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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. The_FF_King
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Please help!

    A) Cresswell to Shaw for free?

    B) Cresswell and Gundo to Holding and Jota for -4

    Thanks 🙂

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A if you're light at the back without Cresswell.

      B will probably pay but possibly not this week. Also quite possible that by this time next week Maddison or Greenwood will look smarter than Jota.

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Kane C & play safe or balls out C Son?

    1. Legohair
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I have same dilemma

    2. Legohair
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Currently have son captain

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      One hour left on Son C at the moment

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Looked at Son closely

      Decided against as when one hauls the pattern is they both do. Okay chance that Son does better this week but it's likely marginal.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        You are not helping 🙂 🙂 🙂

    5. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Son seems like a relatively high risk relative to the potential upside over Kane so it’s a no for me

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        This. Well said

  3. Bathman315
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Conundrum, chasing points and debating whether to TC Kane... (i also have BB for GW 35)
    League leader has Kane and his TC chip and will undoubtedly use it on Kane this week.
    A) Use TC on Kane to cover bases, but miss out on explosivity of the chip and potential to earn points on a differential
    B) Save TC for another GW and just (c) Kane for this week so as to cover bases a bit more minimally

    Option B allows me to use TC on another player in another GW to potentially earn more points

    1. AntiTorres
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Only other good time to play TC would be in a DGW. Seeing as you have BB and the fixtures in the next potential DGW I’ll say TC Kane now.
      The ultimate question is whether you think the player you plan to TC later will outscore Kane in this DGW.

      1. Bathman315
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Good point!
        City are still to play Palace and Newcastle, Liverpool have got West Brom and Palace, United have got fulham still to play.

        decisions, decisions

  4. Dannyb
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Sterling and Neto to Son and Bowen - 4? Might bb and will cap Son

  5. AD2110
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    50 points behind my rival in league. He’s gonna put the armband on Kane. Would you TC Kane or save it for later on?

    1. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      TC Kane

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      TC Kane

      If rival doesn’t have TC left then you are getting a pretty much risk free gain of 10-20 points on your rival

    3. Legohair
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Tough,go for kane still

      1. AD2110
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Ta, thanks guys

  6. Legohair
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Is Son(c) too risky?im chasing and leader has over 60+ points more and he will go for kane(c).

    1. Blue Moon Rising
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Surely it’s Kane

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I feel to 240k over past two weeks so thinking go big or go home!

      1. Legohair
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Exact my thoughts too

    3. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      No, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if Sonny outshines him during DGW.

  7. Cookie Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    This week:

    A) Matheus Pereria (lei)
    B) Podence (SHU)
    C) Traore (SHU)

    1. Legohair
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      B

    2. FCRS1991
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      tough choices...form pereira, fixture wolves

    3. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I just can't decide.

      1. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        ha ha me neither, have planned to BB this week too and even having doubts on that!

    4. Dwotle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A 100%

      1. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Stats are nice - didn't like fixture that much!

  8. FCRS1991
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    g2g?
    need help with the bench really...

    Patricio
    Shaw Holding Rudiger
    Salah Son Bruno Lingard Gundogan
    Kane (C) Bamford

    Martinez Watkins Dallas Phillips (LIV) in that order

    Would you change anything or the order on the bench?
    Gundo is a risk of not playing I guess.

  9. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Would you guys take a hit here? I have £4.2m ITB ...

    Johnstone
    Creswell, Dias, Rudiger
    Lingard, Son, Bruno, Jota
    Bamford, Nacho, Kane (TC)

    Martinez, Gundo, Veltman, Konsa

    1. FCRS1991
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      why? good team.
      to what??

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I'm thinking if Cresswell is out, Veltman and Konsa not the best fixtures. Possibly thinking Cresswell to TAA?

        1. dabber7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 1 day ago

          FWIW, I did Cresswell to TAA last week and got an instant return. Now that Aaron is out, I'd be very tempted if I was you.

  10. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Kane EO likely over 200% this week, no TC no green arrow

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Will be under 200%

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      1 pointer anyway probably given the -ane TC curse, limps off 10 mins in

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Also worry for everyone I'm on him

        I have in the past 18 matches form captain

        3 goals
        I assist
        2 baps

    3. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      No chance!

