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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. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Mahrez or Mount for one week ?

    1. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Mahrez

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Mount

    3. GROBARI
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Mount

      • Fantabulous KdB
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Both will be benched this week

        1. Takedog1
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Lies

    4. tabby98
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I need to drop one of these for my WC team to fund for the rest of the team:
      A) TAA
      B) Bruno
      C) Son
      D) Salah

      Not sure which one Is best to leave out

      1. Nightf0x
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        As I have TAA Jota I've left out Salah for now

    5. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Choose 2
      A) Lowton
      B) Coady
      C) Saiss
      D) Fofana
      E) Holding

      1. GROBARI
          1 month, 1 day ago

          B and D

      2. BurnMyBread
          1 month, 1 day ago

          For a -4:
          a) KDB -> Salah
          b) Watkins -> Iheanacho
          c) Auba -> Jota

        • seanie3
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Any suggestions on this WC please, bringing in Son for Sterling next week.

          Mendy (Forster)
          Stones, Shaw, TAA (coady, holding)
          Sterling, Salah, Jota, Lingard, Gundo
          Kane, Iheanacho (Vydra)

        • Kun Tozser
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          KDB. (C)

          (V) - Vardy or Jota?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Vardy

            1. Kun Tozser
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Makes sense, safest option with the risky cap pick

        • ..RL..
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Bamford to Iheancho a good move for -4?

          1. GROBARI
              1 month, 1 day ago

              No for -4

              1. ..RL..
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Next 3 fixtures for Bamford against top 6

                1. NateDogsCats
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Leeds scored 3 against Liverpool and 2 against MU last time out and everyone will expect them to get stuffed so they've no pressure on them and will have a go and both of those teams are pretty leaky defensively

            • Better Call Raul
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 1 day ago

              No one else concerned that Vyda (mun) and Forster (tot) are pretty terrible fixtures to make up half of a GW32 bench boost?

              1. Better Call Raul
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Vydra*

              2. HammersXI
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                That's the reason why I decided against GW32. Will use in one of the DGW instead

            • W
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Done with WC tinkinering... thoughts?

              Forster
              TAA Rudiger Holding
              Salah (c) Bruno Son Lingard Jota
              Kane Nacho

              Martinez Reguilon Shaw Vydra

              1.1itb for transfers

              Cheers!

              1. HammersXI
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                What's the point of having Vydra if you're benching him against Newcastle. Just curious

                1. W
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Just a cheap playing 3rd striker in case of injuries/benchings atm, will probably lose him in a week or two for DCL

                2. W
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Who would you start him ahead of?

                3. FPLMACKEM
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Almost identical to mine. Except I'm starting vydra and benching nacho. I'm playing the fixture.

            • HD7
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              How about this WC draft, mates?

              Mendy, Forster
              Philips, Fofana, Rudiger, Masuaku, Holding
              Salah, Bruno, Son, Jota, Neto
              Kane, Vardy, Davis

              (+) Has most of the big attacking players. Dont need to worry about Nacho and if he is nailed in the next GWs. TAA was the obvious sacrifice. I just don rate Liverpoool defence to get a lot of cleanies, even with those nice fixs. He may grab a goal or an assist but I dont think he will get a lot of cleanies.

              (-) Obviously defence suffers, but there are enough players to get in, if someone doesnt start (I hope).

            • FPL ElasticO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Which 3 to play from this lot?

              TAA / Rudiger / Dias / Coady

              1. GROBARI
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  1 2 3

                • g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  First 3

                  1. FPL ElasticO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Is it worth having both Gundo & Dias on WC?
                    Or should I lose one? Pls suggest...

              2. TomSaints
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Tried going without Kane, backfired.

                DCL and Digne to Kane and Philips? -4

                I know Everton have a double at some point but DCL is awful and Digne too expensive

                1. FPL ElasticO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Yeah, absolutely you just can't miss Kane's haul....

              3. KUNingas
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                G2G? Not sure about Holding/Dias tandem but at least money ITB to fix it.

