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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.

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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. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Rudiger/Gund/Wood>Digne/JWP/DCL (-8) Y/N on BB

    Players in caps blank GW36 so have only 9 players.

    MENDY
    taa, SHAW, HOLDING
    Lingard, FERNANDES, Gundog, Son
    Wood, NACHO, Kane
    Forster Jota, Coady, RUDIGER

  2. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Have 6 players blanking in GW36.

    Is it worth doing one of the following this week?

    - Rudiger --> Digne (-4)?

    - Fofana --> Digne (-4)?

    1. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Rudiger, likely only play 1

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I own Mendy as well so leaning this way

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Did the same move ... go for it.

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks both. Best of luck this gw

  3. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    a) Bowen, Son >>> Zaha, Greenwood
    b) Bamford, Son >>> Watkins, Zaha

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      A

  4. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Come on guys you can

    Last minute dilemma

    A) Digne elghazi
    B) greenwood ward

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      A

  5. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    A) Kane & Son
    B) DCL & Son (-4)
    C) Kane & Zaha (-4)
    D) Kane & Maddison (-4)

    Important H2H this GW!

    Cheers

    1. BaltimoreCity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      C

  6. Scrumper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Play Son or Ricardo Peirra?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      ouch. Am expecting Pereira to start vs Newcastle but will he get both games?

      Has to be Son, I think.

      1. Scrumper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Ta, Son is clearly the safer choice. Just not sure I can bear the thought of Peirra finally hauling and being on my bench tho!

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Son

  7. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Please pick one.

    a) Laporte vs CHE
    b) Kabak -4
    c) Coleman -4

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Very tough - would go with C as think Chelsea score

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        thanks mate. I've Digne already and no 'Pool defence, if that makes a difference?

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Ah, I don't think double Everton is worth it then.

          If Kabak plays both then I would go with him, (but I am not sure what his minutes will be like) over Laporte but don't htink it will be a huge gain / loss to behonest

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            went with Kabak in the end. Worth a gamble with Liverpool's remaining fixtures.

  8. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    GUYS PLZ HELP

    A) Bamford + 4

    B) Adams

    Yes or no????

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      A

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      No!

    3. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Stick with Bam. And captain. Bam will.
      (Don't really captain)

    4. BaltimoreCity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      A
      Ings getting healthy means no to Adams

  9. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Final call for Zaha or Greenwood?

    No chips left to play 🙂

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Greenwood of you are OK for 36

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Greenwood the less risky option. Depends on how risky you want to be!

    3. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Greenwood

    4. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Greenwood, but if it's a -8 because of GW36 then go Zaha.

    5. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Zaha will feel like the winning lottery ticket until you inspect it closely and realise it is from the draw a few weeks back. Zaha is a trap.

    6. BaltimoreCity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Zaha

  10. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Am I G2G here? Have doubts around who to captain tbh! On 16K OR and chasing a 40pt lead in my cash ML. Bruno, Salah or Greenwood?

    0itb -4. No chips left
    Mendy
    TAA, Shaw, Coleman
    Bruno (C), Salah (v), Greenwood, Jota
    Kane, DCL, Iheanacho
    (Forster) (Rudiger, Lingard, Masuaku)

    Cheers and GL!

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Stick with Bruno in my opinion mate, three games, looks to be sharper of late, shooting more, and reckon we’ll get two pens out of him actually as well.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks mate appreciate it. GL!

  11. CrouchDown
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    2FT - How does this sound?

    Alioski + Lingard > Saka + Maguire

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Yep

    2. Doylaz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Nooooo

  12. YLK13
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Son, Coady, Fabri to Greenwood, Shaw/MaGuire, Guiata for a -4. I am BB this week.
      Thanks!

      1. iCon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        No brainer

        1. YLK13
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Thank you! 🙂

        2. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Absolutely

          1. YLK13
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Cheers 🙂

        3. corderz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          A) Son + Vydra + Rudiger > Bruno + DCL + Phillips (-4)

          B) Vydra + Rudiger > DCL + Digne (Go without Bruno)

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Tough, but A.

        4. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          It's about points, pitch time and 90 mins 90 mins 90 mins plus about 18 mins injury time that counts.

        5. Corona is not good 4 U
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Is this bench boost team good to go? Or would you transfer out one?

          Guaita, Martinez
          Konsa, Ward, Coleman, Alexander-Arnold, Castagne
          Fernandes, Greenwood, Salah, Saka, Lingard
          Vardy, Iheanacho, Watkins

          Thanks!

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            g2g

        6. chrislt4
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Bring Maguire In for -4 & play 4 at the back or play lingard & no hits?

          1. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            No link to the rest of your team so play Lingard. Maguire will probably be rested for one. Don't think he's a 1pter coming of the bench.

        7. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Who to start great people
          A. Lingard
          B. Target

        8. CAP
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Does this look sensible for 2FT?

          Dias, Gundo > Greenwood, Nat Phillips

        9. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Captain:
          a) Bruno
          b) Greenwood

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Lingard

        10. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Bamford to Watkins worth a hit?

          1. Next year
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            I don't think so. But I've got -12 now, so I wouldn't listen to me:)

        11. Next year
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Hi! Which one should I start?

          A: Ramsdale (CRY)
          B: Leno (WBA, CHE)

          On Ramsdale, guessing Leno won't play WBA, and not sure about CHE either.

        12. Champions League Varane
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Is Azpi to Castagne or Rudiger to Philips/ Ward worth -4?

          1. Next year
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            If you don't have enough defenders for GW 36 I'd do Rudiger to Phillips for -4.

        13. Bartowski
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Is it just me or did you used to be able to spy on how many transfers someone had made before the deadline?

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            This function was removed about two seasons ago lol

          2. Vertigo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Yeah, they ruined the fun about two years ago though.

        14. Essrick
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I’ve got 1 FT do I...

          A) Rudiger to Ward for free this week

          Or

          B) Play Rudiger and have 2FT’s for next week

        15. Krafty Werks
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Who would you say scores more?

          A - Rashford (Villa, Leics, Pool)
          B - Son +4 (Leeds)

          Thanks.

        16. arkom
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Benteke or Adams?

          I was first on Benteke but is't Adams more nailed??

        17. Fantasy man on the top
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 28 days ago

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

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

          Is Coleman over Digne a good differential or the minutes worry make him a bad option?

        19. Klip Klopp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Who scores more this game week?

          A. Rudiger + Davis + 4 pts
          B. Mitchell + Che Adams
          C. Thomas (from Leicester + Che Adams
          D. Mitchell + Benteke