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FPL team news: Gameweek 22 injury updates on Dennis, Ronaldo and Leicester

We’ve got the latest Fantasy Premier League (FPL) team news information in our first press conference summary ahead of Double Gameweek 22.

The managers of Leicester City, Watford, Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace all faced the media on Thursday, while Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) gave an update on his own fitness in a stand-alone interview with the Premier League.

We’ll have the latest on the other 16 top-flight clubs in Friday’s recap but in the meantime, check out what we learned on the fitness front following last weekend’s FA Cup third-round ties.

For much more detailed information, consult our Predicted Line-ups page from Friday onwards and Injuries and Bans feed.

CRISTIANO RONALDO

Ralf Rangnick will face the media tomorrow to hopefully give us the full lowdown on the Manchester United team news ahead of their Double Gameweek 22 but Ronaldo provided an update of his own on Thursday, saying that he was “confident” of recovering from a hip muscle issue in time for the weekend.

“I hope so. We will try on Thursday. I will try to train as normal. Let’s see how the body reacts. Fingers crossed. I’m confident.

“I’m good. I just have a little touch but, you know, it’s part of my work. You know, we have to feel some pain sometimes. It’s nothing big and I hope to be good soon.” – Cristiano Ronaldo on whether he will be fit to face Aston Villa

WATFORD

Emmanuel Dennis (knock), Ben Foster (groin), Christian Kabasele (calf) and Kiko Femenia (hamstring) are all back in training ahead of the Newcastle game.

Watford initially said that the quartet would be “assessed before a decision is made about their involvement at the weekend” but Claudio Ranieri was a lot more confident when asked about these players in his pre-match presser.

“Available is Ben Foster, Christian Kabasele and Kiko Femenia, and Dennis. Everybody is available and we are ready.” – Claudio Ranieri

Ismaila Sarr (knee), Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring), Kwadwo Baah (ankle) and Peter Etebo (quad) remain out but new signings Hassane Kamara, Edo Kayembe and Samir have all trained this week and are in contention.

Imran Louza, Adam Masina and William Troost-Ekong are representing their nations in Cameroon.

LEICESTER CITY

The chances of Leicester City’s match against Burnley going ahead were boosted after Brendan Rodgers’ press conference, with the Foxes’ head coach revealing that he is expecting at least five of his squad to return this weekend.

“We’ve got Patson Daka back. Luke Thomas will be back. Çağlar Söyüncü will be back. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and James Justin too, which is great news for us. He will be available, maybe not to start, but he’s back in the squad again.

“Over the last games, for the FA Cup game, the rules are different. You have to play under-23s and under-18s players and that’s what we did do. In all the games, we’ve been trying to put out a team that is competitive.

“For Everton, according to the Premier League rules, we had to have 13 players and goalkeeper, but we had eight, so the game didn’t go ahead. The return of players gives us a chance to get on with the fixtures.” – Brendan Rodgers

Wesley Fofana (leg), Jonny Evans (hamstring), Ricardo Pereira (leg), Ryan Bertrand (knee) and Jamie Vardy (hamstring) plus a trio of AFCON-bound players are all missing, while there was no update on Timothy Castagne (thigh) or Boubakary Soumare (illness).

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Graham Potter confirmed on Thursday that Enock Mwepu (hamstring) is set to be absent for “a few weeks”, with the Zambian joining Jeremy Sarmiento (hamstring) and Lewis Dunk (knee) on the sidelines for the M23 derby.

Yves Bissouma is also unavailable thanks to international duty.

Dunk will rejoin team training on Sunday and has an outside chance of recovering for Brighton’s second Double Gameweek 22 fixture against Chelsea but Potter indicated that the clash with Leicester in Gameweek 23 is a likelier target.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Patrick Vieira confirmed that James Tomkins (unspecified) and James McArthur (hamstring) are out of tomorrow’s game against Brighton. The Palace boss added that McArthur still has a “long way to go” and will remain out for a few weeks.

Vieira declared that everyone else was fit (Conor Gallagher returned against Millwall in the FA Cup last weekend), although did have some cautionary words about Vicente Guaita.

“He wasn’t ready and he wasn’t fit enough to play the [Millwall] game. Hopefully [he’ll be ready for Brighton]” – Patrick Vieira on Vicente Guaita

Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate are all away at AFCON.


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437 Comments Post a Comment
  1. PAs lag
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 8 hours ago

    Safe or gamble with BB ?

