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Early FPL Gameweek 25 team and injury news

We’re summarising what we know on the team news front ahead of Gameweek 25 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

Round-ups of the pre-match press conferences will supersede this piece and help finalise our predicted line-ups but in the meantime, this article takes an early look at the injury situation across the top flight.

Thursday’s presser times are listed here, with 11 more to follow on Friday.

FULHAM V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Tom Cairney (shin) and Neeskens Kebano (Achilles) remain out, while Marco Silva said in the aftermath of Saturday’s win over Brighton that he didn’t know if Aleksandar Mitrovic (foot) will be “able to play the next game or not” because a “minor injury”. Mitrovic has since been sighted in training ground images on Wednesday but wasn’t pictured doing teamwork.

Hwang Hee-chan (hamstring), Boubacar Traore (hamstring), Chiquinho (knee) and Sasa Kalajdzic (knee) remain out for Wolves but Mario Lemina returns from suspension on Friday.

EVERTON V ASTON VILLA

It remains to be seen if Dominic Calvert-Lewin (hamstring) can play any part in Everton’s Double Gameweek 25 after his recent injury woes, while Andros Townsend (ACL) remains out. Nathan Patterson (knee) and James Garner (back) should be back in contention after featuring for the under-21s last Friday, however, and Sean Dyche said that he “thinks” Amadou Onana‘s ongoing niggly knee injury is “manageable”. 

Diego Carlos (Achilles) has been back in training following his lengthy lay-off but Saturday’s game against Everton may come too soon, with Unai Emery last week saying the stopper “needed time” to work his way back to fitness. The Villa boss had previously said Robin Olsen would “be in the squad” to face Arsenal last weekend, so we await word on whether his no-show was due to the same “small problem” or a separate issue.

LEEDS UNITED V SOUTHAMPTON

Rodrigo Moreno (ankle) and Stuart Dallas (knee) are still out, while it remains to be seen if Marc Roca (muscle) is any closer to being in contention after being rated as “touch and go” for the trip to Everton – a match he ended up missing. Archie Gray (ankle), Adam Forshaw (hip) and Luis Sinisterra (muscle) have all been on the sidelines lately but shouldn’t be too far away, while Max Wober (shoulder) will be assessed after picking up an injury at the weekend. Pascal Struijk was expected back for that clash at Goodison Park after observing the concussion protocol but complained of “fogginess” in a training session on Friday and missed out.

Tino Livramento (knee) and Juan Larios (muscle) remain out, while Ruben Selles will hopefully tell us on Friday if Che Adams has recovered after an unspecified issue forced him to miss the win over Chelsea. 

LEICESTER CITY V ARSENAL

James Justin (Achilles) and Sammy Braybrooke (knee) are long-term absentees, while Jonny Evans (thigh) has lurched from one fitness issue to the next as his unavailability drags on.

Mohamed Elneny (knee) remains out long term, while it’s doubtful whether Gabriel Jesus (knee) is ready to feature competitively after his recent rehab work on the Arsenal training ground; local media are sticking with the suggestion of a March return for the striker. Thomas Partey has missed the last two matches with a muscle injury, so further word is awaited on his condition.

WEST HAM UNITED V NOTTINGHAM FOREST

The latest is awaited on Lucas Paqueta (shoulder) and Kurt Zouma (hip) after their recent absences, while Maxwel Cornet (calf) only returned to the club on Monday to continue the next part of his recovery and will likely be some distance from a playing return

Willy Boly (hamstring), Scott McKenna (hamstring), Dean Henderson (thigh), Cheikhou Kouyate (hamstring), Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Giulian Biancone (ACL) and Omar Richards (leg) remain out while Jesse Lingard is an ongoing doubt with knee and Achilles “niggles” and Serge Aurier (calf) has ruled himself out for up to two weeks with the “muscle fatigue” that forced him off on Saturday. Ryan Yates (illness) could be back, however, and long-term absentee Moussa Niakhate (hamstring) has rejoined training recently.

BOURNEMOUTH V MANCHESTER CITY

Lewis Cook (knee), David Brooks (hamstring), Lloyd Kelly (calf) and Illia Zabarnyi (ankle) all sat out the win over Wolves, a victory that came at a cost as Marcus Tavernier (hamstring) and Jordan Zemura (knock) picked up injuries. Jefferson Lerma had to be substituted after struggling with illness during the game, meanwhile.

John Stones (hamstring) was the only City player on the sidelines last weekend but even he will be not far off a return, with his 3-4 week recovery timeframe not far away. Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte then missed the midweek draw with RB Leipzig due to illness, so further word is awaited on their respective conditions.

“Kevin and Laporte [are missing through] illness. They are not ready for tomorrow.

“It is what it is. During the season, unfortunately sometimes that happens.

