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The latest FPL injury updates and team news for Double Gameweek 32

Double Gameweek 32 is a tough one to plan for from a Fantasy perspective, given the drawn-out nature of the fixtures.

Only 11 managers have held their official pre-Gameweek 32 press conferences and although we have heard from the head coaches of Southampton, Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester City today, the fact that this quartet of clubs are in FA Cup semi-final action before their next Premier League fixture further clouds the water.

The respective bosses of Brighton, Aston Villa, West Brom and Liverpool will only face the media after tonight’s deadline has passed, meanwhile.

What we do know we will round up in our weekly press conference summary below.

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.


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v EVERTON/SOUTHAMPTON

Jose Mourinho says that Matt Doherty is “not ready” for the Friday night clash with Everton but is nearing a return, having joined in the warm-up on the training ground before carrying on with individual work.

Ben Davies is further away from a comeback, however.

Those are Spurs’ only two fitness concerns at senior level for Double Gameweek 32 at the time of writing.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (groin), Yerry Mina (muscle), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (knee), Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot), Bernard (unspecified) and Fabian Delph (tendon) are still sidelined for the Toffees although all bar Doucoure and Gbamin could be in line for a return in Gameweek 33.

There was further good news on the injury front, too, with Carlo Ancelotti revealing that Allan, Andre Gomes, Jordan Pickford and Joshua King would all be fit for the Friday night game at Goodison Park.

Saints don’t have new injury concerns heading into their FA Cup semi-final against Leicester, with Michael Obafemi (muscle) back on the grass but not ready for a playing return.

ARSENAL v FULHAM

Kieran Tierney (knee) and David Luiz (knee) will sit out the visit of Fulham, while Martin Odegaard and Pierre-Emile Aubameyang remain doubts at the time of writing.

Odegaard has complained of discomfort in his ankle of late and sat out the win over Slavia Prague on Thursday, while Aubameyang has been diagnosed with malaria and spent time in hospital earlier in the week.

Mikel Arteta said of Aubameyang:

We just spoke with him. He’s at home, he’s fine, he’s completely fine at the moment. He had two days in hospital to get the right treatment but he’s feeling good now.

We’ll see how he recovers. I think he will need a few days to recover from that. He wants to be back as soon as possible, that’s what he said to me.

As for Fulham, they have been boosted by the return of Ademola Lookman (hamstring).

Scott Parker also confirmed that Terence Kongolo will be out for the season, while Tom Cairney (knee) is back on the grass and improving but will need to be assessed on a week-to-week basis.

LEEDS v LIVERPOOL

Jurgen Klopp won’t face the media until Saturday morning, so any fresh injury updates that the Liverpool head coach provides will only arrive after Friday’s FPL deadline has been and gone.

Of the fitness news we do know, Jordan Henderson (groin), Joel Matip (ankle), Virgil van Dijk (knee), Joe Gomez (knee) are long-term absentees, while Divock Origi (muscle) and Caoimhin Kelleher (abdomen) have also been missing from the first-team picture of late.

Curtis Jones wasn’t involved against Aston Villa or Real Madrid as a precaution because of muscle tightness.

Liam Cooper will begin a three-match ban after his sending off against Manchester City last weekend, while there is a degree of uncertainty about the availability of Rodrigo (muscle) and Raphinha (knock).

Marcelo Bielsa would only say on Thursday:

Raphinha’s recovering from a knock at City. His evolution, we will see in the next couple of days. Rodrigo is in the process of recovering from a muscular injury obtained last week.”

ASTON VILLA V MANCHESTER CITY

Dean Smith’s pre-match media briefing will take place long after Friday’s FPL deadline has passed, so the availability of Bertrand Traore (rib) and Morgan Sanson (knee) is unknown.

Trezeguet will definitely miss out after undergoing knee surgery earlier in the week.

