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FPL Gameweek 36 injury news: Latest on Raphinha, Grealish, Pope 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:

CRYSTAL PALACE V ASTON VILLA

Matty Cash‘s season could be over after he suffered a hamstring injury in the goalless draw with Everton, so he will very likely join Trezeguet (knee) on the sidelines for the trip to Crystal Palace as assessment continues.

Dean Smith confirmed that Jack Grealish wouldn’t yet be ready to start at Selhurst Park after a cameo appearance on Thursday but Ollie Watkins is back from suspension.

On Grealish, Smith said:

He won’t be ready to start at Palace. We’ll see how he recovers. It was great to see him out of there against Everton. I’ll sit down with him (today). It’s small steps at the moment. He looks fresh. He just loves playing football. We’ll try and get 90 minutes into him against either Tottenham or Chelsea.

Mamadou Sakho, Nathan Ferguson and Connor Wickham (all match fitness) remain out, while Patrick van Aanholt is a major doubt for because of a “family issue”.

Roy Hodgson was also downbeat on James McArthur‘s (calf) chances of featuring and added that Nathaniel Clyne would have to be assessed after picking up a “24-hour illness”.

James Tomkins may be back involved, at least, having featured for the under-23s at the beginning of this month as he builds up fitness following an eye injury.

BURNLEY V LEEDS UNITED

Sean Dyche confirmed on Thursday that Robbie Brady (Achilles) and Kevin Long (calf) will miss the rest of the season and, with Premier League safety now assured, added that Burnley’s walking wounded – including Nick Pope (shoulder/knee) will have pre-existing issues seen to:

Bardo’s the main one, Popey has had a couple of niggles with his shoulder and knee – we’ll wait and see on him. Robbie Brady and Kevin Long are not going to be right. Dale Stephens has got a situation we’re checking with his ankle.

Helder Costa (back), Adam Forshaw (back) and Joe Gelhardt (unspecified) are Marcelo Bielsa’s only injury concerns for the trip to Burnley, with the Leeds boss confirming that Raphinha, Rodrigo and Kalvin Phillips were all fit following substitute appearances last weekend.

As to whether they will start, Bielsa said:

Yes, they are fit. It’s important to consider that to be healthy is the primary condition to opt for a space inside the team. But to be ready sportingly, is not only to be healthy and have a good physical performance but to transform this into a football performance. There’s the difficulty that we need for the practise and to transform onto the field.

It’s not the same for an player who’s been out for an long time. After 10 days, the sporting part, they start to lose it. The one who spends a lot of time out, first they’re healthy and then they get to good, apt physical levels. Then they develop football activities in the training, 11 against 11. Then if they are able to perform with the under-23s they also improve their form, but a game in the Premier League is above all of that. The demand is a lot higher.

The finesse to play in the Premier League, you get that by playing in the Premier League, but also by accumulating games. For a player, apart from being a starter, they have to be a starter but also play well. And for the team you have to measure if the quality of the player who is coming in with respect to the player who is coming out, if it’s fair the difference and the weakness in the sporting form that they have.

EVERTON V SHEFFIELD UNITED

James Rodriguez (calf) has been passed fit ahead of the visit of Sheffield United but Yerry Mina (adductor) will sit this one out and joins Jean-Philippe Gbamin (knee) on the injury list.

Oliver Burke‘s season is over after he suffered a fractured foot, while Ethan Ampadu (pelvis) is “probably out” for the rest of 2020/21 and Sander Berge “won’t be risked” after picking up a niggle.

Oli McBurnie (foot) and Billy Sharp (thigh) remain sidelined.

NEWCASTLE UNITED V MANCHESTER CITY

Kevin De Bruyne (muscle) looks set to miss the trip to Newcastle United after failing to train this week but Pep Guardiola otherwise has a fully-fit squad, with even John Stones available following the completion of his three-match ban.

Guardiola said of De Bruyne:

He’s still injured, he’s getting better. When he will be fit he will be coming to training.

Callum Wilson (hamstring) has joined Jamaal Lascelles (foot), Isaac Hayden (knee), Karl Darlow (knee) and Ryan Fraser (groin) on the injury list, with the Newcastle striker set to be sidelined for up to three weeks and consequently missing the season run-in.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION V LIVERPOOL

Jurgen Klopp said that he wasn’t aware of any fresh fitness concerns heading into the Sunday afternoon clash against West Bromwich Albion but the Reds do have a lengthy pre-existing injury list, with the long-term absentees still sidelined and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (unknown), James Milner (unspecified minor injury), Naby Keita (muscle), Ozan Kabak (muscle) and Ben Davies (muscle) all having missed out in at least one of the Double Gameweek 35 matches.

On Thursday’s on-field dispute with Sadio Mane, Klopp said:

We had so far no real chance to talk about it but we will. There will be nothing left, it will be fine.

Robert Snodgrass (back) and Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring) are the only injuries we know about from West Brom, with team news thin on the ground from Sam Allardyce.

Loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles is available again after missing out in Gameweek 35.

SOUTHAMPTON V FULHAM

Harrison Reed‘s return to fitness is well-timed, as loanee Mario Lemina will be unable to face parent club Southampton this weekend.

Scott Parker said there were “no new injuries” he could think of when grilled on the latest fitness news, with Terence Kongolo (knee) out for the season and Tom Cairney (knee) being continually assessed as he makes his way back from a long-term lay-off.

Ryan Bertrand (calf), Oriol Romeu (ankle) and Will Smallbone (knee) remain out, while Jan Bednarek is a doubt after limping off with an ankle injury in the midweek win over Crystal Palace.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION V WEST HAM UNITED

Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay begin two-match bans, while Graham Potter told reporters that the visit of West Ham would “probably come too soon” for Joel Veltman (calf) and Davy Propper (ankle).

There was better news on Adam Lallana, at least, with the former Liverpool man training fully as of Thursday and available for selection providing he comes through the next 48 hours unscathed.

David Moyes gave yet another ambiguous team news update in Friday’s press conference, saying only that he was hoping to get some of his previously injured players back but that he “wouldn’t want to give anything away”.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Ben Davies (calf) is the only confirmed absentee for Tottenham Hotspur ahead of their clash with Wolves, with the left-back set to miss the rest of the season.

Jonny (knee), Pedro Neto (knee) and Raul Jimenez (head) remain on the injury list ahead of Wolves’ trip to Spurs, with Nuno Espirito Santo hinting at more “problems” on the injury front without naming names.

He did at least have the grace to let us know that Willy Boly (long COVID-19) and Marcal (groin) were back in training, although the former is still having “individual issues” and the latter has only just returned from a three-month lay-off.

Owen Otasowie missed out with a knock last weekend, meanwhile, but wasn’t namechecked by his manager on Friday.

 

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491 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Railwayman
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    I am on my FH, really big problems with selecting 3 strikers from:

    a) Kane
    b) DCL
    c) Bamford
    d) Antonio
    e) Ings

    I am 30 points behind the first lad in my ML and I am currently 20K overall. Any suggestions are welcome, should I go really differential and all in or balance my picks? Thanks

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I have ABC but C was D then E and finally C all in a few hours ago

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I choose A, B and E

    3. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      It would likely depend on who the person you are chasing has got, and who you think they may bring in if they are swapping out a Leicester player.

      I am around 200k and also chasing a 30pt gap.
      I expect the chap in first to move to Antonio to add to Kane and Watkins; therefore I went DCL and Ings to go with Bamford.

      If OR is more important than the ML pick who ever you think scores the most points. 🙂

    4. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I'm going with ABC

  2. Please Answer Me
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Meslier or Pickford on a WC?

    1. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Pickford

    2. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      The Pickster

      1. Skorr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Pickford, but have a plan for GW38.
        Meslier may look better in hindsight if Leeds get on top of their away form issues though.

  3. thepirates
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Take a pick =)

    a) Fernandes, Nacho, Vydra --> Mahrez, DCL, Bamford (-8)
    b) Fernandes, Veltman, Nacho --> Mahrez, Digne, DCL (-8)
    c) Nacho, Veltman --> Bamford, Coufal (-4)

  4. DaddyPig
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Advice needed.
    Foden or Mahrez for tonight guys?
    I like the thought or Mahrez but Foden is just such a great player.
    Please help!

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I have both on FH but Mahrez if must choose

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I've picked both so that won't help. Knowing my luck I suspect neither will play. Pure coin toss imo.

    3. DaddyPig
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Thanks guys. Really appreciate it!

      1. DaddyPig
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Good luck this GW

  5. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA, Dallas, Dier
    Salah (c) Zaha, Lingard, Bruno*
    DCL, Watkins, Nacho*

    McCarthy, Greenwood, Shaw, Rud 1.9 itb

    A) Bruno and Nacho to Jota and Kane -4?
    B) Bruno and Nacho to Son and Bamf -4?

    Rank 42k if that helps sway any decisions

  6. Ian Davis
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Really can’t decide on this one:

    A) Raphinha & Antonio

    B) Raphinha & Bamford

    * already have Lingard

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A for me

  7. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Dallas or Stones for this GW only?

    1. Nightf0x
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Dalas for the rest of the season

    2. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Dallas for this and the rest of the games. May not be as assured of a clean sheet, but has a better chance of playing more and of getting attacking points.

  8. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Which?

    A) ihncho fofana -4 to antonio/bamford alioski/4.6 def. (Have ayling)
    B) ihncho bruno fofana -8 to antonio/bamford - raphinha/bale - dalas/coleman

  9. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Final query guys

    Guys 9.5k rank now, No gk planning to take a risk by starting Forster. So is it ok to take a hit and do this:

    A) Shaw and Bruno to Dallas and son.

    Looks like Bruno falling too. So if needed I can switch son to Bruno again.

