Team News

Injury updates, team news and predicted line-ups for FPL Gameweek 7

Gameweek 7 is upon us and we’ve got all the important team news information in our second press conference summary of the week.

You can catch the headline updates from Thursday’s pressers – featuring Leeds United, Southampton, Burnley, Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion – in the link below:

For much more detailed information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed plus Az and Neale’s video below:

CHELSEA

Thomas Tuchel has dismissed the suggestion from Gareth Southgate that Reece James may be available to face Southampton. James picked up an ankle injury 29 minutes into last week’s defeat to Man City and was expected to miss several weeks of action.

“Maybe Reece goes with the water polo team for England? Reece is training in the pool right now, so my understanding, my last information, is that he will not go [to England duty].” – Thomas Tuchel

He confirmed that Mason Mount is back from a minor issue and ready to play. Christian Pulisic (ankle) and N’Golo Kante (Covid-19) miss out.

LIVERPOOL

Trent Alexander-Arnold is this week’s high-profile casualty after missing Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Porto with a groin injury. Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the right-back and midfielder Thiago Alcantara (calf) for facing Man City.

“No ‘news’ means they are doing well but they won’t have enough time for being back against City, but I expect them both to be back after the international break.” – Jurgen Klopp on Alexander-Arnold and Thiago

MANCHESTER UNITED

Another defensive injury for FPL managers to be concerned about involves Luke Shaw (shoulder). The highly-selected left-back missed the late heroics against Villarreal in the Champions League and may not face Everton.

“Luke [Shaw] feels better in himself. He’s been ill but he’s still got the shoulder injury. We’ve got to make a decision on him.”

Marcus Rashford (shoulder) and Amad Diallo (thigh) remain unavailable, with Harry Maguire (calf) also out.

MANCHESTER CITY

It’s as you were with Manchester City, with Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko the only players on the sidelines.

“Everyone is fit except [Oleksandr] Zinchenko and [Ilkay] Gundogan. I expect both back after the international break, hopefully.” – Pep Guardiola

EVERTON

Although Jean-Phillipe Gbamin is available after a thigh problem, there will still be no Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh), Andre Gomes (calf), Seamus Coleman (hamstring) or Richarlison (knee) for Everton’s trip to Manchester United.

“Seamus Coleman and Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] are not ready yet, they are training, they are starting on the pitch, little by little, but they are not ready for this game. Exactly the same [for Richarlison and Andre Gomes].” – Rafael Benitez

Alex Iwobi is a doubt.

WEST HAM UNITED

Right-back Vladimir Coufal missed Thursday’s Europa League tie with Rapid Vienna with a slight groin problem and David Moyes won’t commit to his availability to face Brentford.

Ryan Fredericks (groin) is also a concern.

“Coufal has a chance I am not sure about Fredericks., They’re both not bad and there’s a chance they could both be available.” – David Moyes

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Joe Willock was a surprise name on the Magpies’ teamsheet at Watford, considering he had previously been ruled out with a toe injury. He emerged unscathed and is able to continue in the side.

There is still no return for Callum Wilson (thigh) or Jamaal Lascelles (muscle) though, with Martin Dubravka (foot), Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett (both calf) also out.

With the international break coming up, then we’re hoping that three [of those injured] at least will be taking part in training. It’s still a bit too early for the weekend.” – Steve Bruce

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Bruno Lage has confirmed that Rayan Ait Nouri is back from a concussion problem but Yerson Mosquera (thigh), Pedro Neto and Jonny Castro (both knee) are long-term absentees.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Eberechi Eze (Achilles) and Nathan Ferguson (Achilles) are the Eagles’ only absentees, with Patrick Vieira not revealing any fresh concerns.

NORWICH CITY

There will be an assessment over Billy Gilmour‘s availability on Friday afternoon, as confirmed by Daniel Farke.

Christoph Zimmermann (ankle), Todd Cantwell (personal reasons) and Sam Byram (thigh) are unavailable, with Gameweek 7 coming too soon in Przemyslaw Placheta‘s bid to return to match fitness.

