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FPL Gameweek 30 team and injury news: Latest updates as TAA ruled out for “weeks”

We’ll be bringing you the key team news and injury updates from the pre-match press conferences of the eight Premier League clubs who are in Gameweek 30 action, plus those top-flight teams involved in FA Cup quarter-final ties.

Only Leeds United’s Jesse Marsch and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Bruno Lage held pressers on Thursday, with six more top-flight bosses facing reporters or having pre-recorded quotes released from an embargo on Friday.

For much more detailed information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed.

For other help and advice from our weekly Scout Picks to team reveals, head to our complete Gameweek 30 guide here.

GAMEWEEK 30 TEAM NEWS

ARSENAL

There was very little to report from Mikel Arteta, who again said that “there is a chance” that Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf) returns after missing Arsenal’s last seven league matches – but the caveat that caution will be taken seems to suggest he will again miss out. Arteta has given a nod to Emile Smith Rowe following his recent illness.

“No [injury] news, obviously yesterday we just recovered after the game. Today we will have the first training session, so we will see how everybody is. He [Smith Rowe] had a little issue before the game but he’s been fine the last two days, so hopefully he can get now some consistency and momentum.”

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Across north London, Antonio Conte hopes to have Oliver Skipp (groin) back after the international break whilst Ryan Sessegnon still misses out with a thigh problem. Centre-back Japhet Tanganga is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery.

ASTON VILLA

Lucas Digne (hamstring) was forced off after just nine minutes against West Ham United and manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed he’ll not make the match against Arsenal. However, he could play the latter half of France’s upcoming internationals.

“Lucas Digne will miss the game. He’s nursing a hamstring issue. I don’t think the issue is too big. He’ll join up and be assessed by France, having been called up. I think he’ll be a big doubt for the first game and an outside chance for their second game.”

Elsewhere, Kortney Hause (abdominal) and Marvelous Nakamba (knee) miss out but Douglas Luiz and Calum Chambers should both be fine after receiving nasty facial gashes last weekend.

LEICESTER CITY

No press conference from Brendan Rodgers but he did speak after Thursday night’s Europa League aggregate success over Rennes. Marc Albrighton departed early with a groin issue, with Wilfried Ndidi (knee) substituted later. Neither Patson Daka nor Caglar Soyuncu were in the squad, having picked up an illness.

“Marc [Albrighton] felt his groin a little bit. Ndidi had a block tackle, so his medial ligament in his knee… we’ll see how that is. We lost a couple of players just before we travelled, Cags [Soyuncu] and Patson [Daka].”

Boubakary Soumare (knock) didn’t play either but it was nice to see centre-back Wesley Fofana (illness) return and score a goal. He could get his first Premier League minutes of the season against Brentford.

Still out are Jamie Vardy (knee), Timothy Castagne (thigh), Jonny Evans (hamstring) and Ryan Bertrand (knee), joined this week by goalkeeper Danny Ward (knee).

LEEDS UNITED

Junior Firpo (knee) has joined Leo Hjelde (knee) and Tyler Roberts (hamstring) on the sidelines for the trip to Molineux but Kalvin Phillips (hamstring) and Liam Cooper (hamstring) are back involved after long spells out.

Strike trio Patrick Bamford (fatigue), Rodrigo (thigh) and Joe Gelhardt (back) are also set to be in contention, albeit with question marks over their game-time for varying reasons.

“Liam [Cooper] and Kalvin [Phillips] are fully in training and are eligible for this weekend. We’ll make a decision today on exactly what we do with that and what the plan will be.

“They think [Firpo’s injury] is not so bad, it’s a little bit lighter, grade 2. From the date of injury, they think maybe 3-5 weeks.

“Joffy [Gelhardt] has a little bit of a back issue, that’s why he didn’t play in the U23 game.

“Rodrigo, I think he will train today. We’re hopeful that everything is going to be ready to go. When we did the scan, it seems like he has a little bit of an old injury and it’s just about managing some of the symptoms.

“[Bamford] was a little sore and physically the game was very demanding. But he seems to come out of it in a good way and he should be OK for tomorrow.” – Jesse Marsch

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

No news may be good news where Hwang Hee-chan (dead leg/lower back) is concerned.

