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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. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    On a WC. Which team?

    Team 1

    Mendy Forster
    Coady Phillips Rudiger Shaw Holding
    Salah Sterling Fernandes Lingard Jota
    Kane Iheanacho Vydra

    (Sterling > Son next week)

    Team 2

    LENO Forster
    LOWTON TAA Rudiger Shaw Holding
    Salah SON Fernandes Lingard Jota
    Kane Iheanacho Vydra

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      2

      1. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Worth pursuing Sanchez instead of Leno to have something in the bank?

        1. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Not for me

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Team 1

      1. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I guess its about Sterling as a one week punt or not going for TAA on a WC...

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Yep. I'm willing to go without TAA, don't see him as a must have.

  2. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Better 1 week punt before shifting to Son?

    Gundo or Sterling?

    1. Blue Moon Rising
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Sterling

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Would you cap him mate?

    2. Sickboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Sterling

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Would you cap him?

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Sterling - just pick a strong VC, Pep is unpredictable

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Cheers mate! Yeh will do

  3. Fuddled FC
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Make a rookie error on wc

    Swapped Bruno for Sterling for 1 week punt intending to swap back next game week. I forgot how much money I had tied up in Bruno so can't do a straight swap back

    1. Blue Moon Rising
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      The pain

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Easily done

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Yikes

    4. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Ouch

  4. Totalfootball
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Man city v leeds prediction ?

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      4-1

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      2-0

  5. Jones Kusi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Best option??
    A. Coufal, Shaw, Rudiger
    B. Coufal, Shaw, Coady (Got Mendy)
    C. Fofana, Rudiger, Coady

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      B. I have also Fofana

  6. More Cowbell
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Finish this sentence please.

    A wildcard team without Bruno Fernandes is.....

    1. richarlison2348
        3 months, 20 days ago

        smart.

      • WALOR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        reasonable considering low-cost alternatives

    2. teddypicker
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Anyone doing Gundo to Jota?

      1. WALOR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Done

      2. Isca Extremadura
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        What’s the % starting chance of..
        Gundo / Stones / Cancelo

    3. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Holding or Bellerin?

      1. GE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        H

    4. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Mendy, Forster
      TAA, Rudiger, Shaw, Holding, Coady
      Salah, Jota, Fernandes, Son, Lingard
      Kane, Nacho, Watkins

      Any improvements?

    5. tbos83
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Who would you start out of
        A) Amartey
        B) Targett
        C) Maguire

        1. GE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          A

          1. tbos83
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Cheers

        2. chelseabrad
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          On a WC, good to go? Bench & order right? 0.9 itb

          Forster
          TAA Azpi Saiss
          Salah Son Mount Jota Neto
          Kane Wood
          (Schmeichel Holding Nacho Shaw)

          1. chelseabrad
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            bb'ing next week

        3. YEAH PITCH!
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          A) Fofana

          B) Coady

          1. GE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            A

          2. chelseabrad
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            B

        4. GE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          On WC:

          1) Get Vydra (4.8) as cover for Kane/Son/Dias in GW33

          Or

          2) just get Davis (4.2) and transfer out Kane/Son/Dias for GW33?

          1. chelseabrad
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            1

        5. Blue Moon Rising
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          On WC

          Mendy Forster

          Shaw Holding Philips Fofana Coady

          Bruno Jota Son Lingard Salah

          Kane Ineanacho Vydra

          G2G?

          1. Blue Moon Rising
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            I don’t like Coady or Fofana but I can’t see better options for the price.

          2. BobbyDoesNotLook
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            I have the same team except I will keep Bamford instead of Vydra. I fancy Bam still doing well and have money tied quite much.

        6. janlu0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Anyone saving WC for potential big DGW? Too much of a gamble?

          1. Blue Moon Rising
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Too late for that

        7. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Mahrez or Mount for one week?

        8. mr messi
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Anyone punting on Sterling this week?

          1. chelseabrad
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            No chance, been burned by Pep too many times this season already

          2. veedub1989
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Yep - giving the armband too.

        9. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Masuaku nailed now? 0.2 cheaper than Coufal which I currently own. (On wc)

        10. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Start-
          Martinez
          Sanchez

        11. Areyouthereyet
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Antonio or Nacho for -4. Worth it?

          I have Gundo Rudiger Dias Shaw as well. Might not have enough cover from the bench.

        12. b91jh
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          On WC...

          A) Coufal+ESR+Vardy (ESR perma bench)
          B) Cresswell+Maddison+Wood (Bench Maddison this week, then Wood next week, play both and bench Kane in 33)

        13. Corona is not good 4 U
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          What to do with this horror show?

          Pope (Sanchez)
          Dias, Digne, Coufal (Targett) (Dallas)
          Fernandes, Gündogan, Lingard, Son (Raphinha)
          Kane, Calvert-Lewin, Lacazette

          1 free transfer and 0.4 in the bank.

          Thank you!

        14. Sid07
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Start
          1) dias
          2) coufal

        15. Chandler Bing
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Which pair would you rather have?

          A. TAA + Neto
          B. Semedo + Jota

          1. chelseabrad
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            A

        16. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          1hr 30m till pens down

        17. premierleaguesgreatestevert…
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Best City defender this gw?

        18. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Alonso instead of Rudiger? Too much of a risk with rotation?

        19. bigdip
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          RMWCT (3.7mn itb for Gundo to Son in GW 32)

          Mendy (Forster)
          Rudiger, Phillips, Coady, Fofana (Fofana, Shaw)
          Fernandes, Gundogan, Salah (c), Jota, Lingard
          Kane, Iheanacho (Vydra)

        20. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Laca and Jota in for Bam and Raph (free)?

          1. bigdip
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Yes

            1. Nice to Finally Michu
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Cheers

        21. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Best option here?

          A. Shaw Konsa
          B. Fofana Targett

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            A