“There’s a little question mark behind Gilmour, who got a knock on his foot this week. Zimmermann is still out, as is Cantwell. I hope they’ll be available after the international break.“– Daniel Farke

BRENTFORD

There was no word from Thomas Frank on the fitness of Ethan Pinnock (hip) who was forced off in the first half against Liverpool. However, the defender’s call-up to the Jamaica squad suggests he was replaced as a precaution.

LEICESTER CITY

Wilfred Ndidi missed Thursday night’s Europa League trip to Warsaw with a hamstring strain and looks set to miss out again.

“He had a bit of an issue at the beginning of the Burnley game so he’s a big doubt for the weekend. He’s felt a little bit in his hamstring. We’ve got good players, but specifically the job he does in breaking up play and just his overall defending and in the box, he’s irreplaceable for us.” – Brendan Rodgers on Ndidi

Jonny Evans is also poised to miss out due to illness and Justin Justin (knee) is still weeks away from a comeback. Wesley Fofana (leg) is out for the long term.

ASTON VILLA

Dean Smith faced media on Friday but his key team news update on Morgan Sanson (hamstring) and Leon Bailey (thigh) came a day earlier, when he spoke to Villa TV.

“They’re recovering well, they’ve both had muscle strains – only minimal muscle strains but we have to make sure they’re right. We’re hopeful that they’ll be back sooner rather than later.” – Dean Smith

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689 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Moose™
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Hi all,

    Thoughts?

    Sanchez

    TAA* Rudiger Coufal*

    Salah Gray Benny D.Luiz

    CR7 Lukaku Antonio

    Steele Gilmour Williams Livramento

    0FT & 0.5ITB (WC Intact)

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Similar defensive issues to me (see below).

  2. Jeremiah
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Best one week punt? 😀

    A. Zaha
    B. Sarr

    1. RUN DCL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      B

    2. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      b

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      B

    4. im1974
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      A

  3. Boss Hogg
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Given that my defenders are all a bit dodgy this week, is it worth a -4 hit to bring in someone better? Got 0.6 itb.

    Alonso (rotation risk)
    Trent (almost certainly out)
    Marcal (possibly dropped for Ait Nouri)
    Duffy (playing Arsenal)
    Livra (playing Chelsea)

    Stick or twist?
    Any ideas?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Stick

  4. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Interesting seeing players trying to play their WC with players dropping like flies or in doubt of playing. Don't envy them.

    1. Klip Klopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I had to play mine, at least half of my squad was injured! Needs must

  5. Aaa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Start Gilmour or Armstrong if have double Chelsea defence?

    1. RUN DCL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Gilmour is a doubt

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Armstrong. Gilmour minutes under a bit of scrutiny at the moment.

    3. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      No Norwich player is worth playing right now regardless of their cost.

      Armstrong out of those 2

  6. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Thought on my wildcard team?

    Is the defence too weak? I just can't bear to lose CR7!

    Sanchez
    Marcal, Rudiger, White
    Benrahma, Salah, Saka, Raphina,
    Ronaldo, Antonio, Lukaku

    Bench: Foster, Manquillo, Livramento, Allan
    0.3 itb

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not a fan of Ronaldo Lukaku double up personally. Good midfield. Marcal is a rumoured rotation risk.

    2. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I think the defence is ok. Marcal is bit of a risk, but the others should be fairly nailed on except for the occasional Rudiger benching. Is there anyone better Marcal you could go for though?

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        What if you swapped Saka for ESR? Could you then get Cancelo instead of Marcal?

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Not sure if he can afford that but maybe ESR and Walker?

    3. Oldie99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Nice team but 2 bits of criticism;

      - imo can’t go without city on a wc
      - looks a bit too similar to the template teams of the last 3 weeks - with the upcoming fixture swings I would want some city and 3 Chelsea and at least one proper punt (mine is likely to be Foden)
      - I would rather have Ramsdale than White

      Oops that was 3

  7. Oldie99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    How many minutes do you need for each Million you spend on a City player?

    I’m considering Cancelo Dias Foden on a wc, which is 20.0 total for 3 players in the scoringest team in the league, as long as I have a playing bench this feels like a pretty good way to tap into the numerous 5-0 wins and the occasional times that Foden gets 18 points?