    DDG-(Gillespie)
    taa-RUDIGER-REGUILON
    jota- bowen- MOUNT- SON
    watkins- KING - Antonio

    Gillespie- Coufal- Cancelo - B.Silva
    1.8 itb

    A Son> Maddison + Watkins>Ronaldo ( C )
    B. Son> Maddison + Gillespie>Sa, and BB

    1. TN
        3 days, 8 hours ago

        A
        man city playing Chelsea is quite tough so cancelo and bsilva might not return big hauls.

        1. PAs lag
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 8 hours ago

          Thank you TN. I Will do it. Cheers

          1. TN
              3 days, 8 hours ago

              No problem mate

          2. PAs lag
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 8 hours ago

            Coufal over watikins ?

      • FPL Kaka
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 8 hours ago

        If you can only bring in one this week and then captain ….

        A) Kane

        B) Ronaldo

        1. TN
            3 days, 8 hours ago

            B

            Better fixtures and form imo and with Son out Kane might lack service

          • Iano78
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 days, 14 hours ago

            B have and will captain Ronaldo

        2. trick9
            3 days, 8 hours ago

            Need some advice.

            I have 10 guys playing, 1 ft and 0.8 itb.

            A) Son ?
            B) Son and Tsimikas ? (-4)
            C) Son and ESR ? (-4)

            My defense:
            Lowton - Cancelo - Dias - Dier - (Tsimikas)
            Midfield:
            Mount - Bowen - Son* - (ESR) - (Salah)

            Retrictions:
            - Already have 3 from City.
            - Prefer not to go with Maddison because of obvious risks and tough fixtures to follow
            - No Chelsea players because of upcoming blanks

            Thinking Jota as one option. Or maybe TAA? What would you do?

            1. TN
                3 days, 8 hours ago

                Jota, TAA yes easy game for them

                I have maddison from a few gw ago but like you say it's a risk transferring him in.

                think the only other options in midfield are moura and trossard but personally I'm not convinced either will get a big haul despite the dgw

                Cuceralla in for tsimikas if you can

            2. TN
                3 days, 8 hours ago

                Is the following team GTG? Have taken a -8 already not keen on a -12 but captaining Bowen last gw has given me a bit of breathing space in my league

                DDG
                TAA Cancelo Reguilon
                Bowen Jota Maddison Bsilva
                Dennis Toney DCL

                Bench - Sanchez Livra RJames Gilmour

                Really tempted by CR7 for Toney but I had to prioritise and get salah and son out to have a playable team.

                Thanks!

                1. TN
                    3 days, 8 hours ago

                    All chips but one FH still intact but definitely not using BB with the state of my bench!!.

                    Just over 8mil itb

                    1. Jebiga
                      • 9 Years
                      3 days, 8 hours ago

                      So why not ronaldo then? 🙂

                2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                  • 5 Years
                  3 days, 8 hours ago

                  See each hit in isolotion I reckon. Don't think -8, or -12. Think -4 for CR7, -4 for Maddison, etc

                  1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                    • 5 Years
                    3 days, 8 hours ago

                    isolation*

                3. Firminoooo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 7 hours ago

                  Bench 1: Foden, Cancelo, Antonio or Coufal

                  1. No Kane No Gain
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 7 hours ago

                    Coufal

                  2. Kay317
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Coufal

                  3. Finding Timo
                    • 1 Year
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Coufal too

                4. Kay317
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Anyone considering Daka? Or just follow the crowd and go with Ronaldo?

                5. Dan2009
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    De Gea ,
                    Coufal , AA , Dias , Cancelo
                    Jota ,Bernardo , Bowen, Maddison
                    Antonio , King

                    Bench Ramsdale Watkins Livamento(*) Salah(*)

                    Any improvements for -4 ? ( no money to Ron or Kane )

                    1. Kay317
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      Livra to a double game week defender...maybe spurs?

                      1. Dan2009
                          3 days, 5 hours ago

                          Nothing in the bank 🙁

                          Antonio to Dennis ? Bernardo to …

                          1. Kay317
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            3 days, 5 hours ago

                            Bernado to mount or moura I guess. I don't think I'd want double watford even with those fixtures but that's just me

                    2. pmj174
                        3 days, 5 hours ago

                        Sanchez (Ramsdale)
                        TAA Cancelo Lamptey Regi (Livra)
                        Jota Gray Bowen (Gallagher, Son)
                        Ronaldo Watkins Antonio

                        1FT

                        Watkins and Son to Dennis and Maddison for -4 ? Will probably switch Maddison to Foden next week. Thoughts ?

                        1. Dan2009
                            3 days, 4 hours ago

                            Just son to Maddison ?

                        2. Dan2009
                            3 days, 4 hours ago

                            Bench - Watkins Bernardo or Dias ?

