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FPL Gameweek 35 team news: Injury latest on Zaha, Raphinha, Vardy and more

Ahead of tonight’s Fantasy Premier League deadline, we’ve got injury updates on all 20 top-flight teams in our weekly press conference summary.

For more team news information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed.

A video recap with Neale and Andy can be viewed here:

ASTON VILLA V MANCHESTER UNITED

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not giving much away ahead of Manchester United’s three Triple Gameweek 35 matches in five days.

Speaking after Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second-leg against Roma, the Red Devils’ manager admitted the challenge of the upcoming schedule but revealed no hints about any rotation policy:

We’ve been dealt a very bad hand by people who’ve never played football. I’ve just got to do what I have to do. Let’s see how we’ll deal with it. Two games in three days, fine. Three games in five, very, very difficult. Four in eight, impossible. I hope [there are no new injuries], we’re going to need everyone anyway in these four games and we’ve just got to see how they are on Sunday morning. We play at 2pm on Sunday so that’s a short turnaround but we’ll have to be ready and that’s just how it is.

Even the ever-present Harry Maguire may be at risk of a benching, with Solskjaer saying:

Harry Maguire, he’s played every minute for us in the Premier League since he came. I don’t think that’s possible now. That’s another stat that he could have been very, very proud of but I can’t really see that happening now.

Jack Grealish (shin) remains unavailable for Aston Villa’s first match of Triple Gameweek 35, while Dean Smith did not rule him out of Thursday’s meeting with Everton confirming he is “out on the grass” and starts training with the team on Saturday.

LIVERPOOL v SOUTHAMPTON

Jurgen Klopp passed Nat Phillips fit but was otherwise coy on the injury situation on Merseyside, saying:

The injury situation, nothing really new. We have a few bumps and bruises. We have to make late decisions in a few positions.

Ralph Hasenhüttl said “it is possible” Danny Ings (hamstring) could return for the second of Southampton’s two Double Gameweek matches when they host Crystal Palace on Tuesday although Ryan Bertrand (calf) will likely miss both and Takumi Minamino is ineligible to face his parent clubL

“We have Ingsy still not available [for Liverpool]. He still has problems, hopefully he will get him back this week. We’ll have a look [for Palace] if it’s possible, it’s a little bit short.

Bertrand is still out with a calf injury. Oriol Romeu is back training tomorrow. He has his final scan and then we can have a look if he’s okay to start with the team next week. Michael Obafemi is still in training.

Hasenhüttl will have Jannik Vestergaard available after his red card against Leicester was overturned, although the Southampton boss – who had previously said Fraser Forster would start both Double Gameweek 35 matches as not forthcoming when asked about who would feature in goal:

Yes [I have decided]. I don’t want to [tell you]! Let’s have a look. [They will share starts in] the final six games but you must always wait who is playing in the end.

NEWCASTLE UNITED v LEICESTER CITY

Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Jonny Evans and Jamie Vardy are fit to face Newcastle United on Friday despite picking up knocks against Southampton.

On Ricardo Pereira, Rodgers added:

He’s continued to work in training and I’m pretty sure he will play a part on Friday. We changed the balance of the team for those games but each game is different and Ricky’s had a few weeks of training and he’s looked really good.

Ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Leicester, Steve Bruce has no new injury concerns among his senior players.

Fabian Schär remains suspended after a failed appeal but Joe Willock is available after missing the Arsenal game through ineligibility to face his parent club.

MANCHESTER CITY v CHELSEA

Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) is Chelsea’s only injury concern but Thomas Tuchel hinted at rotation, saying:

We have one day less to recover [than City], which is quite a key factor. I can imagine that we maybe need some fresh legs and fresh minds tomorrow, some hungry guys that want to show they deserve a chance in a big fixture.

If there will be any new stuff tactically, I haven’t decided yet. I need to speak to everyone now, look at the data, see who is available and who is a bit in overload. We have a high possibility that we see some changes.

The injury list does not change much. Kova is out still, we hope to bring him back maybe for Arsenal. It will be tight even for Arsenal. Everybody else, I think, is available.

John Stones serves the final match of a three-game ban this weekend but Pep Guardiola didn’t report any fresh injury news in his pre-match presser on Friday.