  8. jcr1997
      2 months, 3 days ago

      2 free transfers (trying to save wildcard for around GW10/11)

      Sanchez
      Shaw Konsa coady
      Greenwood salah torres son
      Ings Antonio bamford

      Guaita marcal Hoever bissouma

      For a -4 hit:
      Shaw > rudiger
      Torres > D Luiz
      Bamford > Lukaku

      Worth it?

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Definitely worth it.

      2. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Shaw out for Rud

    • Slam
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      WC team, thoughts?

      Ramsdale
      Cancelo Azpi Christensen
      Salah Son Raphinha Saka
      Lukaku(C) Jimenez Antonio

      Foster... D.Luiz Duffy Livramento
      0.0 ITB

      1. Oldie99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Mine is v similar to except for Son and other bits

        What made you go Son?

        1. Slam
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Gut feeling and next 2 fixtures

      2. SKENG
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Get Williams over Duffy and bank the extra cash

    • Eastman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Shaw Coufal Torres >
      Rudi Cancelo Townsend -4 ?

      1. korbendallas82
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Hold Shaw a week. There you have won 4 points already.

      2. Sergio vamos
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I like it

      3. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Only swap out the defence if you can afford it

        1. Eastman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Just if Shaw doesn’t play I have TAA and Tsimikas on the bench

    • George James
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Who returns to action first?

      A) Reece James

      B) TAA

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Both next GW

    • Sergio vamos
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Saka or Doucoure?

      1. korbendallas82
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Saka.

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Doucoure IMO.

      3. Sergio vamos
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Lovely

    • FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      So clearly TAA is an easy hold.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Time for some Ben White jam from first sub

        Mmmmm lovely jam

      2. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Why?

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Because he's the best defender in the game and should be back after the international break.

          1. gart888
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            And the fixture he's missing is against the best team in the league.

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Him be doin a return GW8

        3. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          "No ‘news’ means they are doing well but they won’t have enough time for being back against City, but I expect them both to be back after the international break.” – Jurgen Klopp on Alexander-Arnold and Thiago

      3. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Could go big against Watford. The only way I'd sell him is if I was Wildcarding in GW8, otherwise a definite keep.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Imagine the pain if you do not have FT's or cash in the bank.

    • Rubberducky
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Anyone suggest a good mid range midfielder....got 9
        6.8 in the bank, I'm leaning towards saka.
        Got jota, Salah, traore, sarr and fornals....
        Looking to replace fornals

        1. Rubberducky
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Dont know why the 9 is in there

          • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Raphinha should be first name on the teamsheet

            1. Life_Ban
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Not gonna play next 2 games perhaps

            2. korbendallas82
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              I thought Fornals was a good asset?

              1. Rubberducky
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  That's what I thought but seems like he isnt getting many points at the moment

                • Cto
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  I’m thinking of bringing him in haha

              2. CapK
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Raph

                • Dannyb
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Benrahma?

                • Boywiththesoupdragontattoo
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Zaha has a nice run coming up if you want to go a bit different. But Raphinha is the one I’d go for.

              3. Mr Ozil
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Stick with Jota or sell for -4?

                1. Totti
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Sell

                2. Eh, just one more thing ...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Sell …. Better option this week and long term

              4. Totti
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                On wildcard

                A) ramsdale foster
                Azpi rudiger cancelo duffy livramento
                Salah raphinha benrahma saka douglas
                Lukaku jimenez antonio

                B) ramsdale foster
                Christensen rudigercancelo duffy livramento
                Salah raphinha ESR mbuemo douglas
                Ronaldo lukaku antonio

                Plz need your replies A or B

                1. brianutd-why always we? 20
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  A

                  1. Totti
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Benrahma jimenez or grealish toney

                    1. Oliver Tockman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Former out of those, but if you can find money for Grealish elsewhere

                    2. brianutd-why always we? 20
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Prefer Jimmy option

                2. Oliver Tockman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  I’m going with A, Grealish and ESR over Benrahma and Saka

                  1. Totti
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Why ESR over saka?

                    1. Oliver Tockman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Don’t think points will look that different between them, not worth extra 1 mil
                      Saves me money for Grealish

              5. Almathkourq8
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Hello from Kuwait side
                Please Rate My Wildcard Team

