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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. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Really stuck on this one
    A) Bruno and Nacho to Jota and Kane -4? (Protects my ML lead more)
    B) Bruno and Nacho to Son and Bamf -4?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Son and Bamford for me.
      Jota rotation bumps him down.
      Kane not been amazing lately.

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B

  2. Rassi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Which one would you bench:

    A) Coufal
    B) Dallas
    C) Phillips (have TAA)
    D) Raphinha
    E) Zaha
    F) Benteke

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      D, not a guaranteed starter this week.
      Although F and E seem patchy at best.

    3. Fintroy
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Easy one that - Zaha, the most points he will get you will be 2

    4. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Thanks all. I have gone Coufal.

      1. Skorr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        hmm, surprising
        good luck 🙂

  3. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Last minute decision to do Mendy > Meslier.

    Makes it a -8 for the week which feels terrifying. But doing the other moves first then evaluating this as a standalone move made it easier to decide.

    Meslier (Forster)
    TAA, Coufal, Digne (Rudiger, Holding)
    Salah(c), Jota, Lingard, Son, J-Rod
    Kane, DCL (Iheanacho)

    -8 to do
    Mendy + Fofana + Bruno > Meslier + Digne + Son

  4. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    93K ranked. Leading ML by about 54 points which is not alot but.. is a -8 worth it this week? Bruno Maguire and Zaha to Foden Mané (likely captain ahead of Mo/Kane) and Digne worth it? Thanks to all

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I think if you have Zaha to roll with him this week.
      Hitting to replace a player with a fixture makes little sense to me this game week.

    2. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I agree with Jimmy

  5. GoonerGirl
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Who to captain this week?

    A) Kane
    B) Salah
    C) Son

    Thanks

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Probably B, unless you're chasing someone who will also C B, and then A

      1. GoonerGirl
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks, guys,

        I'm third in my mini-league, the guy in 2nd who is 8 points ahead doesn't have Salah, the guy in 4th is 11 points behind, he doesn't have Salah, so yeah probably makes sense to go Salah. However, I'm certain Kane will play the full 90, will Salah?

        1. Skorr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          if not the full 90 it will be as damn it

  6. DRIZ ✅
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Bruno C Salah VC locked in lets go!

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Loving the high risk strategy

  7. PL Ball
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    A) Bamford
    B) Antonio
    C) DCL

    Pick 2

  8. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Really tempted by Siggy to Bale for a hit as Spurs have two great home fixtures... Should i just wait until next GW?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Yes

    2. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I'd go for it, tbh.
      Embrace the risk!

  9. Six Season Wonder
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    FH team:
    Ive gone spurs overkill (I own all 3 prior to FH activation and can't ditch one) is that right move or should I make some last min switches????

    Sanchez
    DIGNE - DALLAS - TAA
    SALAH - SONNY - BALE - FODEN
    DCL - KANE - BAMFORD
    ---
    subs: COLEMAN + fodder.

    show us your FH teams

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Nice, lets hope Bale starts

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

        Chances he doesn't?

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      It's the same, but I have Mahrez over Bamford and a crap bench (Phillips, Mitchell, Davis)

      1. Six Season Wonder
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        good luck

    3. Vjm6891
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Too many spurs. Could easily score 0 or 1?

    4. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Martinez
      Digne - Dallas - TAA
      Salah - Son - Mane - Foden - Mahrez
      DCL - Kane

      Sub: Mitchell + fodder

      Wondering if I should keep Dallas or change to Stones.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Who have Villa got this weekend?

        Is Everton's fixture better on a free hit?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Away at Palace. I'd say home to Sheffield United is better.

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Midfield 3 of Mane, Mahrez and Foden may all be subject to limited minutes.

  10. RooneyforLife
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    A.Kane, Mane , 4.4 (bissouma)

    Or

    B.Antonio,Mane, Bamford?

    Currently top 25k ,aiming for top 10k .

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Has to b b

      1. RooneyforLife
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Isn't it risky to go without kane ?

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          I had Kane but just have not been impressed, bought in Son.