      This echo chamber isn’t representative of the entire fpl player base

      Not even everyone owns Kane, not everyone who does will captain and only a small % will TC

      1. Blue Moon Rising
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Practically a differential

      2. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I actually think for the first time this season we could see Kane EO above 200%. Be a first for any player. I see your points but EO is based on top10k ownership, Kane is owned by 98% or so in top10k so yes practically everyone owns him. Not everyone has TC left but I reckon 20-30% do and probably 2/3rds of those will use it this week, therefore since Kane hit an EO of 180% in a gameweek recently, when you factor in an extra 15% TC I believe that will tip his EO over 200%. If you're not in top10k / 100k then it might not be 200% at your rank

  11. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Start 2 from these:

    A) Stones (VIL-A)
    B) Rudiger(BHA-H)
    C) Holding (FUL-H)

    Thanks!

    1. Corona is not good 4 U
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Tough one. I would bench Stones.

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Cheers!

      • Dwotle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Bench Holding and hope for either a Stones start or no show.

    2. Corona is not good 4 U
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Is this team good to go?

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

        Thanks!

      • Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Gundo and DCL to Jota and Cavani worth -4?

      • Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Punt on Moura this week then Lingard for the rest of the season or just go Lingard or Bowen from this week need to replace Neto but without a hit I only have 5.8 and not confident of any player in that category

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I'd rather have Lingard than Moura

      • Dwotle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        DCL or Saka for the rest of the season?

        1. Danstoke82
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Saka. DCL out with injury and playing to far wide for my liking. Seems Ancelotti prefers Richarlison through the centre which has affected DCL

          1. Dwotle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Cheers

      • S3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Vote for 1

        A. Watkins to Cavani
        B. Raph to Greenwood
        C. Cancelo to TAA

        1. Danstoke82
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I’d go C personally

        2. S I L V E R F O X
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Cancelo to TAA, Cavani focused on Euro, Mason played 25, scored 3.

            1. dabber7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 1 day ago

              C

          • pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            B

        3. S I L V E R F O X
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Don't set your heart on this line up as it's based on last weeks results - GW32, watch out for Lacazette, Bowen, Salah.

          • Danstoke82
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Evening all

            Which one to start alongside TAA and Rudiger (Mendy in goal)

            A) Holding v Fulham
            B) Dias v Villa
            C) Castagne v WBA

            Thanks I’m advance!

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Holding

              1. Danstoke82
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Cheers!

          • MaestroMostar
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Bring in :
              A)Patricio
              B)Lloris

              Cheers!

              1. Danstoke82
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Lloris has a DGW. Could be worth a go?

              2. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                B

                1. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  * only if you have a playing second keeper for next GW though!

            • Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Play Robbo (have TAA but no Salah) or Bamford?

              1. DavidHopkin
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Bamford

            • DavidHopkin
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              1 FT, trail by 42pts. What to do with sterling:

              - hold for one more week
              - to Bruno (ML leader owns)
              - Pogba

            • manu4life99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Start Martinez(mci) or Areola(ars)?

            • Rash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Is there going to be a better option to use triple captain than this week on Kane?

              Also am I gtg?

              Mendy
              Trent holding James
              Salah son jota bruno lingard
              Kane(TC) iheaneacho

              Forster rudiger Creswell Davis

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Rudiger over Holding for me

            • TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              It’s surprising he is going to be benched isn’t it.

              Not many seem to be aware if it?

            • pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Son making a late spurt for a double increase in price this week. That's where all the late is money is going.

              Be convenient if he made it.

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Flying!

            • borispkpk
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Mendy
              Coufal TAA Regulion
              Son Bruno Salah Lingard Jota
              Kane (C) Iheanacho

              Martinez Dias Holding Vydra

              a. save BB
              b. BB with this team
              c. Dias to Semedo then BB

            • Sollado14
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Bowen or Jota? 1 week punt before WC.

            • Luton_Fan
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Play rudiger or sterling (brief cameo risk). Plssss help 🙂

              1. Van der Faart
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Sterling could play full game as he didn't play many minutes midweek.

            • Van der Faart
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Cresswell and Neto to Coufal and Lingard(-4)

              Leaves me with;

              Mendy
              Holding Rudiger TAA Coufal
              Saka Lingard Salah Son
              Vardy Kane

              Forster Dias Gundo Vydra

              Can't do Lingard without saving .6 elsewhere.

            • andrewrichter
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Got to choose 2 Dec from 3, which should I play?

              A) Aspi + Holding
              B) Aspi + Regulion
              C) Holding + Regulion

              Interested in thoughts