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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. jimbo_smells
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Hi all,

    Best 1 week punt before GW33 WC:

    A) Gundogan ->
    1) Greenwood
    2) Bowen
    3) Havertz
    4) Mount
    5) Maddison
    6) Pereira

    B) Bamford ->
    1) Lacazette

    (3.2m itb, rest of front 7:
    Bruno, Son, Lingard, Jota
    Kane Ihenacho).

    Already have 3xSpurs so not Moura etc.

    ?

    Cheers!

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

      Laca

  2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Repost soz

    Honestly not sure if I'm gonna get better chance to BB? Is this worthy of a chip or wait?

    Mendy,Forster
    Coady,Phillips,Shaw,Fofana,Holding
    Salah,Jota,Son,Bowen,Bruno
    Kane,Iheanacho,Vydra

  3. Cheeto__Bandito
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Bruno or Rashford plus 2mil ?

      1. insertcomedyname
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Not Rash given managing injury

    • waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Just done mount to moura....could really backfire!

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Lets hope you won't be Mourning afterwards

    • Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Ok GW32... let’s be ‘avin you!

      This template lot ready to go?

      0FT 1.7itb. No chips. 25k OR
      Mendy
      TAA, Rudiger, Shaw
      Salah, Bruno, Son, Jota, Lingard
      Kane (C), Iheanacho
      (Forster) (Holding, Masuaku, Davis)

      GL to all!

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I’m at 24k overall rank and its slightly stronger than my team 🙁

        Good to go!

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Haha thanks mate. GL to you then!

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        It's okayish I guess

        Rank okay too I suppose 🙂

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I’ll take okayish any day!

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            My secret weapon over you this week is Stones over Mo - might have been the wrong call I suppose 🙂

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Tbh I fully expect Mo to do nothing much

      3. gart888
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I'm at 1.5k and starting almost exact same team (Have Dias and Masuaku, and am starting him over Rudiger).

        Looks very good to me. I'd expect you get a green arrow going with this lineup while other people try to out think you and it backfires on them.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Thanks mate. Would you put Masu before Holding on the bench then?

          I was thinking I’ll try not to overthink this week and stick to template. Obv some ppl are playing TC so could be huge.

          1. gart888
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I'd be lying if I said I had an educated opinion on Holding vs. Masu. Good news is it probably won't matter, because I think all your starters will play.

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Prob true!

              VC is pretty irrelevant this week but prob putting it on Son ... wouldn’t usually choose both from same team but with 2 matches...

    • PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Raphina + DCL + Watkins ==> Son + Vardy + Cavani (-4)

      Yes or No?

      1. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I prefer Laca over Vardy.Yes.

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

        Looks good

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Play three defenders 🙂

      Phillips
      Dias
      Pereira
      Shaw
      Rüdiger

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Shaw, Dias, Rudiger

        Pereira first sub

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Ta, I have it the other way with Dias sub.

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Interesting.

            I have them Shaw > Dias > Rudiger > Pereira

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I think Pereira is like Trent has goal & assists threat, Dias needs the clean sheet to stand a chance of points. But which a Villa will turn up???

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

        Rudiger Shaw Pereira

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Cheers that’s how I am with Dias or Watkins first Sub

    • pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Really irritating we won't hear from Dean Smith in time

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Who do you want to hear about? Not Grealish??

    • SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Who else gng without Kane tc and save?

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Ye save it for GW39

        People not using it this week, genuine question what are you waiting for?

        Klopp to confirm Salah will start both games in a double game week against Sheff Utd and West Brom where Sheff Utd and West Brom confirm in advance they will play their under 16’s???

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

        I tc Kane in game week and is was a fiasko.

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

          Sorry ... in game week 26 ...

      3. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Me me me!

    • Corona is not good 4 U
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Is this team good to go?

      Lloris (Sanchez)
      Dias, Coufal, Holding (Digne) (Targett)
      Son, Fernandes, Lingard, Gündogan (Raphinha)
      Kane (C), Iheanacho, Lacazette

      Thank you!

    • flippetyflop
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      A, B please guys - first to 5 votes wins.
      Mendy (Fabri)
      Azpi Holding TAA Fofana Coady
      Lingard Salah Son (raphina) (neto)
      Kane Iheanacho (DCL)

      A - Save so I can make a more informed decision next week
      B - Neto to Pereira (would play him over Coady
      C - Something Else?

