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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. jimbo_smells
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Hi all,

    Views on whether:

    Antonio + Raphinha -> Iheanacho + Jota

    is worth a -4?
    Cheers

    1. Wigflex
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I did the moves so I'll say yes

    2. Davros
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Yes

  2. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Play Gundo and C Jota or out for a hit to Salah and Salah c?

    Bench is Shaw if I keep Gundo

  3. SoShy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Anyone have insight on whether Josh Maja starts tonight?

    1. Corona is not good 4 U
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Is this so important? He is in poor form and had only one good game. In the best case he will get two points.

      1. SoShy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Just feel like if wolves play 4 at the back it could be a high scoring game

  4. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Quick captain poll:
    A) Auba
    B) KdB
    C) TAA

    1. Corona is not good 4 U
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Unfortunately this are not good options. Do you have not a better player?

    2. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      B

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      B with C VC

  5. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    What to do?

    A) Targett -> Coady
    B) Calvert-Lewin -> Iheanacho for free
    C) save

    Thank you and have a good weekend!

  6. Tinmen
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Guys, Is Giroud a good option ?
    Looking a differential

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Wouldn't bother. Too few minutes, too hard to predict when they'll come

  7. TB303
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Best def @ 5.2 ?

    Stones? Keane? anyone else?

    1. Bob.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I like Fofana

  8. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Best captain pick?

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

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      D

  9. MikeS
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    This -8 worth it?

    Bamford and raphina to;

    Ihenacho & Salah

    1. MikeS
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Sorry would be DCL and raphina to Salah and ihenacho

  10. Konstaapeli
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Best course of action here?

    A) Elmo > TAA
    B) Bam > Nacho
    C) Both for a hit
    D) Save and play Raph

  11. BrutalLogiC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Kdb to Salah or sterling?

    1. Bob.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Salah

      1. BrutalLogiC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Okay

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Go differential Sterling

      1. BrutalLogiC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Wonder what kind of ownership they'll have, salah sounds near 150!

  12. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Infuriating 0.1m short of this on WC. Which def would you downgrade to afford?

    Mendy, Forster
    TAA, Rudiger, Shaw, Veltman, Holding
    Salah, Jota, Bruno, Sterling, Lingard
    Kane, Iheanacho, Davis

    Sterling (C) for 1 week then move to Son

    Cheers!

    1. Bob.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Shaw

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Holding

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        To a non-player?

    3. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Shaw to Fofana or Coady

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks. Would be a shame as Shaw so attacking

    4. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Veltman.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Hmm he was mainly for GW33 cover

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I wouldn't lose either of Shaw, Rudiger or TAA for him or Holding. But I'm not a fan of Sterling either! Looks like you've at least 11 for GW33?

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Prob true. You don’t see Sterling playing/ delivering this week then mate?

    5. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      What about Mendy to Leno?

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Trust Chelsea def a lot more than ARS I think!

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Forster probably

      Southampton defence is beyond rubbish. Not sure he's worth the I or 2 point insurance you get. Only possibly difficulty is if Chelsea blank in 35.

      Failing that I'd lose Holding to nothing. Are you going to play Arsenal defence? He may or may not be nailed with Mari around and Luiz to return.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Tbh he has the lowest ceiling of all the def so least damage by losing right...?

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Think so

          Veltman feels a perfectly adequate standby defender to me. Despite fixture mismatch nothing would surprise me less than Brighton outdoing Arsenal on cs here on in.

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Thanks mate. GL!

      2. JayKay1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Luiz had knee surgery, he ain't coming back...

  13. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Saiss or Coady?

    1. Bob.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Coady

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Coady

    3. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Coady

  14. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Saka or Neto for WC?

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Neto = nailed

  15. LLoris
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Would you make any changes for my WC?

    G2g?

    Mendy Forester
    TAA D.Sanchez Coady Holding Fofana
    Salah Jota Fernandes Son Esm
    Kane Iheanacho Vydra

    1. TB303
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Vydra not many games left

  16. seanie3
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    who is best to bring in on my last def place for WC

    a) Holding
    b) Rudiger

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      B

    2. TB303
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      b

  17. Pedaso Pirates
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Last piece in the jigsaw...

    Do I go with:
    a) Dias and Jota
    b)TAA and Neto

    Already have Salah and Phillips.

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Probably A yeah

    3. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A

  18. Igz08
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    This week only:

    A) Sterling + Son
    B) Mahrez + Bruno

    1. Bob.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A

  19. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Worth -4 to get Vardy for one of Bamford/Watkins?

  20. TB303
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    How many games will Vydra have left 2-3?

  21. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Who would you bench from Vydra Mount Lingard?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Vydra

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Vydra.

  22. Artemon
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Help please guys - bench one:

    A) Holding (Sheff Utd away)
    B) Rudiger (Palace away) have got Mendy
    C) Son (United Home)

    Cheers!

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A

  23. TAT
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Son + Phillips or Gündogan + TAA? Pretty settled on the rest of my WC team.

    Mendy - X - Rüdiger
    Salah - Jota - X - Lingard - Fernandes
    Iheanacho - Kane
    (Forster - Vydra - Shaw - Holding)

  24. King Henrik
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    These 2 transfers look ok guys?

    Raphina to Saka
    White to Rudiger

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I’d keep Raphinha if possible, defs would bench hin this week but wouldn’t mind if he played every week from next

      1. King Henrik
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        His next 3 games is City United and Liverpool?

  25. The_FF_King
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Do we think Gundo is gonna be benched?

    Shall I do Bamford and Raphina to Nacho and Sterling for -4?
    Gundo first sub?

  26. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Play:

    A) Dallas (mci)
    B) Konsa (liv)

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Probably A and hope for a miracle goal or something, I see both conceding it’s just whether concedes more

  27. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Play Iheanacho or Lingard?

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Lingard

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Lingard

      1. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Nice one

  28. winchester
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Hey, Final WC draft.. Please rate.. have only TC left , no BB.

      mendy (forster)
      taa rüdiger coady (lowton mitchell)
      salah bruno lingard son jota(C)
      kane ihenacho (davis)

      G2G? 0m itb 😀

    • Plagued by indecision
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      My thoughts have turned to Phillips and Sterling(c) on a WC, rather than TAA & Son (can bring in Son next week). Madness? I'm 223k overall, and feeling punty.

    • Athletico Underachieving
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Quick question, do the transfers and price rises reset after the deadline, or will all of these late Lingard transfers in and Gundo transfers out potentially means a price change tonight? Want to do Gundo - Lingz, but any price changes and I’m screwed.

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        They don't reset completely, so expected price changes tonight

        1. Athletico Underachieving
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Cheers man, looks like there’ll be a few risers tonight. May have to go early against my better judgement.