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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. smix
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Welbeck to Bamford for -4 worth it ?

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

      Yeah, I would I think

  2. richarlison2348
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Will Forster play?

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

      Unlikely based on what has been said previously, but not confirmed for sure.

    2. jones711
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Everyone ssys he won't, but he's the keeper in form. I would not be surprised to see him start.

  3. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    So with Klich fit and in the picture, and Alioski's contract running out, we're expecting Dallas to return to LB and Klich to take Alioski's place?

    Can Leeds supporters verify this?

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

    Which combo?

    A) Mane & Lingard
    B) Son & Mahrez

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B

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

      B edges it for me

  5. ace3.1415
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Mahrez or Foden? (Money is not an issue)

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Mahrez

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

      Mahrez

  6. Daghe Munegu
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Have Son but no Leeds or west ham

    A: Kane Raphina
    B: Bale Bamford/Antonio
    C: Lingard Bamford/Antonio

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

      That's a tough one.
      Raphinha looking like he wont get the full 90 this week, but has good games after.
      Bale may also not get 90 minutes, but is potentially explosive.
      Lingard has gone of the boil a bit and Antonio may eat into his chances a bit.
      Hard to call between Bamford and Antonio, but I'd slightly favour Bamford.

    2. 272MK
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B

  7. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Mendy->Ederson for a hit?

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

      If you have no other keeper playing this week then you can expect it pay off, yeah

  8. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Son or Bale ?

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Son

    2. aardvark22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Son

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Son mate m. Reckon below?

  9. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    For a minus 4

    A Rudiger to Coufal
    or
    B Shaw to Dalla

  10. aardvark22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Help please

    a) Vydra to DCL (-4)
    b) Fofana to Dallas (-4)
    c) no hit

  11. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Son or Bale?

    Ings or DCL?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Son and DCL

  12. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

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

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

  13. liboo
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    A. Rafinia
    B. Foden

    Who is better ?!!!

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A

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

      If Raphinha doesn't get the full minutes in this GW, and Foden misses only one match in the run-in... probably Foden.
      Foden will be more exciting anyway.

  14. Pabster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Phillips and Mahrez
    or
    TAA and Foden?

    1. jones711
      4 months, 9 days ago

      TAA/Foden by a country mile

      1. Pabster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers, that's what I thought.

  15. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    -4 team. Either of these worth another -4?

    A. Rudiger >> Dallas
    B. Shaw >> Digne
    C. G2G. 9 players and Forster

    Forster*
    TAA. Ward
    Salah(C). Jota. ASM. Son
    Kane. DCL. Antonio
    (Mendy. Shaw. Greenwood. Holding. Rudiger)

    1. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I would go B for this week, but A for the last 3 weeks.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        So which one? Haha

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          B.........live a little...

    2. Pabster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Would probably go B. Digne has great potential this week, more than +4. Though losing Shaw a lot harder than losing Rudi. But still could be a decent move long term.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah. Hmm

  16. ABCDEFC
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Which duo?
    A) Son and Bamford
    B) Lingard and Kane

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A, just

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

      Yeah, A looks better

  17. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Which? (Have ayling lingard kane)

    A) ihncho fofana -4 to antonio/bamford - alioski/4.6 def.

    B) ihncho bruno fofana -8 to antonio/bamford - raphinha/bale - dalas/coleman

    C) ihncho bruno -4 to antonio/bamford - bale/raphinha

  18. Abaddon
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    I know we don’t know and need a crystal ball. But do we think these 3 start?

    A) Jota
    B) Dias
    C) Raphinha

    No bench

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

      A unlikely as his rotation out of the side is 'due'
      B who knows what's in Peps mind... let's say yes
      C unlikely to start due to manager comment, but likely to be on as a sub at some point

    2. Fintroy
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 days ago

      wow, difficult one - A, fit but not nailed on / B, Man City player, no other words needed / C - not fit. I'd avoid all if possible.

  19. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Would you do Bruno > City mid like Sterling/Mahrez/Foden for a -4?

    1. Fintroy
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 days ago

      No - just remember, if you lucky enough to pick a Man City player who plays today, means they won't start in the next game. Choose a player from another club....

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

      No, rotation will get you and you may well want Bruno back for Fulham anyway

  20. Fantasy man on the top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Have only 7 players starting and no GK. I have tripple Leicester and tripple Manu players. But thinking about taking out Leicester players first.

    A) Castagne and Iheanacho -> Dallas and Bamford for -4?

    Or

    B) Castagne and Maddison -> Dallas and Sigurdsson for -4?

    C) just Castagne to Dallas?

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

      I'd probably go for A

    2. Fintroy
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 days ago

      would avoid taking out Leics players - all gaurenteed to start next two games

  21. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Thinking of Greenwood to Son for -4 but want him back next week against Fulham. Best to keep Greenwood and ignore Son?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      If you can get 11 out I'd keep

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Nope would only have 10.

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

      depends a bit on if you would be missing out on other transfers you might want to do in GW37, as it's a deffo a big no if it's a hit on the way in and on the way out

  22. dopellganger
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Start Sanchez or Guaita?

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

      Sanchez would get the nod from me (mainly due to the amount of extra goals Guiata has cost them)

  23. Oldie99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Iheanacho to DCL for -4 if trailing mini leagues? Have 11 without DCL

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

      most likely yes, but depends if you have a border-line starter in the 11 that makes sense to bench

  24. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Lloris (Martinez)
    TAA Dallas Coufal Konsa (Mitchell)
    Salah [C] Jota Son Lingard (Greenwood)
    Kane Bamford (Nacho)

    Any worthy hit here folks? Hope it's GTG 0FT! GK ok?

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      GTG

  25. Pukkipartyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    My goalies are Mendy&Forster.

    Is it worth to do (-4) Mendy -> Meslier or Pickford? Thanks!

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

      If you have 10 other sure starters, probably not.
      And if you don't probably target another position to take the hit in.

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Thx for reply. I have 10 sure starters, but allready on -8.

        Dont know is it worth to do another hit for gk.

  26. Steve McCroskey
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Chaps. Any thoughts on whether Dias will start tonight? Considering benching him as I have Dallas, Phillips and Digne.

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Think it's likely

  27. Six Season Wonder
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Is triple spurs overkill? I have Kane, son, Bale but playing FH chip and hard to drop any HeELPP

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I would drop one of them

      1. Six Season Wonder
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        who though?

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

      Same problem.

      Pick 3 they all blank
      Pick 2 and the one you don't pick scores a hattrick

      I've gone all 3

    3. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      YOLO

  28. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    A. Keep Forster and Mendy for rest of the season (albeit almost guaranteed blank for current gameweek)
    B. -4 to change Mendy for the rest of the season to e.g. Pickford/Meslier

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I did B for Meslier

  29. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Any changes or GTG? Currently on -4pts

    Meslier
    Phillps Digne Coufal
    Lingard Jota Salah (C) Son
    Kane DCL Bamford

  30. Redranger
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    A) Antonio
    B) Bamford

    I have already got JLingz

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B