It would also be a surprise to see Jack Grealish back given that Smith had said ahead of Gameweek 31 that a recurrence of his injury in training “will probably put him back at least a couple of weeks”, although the vagueness of the Villa manager’s recent updates on his talismanic playmaker does leave open the slim possibility of a return.

Sergio Aguero is the only injury concern for City heading into their FA Cup semi-final, with Pep Guardiola saying:

No, not yet. [The rest of the squad] are okay. Tired, but in a good mood.

MANCHESTER UNITED v BURNLEY

Another week and another flag for Marcus Rashford (foot), with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying after the win over Granada:

Big bonus that he didn’t have to put any pressure on his foot [against Granada], yes. I have got to hope he can be available and not make it worse, that is the decision I have got to make, so fingers crossed.

He wasn’t due to be on the bench really, he didn’t train but, just in case, he put his hand up and said if needed, I could do a job. So it is a decision I have got to make on Sunday morning. But he is important for us. It is a difficult one.

 Eric Bailly (COVID-19) is back in the UK after a spell in self-isolation, meanwhile.

Nick Pope (shoulder) is “touch and go” for this clash, with Sean Dyche saying:

The ones who were missing will still be missing: Longy, Brady and Barnesy. Popey is touch and go, we’ll have a call on that one. He’s made good progress this week. Dwighty’s got a knock, so we’ll see on him. Jay Rodriguez, everything is fine with his new little’un, so he’ll be back.

NEWCASTLE V WEST HAM

Declan Rice (knee) and Michail Antonio (hamstring) remain out ahead of West Ham’s trip to Newcastle, while Aaron Cresswell (hamstring) is a “doubt” heading into the weekend.

David Moyes said that the Hammers will make a decision on Cresswell on Friday and was hopeful of his recovery.

Jamaal Lascelles (foot), Isaac Hayden (knee), Fabian Schar (knee) and Ryan Fraser (groin) are still sidelined, so Newcastle United’s injury situation is effectively the same as it was in Gameweek 31.

Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin have been back involved recently after injury-enforced absences, with Steve Bruce saying today:

They’re both available, they’ve both trained and are unscathed. Obviously, the clamour is to start the pair of them, but we’ve got to look at the situation and manage it because they’ve both been out for a long time with muscle injuries.

We have to guard against it (a recurrence) because they both rely so much on their pace and their power. They’re both available, so that’s good news for everybody concerned.

LEICESTER v WEST BROM

Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Caglar Soyuncu and Cengiz Under are available for the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton this weekend.

Harvey Barnes (knee) is still a “number of weeks” away, however.

We did benefit from a fitness update of sorts from Sam Allardyce following the excellent win over Southampton, with a further trio of players – along with the sidelined Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring) – now flagged.

There doesn’t seem to be too much concern at this early stage regarding Ainsley Maitland-Niles (knock) and Kyle Bartley (calf) but Robert Snodgrass is more of a doubt after undergoing an epidural in a bid to address a long-standing issue.

CHELSEA V BRIGHTON

Thomas Tuchel said ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final against Man City:

We have the green light for N’Golo [Kante] because we had three days in between and that makes a huge difference for him. Mateo [Kovacic] is unfortunately still out but feeling already better. Andreas Christensen is out, cannot be in the squad.

Graham Potter’s pre-Gameweek 32 press conference will fall after Friday’s FPL deadline has passed, with the Seagulls not in action until Tuesday night.

Fresh injury updates are still awaited, then, but we do know that Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) and Solly March (match fitness) remain sidelined and Florin Andone (knee) will be unlikely to feature after a playing comeback with the under-23s was cut short due to a precautionary substitution.

Percy Tau, who has been self-isolating after representing South Africa during the March international break, and Aaron Connolly (foot) could return.

WOLVES V SHEFFIELD UNITED

Ruben Neves is in isolation after a positive COVID-19 test and Pedro Neto and Jonny are long-term absentees for Wolves after knee surgery.

Willy Boly is back involved after his own spell in quarantine.