The City boss said:

People might think the guys who played against Dortmund and Gladbach are going to play the Champions League final. Right now I don’t know. What I want is everyone involved in the next 2-3 weeks to prepare for the final.

WEST HAM UNITED v EVERTON

James Rodriguez (calf) will miss the first of Everton’s Gameweek 35 double-header but Abdoulaye Doucoure (knee) is fit.

Carlo Ancelotti said:

For this weekend we have back Doucoure. He trained with the team, he’s available. James [Rodriguez] not, because he didn’t train – he’s starting his proper rehab, he’s going to train at the start of the next week.

David Moyes was his usual guarded self when asked about West Ham’s injury situation, saying first of Declan Rice (knee) and then of Arthur Masuaku (knee), Mark Noble (calf) and Angelo Ogbonna (hamstring):

We are getting closer as we are another week down the line and we are hoping to have [Ricew] available. He is back on the grass and undoubtedly he is a big miss to us and we hope to have him back as soon as we can.

We are hoping we can get [Masuaku, Ogbonna and Noble] back but I will not put any dates on when I think we can have them available.

LEEDS UNITED v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Marcelo Bielsa is still waiting on both Raphinha (knock) and Kalvin Phillips (knee) ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s meeting with Spurs, although the pair were sighted in training on Friday.

The former has missed each of the last three Premier League matches after failing a series of fitness tests.

[Raphinha and Phillips] are being evaluated on a daily basis to see whether they can be available. We have to wait until Saturday.

Meanwhile, Hélder Costa (back) has been ruled out for the rest of the season but Liam Cooper returns from his three-match suspension.

Asked about Cooper’s return, Bielsa said:

Pascal [Struijk] and [Diego] Llorente have shown they can live up to the level that the previous people who have played in this position were playing at. But as you well know, there is other factors that are taken into consideration.”

Ben Davies (calf) is the only absentee for Spurs as Ryan Mason revealed in his Friday press conference he had a “fully fit squad”. He confirmed Tanguy Ndombele  and Lucas Moura were only on the bench against Sheffield United because they had trained just the day before that game.

Mason also heaped the praise on Gareth Bale after his Gameweek 34 hat-trick, suggesting we could see more game-time from the Welshman in the final rounds of the campaign:

He’s a top professional with immense quality. These last two weeks in training he’s been excellent, obviously, he’s produced on the football pitch as well. So he’s happy and I’m happy. I think at the moment, you’re seeing Gareth close to his best.

ARSENAL v WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Kieran Tierney‘s involvement against Villarreal appeals to have been largely enforced for Mikel Arteta after Cédric (illness) had to spend some time in hospital.

The Scotland international got 80 minutes into the tie before being replaced, having himself stepped up off the bench when Granit Xhaka (muscle) pulled up in the warm-up.

We had Cedric in hospital 24 hours ago and when Granit got injured, that was the only option that we had. [Cedric] is fine now.

Alexandre Lacazette made a return from injury in the final 10 minutes on Thursday and may need more game-time management during Triple Gameweek 35, with Arteta saying:

No [Lacazette could not come on earlier]. He was only available to play 10 minutes, 15 minutes maximum. We were already taking a risk because he hasn’t trained fully with the team, but he wanted to take that risk.

Robert Snodgrass (back) looks set to miss the rest of the season, while loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles will miss the clash with Arsenal as he is ineligible to face his parent club. 

BURNLEY v FULHAM

In his Thursday press conference, Sean Dyche revealed Chris Wood suffered a dead leg in Monday’s defeat to West Ham, and is hopeful he would be fit to face Fulham.

Woody had a dead leg. He was labouring a little bit in the last game but he’s come through that fine. Popey is looking strong as well. We’re hopeful that them two are fine.

Robbie Brady (Achilles) and Kevin Long (Achilles) remain unavailable and Dale Stephens is trying to shrug off a knock:

We will still be missing Robbie Brady and Kevin Long. Dale Stephens is carrying a bit of a knock that might have to be dealt with over time but he’s OK to train today. So far, so good.

