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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. KUNingas
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    On WC

    A) Dias, Holding
    B) Fofana, Coady

    1. King Henrik
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A all day

    2. Coaly
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A

    3. Corona is not good 4 U
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I think A.

    4. Coaly
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Bottomed

      On WC, 1.9m itb. Where can I spend it to improve this?

      Mendy
      Dias Rudiger Coady
      KDB Fernandes Son Lingard
      Kane DCL Iheanacho

      Forster, Coufal, N Phillips, Smith-Rowe

      1. LIARS POKER
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Dias to TAA

        1. Coaly
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          TAA is interesting but Liverpool have been awful, they have no CBs and City have been the best in the league defensively and I can easily cover their blank with bench. Not sure I want to drop Dias

      2. King Henrik
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Smith Rowe to Neto

        1. Coaly
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Neto is better but when would I want to bench any of those other attackers

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        No TAA Salah or Jota!?

        1. Coaly
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          KDB becomes Salah if Liverpool show any signs of life

          Form over fixtures for me they have been absolutely awful

    5. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Start Holding or Shaw?

      1. Coaly
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Holding all day

        1. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Isn't it sore?

      2. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Don't bench Shaw, look what happened vs City

    6. Corona is not good 4 U
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Raphinha and Calvert-Lewin -> Jota and Iheanacho for - 4?

        Thank you!

      • bjarnia87
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Help please decide this

        1. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I don't agree, bad idea.

          1. bjarnia87
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yeah haha. Lost some text here . But maybe u can see comment bit more down

      • Cheeto__Bandito
          1 month, 5 days ago

          A) Sterling (C), Salah

          B) Jota, Salah (C)

          Which one scores more?

          1. OleBall
              1 month, 5 days ago

              I'd go A

          2. AD2110
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Captain:
            A) Kane
            B) De Bruyne
            C) Jota

            Play 1:
            1) Watkins
            2) Bamford

            1. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              B1

            2. Taribo
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              B1

          3. Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            play Cresswell or Shaw?

            1. LǝgleSs e|even
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Im on Cres for attacking potential

          4. LǝgleSs e|even
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Armband dilemma -

            Salah or Laca?

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Probz Salah tough though

            2. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Salah

          5. More Cowbell
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Quick vote please guys:

            a) Lingard & Fofana
            b) Jota & Veltman / Lowton

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              A for me

          6. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Which duo?
            A) Ings & ESR (can bench Ings in 33)
            B) Diagne & Maddison

          7. Oggle22
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            G2G?
            Leno
            TAA Holding Coady
            Salah(c) Son Bruno Jota Neto
            Iheanaco Kane

            Forster Fabio Silva Amartey Mitchell

            Cheers

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Bench too weak for me

              1. KUNingas
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                this

          8. Tmel
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Best captain pick?

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

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              C or D most likely not sure which myself

            2. LǝgleSs e|even
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              A or D

            3. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              I'd go A

          9. winchester
              1 month, 5 days ago

              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

            • Boss Hogg
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Mount or Neto (wc)

              1. Boss Hogg
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Or Lingard?

                1. Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  JLingz

              2. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Lingard

            • Taribo
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Concerns about KDB and Stones not starting. Shaw and Jota also minor doubts.

              Worth bringing in Nacho for Antonio to provide cover? Would be -8

              Martinez
              Stones Shaw Phillips
              KBD Jota Lingard Bruno Rapha
              Kane Watkins

              McCarthy Targett Antonio Struijk

            • seanie3
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Help please, on my WC any changes I should make

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

            • Abra Dubravka
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              For long term,

              A) Shaw
              B) Coady
              C) Fofana?

              1. gmando2011
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                shaw

            • yanky
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              why do i see veltman in some wildcards????

              1. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Good fixture in 33

            • Konstaapeli
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              As someone who watches all Arsenal games, it baffles me to see so many opting for Holding. We are truly awful and can easily concede against any team.

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                This, they made Liverpool look good!

                1. DropkickMurphys
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    And after arsenal lost tierney, Liverpool exploited his side all of the second half.

              2. gmando2011
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                last bit of help before settling on WC please guys.

                i'm 0.1m away from getting Maddison next week - do i risk that Son goes down 0.1m this week which allows me to afford him?

                if so i'll pick Coufal

                if not i'll pick Rudiger

                1. Thomas Magnum
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Coufal for safety, I'd worry Son won't drop once people remember he has a double

                  1. gmando2011
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    even with coufal i'm 0.1m short - but youve helped by saying not to take the risk

              3. pol
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Who to bench:

                A- Nacho (whu)
                B- Son (MUN) - have kane
                C- Lingard (LEI)

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Has to be A unfortunately

              4. Michelle Davin
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Neto or lingard and get lingard back in a few weeks?

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Look at Neto and Wolves form....

              5. jdp219
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                WC activated:
                Mendy, Forster
                TAA, Rudiger, Holding, Coufal, Amartey
                Salah, Jota, Bruno, Lingard, Son
                Kane, Iheanacho, Vydra

                Suddenly really nervous to have no City. Anything worth changing to accommodate?

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  I'd punt on Sterling or KDB over Salah this week on a WC

              6. Nightf0x
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Kun(c) 1 week punt in WC or no?

              7. G00LI0
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Anyone else tempted to captain KDB and hope the pep dice falls nicely?

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Sterling

              8. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Is it worth ditching Shaw* to Fofana/Coady if on a WC?

                1. Cojones of Destiny
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  think so

                2. KUNingas
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  im keeping

                3. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  I'd want them all on a WC, TAA Shaw Fofana Coady Rudiger, boom!

              9. Cojones of Destiny
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Cap:
                a. Kane
                b. Bruno
                c. Jota

              10. tabby98
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Right starting 11?

                Mendy
                TAA, Rudiger, Alonso,
                Salah, Jota, Lingard, Bruno, Neto
                Iheanacho, Kane

                Forster | Dias, Vydra, Holding

              11. bjarnia87
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                A) sell Abu, and get : Salah,TAA, vryda -4
                B) sell Bale and get: Salah, vryda (will keep Abu but no TAA)

                1. JustSomeGuy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  B.

                  Bale has to go imo.