                          • Hazz
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            3 days, 3 hours ago

                            A) Play Gray (vs. NOR), bench Son
                            B) Livramento > Lamptey (bench Son + Gray)
                            C) Son > Fernandes
                            D) Son > someone else

                            Part of me has an eye on the Son drop tonight.

                            1. Hazz
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              3 days, 3 hours ago

                              Re: D

                              Have Maddison. Don't really want Moura/Tielemans/Lookman etc, as fixtures mixed after.

                          • Yank Revolution
                            • 10 Years
                            3 days, 2 hours ago

                            Son/Watkins out, Maddison/Kane (C) in for - 4.

                            *7 DGW players in total, I think that should be enough.

                            DDG*
                            Rudi*/Reguilon*/TAA
                            Jota/Mount*/Maddison*/Bowen
                            Kane*/Dennis*/Antonio

                            Coufal/Cancelo/Bilva (Steele)

                          • Ballzit
                              3 days, 16 mins ago

                              Allison Foster
                              TAA Laporte Lamptey Rudiger Tierney
                              KDB Saka Sterling Son Ramsey
                              King Antonio fodder

                              A) just play 5-3-2
                              B) Son to Mount -4
                              C) Son to Jota -4
                              D) Mount and Jota -8 and bench Laporte/tierney

                              I have a wild card and a FH.

                            • Disturbed
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              3 days, 15 mins ago

                              Better option here? 1ft, 0.1m itb

                              A. Son Bernardo > Maddison moura -4
                              B. Son Antonio > Kane lookman -4
                              C. Son > Maddison / Moura

                              LLORIS
                              Taa cancelo ALONSO
                              SON Bernardo Jota Bowen
                              RONALDO KING Antonio

                              Foster gray Johnson tierney

                            • For Fuchs Sake
                              • 12 Years
                              2 days, 17 hours ago

                              Toney to Dennis -4? Both DGWs but Toney not done much and harder fixtures by far.

                              1. Iano78
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 days, 14 hours ago

                                Yes definitely

                            • Brad1807
                              • 5 Years
                              2 days, 15 hours ago

                              4.3 itb not sure what to do i have a hit and wildcard option im also 95 points clear of first in my league so any help would be appreciated.

                              Foster

                              TAA , Rudiger, regulion
                              Odegard , Bernardo, Gallagher, jota

                              Dennis , Antonio, eduoard

                              Bench pick Ford, coufal,teirney, salah

                              1. mg12
                                • 1 Year
                                2 days, 11 hours ago

                                Foster seems risky this week. He's back in training, but not sure that means he will immediately start. Bachman could very easily start both games in Week 22. After that, I can see Foster getting back his starting role.

                                Bernardo's also gone a bit cold the last few gameweeks, Foden might be a better option for Man City midfielders.

                            • Bene_the_horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              2 days, 13 hours ago

                              If you have only before transfers Ronaldo, De Gea and Reguilon with doubles is it worth Free Hitting? Have 2 free hits left.

                              1. mg12
                                • 1 Year
                                2 days, 11 hours ago

                                I'd use transfers this week, not too many great options for a FH, better gameweeks to come for those two FH's.

                            • balint84
                              • 5 Years
                              2 days, 12 hours ago

                              prefer Dennis or Kane? also considering (C)

                            • Saintjack01
                                2 days, 12 hours ago

                                Lucas moura or mount?

                                1. mg12
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 days, 11 hours ago

                                  Lucas Moura with the DGW.

                              • TN
                                  2 days, 9 hours ago

                                  I have Dennis DCL and Toney. I've already taken a -8 to get Salah and son out and I am able to afford kane or Ronaldo. Ik Ronaldo might be out for the first game but even if he just plays Brentford it should be worth it? I'm not convinced with kane but he seems to be in everyone's recommend teams? Should I double up on Watford and get Josh king? Or take a punt on Lukaku?

                                  Please help!!

                                • Munny Man
                                  • 8 Years
                                  2 days, 8 hours ago

                                  Is it madness not to play Cancelo?
                                  DDG
                                  Reguilon-TTA-Lampty
                                  Jota-Foden-Moura-Madison-Bowen
                                  Kane-King

                                  Sanchez-Cancelo-Broja-Aarons

                                • ctulhu
                                  • 10 Years
                                  2 days, 8 hours ago

                                  King or Dennis in for Watkins?

                                • 420king
                                  • 7 Years
                                  2 days, 7 hours ago

                                  Sell Antonio (knock rumors) or Eduard for Ronaldo?

                                • tjostolv
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 day, 15 hours ago

                                  What happened with Leicester dgw?
                                  I have maddison c and says he only has tottenham now?

                                  1. Miniboss
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    1 day, 15 hours ago

                                    Covid at Burnley