    Or

    B) Shaw and nacho to Dallas bam

    Suggestions will be helpful. Thanks.

    1. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A looks better, but has a built-in future transfer to bring Bruno back for Fulham, leaving you with Nacho for a longer time.
      B deals with Nacho now and you won't be changing either of those in the rest of the GWs.

      So probably B all things considered.

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks for the elaborated reply mate.

  10. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Who is the better option?

    A...ings

    B...bamford

    Thanks

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

    3. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Probably Bamford, but Ings feels like he has a potential to get more points, just that he's less likely to get average points (if you see what I mean)

  11. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Bale or Son?

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Son

    2. Nightf0x
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Bale

    3. Kane and Ablett
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Bale of chasing Son if sitting pretty

      • Skorr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        If chasing then Bale, as it's likely the person you are chasing has Son.
        If they don't have Son, then get Son. 🙂

    4. Sid07
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Thoughts
      1) Greenwood + nacho to Raphina + dcl (-4)
      2) Bruno + nacho to son + Bamford/antonio (-4)

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B

        1. Sid07
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Antonio or Bamford have lingo

    5. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      So Carson is a must have on free hit

    6. George James
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Cap one

      A) Kane
      B) Salah

      Bring one in

      1) DCL
      2) Ings

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B 1

    7. TNB
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      RTM

      Forster
      Coufal-Dallas-TAA
      Son-Raphina-Salah(c)-Gundogan
      Vydra-Kane-Antonio

      Martinez-Bruno-Shaw-Holding

    8. Please Answer Me
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A) Rudiger to Dallas
      B) Nacho to Antonio
      C) Nacho to Bamford

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A and B

        1. Please Answer Me
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          And if you had to pick between a and b?

          1. aardvark22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            B

    9. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Veltman out for a hit to get another playing player?
      A) coufal
      B) godfrey
      C) coleman

      1. Redranger
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A for me

      2. Skorr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        yeah, A I think as well

      3. Kane and Ablett
          2 months, 13 days ago

          C for me

      4. Drogba Legend
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Any help appreciated:

        Forster
        Dias - TAA - Coufal - Rudiger***
        Salah - Jota - Son - Zaha
        Davis - DCL

        Mendy*** - Bruno*** - Nacho*** - Holding***

        A) Holding/Rudiger > 6.5 to 7.0 defender (Digne? Dallas?)
        B) Holding/Rudiger + Davis/Nacho > Defender + Bamford/Antonio (-4)
        C) Davis > 6.5 forward
        D) Something else?

        Probably targeting WHU/Leeds/Everton players but open to help/advice? Sitting 129k OR

        Cheers!

      5. Tmel
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Points prediction for Digne across his next 2 GWs (SHU, WOL)?

        Fixtures look great on paper but concerned by Everton's home record

        1. Kane and Ablett
            2 months, 13 days ago

            22

        2. Kane and Ablett
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Just sucked up the courage to see my rank - it doubled to 25k with 90 points and I’ve gone from 4 clear to 20 behind in my mini league. So Mane in as captain and a bit of Digne to try and make up most ground , what a drop, did anyone else double their rank this week?

          • fridge
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Have used my free hit to be able to (kind of) get out 11 albeit with Mitchell and Davis. 0 FT, 0.3 IT

            Martinez
            TAA. Coufal. Digne. Mitchell
            Lingard. Jota. Salah
            Kane. Bamford. Davis

            Forster. Bruno* Greenwood* Holding*

            A) Bruno > Son and play over Davis (-4)
            B) Save

            1. fridge
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              *used my free transfer not free hit...

          • Drogba Legend
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Or Nacho + Holding/Rudiger > Bam/Antonio and Digne (-4)

          • TVPlugSockets
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Best keeper for the rest of the season? (5.3 max)

            1. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Meslier

          • Viper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Hi all.

            A. Vydra -> Antonio (-4). -8 in total. Bench Alioski

            B. Play Vydra & Alioski

            1. wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              b

          • wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Any news from Moyes?

          • thezingerman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            is watkins still band

            1. Skorr
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              No

          • Jimbo-Jones
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Take a -4 to move on Rudiger for 5.1 def, or hold and play 10?

            Ederson
            TAA Mitchell Dallas
            Salah Jota Lingard
            Kane Antonio Vydra

            Rudiger Bruno Greenwood Shaw

          • wheato
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            What are peoples thoughts on Struijk keeping his place with Cooper fit?

          • Atwood
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            How useful does everyone think 2FT's are at this stage? I have 2 and debating to keep them for the last gameweek or not. These are the two options I'm toying with.

            A - Iheanacho > Bamford (Hold an FT)
            B - Iheanacho & Watkins > Bamford & Antonio

          • Vazza
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Thoughts on this FH team gents

            Pickford
            Robbo TAA Digne
            Salah Son Mahrez Foden
            Kane DCL Ings

            Bench: Button, Mitchell, Elmo, Burke

            0.0 ITB