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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.

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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. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Which one do I start? Assuming I own Kane and Martinez already:

    A) Son

    b) Targett

    c) Phillips

    1. Party time
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    3. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

      1. FPL Kaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Even with Phillips likely to start?

    4. Il Capitano
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

  2. Studs Up
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Guys, do we think Coleman is nailed?
    Tks

  3. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Who to pick?

    A. AWB
    B. Shaw

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    3. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Shaw

  4. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Both options would be free:

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

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. gart888
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      B I think. I'd want Bamford and Salah for the final run of fixtures.

  5. gart888
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Bench one:

    a) Kane (Leeds)
    b) Jota (Man U, Southampton)
    c) Holding (WBA, Chelsea)

    Am I crazy for thinking Kane?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      C

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Definitely C.

    3. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      C

    4. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      C

  6. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Anyone considering playing 4 at the back on FH?

    Will in that case be on expense of Zaha.

    Guaita
    Castagne, Shaw, Digne, TAA
    Bruno, Salah, Greenwood
    Dcl, Vardy, Nacho

    1. 2OLEgend
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I got the same FH team. I'm going Zaha over Digne

    2. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Neither Everton or Leicester can keep clean sheets. I’d risk one of Digne or Castagne for the higher upside potential in Zaha.

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers!

      2. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Would you also consider 343 with no Utd def, but Henderson in goal?

        Henderson
        Castagne, Digne, TAA
        Bruno, Salah, Greenwood, Zaha
        Dcl, Vardy, Nacho

    3. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Prefer Zaha. You could go Kasper over Castagne to cover the Leicester defence.

  7. More Cowbell
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    This captain pick is absolutely massive isnt it

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Not gonna overthink it. Bruno (c).

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        This, gets at least 2 games, maby 3 with managed minutes

        1. artvandelay316
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Yes but the flipside is that he hasn't earned any decent points in 5 games and there's no change in his form to suggest he will. So he might earn 12 points, whilst Salah could get 24 in two matches quite easily.

    2. Party time
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno(C) obviously

    3. Kane and Ablett
      4 months, 21 days ago

      It Shaw is!

  8. 2OLEgend
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Would appriciate some more input on this

    Hi all and happy friday!

    Would you change anything on this FH team?
    2.5m ITB

    Guaita
    TAA, Castagne, Shaw
    Salah, Bruno, Greenwood, Zaha
    Nacho, Vardy, DCL
    (Forster, Ward, Smith-Rowe, KWP)

    Thanks and GL!

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Castagne on the left tonight probably, lessens his appeal.

      1. 2OLEgend
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Would you rather get Digne?

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Very Nice, just like mine!

      Also considering 433, see above

  9. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Best goalkeeer for this gameweek?

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Henderson

    2. 2OLEgend
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Guaita, Casper, Hendersen or Pickford. Pick one

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Quite possibly Mendy

      He got two cs in the last against Liverpool and United and the one against Arsenal is almost a given.

  10. JabariParkersEyelid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    James Pereira to Digne El Ghazi for -4?

    Half an eye on 36.

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Yes

  11. LIARS POKER
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Holding or Mitchell to start?

    Holding more nailed, Mitchell better fixtures

  12. antis0cial
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Who is your cpt and why?

    I’m thinking Salah, rested, in scoring form, two must win games vs a leaky Southampton def then a tired, potentially rotated united team.

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno tc..

    2. Party time
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno. Don’t know why tbh

    3. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      It's a great shout, but I'm going Bruno for the slightest possibility of 3 games.

      If not Bruno, I would go for Iheanacho.

  13. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Best Goalkeeper for this gameweek?

  14. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Guys asking for the final time

    Have bruno

    A) Dcl greenwood Ward
    B) Dcl elghazi digne

    Both for -4 and B will get me 10 players without gk in 36. Only problem is rival have greenwood and dbl cp defence he also has dcl and digne too bb also. Am 50 points ahead. I am now towards B what you guys think?

    1. 2OLEgend
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I would go with A

  15. Spin The Wheel
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Rashford or Greenwood?

    1. 2OLEgend
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Greenwood

    2. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Greenwood

    3. Jebiga
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Greeny...Rash already reached his points from last season

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Put another way Rash is the 4th highest scoring mid of the season

    4. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I’ve gone Rashford

    5. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Cheers guys

  16. Heisenberg W. W.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Pick one

    1. Son & Vydra > Greenwood & DCL
    2. Son to Rashford (roll the extra FT)
    3. Son, Vydra and Rudiger/Holding for Greenwood, Benteke, Digne or (Wan Bissaka/Maguire) -4

    1. 2OLEgend
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      1 and play rudi

  17. L S P
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Pre-deadline A/B:

    A) Mount/Azpi->Bruno/3.8 Bench DEF

    B) Mount/Traore->Greenwood/Siggy (or Zaha or 8.7 Mid)

  18. KAALI_DAAL
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Coleman nailed for both games?

  19. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Which is better?

    A- 3-5-2 with Greenwood
    B- 3-4-3 with Watkins

    1. bialk
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. 2OLEgend
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    3. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A. Formation not important

  20. bialk
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Which one to start:
    A - Holding (WBA H, CHE a)
    B - Konsa (MUN H, EVE H)

    1. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

  21. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Pick one to bench:

    1. Rudiger
    2. Holding
    3. Fofana

    ?

    1. Party time
      4 months, 21 days ago

      2

  22. Hotdog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Current BB squad

    Mendy, Forester

    Trent, Holding, Godfrey, Dias, Regulion

    Gundo, Jota, Salah, JLingz, Bruno

    Kane, Nacho, Vydra.

    Thinking; Kane, Vydra, Gundo and Dias to Maguire, Zaha/Greenwood, DCL and Watkins for a -12

    YOLO

  23. Peekay
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Jota or Zaha?

    1. Lecky Legs FC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Jota differential but might not start both games

  24. Mane Mane Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Please help??

    Which option do I go for?

    A) AWB and JWP
    B) Godfrey and Greenwood
    C) Godfrey and Zaha

    1. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

  25. DAVESAVES
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    A. Henderson & Rudiger

    B. Leno & Maguire

  26. Sal8
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Free hit

    Guaita
    Taa digne shaw
    Salah fernandes (c) Greenwood mane
    Dcl nacho watkins

    G2G? Any suggestions?

  27. Tinmen
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Guys which option ?
    Have a feeling about Vardy

    A) Phillips and Vardy
    B) Robbo and Watkins

    1. Party time
      4 months, 21 days ago

      B

    2. Lecky Legs FC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

  28. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    2FT for gw35 -- Son, Veltman > -----, Shaw

    1) Greenwood
    2) Zaha
    3) Pogba

    1. Sal8
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Greenwood

  29. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Coady needs to go, who’s my best replacement for this week? 4.9m budget...

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Coleman

  30. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Play 1
    A. Rudiger
    B. Phillips

    1. Party time
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A