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

    Any Hammers fans here? How do you see Masuaku 4.2 after injury? Fixtures are still ok and form is great (defensively so so).

    1. Bubbles1985
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Yup, STH here.

      I have just used WC and put Masuaku in.
      Plays attacking for Moyes and even more so now Antonio is out for the foreseeable IMO.

    2. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Good call. I had him before the injury and maybe will consider getting him now too.

    3. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Its risky if you want minutes. If we play 4 at the back then he will play off the bench. If he plays further forward he has competition with Benrahma and the usually favoured Fornals.

      I can see him coming off the bench when we revert to 5 at the back mid game. Its interesting that he started against Wolves though. It looks like Rice is out for the season so maybe they wanted his legs down the wing to protect Noble and Cresswell. If that's the case then he might now be a starter, but to forget about that worry just get Diop or get to Dawson if you want West Ham

  2. richarlison2348
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Super sorry to post this again, but am very unsure about this draft :/
      No chips WC
      Leno Forster
      Rudiger Azpilicueta Phillips Coady Fofana
      Jota Salah Fernandes Lingard Son
      Kane Iheanacho Vydra
      Thanks all!

      1. Geordie19
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Good!! Nacho seems to be in the team. Vydra could be benched in future but you’ve got cover

    • tbhogal
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Mendy or Leno on WC guys?? already have Holding

      1. richarlison2348
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Mendy

      2. 03farmboy
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Would you transfer out Bamford for iheanacho??

      3. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Best GK combo for GW32 BB?

        On WC

      4. b91jh
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Auba almost sure to start right?

      5. Robman
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Who's joining me in a WC one-week Captaincy punt on Sterling? Chances are that he will start and get at least 60 minutes. I can see him potentially hauling - feel like he may have a point to prove to Pep?

        1. richarlison2348
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Was considering it, couldn't fit it in but if you can get in a good WC with the punt than go for it.

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

            Doing the same on WC

            1. Robman
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Fingers crossed for us both.

          • veedub1989
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Yep!

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

          Vardy worth the extra cash ahead of Nacho?

          Will be for Bamford for -4

        3. Scrumper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Antonio & Stones -> TAA and Vydra for -8
          Chasing
          Yey or ney?

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            No.

        4. Geordie19
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          What you think?

          Either Gundo to Jota and bench Antonio
          Reed and Antonio to Jota and Vydra -4 and play 352

          Thank you!!
          Mendy
          Rudiger dias creswell
          Gundo Bruno Salah Raphy
          Kane DCL Antonio
          X Shaw Dunne Reed

        5. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Conor's Sketches PL managers 🙂

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Mb8gmkUsc

        6. Tmel
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Best captain pick?

          a) Jota (AVL)
          b) TAA (AVL)
          c) Bruno (tot)
          d) Kane (MUN)

        7. Kun Tozser
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Does anyone want to split Leno/Patrico for me?

          Both 8 CS over the season, both play SU and FUL over the next 2

          1. WHUFCSmith23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I worked out who got the most points out of Leno, Martinez and Mendy in their previous games against their upcoming 8 opponents and Leno was nearly 20 points better off that Martinez and Mendy. Quite shocking really. Maybe Leno isn't the worst pick

            1. Kun Tozser
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Hey great work, thanks

        8. 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 Nacho
          (Schmeichel Wood Holding Shaw)

        9. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Play Reece Or AWB

          Starting Alonso too

          1. aleksios
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Reece.

          2. Scrumper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Reece

        10. aleksios
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          On wc:

          1. Leno-Azpi-Alonso-Jota
          2. Mendy-Holding-Rudi-Bruno.

          Thanks all.

          1. Scrumper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Tough one. I'd go 2 for safety or 1 if chasing.

        11. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Good luck everyone.

          Lloris
          Rudiger Phillips Dias
          Bruno Jota Lingard Son Salah
          Kane(C) Nacho

          Martinez Watkins Shaw Mitchell

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

            GL

            Interesting captain call this week. You expecting a Spurs cs? Think Martinez might get there just on save points

        12. BurnMyBread
            2 months, 7 days ago

            KDB to Salah (c) for -4?

            1. aleksios
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Yes.

          • phuang
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Would you start Holding over Coady alongside with Rudiger and TAA for this GW?

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              No. Coady might have a small bit more chance of attacking return than Holding.

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

            Areola
            Dias - Rudiger - AWB
            Gundogan - Lingard - Salah - Son
            DCL - Kane - Bamford
            (Martinez) (Raphinha, Veltman, Dallas)

            1 FT - ITB 4.7

            1. Dallas to Trent (bench AWB)
            2. AWB to Trent
            3. Save FT

          • Arfaish
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Hows my wildcard looking and is the bench order correct?

            Mendy
            Rudiger, Alonso, Philips, Stones
            Sterling, Jota, Salah, Lingard, Fernandes
            Vydra, Kane

            Bench Forster, Vydra, Nacho, Shaw

            Cheers

            1. Arfaish
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Vydra is on the bench, just Kane up top!

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

            A- Lingard+Vardy or
            B- Bruno+Iheanacho??

            1. Arfaish
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              A

          • TVPlugSockets
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Wanted TAA but no way to afford him. Have 4.7 for final defender.

              Do I go for a Liverpool defender or someone else entirely?

              Rudiger Holding Shaw Fofana ———-

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

                Phillips

              2. HammersXI
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Depends how you'll look for GW33.
                Phillips seems like a good folder

              3. Arfaish
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Philips and Fofana to Alonso for a couple weeks whilst Chilwell is busy with the champions league. If not bank it.

            • Tinmen
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              KDB owners. Keeping or selling ?

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

                Selling

              2. Yome
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Selling to Salah; KDB and the whole city team will be rotated a lot as hinted by Pep

            • 03farmboy
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Philips or Lowton?

            • highsguy
                2 months, 7 days ago

                A or B?

                TEAM A
                Leno Forster
                AZPI Rudiger TAA Shaw Coady
                Salah Lingard Son Jota SMITH-ROWE
                VARDY Kane VYDRA

                TEAM B
                Leno Forster
                HOLDING Rudiger TAA Shaw Coady
                Salah Lingard Son Jota BRUNO
                IHEANACHO Kane DAVIS

                1. FPL_Hazards
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  B

              • FPL_Hazards
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                1 week punt.....which one??

                Mount
                Havertz
                Neto
                Bernardo

                1. HammersXI
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Neto / Mount

              • HammersXI
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Good to go for this week?

                Mendy (Forster)
                TAA Rudiger Holding (Coady Konsa)
                Salah Son Lingard Bruno Jota
                Kane Nacho (Vydra)

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

                Coady or Fofana on WC?

                1. Eric Banternaaa
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Coady

              • Eric Banternaaa
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                First draft. Any thoughts?

                Mendy Forster
                Rudiger James Dias Phillips Veltman
                Salah Jota Sterling Gundo Lingard
                Kane Iheanacho DCL

                Thinking change DCL.