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Thinking you’ll get 5 replies you sweet sweet child

        C 🙂

        1. flippetyflop
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Have achieved 5 votes many times before when I've posed this question before.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        If you were managing your team - what would you do?

        1. gart888
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Post a question in the comment section of an article on a niche hobby website?

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            This particular niche website sorely needs more A or B questions 😉

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A

    • Legohair
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Worth to take hit?
      Auba to
      A. Pepe
      B. Rashford
      C. Jota
      D. Save and play Watkins

    • manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Martinez or Areola?

    • Retro
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Martinez
      Cancelo, Philips, Maguire
      Salah, Bruno, Gündogan, Son, Lingard
      Kane, Iheanacho

      Areola, Coufal, Vydra, Lewis

      1FT and 0.3 ITB.

      Save the FT? Any reason not much love for Chelsea this week? Was thinking of maybe getting a Chelsea defender...

    • Treadstone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Play Holding or Dallas

      1. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Holding

    • ZAMUNDA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Mendy - Forster
      Shaw - TAA - Coady - Rudiger - Dallas
      Son - Bruno - Jota - Lingard - Raphinha
      Kane - Nacho - Jesus

      Any thoughts?
      1) Raphinha to Moura
      2) Jesus to Laca
      3) Save FT

      1. Sid07
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        2

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      BB or not?

      Forster Pereira Phillips Rudiger

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Looks decent. If you don't have WC to set your team for the potential DGW35, I'd go for it now.

    • FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Can't decide between TC on Kane or Son

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        It’s easy

        1. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Thanks for the insight

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

        Kane if leading. Son if chasing

        1. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Ya kane a safer bet. But looking at numbers, son seems more likely to return something. Ahhhh

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      First on bench?

      A) Bamford
      B) Dallas

      Don't really see Bamford coming on but there's definitely always a chance.

      Also have Dunk. Third on bench?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Bamford 1st sub. Dallas...Dunk

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Cheers on that. Shall stick!

    • The_FF_King
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Cresswell and Gundo
      to
      Holding and Jota
      for -4

      Yay or nay?

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Surprised Kane's only at 70% on the capt poll, thought i'd be higher.

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Who do you play for? 🙂

        I agree - I think he will be 90% captained by those who own him

    • Hotdogs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Who would you play this week:

      A) Holding (FUL)
      B) Rudiger (BHA)?

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Rudiger

      2. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A

      3. gart888
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        They're both on my bench, but I have Holding first on bench. He was a BPS magnet last week without any goals or assists, and I already have Mendy to cover me on a Chelsea CS.

      4. Sid07
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        B

    • Sid07
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      How is this wc looking

      Mendy Forster
      Trent reguillon Coady Holding coufal
      Son Salah Bruno Jota Lingard
      Nacho Kane Vydra

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Martinez > lloris for a hit? Yay or nay?

      1. Sid07
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        No

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Cheers

    • Werner Bros
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      GTG?

      Mendy
      TAA Shaw Coady
      (vc)Son Salah Bruno Jota Lingard
      (TC)Kane Nacho

      Forster Holding Masuaku Davis

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Terrible team 😉

        Very very good to go

    • Help Me!
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Best replacement for Sterling?
      1 FT 0 ITB
      Already have Salah-Jota-Son-Lingard

      1. Bleh
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Bruno or Greenwood

      2. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Penandes

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Just hold. I can see him starting. Greenwood if you fancy a punt.

      4. Help Me!
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Bruno is 0.3M out of reach

        1. Help Me!
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Maybe keep Sterling for punt?

    • Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      start one..

      A. Rafa
      B. Bamford
      C. Keane
      D. Dallas

    • Bleh
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Cresswell > TAA worth a -4?

    • Mac90
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I have Gundo Cancelo Alonso in my 1st 11.

      Raphina(LIV) Veltman(che) on the bench waiting.

      4pts hit to bring in somebody else?

      Cancelo might start the next 2 matches, and Alonso was rested midweek. Soooo

    • Dele
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Can someone explain the Coady hype?

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Clean sheets are good

      2. Fitzy.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Fixtures