The South Korea international wasn’t pictured in training ground images on Wednesday but was called up by his country for the forthcoming internationals and wasn’t mentioned by name by Bruno Lage in the broadcast section of Thursday’s presser.

The Wolves boss ruled out only Pedro Neto (foot), Nelson Semedo (hamstring) and Ki-Jana Hoever (hamstring) for the Leeds game on Friday.

“No news. We just have Nelson and Ki out of the game and also Pedro. I think the way they are working, maybe after the international break Pedro and Semedo will be back.” – Bruno Lage

WEST HAM UNITED

After last-night’s dramatic extra-time victory over Sevilla in the Europa League, manager David Moyes mentioned nothing on top of known injuries to Jarrod Bowen (Achilles), Vladimir Coufal (hernia) and Angelo Ogbonna (knee).

“We’ll assess them all this morning and see how they are. It’s a bit early to know a lot about the team.”

Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell both recovered from minor Gameweek 29 issues to feature against the Spanish side.

BRENTFORD

An easy write-up for the Bees – Thomas Frank says they have no fresh injury concerns so are only missing Josh Dasilva for the final match of his suspension.


FA CUP QUARTER-FINAL TEAM NEWS

LIVERPOOL

Although Jurgen Klopp’s side don’t feature in Premier League action this weekend, the headline news is Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s hamstring injury. Klopp says it will rule the right-back out for “weeks” after their FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest, while there were minor issues involving Mohamed Salah (foot) and potentially a few illnesses.

“Trent [Alexander-Arnold] is out with a hamstring. He cannot be part of England as well – no good news, we will see how long that takes. Mo [Salah] felt his foot again a little bit after the game, so we have to see what we do with that. On top of that, some other bits and bobs and stuff like this so we have to wait.”

CHELSEA

For the Blues’ FA Cup trip to Middlesbrough, there is doubt over the availability of Reece James (muscle), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Achilles) and Andreas Christensen (knock). Furthemore, Saul Niguez has Covid.

“We have Reece [James], Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and Andreas Christensen uncertain, they are in training but not yet in full training yesterday. Still some checks to do – it can be a very tight race and maybe it’s a bit too close.” – Thomas Tuchel

On James’ call-up to the England squad, Thomas Tuchel doubts that it’ll go ahead.

“I am not surprised. Yesterday, he was not match-ready. Let’s see what happens tomorrow. [He] comes after nine weeks of injury and we will test if he can do the full match tomorrow. If not, it makes no sense that he should go.”

Ben Chilwell remains a long-term absentee because of his knee injury.

MANCHESTER CITY

It’s just Ruben Dias (hamstring) out for the league leaders, as Zack Steffen (back) and Nathan Ake (knock) both made the bench on Monday night. Match fitness is an issue for Cole Palmer following his muscle injury.

EVERTON

Jordan Pickford will not face Crystal Palace due to illness but Donny van de Beek and Jarrad Branthwaite may recover in time. Allan is suspended following Thursday night’s red card against Newcastle, although Frank Lampard says this three-match ban will be appealed. At least the Toffees can welcome back Jonjoe Kelly from his own suspension.

Yerry Mina (thigh), Fabian Delph (thigh) and Tom Davies (thigh) remain sidelined.

SOUTHAMPTON

Ralph Hasenhuttl says that only two Southampton players are out of their cup clash with Manchester City – Lyanco (hamstring) and Alex McCarthy (hamstring). That means Nathan Tella (groin) is back in training and available for selection.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Another quiet team is Crystal Palace. Both Nathan Ferguson (hamstring) and James McArthur (knock) are out of the quarter-final with Everton, although Joel Ward (groin) was an usused substitute versus Man City.

Will Hughes and Luka Milivojevic missed the match through illness and hope to be in contention for Sunday.


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650 Comments Post a Comment
  1. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Torn. Have 9 starting and a ft. Save or dump TAA for an extra starter who’s no good for the long run? Leaning on saving.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      The problem with dumping this week is there's much better options to replace him with from next GW (Cancelo, maybe James). The fixtures this week defensively are a bit naff. Wolves could be okay, but long term might be iffy.

      I would be tempted to save FT and have two to manage over the IB and into GW31.

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        My thoughts exactly!

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          I even thought about getting Cancelo already back in and taking a hit for Broja->Toney for this week.