“He (De Bruyne) didn’t feel good right after the game against Nottingham. Yesterday Aymer didn’t feel well.” – Pep Guardiola, speaking on Tuesday

CRYSTAL PALACE V LIVERPOOL

Joel Ward (calf) was scheduled to return to training this week and Tyrick Mitchell looks set to recover after picking up an ankle injury in the draw with Brentford, a match that James Tomkins missed due to personal reasons. Media reports suggest that Wilfried Zaha (hamstring) is “unlikely” to be back for the visit of Liverpool, while Sam Johnstone (calf) could be out for six weeks. Nathan Ferguson stepped up his return by playing in Monday’s under-21 match.

Thiago Alcantara (hip), Luis Diaz (knee), Ibrahima Konate (muscle) and Calvin Ramsay (knee) remain on the sidelines, while Joe Gomez (hamstring) will need to be assessed after appearing to pick up a problem in midweek. The shoulder injury sustained by Darwin Nunez in Saturday’s win over Newcastle looks has amounted to naught, as the Uruguayan striker was back in action in Tuesday’s defeat to Real Madrid. Arthur Melo (muscle) could be among the substitutes this weekend, having rejoined training recently

“We will see. He showed a little bit a sign but then we just made a decision. Now we will see and he will get checked tomorrow.” – Jurgen Klopp on whether Joe Gomez picked up an injury

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V CHELSEA

Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring), Rodrigo Bentancur (knee), Hugo Lloris (knee) and Yves Bissouma (ankle) are all on the medium-to-long-term injury list but Spurs have no known fresh concerns ahead of the visit of Chelsea. 

Armando Broja (ACL), Christian Pulisic (knee), Edouard Mendy (finger) and N’Golo Kante (hamstring) remain out for the Blues, while more news is awaited on Cesar Azpilicueta after the long-serving defender took a nasty kick to the head in Saturday’s defeat to Southampton and was hospitalised. The Spaniard has since been discharged.

“Following a concussion injury sustained during Saturday’s game against Southampton, César Azpilicueta has been discharged from hospital and is recovering well at Cobham.

“The club’s medical team are closely monitoring César’s condition, adhering to the important concussion protocols in place to ensure his safety.

“César observed training today, before he starts working towards returning to the pitch.” – Chelsea statement on Tuesday


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  1. CFC1990
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Is it worth a -4 to swap:

    Fernandes, Kane and Shaw

    To

    Salah, TAA and Watkins?

    Current team

    Ederson,
    White, Bueno, Mings
    Saka, Odegaard, Andreas
    Kane, Haaland

    Ward, Toney, Fernandes, Rashford, Shaw, Trippier

    1. outernational
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I think so. Those moves should give you 4 extra fixtures this week.

    2. JoeSoap
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Thinking of similar move, see below.

  2. Dollyems15
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Got 2 free transfers and £5.3m in the bank, which option looks best,

    A, Salah + Tark for shaw/rash
    B, Taa/Gakpo for Shaw/Mitoma
    C, Salah /robbo & mcneil for shaw/mahrez + rashford for - 4?

    1. JoeSoap
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Would be reluctant to lose Rashford unless you intend to get him back.

      1. Dollyems15
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yeh plan will be to get him back after this game week an possibly keep Salah as well if that's the route I go

  3. Piggs Boson
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    I wonder if Klopp will play Jota/Firmino at CF again soon to help free Salah. He has to do something different. They went from a potential quadruple to struggling for a Conference League place, all in the space of one window.

    Liverpool & City both seem to be struggling to accommodate a central striker into their previously purring systems.

    1. FantasyClub
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      That’s what’s putting me off Nunez & Gakpo. Transfers can’t be wasted atm.

    2. Amartey Partey
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      They looked even worse when they took off Darwin though.

  4. marcos11
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Kepa
    Walker White Bueno
    KDB Odegaard Martinelli Andreas
    Haaland Kane Toney*
    Ward Shaw Trippier Rashford
    0.5itb 2ft

    KDB/Martinelli/Toney >

    a) Salah/Saka/Cunha
    b) Gakpo/Saka/Nunez

    1. FantasyClub
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      If you go B how long you planning on holding them 3?

      1. marcos11
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Considering wc27 but will try to avoid it depending on how many glanks in gw28

    2. FantasyClub
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Nevermind I read Saka as Salah. Thought you’re going LIV x3

  5. Letsgo!
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Will u -4 to do andreas to mcneil?
    And will u -4 to do mahrez to bowen?

