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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.

2,118 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Reggie Nainggolan
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Vardy or DCL

    On FH so one gw punt

    1. Klip Klopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Dcl

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      DCL

    3. Noisy Neighbour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      I will say Vardy, just because he’s likely to get the United B team on Tuesday.

    4. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      If you have Nacho then DCL

      1. Reggie Nainggolan
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        I have Nacho

        What about Watkins out

        A) Nacho Vardy Watkins
        B) Nacho Vardy DCL

  2. Noisy Neighbour
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Thinking of shipping Alonso for Michael Keane, then starting Keane over Rudiger. Thoughts?

    My thinking is Everton have better fixtures, have actually been keeping a few clean sheets recently, plus Rudiger unlikely to punish the move with an attacking return.

    1. bodgejob
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      I also want to get Keane in. Surely he'll start, right? Thought he is first choice

      1. Thescaff
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Had a shocker then done his hamstring. Seems like he's dropped. Annoying as I got him in for BB weeks ago

        1. Noisy Neighbour
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Now this does give me pause. I didn’t actually realize he was available for selection last week and remained benched until I did some further reading after your comment.

    2. Azzy
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Rather start Rudiger than waste a transfer on getting Keane

      1. Noisy Neighbour
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        You think he’s a waste even with SHU and WOL in the next two gameweeks?

      2. Noisy Neighbour
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Another question, would you consider Holgate instead in this scenario, or are you just not interested in Everton defense regardless?

    3. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Same boat...do u think Alonso gets a game?

      1. Noisy Neighbour
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Maybe against Arsenal, but certainly not guaranteed. My thinking was I would probably drop him next week anyway, so was looking to do it this week if I could find the right one to start over Rudiger.

        1. Studs Up
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 24 days ago

          I'm stuck between playing him or Holding...or sell for Coleman (2nd ft)
          I'll probably pull the trigger and sell hm...plus its an extra player for next gwk

          1. Noisy Neighbour
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            I also have holding and would definitely play Rudiger over him. You think Coleman starts both? I’m now thinking maybe Holgate is a good option.

            1. Noisy Neighbour
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              Actually after more consideration I like your thinking better. Coleman more upside for sure.

  3. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Will I get 100 or 200 points with this bench boost?

    HENDERSON
    TAA CASTAGNE SHAW WARD
    SALAH BRUNO(C) JOTA
    VARDY(VC) DCL IHEANACHO
    Lloris Lingard Pereira Coufal

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      300!
      Btw start Forster or Leno 😉

      1. iCon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Forster

      2. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        I sold Leno for a hit, I think if he does get a game it'll be Chelsea.

        Ralph said Forster would get the next two and there is a possible clean sheet home v Palace so I'd start Forster.

    2. Azzy
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      300

    3. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      £3.50

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      6

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        6 million?

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          There or thereabouts

    5. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      You'll be moaning by Saturday afternoon either way!

      Or whenever Southampton play.

  4. BurnMyBread
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 24 days ago

    A) Schmeichel, Robertson, Martinelli
    B) Guaita, Castagne, Zaha

    FH

    1. Reggie Nainggolan
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      B

  5. FC Hakkebøf
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    A) Kane + Greenwood
    B) DCL + Rashford -4

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      A

    2. Noisy Neighbour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      A for me

    3. RichieW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      B but just barely with Rashford being rested yesterday

  6. RichieW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Hey guys, who would you bench/start from these lot?

    Walker-Peters Phillips
    Saka ASM Milivojevic
    Wilson

    Rest of team is:
    Forster
    Shaw Kabak Holgate
    Greenwood KDB
    Kane Cavani

  7. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Pick one to start.

    A Rashford Lingard
    B Rashford Ghazi -4 (Lingard benched, Ghazi is an extra man for 36)
    C Greenwood Zaha -4 (Lingz benched)

    1. RichieW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      A

  8. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Play Rudiger or Phillips? Struggling with this.

    Martinez
    Castagne Shaw Phillips
    Bruno Jota Salah Greenwood
    Watkins Nacho Kane

    Sanchez Rudiger Lingard Coady

    1. artvandelay316
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Rudiger I reckon.

    2. Hunting for points
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Worth taking -4 to transfer out Vydra for Benteke? Gonna BB and need a better player for BB

    3. Jet5605
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Who starts?

      A - Dias (CHE)
      B - Holding (WBH, che)

    4. George James
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      On FH

      Schmeichel or Guaitia

      Shaw or Maguire

    5. zotter
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Start

      A. Lingard
      B. ESR

      1. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Lingard

    6. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Currently on a -4pts any of these worth -8pts?

      A) Son to Greenwood
      B) Son to Zaha
      C) none just play Son with -4pts

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        c

      2. zotter
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        A is mighty tempting ....

    7. Tmel
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Better option? (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. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        B

      2. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        B

    8. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Don’t just ask questions you f%%kwits, answer other people’s questions too.

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Start Leno or Forster?

      2. GinjaWhinja
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        When beer?

    9. Sid07
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Playing BB

      Thoughts on son + vydra + coady + Mendy to Greenwood + Watkins + digne + guiata (-8)

      Guiata will cover Forster no show next gw

    10. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      A Play Forster
      B Play Leno
      C Take - 4 for Guaita

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        A

      2. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        C

    11. cigan
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      GTG?

      Martinez
      Maguire James Phillips
      Salah (B)runo Greenwood Jota
      DCL Nacho Kane

    12. BurnMyBread
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 24 days ago

      A) Guaita, Castagne, Zaha
      B) Schmeichel, Robertson, Martinelli

      On free hit

      1. Fintroy
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 24 days ago

        A, Zaha is due and Schmeichel will conceed in both games

    13. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Who scores more?

      A) Jota (SOU, mun)
      B) Kane (lee)

      1. Van der Faart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        B

      2. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        whichever option you don’t go with

      3. Azzy
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Round about the same I reckon

    14. Jebiga
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Son to Greenwood for free ?
      yes or no ?
      FH next gw

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Rashford*

      2. zotter
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Yes

    15. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Ghazi a good 2 week punt? Grealish could be back by 36?

    16. HD7
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 24 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. Van der Faart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        C

    17. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      On FH, which keeper:

      A Guaita
      B MArtinez
      C Mendy

    18. Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Thoughts on this please?

      A)Thinking Rudiger and Saka out for Digne and JWP

      B)Alternatively looking at Saka to JWP and Vydra to Richarlison and then it's a toss up between benching Rudi or Lingard

      4.1ITB

      Mendy
      Rudiger* TAA Shaw Holding
      Salah Son Greenwood Saka*
      Kane Nacho Vydra

      Forster Rudiger Strujik Vydra

    19. Najj
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Saka likely to start both game?

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        doubt it

    20. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      play:
      a. veltman
      b. konsa

      thx and GL

    21. SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Martinez
      TAA, Shaw, Coleman, Fofana
      Salah, Bruno, Greenwood, Jota
      Kane, Iheanacho

      (Forster, Lingard, Wood, Coufal)

      G2G in terms of bench order?

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        BB

        1. SomeoneKnows
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          If only I hadn't used it two game weeks ago :/

    22. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      EVE have just had 2 Friday night matches in a row. They've been followed by LEI who have two Friday matches in a row now. Tonight the batton will be passed to NEW, who'll have two Fridays in a row.

    23. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Start 1
      A. Lingard
      B. Target