  11. Vjm6891
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Still undecied on a striker

    a) Antonio - I have Lingard as well so too much WHU?
    b) Bamford - only scored last week. is he really "back"?
    c) Ings - scored his 2 chances last match, but could be rested midweek?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B man

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. RooneyforLife
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      C

  12. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    1 Foden
    2 Mahrez

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B

      1. Vjm6891
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Do you just write B on every post? haha

  13. CoracAld2831
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Who to captain?

    A: Salah
    B: Kane
    C: DCL
    D: Lingard
    E: Digne
    F: Dallas

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      F

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A, unless chasing someone who will C A then B

  14. JWilson3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    A) Stones & Ings
    B) Robertson & Bamford

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B by a landslide

    2. FPL failure
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B

    3. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      yeah, B

  15. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Pickford or Fabianski?

    1. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Pickford, but have a plan around GW38

  16. FPL failure
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    A) Mahrez + Godfrey
    B) Greenwood + Digne (play Phillips this week)

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B by a mile

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A

  17. Holgate1967
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    is Rice back?

  18. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Best Captain between those:

    Mahrez
    Salah
    Son

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      hmm, Mahrez could be interesting if he starts, but Salah for safety

  19. jamesjoseph2770
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Pick 2 for this week
    a. DCL
    b. Bamford
    c. Antonio

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      AC

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B

    3. RooneyforLife
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      AB

    4. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      i have done AB

    5. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      AB I reckon

    6. jamesjoseph2770
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Thanks a lot guys. DCL and Bamford it is then..

  20. Weilong7
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    coleman/godfrey or philips for azpi?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Philips

    2. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Philips

  21. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Bale

    or

    Son

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Son more routine.
      Bale more bonkers.
      Pick the one that matches your personality.

    3. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Fck it going both

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Apologies for language

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          That was rude Luton Fan

  22. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Who is more essential
    A) Kane
    B) Son

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B at this very moment

    2. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      If Kane can persuade everyone to let him have their goals again this year then deffo Kane.
      Also Kane needs to buck his ideas up a bit.
      Kane has higher ceiling.
      Son is more boring and probably edges it if none of the above happen though.

    3. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Apoligies for language

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Apology accepted

  23. The Royal Robin
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    (C) Salah or Kane?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Have to go with A this time

  24. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    A

    1. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      My very first reply fail. Guess it was bound to happen at some point.

  25. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Any of these sound good?

    A) Maguire > Stones
    B) Maguire > Keane
    C) Maguire + Bruno > Digne + Mahrez (-4)
    D) Maguire + Bruno > Digne + Bale/Son (-4)
    E) Maguire + Iheanacho > Mitchell + DCL (-4)
    F) Maguire + Bruno + Iheanacho > Digne + Mahrez + DCL (-8)

    Currently have 10 players including Raphinha who may not start. Kind of tempted by F!

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      F looks the best of the bunch

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      D

    3. iCon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I did Bruno/Vardy/Pogba to Bale/Kane/Mahrez(c) so liking F for you!

    4. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      F

  26. Six Season Wonder
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Bale or Mahrez?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Mahrez

  27. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Own Forster + Mendy.

    Would you do Mendy --> Pickford / other GK for a -4

    (already own Digne)

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Yep.

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Lets hope EVE get a cleanie EY?

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Thx guys

  28. Luton_Fan
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Decided that mahrez is too risky.he could very well save him for brighton

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Could be just the luck needed for tonight

  29. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Any truth to the Ederson rumours about Scott Carson playing...

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I trust them 80 20

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      And it begins

      1. Sturridge Wars
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        It’s on Twitter. I don’t know if it’s true. Would think the American would play over him if anything

        1. Fintroy
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Would be surprised, Ederson will want to play every minute of season - even that Idiot Pep wouldn't begrudge him that ?!?!

    3. Sturridge Wars
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Turns out they were true lol

  30. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Help lads.

    Option A: Bruno and Veltman out Dallas and Bale in (4 pt hit)
    Option B: Bruno to Raphinha, Nacho to Kane, Shaw to Dallas (8 pt hit)
    Option C: Nacho and Shaw out Dallas and Antonio in

    Options A and C doesn't have Kane, Option C means keep Bruno for C against Fulham in GW 37. Option A will make me struggle for captain in `GW 37 will be probably on ~Bale. ~I am tempted by `bale though.

    `My head is going to explode, please help

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      The team in the link. Thanks