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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. WHUFCSmith23
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 11 days ago

    So looks like everyone's Midfield is Salah, Bruno, Jota, Son, Lingard and equally everyone is going Kane and Iheanacho.

    With that in mind it looks like the only gains to he had to gain rank are with who you pick in defence.

    Has the template ever been this static at any point?

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      False. Some people have balls.

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      People on here only represent a fraction of the global FF player base.

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Not everyone. I don't have 4 out of those 7.

    4. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Iheanacho rather won't be highly owned

  2. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Should I play ihenacho over holding, phillips, or Ridiger ?

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Yes

  3. pol
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Who to bench:

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

    1. OleBall
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Nacho

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Sorry have I missed it.

      Some comments about Jota not starting.

      This cos of injury or cos Firmino might start instead?

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

        What comments or speculation?

    3. FPL_Rooks
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I've been struggling to finalise WC all week but this is what I've ended on...

        Leno (Forster)
        Rudiger Saiss TAA (Holding) (Castagne)
        Sterling (V) Fernandes Jota Salah (C) Lingard
        Nacho Kane (Vydra)

        0.0 ITB and plan to BB in 32. Sitting around 20k.

        Should I be doing anything to improve?

        Thanks!

      • SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Guys gundo pp 5.6 sp 5.8 cp 6.0 Can I afford a drop? Very crucial in my wc to get back son next week guys.

      • M00N
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Bench 1

        A Jota
        B Son
        C Lingard
        D DCL
        E Bruno

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Son or DCL from those

      • winchester
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Final WC draft.. G2G?.. have only TC left , no BB.

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

          0m itb

        • Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Too risky to captain Gundogan?

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I think so but if there's ever a week...

            1. Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Yes. Just worried about a cameo

          2. Croaker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I am: hopefully if he’s benched he won’t feature at all. Definitely risky but I like the upside

          3. M00N
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I’m captaining him!

            1. Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              I've done it now, upside is too tempting

        • Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Tear this WC apart please!
          Mendy Forster
          TAA Rudiger Dias Phillips Dawson
          Salah Bruno Greenwood Lingard ESR
          Kane Ings Iheanacho

          1. Croaker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Nice. Like the Ings pick as I’ve been trying to fit him in myself

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Cheers mate, Ings having a blank may put people off but think he's worth a shout

        • LLoris
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 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. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Don't rate the Sanchez pick but rest looks g2g

        • Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          On WC:

          A) Veltman and Vydra
          B) Konsa and Davis?

          Thanks

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            A if you'll start Vydra every now and again

        • TB303
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Is Diop nailed til end of season?

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            No, Ogbonna back soon i think

          2. TB303
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            ok thanks!

        • Jebiga
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Play Ihenacho over:

          1. Holding

          Or

          2. Phillips

          ?

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

            1

        • The Road to Turfdom
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Anyone fancy a City players starting guess?

          Esp between Aguero/Jesus/Sterling on a on week punt.. cheers

        • tim
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Start Veltman or Targett?

          1. Chrisitis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Veltman
            Not even close

            1. tim
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Cheers buddy!

        • ZAWAd25
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Final WC draft, how this look? 0.5itb

          Mendy Forster
          TAA Rudiger Coufal Holding Lowton
          Salah Son Fernandes Jota Lingard
          Kane Ihenacho Davis

          1. The Road to Turfdom
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Similar to mine (make of that what you will). would be tempted to squeeze in Vydra

            1. ZAWAd25
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              I tried but not enough itb

              1. The Road to Turfdom
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Dawson for coufal

        • yanky
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Mendy (Forster)
          TAA Rudiger Holding (Coady Veltman)
          Bruno Salah Jota Sterling(c) Saka
          Kane Iheanacho (Davis)

          next week Sterling Saka > Son Maddison for -4pt hit
          is veltman a decent pick to cover 33 or should i go for a west ham def instead even of they have a worse fixture??

        • Bob.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Start Vydra or Ihaeanaco?
          Start coady or holding?

          Cheers

          1. The Road to Turfdom
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I, H

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

              That's what I'm on now. Cheers.

        • Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          A) Gundogan, Bamford
          B) Lingard, Watkins

          Which pair would you get on the WC?

        • tabby98
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Alonso or Reece James for WC team? Already have rudiger

          1. Dwotle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 11 days ago

            James

        • aardvark22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Best 2 defenders to complete WC for 9.9m combined?

          Have TAA, Rudi, Phillips so far (Mendy GK)

        • Takedog1
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Not much love for mason mount on here??

          1. Chrisitis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Big rotation risk as many others these days

          2. TB303
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Probably start but who knows

        • TB303
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Start Vydra over Holding?

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

            Vydra

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

          Ok, captain Gundo or Jota? Poor mans Salah and KdB.

          1. Corona is not good 4 U
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I think Jota.

        • Corona is not good 4 U
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

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

          Thanks!

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

            No, maybe Raph for Jota bur DCL has a good fixture.

        • Mr Tin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Advice needed!!??
          I have KDB, Gundo and Stones as well as Antonio and Shaw. The risk of no-shows from City is high.
          Would you take a -4 for KDB > Salah to play safe?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Shaw should be fine.

            Yes if you need points.

            1. Mr Tin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              My worry is if the 3 City players don't play as well as Antonio I already don't have a team. Salah is a safety net but big risk of losing points if KDB were to start.

        • MikeS
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Raphina to sterling -4?

        • HashAttack
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          On a WC with 0.2 ITB - Stick with Coady or double up Chelsea defence and get James (Rudiger is the other one)

        • tim
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Start Dallas or Mitchell?