Scott Parker said of Fulham’s fitness latest:

We’re looking OK, practically near a full squad. Harrison Reed has just come in today for the first time for some light work. Tom Cairney is with the group and heading in the right direction. We’ll have to see how that pans out in the next few days.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS V BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed that Willy Boly (illness) won’t play against Brighton but is “much better” and could be back for Spurs in Gameweek 36. Joao Moutinho is fit again, however.

Graham Potter didn’t reveal any previously unreported injury news but Adam Lallana (calf) will once again miss out, with the former Liverpool midfielder aiming to return against West Ham in Gameweek 36.

SHEFFIELD UNITED v CRYSTAL PALACE

There was no update on Wilfried Zaha (groin) in the broadcast section of Roy Hodgson’s presser.

The Ivory Coast international played through groin pain last weekend but wasn’t mentioned by name in his manager’s injury round-up.

Mamadou Sakho, Nathan Ferguson and Connor Wickham are short of match fitness and won’t feature but Ferguson could be back in full training next week.

Finally, there were no new injury updates from Sheffield United as they prepare to host the Eagles.

Paul Heckingbottom said:

No, not as it stands, everything is as it was. We have bodies getting minutes under their belt in training but it’s as you were.

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2,118 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Do you think Azpilicueta will start both games? Is it worth shifting him to Digne for -8 with gw36 in mind?

  2. The Frenchie
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    GTG?

    Henderson
    TAA / Digne / Castagne
    Salah / Bruno / Greenwood / Zaha
    DCL / Vardy / Iheanacho

    I have 1 million in the bank so enough to bring Robertson for example.

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Yes

    2. DRAXLER1105
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Zaha to jota maybe

  3. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Please help lads! Already on -4. What move should I do here?
    A) Pereira Vardy Coady -> Bruno Benteke Maguire/AWB (-12)
    OR
    B) Pereira Coady -> El Ghazi, Maguire/AWB (-8)

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Do you have to play Pereira and Coady otherwise? B if so

      1. Isco Disco
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 23 days ago

        Yes. On a BB

    2. Isco Disco
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      On BB

  4. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 23 days ago

    I am losing over 50 points to the leader in my league and I have to risk. I have TC, he doesn't. Who should I give the armband to? (x3)

    a) Bruno
    b) Salah
    c) Iheanacho
    d) Greenwood
    ...
    His captain will be Bruno probably.

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      A or B

  5. HD7
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Playing BB:
    A) Son to Zaha (-4) ?
    B) Jota to Zaha (-4) ?
    C) Save

    Mendy
    Fofana, Rudiger, Holding
    Salah, Bruno (C), Gundo, Jota, Son
    Kane, Nacho

    Pickford, Philips, Keane, Vardy

    1. randypriest
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Zaha might be injured

  6. Emp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    A.) Kane Saka Siggy Robbo
    B). DCL Son Saka Arnold
    C. DCL Son Siggy Cancelo

    Which one is best?

    1. GE
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      B

  7. Boleyn Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Evening All. Who to play? Thanks in advance:

    a) Dallas (TOT)
    b) Holding (WBA/che)

    1. GE
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      B

    2. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      B, but not by much

  8. GE
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Play one:

    1) Lingard
    2) Rudiger
    3) Holding

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Go with Lingard

  9. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Dallas to Kabak worth a hit?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      would be starting over Laporte vs Chelsea.

  10. Agamenmon
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Bring in

    1 shaw
    2 digne

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      2, if you need him to start GW36. Shaw if you're sorted for GW36.

  11. Releasebreaks
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Is Holding playing ???

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      The batsman's Holding, the bowler's Willey.

  12. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    All I see is comments and then a new page haha

  13. abaalan
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Is mitchell viable for rest of season?

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 days ago

      No

  14. dillydally1982
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    What scores more this week?
    a) Maguire & Watkins
    b) Lindelof & DCL

    1. Begbie.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      A.

  15. Begbie.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    My current team

    Martinez Forster
    Lowton Veltman Dias Dier Shaw
    Salah Bruno Son Lingard Maddison
    Iheanacho Brewster Kane

    Dias > N. Phillips
    Brewster > Adams

    And then activate BB?

