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FPL team news: Leeds hit by injuries ahead of Gameweek 16, Toney out

We’ve got the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) team news information in our first press conference summary ahead of Gameweek 16 – and it’s a brief round-up to say the least.

Only three pre-match pressers took place on Thursday, involving the managers of Leeds United, Southampton and Watford, while Brentford‘s Thomas Frank faced reporters a day earlier.

We’ll get a maximum of 16 further media gatherings on Friday but, with Brighton and Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur expected to be postponed, that number will likely fall by two.

Leicester City v Newcastle United is, for now, seemingly not at risk, despite the Foxes being hit by some Covid-19 cases of their own.

For much more detailed information, check out our gradually updated Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed ahead of Friday’s FPL deadline at 18:30 GMT.

BRENTFORD

Ivan Toney will miss the visit of Watford after testing positive for Covid-19 last Friday, while Sergi Canos will also be unavailable after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the draw with Leeds United.

Thomas Frank refused to rule Toney in or out of Tuesday’s Gameweek 17 clash with Manchester United, which falls outside of the 10-day isolation period – but only just.

For all of Frank’s pre-match comments about Saman Ghoddos being an option up top, it’ll surely be a fight between Marcus Forss and Yoane Wissa for the vacant spot in attack.

“I will not tell you! That is for Watford to guess about, I would say that those two are options of course. There is also Saman Ghoddos, who played as a two-striker role earlier in his career so I have a couple of solutions that I’m working on, and we’ve worked on today and we’ll work on tomorrow before I take the decision.” – Thomas Frank

Josh DaSilva (hip), David Raya (knee), Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring) and Zanka (muscle) remain out but Mads Bech Sorensen is back in contention after a recent spell in self-isolation following a positive Covid-19 test of his own.

LEEDS UNITED

Leeds United confirmed that Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper all picked up hamstring injuries in Gameweek 15. The “evolution of [Bamford’s] injury is subject to daily assessment”, according to the medical bulletin, but Cooper and Phillips are out – the latter potentially sidelined for two months, if media reports are to be believed.

Rodrigo also looks set to miss out this weekend in order to aid his long-term recovery from a recurrent heel problem.

Robin Koch has overcome his pelvic injury but, in keeping with Leeds’ awful recent luck on the fitness front, has been ill for the last 10 days and won’t resume normal training again until this weekend.

WATFORD

Watford revealed on Thursday that Adam Masina (thigh) will only be out for a “short period of time” after a scan revealed just a minor strain.

Ken Sema is back in full training after a month out and could be involved this weekend, while Francisco Sierralta (hamstring) hopes to play a full part in training next week.

Ben Foster (groin), Ismaila Sarr (knee), Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring), Peter Etebo (thigh) and Kwadwo Baah (ankle) remain unavailable.

SOUTHAMPTON

Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will be out for “3-4 weeks” with a hamstring injury picked up in Gameweek 15, while the weekend comes “too soon” for Fraser Forster.

New signing Willy Caballero is poised for his debut between the sticks.

“Alex is out for three or four weeks. Fraser tried this week but it’s still a little bit too early for him so will also not make it to the game, I think, so that’s the reason why we signed Willy.

“[Caballero] is fit, he’s coming in with the willingness to help us and this is what we need now.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl

“This is why you need a bigger squad. This season we definitely have more alternatives for rotation. Let’s have a look at the first game, then the other games are coming up in a short space of time.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl on the Christmas schedule


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364 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Cak Juris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Please choose best option:
    A. Bachmann - Bernardo
    B. De Gea - Bowen

    1. Goonerly
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

    3. Cheeky Onion
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Do you still have Kane and Reguilon in your team? Would look to move them first

      1. Cak Juris
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Kane to CR7 already done
        Just bench Reguilon
        -4pts to replace Sanchez, if BHA vs TOT postponed

    4. Mozumbus
        1 month, 19 days ago

        A

    5. JustPark
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      What's with Dalot love? Telles with set pieces and more offensive. It's his spot to lose imo.

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Wouldn't Shaw replace him?

        1. JustPark
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Don't think so. Looked better(eye test).

      2. BaltimoreCity
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I have same question. Too much playing time risk

      3. G B
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        As you said in your last 3 letters, it's just your opinion, an opinion that might not be shared by Rangnick. His expertese might see something you don't.

        Shaw did okay midweek, grabbing an assist. He was taken off early too, so who knows what will happen...

        I think it's better to wait and see. Managers can be unpredictable.

        1. JustPark
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Telles looked better. The confidence, the way he struck the ball, the movement. Heck posture as well. Almost like prime Alonso.

          1. Shark
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Get a room.

      4. Cheeky Onion
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Shaw could fit into RR's system, AWB doesn't seem like his type of player. I'm looking to bring in Dalot as a bench rotation player, but agree with the issue of him not being nailed

        1. Bertonian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          AWB got injured yesterday I think?

    6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Which option. All for -4

      A) Son + Gelhardt to Bilva + Antonio (will have 14 potential starters + 1 bench fodder)
      B) Son + Gilmour to Bilva + Bowen (will have 13 potential starters + 2 bench fodders)
      C) Son + Sanchez to Bilva + DDG (will have 13 potential starters + 2 bench fodders)

      Thanks!

      1. aleksios
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        B.

      2. Cheeky Onion
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I'd lean A, 2 bench fodders isn't ideal this time of year - particularly with City players in your team

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Leaning towards A too for exactly that reason.

      3. Mozumbus
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A hardly worth the hit
          B & C don't

      4. aleksios
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Anything worth a hit? 0.9itb.