The fact that Nuno Espirito Santo said that Wolves’ injury situation remains unchanged suggests that Marcal (thigh) and Raul Jimenez (head) aren’t yet ready for a playing comeback.

The 2020/21 campaign is over for Oli McBurnie (foot) and Billy Sharp (thigh), who join Sander Berge (hamstring), Chris Basham (hamstring), Jack Robinson (unspecified) and Jack O’Connell (knee) on the sidelines after undergoing surgery this week.

John Fleck (groin) is a fresh injury concern and will have to be assessed after missing training all week.


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482 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 17 hours ago

    Gundogan -> Bowen, yay or nay? If Gundo & Stones both don't play I'm left with no bench cover.

    Mendy
    Trent - Holding - Rudiger
    Salah - Bruno - Son - Jota - Gundogan
    Kane - Iheanacho

    (Forster) - (Stones - DCL** - Amartey) - 0.0 ITB - 1FT

    Cheers!

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 17 hours ago

      Good move

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 17 hours ago

      Stones -> Coady?

      Depends if you are happy with Bowen or really would prefer Lingard?

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        Can't fit Lingard without a hit, and think it's too risky to take a hit to replace Gundo in case he starts and hauls.. :/

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Ye agree with all that hence my stones -> Coady suggestion. Would that then give you enough cash to do Gundo -> Lingard next week?

          As you say if Gundo starts then he is a great pick this week

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          I play a bit aggressively and have sold Gundogan for a hit, for Salah.

          Gundogan:
          UCL Quarter #1: 90
          PL: Leeds: 30
          UCL Quarter #2: 90
          FA Cup Semi: ??
          PL - Aston Villa: ??
          UCL Semi #1: ??
          PL - Crystal Palace: ??
          UCL Semi #2: ??

          Personally he looks like he's in Pep's best XI and those games are outside of the PL ones. He's going to need rest, Villa seems sensible enough.

          But also, Pep.

          1. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Cheers!

  2. robert1116336
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 17 hours ago

    Does anyone have a link to the clean sheet probability?

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 16 hours ago

      Hot Topics is where u can usually find it.

  3. Dammit_182
      28 days, 17 hours ago

      Guys, I’ve got Werner and fancy swopping to lacazette with auba out...is that just trouble waiting to happen or just hold for this week?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        Do it

      2. Giles G
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        I'd do it

      3. Dammit_182
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Done. Cheers!

      4. Giles G
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        What are the chances Mount gets rested this week, give the upcoming fixtures in FA cup and Champs league?

        Trying to justify a -4 to Lingard...

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Get Jesse

      5. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        Who to swop for Son?

        A. Salah (buy back next week)
        B. Bruno
        C. Neither 🙁

        Mendy
        TAA. Shaw. Coady. Holding
        Salah. Bruno. Lingard. Jota
        Kane. Iheanacho
        (Forster, Gundog, Rudiger, DCL**)

        1. Giles G
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          B

        2. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          C

        3. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Hmm! Any others? And any reasoning?

        4. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          How much money do you have itb?

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            0.1. if you pick this up. Pages flying

            1. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Can you downgrade DCL all the way down to 4.2 and upgrade Gundog to Son?
              If yes, that's worth it.
              Selling Salah for one week is just stupid. If you really want Son long term, Bruno. But over the next 2 GWs, Bruno can outscore Son.

      6. DF Team
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        Play this and save WC or WC this team now?

        Fabianski
        Amartey, Stones, TAA
        Jota Salah KDB Mount Gundo
        Kane Watkins

        Forster - Bamford Dallas Mitchell

        1. Isco Disco
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          I'd WC it

      7. McPollolocco
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          My starting XI:

          Martinez
          Coufal, TAA, Rüdiger
          Salah, Pereira, Greenwood, Mahrez, Maddison
          Ings, Kane

          Bench: Forster, Bamford, Holding, Digne

          what do you say? Who would you put on the bench and in what order??

        • King Kun Ta
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Allready burned a hit....BB with Mahrez and Alonso out there?