      2. Bojam
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Exactly this. I'm in the same position as the OP. Nine players for GW30. Have 1FT (+2.5m ITB) and will save for GW31. If TAA needs to go then I can use the money to transform my defence - e.g. TAA & Kilman -> Cancelo/James/Robbo.

    2. Rog.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Anyone you wouldn’t mind having long term? Also depends when you bought him for me

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Bought for 7.5. Losing at least 0.1 although not that important at this point is it?

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          0.1? For that to happen he needs to drop 4 times in price...

          1. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            You mean flagged price changes?

          2. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Oh now I get it. His selling price for me is 8.0 so meant he’ll be 7.9 tomorrow morning already.

        2. Rog.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Yeah you’ll lose 0.4 realistically, hold for me.

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Just sold TAA, made my transfer ideas so much easier.

  2. soumyeah
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Dewsbury-Hall as an FPL option - discuss!

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      could be, many chances created

      1. soumyeah
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        it won't take much to convince me. finally upgrading billy gilmour!

    2. DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      He is not an option, end of discussion.

    3. European Bob
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Good for 2 points which is more than 0

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Very good emerging player - ideal 5th midfielder. Will be gold dust if starts assisting/scoring. Rodgers loves him.

      1. Bojam
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Yeah but we already have a similar priced mid who has actually been scoring and assisting -> Jacob Ramsey. Only slightly appealing thing with Dewsbury-Hall is that Leicester will have a number of DGWs later in the season.

    5. No Need
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Better as a tourist attraction

      1. European Bob
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        He does sound like a Sylvanian Families collection

  3. Rog.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Both for a -4:

    A) Willock + Broja -> Nacho + Martinelli (was set on this but possible minutes risks?)
    B) TAA + Willock -> Son + Thomas

    1. Eric Banternaaa
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      B

  4. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Are people selling Trent? He could be back next GW. Just an international break injury

    1. Rog.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      On the fence, wouldn’t if I could field 11 for sure

      1. DavidBW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        you don't need 11 this GW. I have 9 and am sure I'll do better than 95% on here

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I think I have enough squad depth to bench if needs be but yeah this reeks of an international break injury

    3. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I don't think so, hammy is not something you sort out in 2 weeks. No way.

      1. tokara
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Diaz was quite fast

      2. Ode
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        I thought this too when TAA had a hammy injury earlier this season and he was out for just one game against City.

    4. SAY MY NAME
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      hold and see in my opinion, could just be an 'international' injury to some extent, hold and see what happens

    5. Yank Revolution
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Sold

  5. Eric Banternaaa
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    You can choose any defender for the next 2 weeks who you choosing?

    I’m fancying wolves, especially with the Raphina rumours.

  6. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Should I take a - 4 and do Digne > Doherty or are these nine players enough for GW30

    Ramsdale

    White Kilman

    Saka Kuluveski Ramsey Barnes

    Kane Jimenez

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. Eric Banternaaa
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Are you planning on WC in the near future?

      If not I would do the transfer.

  7. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    A) Jota+Willock (-4) -> Maddison+Martinelli
    B) Willock+Digne (-4) -> Doherty/Leicester def under 5.0. who?

  8. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Raphinha has travelled according to this source:

    https://twitter.com/LeedsRadar/status/1504838901495648260

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Multiple are saying the same

  9. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Apparently, Raphinha travelled with the squad, so no covid. Relax Raph owners...

  10. GC123
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Could do with some advice please guys. Can get 10 out with a -4. Livra & JWP > Saiss & Kulu. Or would I be better off sacrificing TAA given he’s injured and not in my GW31 WC plans to upgrade Kulu to Son? I know Kulu is currently out scoring Son but surely the latter must be due a haul soon?

      1. Bojam
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        On current form Kulu -> Son makes no sense. At best it is sideways because Kulu has shown he is capable of consistent returns including some double digit. Waste of a transfer imo. Use any cash you have for something more pressing.

        (Disclaimer: of course it is entirely possible that Kulu blanks and Son hauls in any given gameweek. But the inverse is also true).