        --Guaita
        --Cancelo--TAA--Alonso--Rudi
        --Salah--ASR--B.Silva
        --Dennis--Kane--Antonio

        --Steele--Gallagher--Gray--Livra.

        Thanks all.

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Who is ASR?

          1. aleksios
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            ESR.Sorry.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Don't take any hit.

              1. aleksios
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Thank you.

          2. splitzz
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Amile smith row

        2. Bertonian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Likely be playing Gray & Gallagher for ESR & Kane though…

          Would be tempted for a -4 to Ronaldo if this if the above is correct

      5. Cheeky Onion
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        On WC with my weakest 5 players being Coufal, Dalot, Grey, Dennis and Locadia. This leaves me with 2 strong bench players and 0.0m ITB

        My only reservations are Dalot (not being mailed and doubled up with DDG) and also not having any spare funds for future moves. Any changes you'd make here?

        1. Mozumbus
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Dalot to White

          • Bertonian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Why not double up as the fixtures warrant it ?

            1. Cheeky Onion
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Only due to United defence looking pretty shakey all season. RR looks like he's tightening them up a bit, but with only one PL under his belt it's hard to say

        2. royals forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Hi Guys

          In your opinion is the best 4.5 DF for this back seven for the next few GWs

          Meslier Foster

          Rudiger Cancelo Livramento Mitchell xxxxxxx

          Any ideas would be welcomed

          1. Mozumbus
              1 month, 19 days ago

              White

            • toystory2wasok
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              white has WHU next GW but everything else in 2021 is good

            • Cheeky Onion
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I'm between White and Dalot

          2. Echoes
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Would you go Bachhmann as your second rotating keeper(alongside Sanchez) or spend 0.4 more Giuita?

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yes Bachmann is fine for 2nd bench GK

            2. Mozumbus
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Yes

            3. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Bench 2 from

              A) Raphina A CHA
              B) Gallagher H EVE
              C) White H SOU
              D) Dennis A BRE

              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                BC

                1. Mozumbus
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    This

                  • RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Cheers, Tony! Debating Raphina with all the Leeds’ injuries A to Chelsea versus Gallagher H against a leaky Everton.

                    Think Raphina could be pushed forward?

                2. Well you know, Triffic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  A

                  1. Mozumbus
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      A has higher chances of scoring than B and C. C can grab CS though.

                3. toystory2wasok
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  afternoon heroes

                  A toney, vardy > king, CR7 (-4, have dennis)
                  B toney > king (vardy > cr7 next GW for free)
                  C toney > antonio (blocks me out of near future CR7 move really)

                  1. Tonyawesome69
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Any plans to bring in Bowen? He could cover option C. B unless LEI COVID outbreak gets worse

                    1. toystory2wasok
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      hmm, Bowen could work with a 3-5-1 formation with CR7 up top and one of dennis or king as first sub (who would probably end up playing what with xmas rotation)

                      just would have to wait till next GW to get him in really

                  2. Mozumbus
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      C

                    • Baps hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      A

                  3. Original - Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Who to get to replace Sanchez?

                    A) Guaita
                    B) De Gea for -4

                    1. Mozumbus
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        I'm on A

                      • RamaJama
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        A or save

                      • Vjm6891
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        You even need to change him at all? Or you have a spare trf?

                        I'm going with no keeper this week if spurs v Brighton is off.

                    2. Danno - Emre Canada
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      How many GWs do we think we can get out of Bachmann?

                    3. DandyDon
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Anyone else captaining Ronaldo after his rest? Only thing that puts me off is Utd's tight turnaround to midweek game compared to Pool or Chelsea assets. Villa could put in a solid performance at Anfield I think.

                      From a successful Son captainer...God knows what I do with him now!

                    4. Rbyrne95
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Options? 1.4itb
                      Sa
                      TAA, Cancelo, James, Alonso, (Reguilon)
                      Salah, Foden, Jota (Raph, Allan)
                      King, Antonio, Wilson

                      A) leave as it is
                      B) Transfer Sa to DDG
                      C) Transfer Reg to Dalot (or wait for Shaw)
                      D) Raph to Bowen? Perhaps want to keep Raph for long term though.
                      E) Other

                      Cutting funds down can build way for Man U players or another city player following week.

                      1. Vjm6891
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        I've taken raph out this week. I only had 0.1 invested and he might go down so I'll get him back in when leeds have some decent games.

                        Could change to bowen or maddison/barnes?

                        Though if your happy with the 11 and subs then can carry over the Trf?

                        1. Rbyrne95
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Yeah, I thought thought It would've been better to get Reguilion out before the price drop or have Man U defence as I have Antonio to cover west ham currently.

                          Raph can score against anyone quite frankly, which scares me with double chelsea def lol. I'll look to get in Bowen shortly, or perhaps, take a cheaper option and play risky with De Bruyne/Man U mid somewhere else.

                    5. Jebiga
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Is dalot nailed?

                      1. Rbyrne95
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Apparently AWB came off last night with an niggle. So short-term yes? See what others think. I am either taking Dalot in or waiting for Shaw

                        1. THE SHEEP HUNTER
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          He was stretchered off.

                    6. dshv
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Captain salah or ronaldo and why?

                      1. Rbyrne95
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Fred, last two-games has had returns. Hattrick against Norwich. In fact, triple captain I reckon.

                    7. grumpyman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      If you've owned Salah from the beginning you can sell for 12.8. His price will probably drop by 0.3 at least, meaning you can buy him back for what you sold him for.

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Certain players (him included) seem to have a ridiculously high threshold sold in order to drop, compared to other players.

                        So I’d be nervous with that tactic.