

                Thank you!

                1. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Yes

                  1. Corona is not good 4 U
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Thank you!

                2. PLerix
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Everton will ha a dgw no?

                  1. Corona is not good 4 U
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Thank you! Do you know when they have the double game week?

                    1. PLerix
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      35 or 37 presumably

                      1. Corona is not good 4 U
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Thank you!

              5. Felix Navidad
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                A Jota
                B Maddison

                Got both Iheanacho and Salah
                Thanks

                1. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  A

                2. nalassimi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Jota.

                3. Dexters Laboratory
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    A

                4. nalassimi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  How does this WC look guys, 1ITB.

                  Mendy Forster
                  Holding TAA Rudiger Regullion Coady
                  Salah Gundo Bruno Jota Son
                  Iheanacho Kane Davis

                  I have 4 BGW players. Plan to change Gundo for BGW but hold on to Spurs player for GW 34 vs SHU.

                5. Boss Hogg
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Play Vydra or Nacho?

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Nacho

                  2. nalassimi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Nacho, I was on WC and I had that dilemma so I dropped Vydra for Davis 😛

                  3. Dexters Laboratory
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Nacho

                  4. Igz08
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    A) Castagne
                    B) Perreira

                    1. PLerix
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      B

                    2. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      B

                  5. PLerix
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    KdB likely to be benched?
                    KdB -> Sterling (c) for a hit?
                    Not sure about captaining KdB and Jota, TAA and Kane against utd dont convince me.

                    1. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      No

                  6. Alisson WondHaaland
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Are we sure we're not overthinking it with our 1 week punts to move to Son next week?

                    Last time the result was 6-1 with an 18 pointer for Son...

                  7. premierleaguesgreatestevert…
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Play Vydra this week over?

                    Son
                    Bruno
                    Nacho
                    Kane
                    None?

                    1. premierleaguesgreatestevert…
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Ignore Kane

                    2. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      None

                      1. premierleaguesgreatestevert…
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Cheers

                  8. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    No noe look at Saka?

                  9. Fantasy man on the top
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    WC active

                    Am I benching the right players?

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

                  10. DavidBadWillie
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Just did Konsa, KDB & Raphinia > Phillips, Jota and Mane.

                      Couldn't afford Salah. Somebody back man and say good move yeah.

                    • Boss Hogg
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Play Coady or Holding?

                      1. Dexters Laboratory
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          The most asked Q of the day.. I'm slightly veering towards Coady but it'll go to the wire

                      2. Andre_The_Giant
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        2 ft's - can't decide..

                        A) Salah & Phillips

                        B) Jota & TAA

                        1. chelseabrad
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Tough one... A for me

                        2. Dexters Laboratory
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            A .. Salah a (C) option

                        3. SomeoneKnows
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Which is better to own for GW32 & GW33?

                          A) Bamford
                          B) Woods

                          If I go for B I'll loose 0.3 in value making it hard to bring him back for the run-in

                        4. FPLMACKEM
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Currently on WC and have lingard as a one week punt who will become son next gw.

                          Is there any other one week punts for this position anyone could recommend?

                          Was thinking if the likes of mount, saka or just stick with lingard?

                        5. chelseabrad
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Start two:

                          A) Jota (have Salah)
                          B) Holding
                          C) Iheanacho
                          D) Shaw
                          E) Wood

                          1. Dexters Laboratory
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              AC