                Ramsdale - Foster
                Alonso - Sanchez- Mings - Duffy - Livr
                Salah - Raph - Benrahma- S Rowe
                Ronaldo - Antonio- Lukaku

                Thank you so much

                1. Oliver Tockman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  I’d avoid Spurs defense for now

                2. Totti
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Don’t like sanchez

                3. brianutd-why always we? 20
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Needs some City def in there

              6. Oliver Tockman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Choose one:

                A) Jiminez and Grealish
                B) Vardy and ESR

                1. Totti
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  A

                2. brianutd-why always we? 20
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Tough one but Vardy could be a good differential

              7. Kuqi Monster
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                How nailed is Christensen?

                Any truth to claims he is a 90min or nothing guy so unlikely to get cameos?

              8. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Who do we think is the most likely Chelsea defender to start this week? Azpi with James out?

                1. lilmessipran
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Rudiger

                2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Chalobah

                  1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Tomori

              9. Amartey Partey
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Should I go Greenwood to Raphinha? I'm worried Lingard will start over Greenwood this GW.

                1. CrouchDown
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  I would. Don’t think Greenwood will play

              10. The Kopite
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Would like to have Toney from GW9. On a WC now. Would you bring him on a WC this GW to save a transfer having known I would bring him in anyway in GW9?

                  1. aleksios
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Sure,save ft

                  2. lilmessipran
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    nah forward slots too important at the moment..

                    1. The Kopite
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        But the point is if I dont bring Toney now, I will play 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 for the next 2 GWs. So that striker spot is not that important to me because I am not plan ing anyone else in that position.
                        I guess Toney can do well against West Ham, right? Might bench him for the Chelsea game.

                  3. aleksios
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    In order to keep TAA ,would you do
                    Marcal+CR7 to Rudi+Luk for a hit?

                    Thanks.

                  4. Bam Saka Laca
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    -4 team, no WC

                    Sánchez
                    TAA Semedo Rüdiger
                    Traore Gallagher Salah Townsend
                    Lukaku(c) Antonio Ronaldo(vc)

                    Steele Jansson Williams Sissoko

                    Good to go?

                    1. aleksios
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Yeap.

                  5. Iceball
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Sanchez (Steele)
                    Rudiger Semedo Shaw* (Ayling* Tsimikas*)
                    Salah Torres Benrahma Sarr (Brownhill)
                    Ronaldo Antonio Ings
                    0ft. 2,5 itb.
                    A) Hold your horses
                    B) Shaw/Ayling out for a hit
                    C) Just WC now instead of next week

                    1. aleksios
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Would do Shaw to Alonso.

                  6. Paddyburns
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    3,3 ITB

                    TAA and Jota to Alonso and Saka for -4? Or any better suggestions?

                    Cheers

                  7. smix
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    How’s this WC draft ?
                    Ramsdale
                    Rudiger Azpi Mee
                    Salah Raphina Saka Benrahma
                    Lukaku(c) Antonio ASM
                    Foster Gallagher Cancelo Livramento

                  8. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    In these situations do you guys tend to put red flagged players like TAA or James on your bench or just leave them in the starting lineup?

                    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      If there are not 100% ruled out … I leave them in the first 11 if I would have selected them if they were fit.

                    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      I find it takes the pressure off the sub guys if you just leave them on the bench

                      They can just get on with their job and not get distracted by the pressure of the starting slot

                      It does depend a lot on the individual personalities though

                      Ben White for example I will be leaving on the first sub slot with TAA starting - it’s man management 101

                      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Ffs lol

                      2. I Member
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Exactly. I don't want Livramento going to bed tonight worrying that I've put him in my starting XI.

                        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          Ah yes, I see you too are experienced in the ways of man management - jolly good

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

                        Lmao

                  9. Babit1967
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Gtg lads? depleted but hoping to get 11 playing

                    Sanchez
                    Azpi Shaw *Tierney
                    Salah Sarr Jota Raph
                    Ronaldo (C) Jimi Toney

                    Livra Brownhill Taa* no ft left

                  10. Beatle
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    From watching the team news stream I know think Shaw is likely to start

                    1. Beatle
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      *now

                    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Reasonable shout … he can’t disappoint his owners by not handing them 1 point on a Saturday.