                Mendy
                Dias, Rudiger, Holding, Phillips
                Salah, Bruno, Jota, Jesse
                Kane, Nacho

                Forster, Son, Vydra, Shaw

              4. Michelle Davin
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Son or lingard on the bench?

                1. veedub1989
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Son on the bench if you have to pick one (due to Lingard's form)

                2. GROBARI
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Son

                3. Coys96
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  DCL -> Jesus (c)
                  KDB -> Sterling (v)
                  Burn -> Phillips
                  Tierney -> Rudiger

                  (-12)

                  Why not?

                  Would need to do 3rd move to afford 4th and vice versa

                4. BurnMyBread
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Watkins to Iheanacho or KDB to Salah?

                    1. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Salah

                    2. Coys96
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Both

                  • TB303
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Mendy and Rudiger seem to be the most popular pairing this week for WC.
                    Is this because of fixtures? Sensible move?

                    1. HammersXI
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      I myself am struggling on whether it's wise to even double up on both tbh.

                  • veedub1989
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Mendy and Alonso
                    Leno and Azpi

                    On WC, other defenders: Shaw, Dias, Phillips, Holding.
                    Other keeper: Forster.

                    1. TB303
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      What's Shaw's injury like now?

                      1. GreennRed
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Minor.

                    2. veedub1989
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Sorry, I meant, which combination of the top two options. I have the other defenders and am happy with them long-term.

                    3. TB303
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      M&A then

                      1. veedub1989
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        I don't really like Leno (even as an Arsenal fan) - he doesn't get too many points.

                  • RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Captain Kane or Jota?

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Kane

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

                      Jota out of those two, what about Gundo?

                      1. RamaJama
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Sold for Jota

                  • Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Captaincy:
                    A. Jota
                    B. Gundo

                    1. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      A

                  • LewanGOALski
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Bamford ➡ Ihenacho for -4
                    Yay or Nay..?

                    1. seanie3
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      yep, I would could do well next two weeks..

                  • seanie3
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Wilson has been out injured for the last 7 GW's and is still the 6th highest scoring forward... crazy

                  • JayKay1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Sorry for postting again, but bottomed ;o)

                    Final WC draft, thoughts?

                    Mendy | {Forster}

                    Phillips | Holding | Coady | {Rudigier} | {Fofana}

                    Sala | Bruno | KdB | Lingard | Jota

                    {Welbeck} | Nacho | Kane

                  • phuang
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Thoughts of having Pereira in for Gundogan for a one week punt?

                    1. JayKay1
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Had him 1st bench last week, NEW goal and Bale 2 min cameo stopped my decent 68 pts being a 88 pt monster week, so sold on WC in disgust ;o)

                      Decent punt, stats back it up, question is was it a one off brazil like performance or the start of a trend?

                      1. phuang
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        The riskiness of Pep Roulette in benching Gundogan vs a one week punt. Dilemmas

                  • Tsparkes10
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Gtg on this wc??

                    Mendy Forster
                    Phillips Rudiger Dias Coady Holding
                    Jota Son Bruno Lings Mount
                    Vardy Kelechi Kane

                  • tabby98
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Best £4.2m defender long term?

                    1. seanie3
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Holding

                    2. HammersXI
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Holding

                  • HammersXI
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Decided against BB32, thoughts on this WC team?

                    Mendy (Forster)
                    TAA Rudiger Coady (Holding Konsa)
                    Salah Son Lingard Sterling Jota
                    Kane Nacho (Brewster)

                    0.5m ITB and planning to sell Son sooner or later to fund my 3rd striker for DGW

                    1. waltzingmatildas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Nice

                      1. HammersXI
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        I'm a bit scared removing Bruno... Could very well haunt me. Have enough to get Bruno back in next week.

                  • KAALI_DAAL
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Lose Bam or DCL for Nacho?

                      1. ..RL..
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Bam

                    • waltzingmatildas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Couple of last minute wc changes, hope I don't regret them!
                      Gundo and raph to mount and neto

                    • Booked4Dissent
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Who thinks Raphina is more likely to return vs City than Veltman clean sheet vs Everton?

                      1. waltzingmatildas
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Yep

                      2. NateDogsCats
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Everton are much better away from home so yeah I'd agree