  16. Newsman70
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    A Bruno(C) and Benteke/Adams
    Or
    B Sigurdsson and Vardy

    1. Newsman70
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      For a -4 that is.

    2. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Bruno C and Benteke

      1. Newsman70
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 23 days ago

        Thanks! With a -4 ? Leading my mini league by 50 points. Main challenger will C Bruno. Hide tonight if Vardy goes off I guess.

        1. Indpush
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 23 days ago

          -4 leading by 50, sure why not?

          I just transferred Kane and Son out for Salah and Benteke, Cing Bruno. Had two FHits.

          1. Newsman70
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 23 days ago

            I wanted Kane instead of Vardy as he blanks in 36. Have to see how it goes but I had no choice but to block the 2nd placed teams very obvious C that I don't have. A draw in points is fine. Just need Zaha Holgate to start.

  17. cescpistols111
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Better move? 1FT, 2.4 ITB.

    A. Burke -> Ward Prowse
    B. Save FT

    Also, bench Lingard or Son if I bring in JWP?

    Leno
    Shaw Kabak Rudiger
    Bruno (c) Son Jota Lingard
    Kane Vardy DCL (v)

  18. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Both options would be free (captain would be Bruno):

    a) Bamford > DCL
    b) Son & Kane > Salah & DCL

    If doing the latter, would possibly take a hit to get Kane back next week

    1. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      If not getting Kane back, b)

  19. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Next 2 GWs:

    A) Saka + Kane
    B) Rashford + DCL

    1. Begbie.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      A

  20. Freddiemac123
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Greenwood or Rash?

    1. iCon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Are they STDs?

    2. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Rash

  21. tom2224
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Should I start Lingard or Rudgier?

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Jlingz

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      tough, but probably Rudiger.

    3. iCon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Gotta take the chance on Rudi in a DGW

  22. Abaddon
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Down to this then. FH

    Guaita
    AWB, TAA, Digne
    Zaha, Bruno (c), Pogba, Salah
    Nacho, Watkins, Ricky

    Anything worth changing. I am chasing so need some punts, but nothing to crazy as I am the only one with my FH left in my mine league

    1. Fring
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Ricky..?

      1. Abaddon
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah. Lol. I have already changed to DCL.

    2. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Is that Rickie Lambert? 🙂

  23. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Hey guys. 1 FT and 0.1 ITB.

    A - Coady > Lindelof
    B - Son > Jota - hokey cokey (Son back next week)
    C - Other suggestion?

    Mendy
    Fofana - Dallas - Rudiger
    Bruno - Greenwood - Salah - Son - Lingard
    Nacho - Kane

    Forster - Wood - Holding - Coady

  24. The_FF_King
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    After pressers I’m now tempted by Shaw instead of Maguire now on wildcard.

    Thoughts?

    1. Booked4Dissent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Yeh better. I transferred in Maguire last night in anticipation of price rise unfortunately

    2. sulldaddy
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Shae more potential to score

  25. Tinfoil Deathstar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 23 days ago

    -8 for Lingard -> El Ghazi and Wood -> DCL? Or just stick with team below?:

    Emi
    Shaw TAA Phillips
    Bruno Salah Lingard Greenwood
    Kane Wood Nacho

    Fabri, Raphinha, Veltman, Regs

  26. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Is Forster nailed?? Will he play?

    1. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Think Ralph said he’d get the next two games

    2. Booked4Dissent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Yeh Hassenhutil said he gets next two games

    3. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Only Ralph knows

    4. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      He will play at least one

  27. Booked4Dissent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Holding or J-Lingz?!

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Lingard

    2. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Heart says jlingz, more exciting.

      Logically it's holding though

      Personally I'd go jlingz

  28. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Does anybody know why DCL missed GW's 31 and 32?

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 days ago

      Injury mate

  29. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Mendy
    TAA Digne Shaw
    Salah Bruno(c) Son Jota
    DCL Watkins Iheanacho

    Forster Lingard Rudiger Dallas 0.5 ITB 0 FT

    Anything worth a hit or am I g2g?

  30. KUNingas
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    2FTs. Dont want to burn FT so preparing next week.

    A) Rudi -> Diop (generates cash to do Nacho-> Antonio)
    B) Rudi + Son -> Digne + Siggy
    C) Rudi + Kane -> Digne + DCL