          Ta lads!

          1. Arteta
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Yeah yeah!!

          2. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Who are the other 2?

        • Sid07
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          How is this wc looking
          Mendy Forster
          Trent reguilon Coady Holding coufal
          Son Salah Bruno Jota Lingard
          Nacho Kane Vydra

        • roghippo
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Sterling to Greenwood or James

          Thanks

          1. King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Neither?

          2. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Greenwood out of those

        • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Dallas -> Semedo -4?

        • xuwei
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Help! Bench two?

          A. Pereira (Lei)
          B. Wood (MU)
          C. Saka (Ful)
          D. Dallas (Liv)

          Worried Saka won't start but he's in great form, Liverpool defense is rocky so Dallas might be worth a shot. Not confident in either Pereira or Wood in this game.

        • Isco Disco
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Is going without Bruno this week asking for trouble? Points prediction for Bruno this week?
          Not sure if I should swap Sterling out for Bruno/Greenwood/Maddison

          1. JBG
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            9pts

          2. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            16

        • damiang2233
          • 11 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Bottomed sorry folks

          Son in for Salah or Fernandes? Have Jota just an FYI

          Triple Captain Kane or Son?

        • JustPark
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Play one:
          1) Dallas
          2) Gundo
          3) Bamford
          4) Stones

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            2

        • Reeker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Would you do Gundo to Jota for a hit?

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Yes

          2. MidTableFantasy
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Think I would yes

        • Daghe Munegu
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Bench order correct ?

          Holding Fofana Vydra

        • jernej93
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Who to play:
          1. Rudiger
          2. TAA

          Mendy is GK

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Rule number one of FPL

            . If you own TAA never ever bench him

        • Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Is stones > coady worth a hit this gw? Coufal first sub.

        • Andre_The_Giant
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Who do you start?

          A) Areola

          or

          B) Martinez

        • The Tinkerman
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Ready to go? Rough GK choice this week, and Watkins benched:

          Martinez
          Reguilon, Dias, Coady, Rudiger
          Son, Salah, Bruno, Jota
          Kane (C), Iheanacho

          Sanchez; Watkins, Bissouma, Veltman

        • Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          my defense is crap.
          need to do lescells to someone for a hit:

          A sais
          B pereira/fofana
          C shaw
          D reguilon

          1. Lord Flashheart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            anyone?

        • SomeoneKnows
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Martinez
          TAA, Rudiger, Coady
          Salah, Bruno, Son, Jota, Lingard
          Kane, Ineanacho
          (Forster, Wood, Fofana, Coufal)

          Plan was to BB this week but having second thoughts. Any better GW?

        • TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Son and Kane are going to both get 20+ points this game week 🙂

        • The Tinkerman
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          TC Kane this week?

          My only chip left

          1. Andre_The_Giant
            • 1 Year
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            All day

          2. iL PiStOlErO
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            I am not doing it, not sure if it is right decision but just don't see major score, in fact I think spurs will lose one for sure. But then again it is Kane and it is maybe last dgw. Save it and keep me company in some other gw.

        • SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Am 24k ish have to left if I don't activate kane tc and if he hauls will my rank drop if I Oly cap him?

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            I doubt it

            1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Thanks

        • Mufc202020
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          If you could only have one in your team out of these who would it be??

          A) Trent
          B) Iheancho
          C) Vardy

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Close between A and B

            B this week

          2. iL PiStOlErO
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Trent

        • Cheeto__Bandito
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Bruno or Rashford plus 2mil?

          • mdm
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Pick one to play:

            A. Dallas (liv)
            B. Maupay (che)

            Thanks.

          • PukkiBlinder
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Neto replacement??

            1. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Lingard if you have the cash

              1. PukkiBlinder
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                28 days, 17 hours ago

                I don’t unfortunately. Have 5.8m

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 2 Years
                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                  Raphinha if you don't already own him

                2. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                  ASM or Pereira then