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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. Holgate1967
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Best mid to end of season for upyo 9.5M ???

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Bale

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

    Who to start?

    A) Ward (AVL)
    B) Ayling (bur)

    1. GE
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B

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

      Ayling.

  3. jones711
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Antonio (C) for a mad nothing to lose punt ?

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

      Why not?

    2. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Love it. Why not.

    3. Guba
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Don't love it, don't see his ceiling being high against Brighton which makes the differential punt less rewarding. Good pick though.

  4. PL Ball
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Will Cresswell start?

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

      Ye

  5. GE
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    What would you do?

    1) Shaw -> Digne (-4)
    2) Rudiger/Holding -> Coleman/Coufal (-4)
    3) Bruno -> Bale (-4)
    4) None

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      2 or 3.

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

      2 unless you're happy to wither go with Bruno from here, or have no other transfer plans and are happy with potentially bringing Bruno back for Fulham, then 3.
      Arsenal play some duffers in 37 and 38 though.

      1. GE
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks! Hmm, tempted by Bale but maybe better go safe with 2..which one would you like from 2?

  6. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    My wife has got no time and has just asked me to make an FT. Never ends well but...

    1. Castagne to Dallas
    2. Hope Mitchell plays and upgrade Soucek to Raphinha/Foden

    Cheers

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      1

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

      Mitchell shud be playing with PVA having family issues.

      Upgrade to Fodeb seems very juicy. Might get rested against Brighton tho. Raphina not guaranteed?

    3. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      1

    4. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I did 1

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

      1 gets rid of a player with no game and tough fixtures after for someone who will stay till the season ends.
      yeah, do 1 for now.

  7. Please Answer Me
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Final decision please help. Can only pick one

    A) Rudiger to Dallas
    B) Nacho to Antonio

    A bit sceptical about Antonio being fit all games

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A then.

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        This

  8. The Nuttman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Zaha out for a free?

    Guaita
    A.Arnold, Coufal, Ward, Dallas, Digne
    Salah, Jota, Zaha
    C.Lewin, Bamford

    Fernandes, Iheanacho, Saka

    0.0 itb.

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

      Should be willing to take at least -8 to remove zaha

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Mate, some have been taking hits left, right and centre and you're prevaricating over a free transfer.

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

      If for free and another player, defo - Zaha either gets 2 or 1 points (seems to get booked most matches) per game, utter waste of a player in your team......

  9. fridge
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    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. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Davis won't play, so A if you don't mind losing Bruno

    2. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A. Davis is unlikely to play so really it's a -2 at worst.

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A

  10. Thomas Magnum
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Best mid up to 7.7 on FH?
    A) JRod
    B) Lingard
    C) Other (have Foden)
    D) downgrade to a benchie and play 3 up front

  11. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Captain:

    A) Salah
    B) DCL
    C) Foden

    Chasing a 30 point lead

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

      Salah.

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I think Salah of those but will the person you're chasing C him?

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Probably

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

          Cap C and VC A?

    3. 272MK
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Who does your leader doesnt have? Im leaning towards Salah Foden, whichever the leader seems unlikely to buy

  12. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    How risky is going without Kane?

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

      Too risky 😀

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

      Depends on where you've spent the funds without Kane.

    3. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Fairly risky I would say. Kane can always haul at any given game

    4. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Think it's risky but I am flirting with the idea rn, no idea which wolves and which spurs will show up

    5. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I'm doing it but only because I'm chasing and it's time for risk,

    6. Tinkermania
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Kane is knackered. Mourino made him put in a shift like everyone else. He had previously got away with goal hanging in the past but this season he was made to work. He could still haul from penalties.

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

        He could easily have hauled in the last two games without penalties. Wolves are up the spout with injuries. Could be a rout.

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

      Meh, life should be about taking risks. I’m going without Kane. I also regularly like to shave with a weed strimmer .

      1. Party time
        4 months, 9 days ago

        You must have a lovely butt

      2. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Hope you are right. I am torn on going without him, at least this week

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

      If chasing then spreading the funds will do some work, lots of good choices in these last few weeks

  13. JWilson3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Stones or Dallas on free hit?

    1. Sid07
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Dallas

  14. Sid07
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

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

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

      I'm probably doing 1) Greenwood + nacho to Raphina + dcl (-4)

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      3

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

    Castagne to Dallas or Coufal?

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Dallas

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

      Dallas. But hearing news that he might return to fullback position is a food for your thoughts

  16. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Son or Bale?

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

      If chasing Bale otherwise Son

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

      About to ask exactly this. Go Bale or No Bale.

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

    Madness?I have 8 players,9 if Forster starts but i think that Mendy will not start vs Lei and Siggy will get a rest vs SUtd.
    Mendy+Rudiger+Bruno+Davis->Ederson+Dallas+Mahrez+Bamford(-12)?

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Why will Siggy get a rest?

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

        He looked really tired vs Villa,Rodriguez is fit and with Coleman and Digne playing up front we could easily see some rotation imo.Next game 3 days later with fans.

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

      Yes

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

        yes madness?

  18. Manani
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Mendy>Pickford
    or
    Save FT (and hope Forster play)

    got enough starter otherwise

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Go for it if you want points this week.

  19. JoeSoap
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Which do you prefer this week?

    A. Bamford (Kane capt)
    B. Salah -4 (Salah capt plus have a sub)

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

    On a free hit. Leading my ML. Should I go Son or Mane? (have Kane and Salah).

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Son - Mane seems risky

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Son.

      Mane is annoyed with Klopp.

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

      Cheers all.

  21. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Siggy to Bale for a hit is no bueno right? Already have DCL

    1. james 101
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I’d rather have bale but a hit is prob not worth it

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      No brainer...

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        no brainer for Siggy to Bale? or no brainer bad move lol

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Yes

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

      Bale has a higher ceiling I feel, and will be more exciting to own.
      Make your own fun, get Bale.

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

    Have Leno and Forster. Worth taking out one for -4?

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

      Yes might as well season nearly finished and they may both be rotation risks from next week.

  23. james 101
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Bottomed

    WC team. GTG?

    Meslier
    Coleman TAA Dallas
    Bale Salah Son Lingard
    Kane Wood DCL

    (Steer Greenwood Coufal Alioski)

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Dont fancy mahrez?

  24. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    A Anto
    B DCL

    1. james 101
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        But I could well be wrong.

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Only after the game

          The cat is still in the box right now

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

      faced with the same choice I went for B
      ymmv

  25. RooneyforLife
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Kane, Mane , 4.4 (bissouma)

    Or

    Antonio,Mane, Bamford?

    Currently top 25k ,aiming for top 10k .

    1. james 101
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B

  26. DRIZ ✅
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    I have 3 subs all of which are on BGW, but the rest of my team is starting. Is that ok?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Can only play 11.

  27. shapply
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    1) Iheanacho + Shaw -> Bamford + Stones (or other def up to 5.1)

    2) Iheanacho + Davis + Sigurdsson -> Bamford + Vydra + Foden (-4)

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

    Best keeper for the final three matches please?

    Meislier
    Martinez
    Ederson
    Lloris
    Pickford?

    Defence is : Digne shaw Dias TAA Coady

    Thank you all in advance?

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

      Ederson if you have the readies

  29. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Pick one:

    A. Iheanacho > DCL (-4)
    B. Play Gundo
    C. Play Targett (have Martinez)
    D. Play Struijk (have Dallas)

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B

      1. Bleh
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks

  30. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    A Mahrez
    B Foden

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

      neither, if you have an option for a player from another club - who ever starts for City tonight (apart from Ederson) is a rotation risk in the next game.

    2. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A of those