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Nope, much prefer the first 2

    2. FantasyClub
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I don’t think I’d either. I’ve got Mahrez and I’m sticking this GW.
      Definitely not A though…

    3. Amartey Partey
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      No

  6. Solly The Seagull
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Which one?

    A) Salah+Watkins -8
    B) Kane+Gakpo -4

  7. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Slightly tempted to WC, reasoning is Kane vs Darwin / Toney and later Felix

    Mahrez minutes also a concern - opt for Watkins instead. Adding Mitoma to the bench for his double

    And gaining tark over Castagne

    Another bench move would be pope to raya for his pending double

  8. Malinwa
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Could use some decent advice here :

    2FT - 0,0 itb

    Kepa
    Bueno-White-Tarkowski
    KDB-Rash-Saka-Andreas
    Kane-Haaland-Nketiah

    Ward-Almiron-Shaw-Tripp

    1. Malinwa
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Thinking of KDB+Almiron > Salah+McNeil

      1. Letsgo!
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Good

  9. krumcake
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Kepa
    Gabriel+ Tarkowski+ Akanji
    Mitoma* Saka+ Ødegaard+ Mahrez
    Watkins Kane Haaland

    Raya* Rashford* Trippier* Estupian*

    0,9 ITB, 2 FT

    I only have 10 players, with 4 doublers so far. Akanji and Mahrez are uncertain starters.

    What would you do here? I've been looking at it all week, and I can't come up with a plan. Played WC two gameweeks ago. Chasing in all leagues.

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Would you consider losing Kane?

      1. krumcake
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I'm considering anything, but Kane has a game this GW

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Thing is I wouldn't be too keen on selling anyone from your bench since the options in that price range aren't great & you'd probably want them right back anyway. Could do something like Akanji & Kane - TAA & Darwin if you want some Pool?

  10. Matt225
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    What do you think?

    A) Start Bueno, Bench Trippier
    B) Sell Trippier, Buy/Start TAA (-4), Bench Bueno

  11. Miniboss
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Already have Salah, who should I get for hit?

    A) TAA (-4)
    B) Darwin (-4)
    C) Darwin & VvD (-8)

    1. outernational
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      A for me

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      B or A both worth a shot. Don't like C

  12. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    best defender under 5.6 who isn’t an arsenal one?

    1. Amartey Partey
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Shaw

  13. Il Capitano
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    0FT 1.7m ITB

    Kepa
    White Bueno
    Salah Saka Odegaard Andreas
    Haaland Darwin

    Ward - Shaw Trippier Schar Rashford Toney

    Shaw > Robbo for the Pool triple up or Tarkowski to get a guaranteed GW28 player?

  14. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    The only way I can get Salah in is if I sell Trippier. I have 2 FT.

    Tripps has no CS in 3 games and City next. Anyone else risking getting rid of Tripps?

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      No way because he has a game in GW28 and 29 he has a double. Too much value tied up in him.

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'm not planning to sell Trippier myself, and longer-term I wouldn't sacrifice him for Salah. But short-term, if you can spare the transfers in/out, there's a lot of upside to that move. Could you get Trippier back by 28/9?

    3. The-Red-1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      What's the rest of your team?

      1. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Kepa Ward

        *White *Tark *Patterson Tripps Shaw

        *Saka *Odegaard Mahrez Rashford Bruno

        Kane Haaland Greenwood

        1. The-Red-1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Kane and Mahrez?
          Bruno and Mahrez?

  15. TheBiffas
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Good to go with these moves?

    KDB, Kane, Botman, Aurier to
    Salah, Darwin, Trent, Tarkowski

    (-8)

    1. krumcake
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      That seems... excessive.

    2. Miniboss
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I’d do it

  16. Atimis
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Considering the next GWs, Kane to Darwin -4? Would also allow me to get TAA.

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Same here but still Thinking
      Kane > Darwin -4
      +
      Patterson > Robbo -4
      Or
      Mee > TAA -4

      1. Atimis
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Actually Mee not looking bad for DGW27 so really tough choice as would prefer TAA over Robo

      2. outernational
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I wouldn't want to take Mee out with a plum double next week

      3. Milk, 1 Šuker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yeah keep Mee. I've got him for the ensuing doubles.

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Cheers Guys

  17. Lionac
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Is Kane & Shaw -> Darwin & TAA for a hit a good move?

    Would ship Kane by GW28 anyway.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Truly terrible.

  18. Pacer.
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Are Gakpo and Darwin both minutes or even start risks with jota and Bobby getting up to speed? Any insight which is lower risk. Possibly Darwin?

    1. Lionac
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Both risk. Assume Darwin has better chances to start both.

      1. Pacer.
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Gakpo is struggling a little for involvement which I think is a big worry with those two waiting

  19. Kantelele
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Any info about new Leeds coach ? Want buy Gnonto, how Leeds will be playing now, more defensively ?

  20. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Is Félix a hold given no blanks, despite woeful looking Chelsea attack? Other option is to take hit for Darwin?

    A Hold
    B Sell

    1. Milk, 1 Šuker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Well I've got him and will be holding because of no blanks. Better to have a player in that position than not eh?