        1. GC123
            4 months, 22 days ago

            I have neither. My reference to upgrade was upgrading the upgrade of JWP to Kulu to JWP to Son. For this week only as I’ll WC next week

            1. clarkey_2000
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Go son if its just 1 GW he has a better chance of scoring big points

      2. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Ramsdale
        Coady, Amartey, Doherty
        Coutinho, Kulu, Saka
        Kane(c), Laca, Hwang
        (Foster; Salah, Trent, Gordon, Robbo)

        That's 10 -- but maybe only 8 with Amartey and Hwang question marks.
        Still, save my FT?

      3. Weeb Kakashi
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Ramsdale
        RAN Doherty
        Coutinho Raphinha Ramsey Kulu
        Kane(C) Jimenez

        TAA Cancelo Salah ThiagoSilva Broja

        1 FT. 0.4 ITB. Save Surely?

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Hmm. Similar to my problem. Waiting means losing value on TAA but gains additional info. Also pondering about hit value this week since most playing a depleted squad. The tricky part is no obvious replacements for this week either and none for the long run who play this week.

      4. zon
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Ramsdale
        Coady Doherty
        Raphinha Saka
        Laca Kane

        Got these 7 to field. One FH left, not fancying using it now. Would you

        TAA + Willock -> Pereira + Barnes -4?

      5. Hunting for points
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Bring in Kulu or Barnes for -4?? Both will give me +1 starter.

      6. Better Call Raul
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Podence likely to start?

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Likely yes

      7. Kane Train
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Which one?

        A ) TAA > Tierney

        B ) Salah > Maddison

        1. Original Sin
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          A

      8. mr messi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Toney or Jiminez? Or Dennis and Weghorst out for both?

        1. marcos11
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Jimenez

        2. SAY MY NAME
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          toney

      9. Original Sin
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        € for a massive differential. Doesn't matter if it doesn't work out, still want to take a chance.

        A. Barnes(C)
        B. Maddison (C)
        C. Toney (C).

        FH active

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Fornals or Podence for differential. Don't fancy messing with captaincy

        2. No Kane No Gain
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          B

        3. SAY MY NAME
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          toney

        4. Hobo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          C - only one guaranteed 90 minutes, plus Leicester are horrible at defending set pieces and Brentford have Eriksen

      10. Planet Jo
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        I've got 8 outfield players + keeper for the Blank GW for (I think) -4.

        Should I stick on that? Or another hit to go -8? Or play Free Hit?
        I still have TAA.

        1. SAY MY NAME
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          i'm playing with 7 , holding TAA, and saving FH - Barnes/Toney/Coutinho could punish me, or might not, but i can't see any long term moves that are worth it and FH might get me more points in another gameweek

      11. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        A. SA
        Cody, Saiss, Gabriel
        Maddison, Barnes, Son, Kule, Coutino
        Kane, Laca

        or

        B. SA
        Cody, Regulon, Tierny
        Maddison, Son, Coutino, Saka
        Kane, Laca, Jiminez

        or

        C. Ramsdale
        Cody, Saiss, Tierny
        Maddison, Son, Kule, Coutino, Saka
        Kane, Jiminez

      12. tommo1989
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        TAA & Broja to Doherty & Lacazette for -4, meaning I can field 11?

      13. Miro
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Raphinha to Barnes for -4 ? Would only field 9 if he's out.

        1. No Kane No Gain
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Looks like he’s not out

      14. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        People taking Raph out. I am getting Gelhardt in. Have Raph too.

      15. marcos11
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Any defender worth a hit? Including appearance points as I’m only fielding nine

        1. Ode
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          No

      16. Pilgrim62
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Barnes (have Maddi)
        or
        Saka/Martinelli (have Laca)

        Please advise

      17. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Catching up on Blackbox, really respect Mark's reflection on the last few Gameweeks. A lot of content producers aren't as forthcoming on when strategies haven't gone well.

        But gutted for him as I loved his original GW26 -12 plan!

      18. DavvaMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Bring Barnes in or Roll?

        A. Ramsey > Barnes
        B. Roll

        Not sure if this will be a high scoring game?

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Roll

      19. Traction Engine Foot
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Reckon Antonio will start?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Yep. I do.

          Might come off for Yarmolenko around 60-70 but he’s looking fit and on it lately.

      20. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Please give me some positive news about Bowen.

        1. tokara
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          After break

      21. Saintjack01
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Is odergaard a good differential pick for this gameweek?