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I missed the Southampton game, but from what I'd seen previously I think its probably worth hanging in. Definitely looks like the Chelsea attacker to have and the schedule (no blanks, one of the best DGWs) is great. There is some upside to having a fluid forward spot to punt on Darwin/Toney, but after that I would probably want to move to Felix/Iheanacho, and I don't think missing out on Darwin is that big a deal.

      1. Milk, 1 Šuker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Hear hear

  21. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Would you take another hit (-8) to replace Bueno or Mahrez?

    A. Mahrez > Odegaard
    B. Bueno > No idea at this stage!

    1. CONNERS
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Mahrez to Ode perhaps, although has potential to backfire.

      I'd keep Bueno this week

    2. Fit_to_drop
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Wait for the Pep presser. If KDB out, then Mahrez surely starts.

  22. JoeSoap
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    A. Kane/Bruno/Shaw>Salah/Watkins/TAA
    B. Kane/Bruno/Botman>Salah/Nunez/Tark
    C. Mitro/Bruno/Bot>Nunez/Gakpo/Tark
    D. Shaw/Bruno/Botman>TAA/Gakpo/Tark
    E. Other (all above are -4 - 1.3 in bank)

    Ward
    White, Bueno
    Martinelli, Saka, Andreas
    Haaland, Kane, Mitro
    Raya, Botman, Trippier, Shaw, Bruno, Rash

  23. Shark Team
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Bowen Mahrez Sarabia or McNeil?
    Only for this gw

  24. gedda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Got two chips left, BB & TC - as well as WC.

    Is it worth playing the TC on Salah this week? Decent fixtures, and GW29 (WC28) seems like a better shot at doing BB with 15 DGW players, right?

  25. Stoic
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Ake + KDB to TAA + Gakpo for -8 to field 11?
    Have salah (C)
    Have to get rid of Ake asap and KDB also not performing at his levels and is flagged

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Sounds alright but I'd prefer a long-term pick like Maddison in the Gakpo spot if possible. Not that keen on him even as a 1 week punt & I think Salah & Trent is plenty for Liverpool

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Okay

  26. Milk, 1 Šuker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Are we dismissing the single GWers too much this week?

    1. Letsgo!
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Which single gw players u think we are dismissing?

      1. Milk, 1 Šuker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        General comment but those with 1 double no blanks, almost a clean run through: Watkins, B Johnson, to name just a couple

        1. Letsgo!
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Watkins is a nice pick. So if u have i will keep. But if need to -4 for him then not worth. Plus i think alot betting on everton to cleansheet for this game esp

          1. Milk, 1 Šuker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            I don't have him right now but will do maybe from next week even. I don't think Everton get a clean sheet in either game tbh. So let them bet!

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Perhaps a little. I think Fulham/Forest defenders might be preferable to Everton/Wolves. Have suggested Maddison over Gakpo to a few people. I was kind of considering Reece as well but think in his (individual) case it might be best to wait til 28 so I can be (relatively!) sure of his fitness for BB29

      1. Milk, 1 Šuker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I really like Fulham defenders especially Tete/Robinson/Ream. Yeah I like Maddy - scored v Arsenal in the reverse fixture and is well capable of doing the same. I know, Reece needs a good run in the team before I consider him.

    3. villa_til_i_die
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Don’t we always?!

  27. Redranger
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    2FT & 5.1ITB

    Kepa
    White Patterson* Shaw*
    Bruno* Martinelli Mitoma* Andreas
    Kane Haaland Felix
    Ward rash Trip Botman

    A) Bruno, Botman & Patterson > Saka, TAA & Tark -4
    B) Bruno, Botman & Patterson > Salah, Tark & Bueno -4
    C) Bruno, Mitoma, Patterson & Kane > Salah, Saka, Tark & Watkins -8

  28. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Kane+Botman+Shaw to Darwin+Tarkowski+TAA for -8?

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes

  29. Nas
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    There’s no chance saka is secretly injured right? Cause I have exact money for martinelli to saka and I’d hate to be blindsided

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      How would we know if it’s a secret?

  30. Pacer.
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    If in theory you're looking at a -12 to get out 11, one of those 11 is Adams (75%), one Mahrez (RR) and you're left only with blank players like Rashford, Trippier, Toney and Almiron to hokey cokey, but you want to keep them. Is it worth considering a free hit this week and keeping hold of the players you want, saving the hits. The hard numbers would amount to

    -12 and 16 potential starts with loss of two from trip/alm/rash/toney

    Free hit, 21 fielded of my choice, keep trip/alm/rash/toney

    My arsenal players are currently white saliba Odegaard so would likely swap to Nket and Saka

    It's not that

    1. Pacer.
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      *not that cut and dry, is it?

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I’m not sure how you wound up here with all the information we have but a free hit might be worth it but the massive blank will batter you.

      1. Pacer.
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I don't have time to read all the information. That's why I asked people who do for their thoughts