Gameweek 34 Injury Report: Press conference round-up

Got some crucial FPL lineup decisions to make? Don’t have time to scroll through all of the manager’s end of week press conferences? Well here it is, all in one place.

Injuries, suspensions and predicted lineups, all in one place. Get those changes in before it’s too late!

Leicester City v Newcastle United

Leicester City

Harry Maguire seems set to return following the birth of his child. Jonny Evans is back in full training but Maguire may take his place as a precaution following the hip injury suffered by Evans.

Brendan Rodgers has good news regarding Marc Albrighton and Jamie Vardy. Albrighton had initially been ruled out for the season but is now close to a return following his hamstring injury. He’s a doubt for this one but should see some action very soon. Meanwhile, Rodgers is confident on in-form striker Vardy’s fitness.

“He’s absolutely fine. He felt a slight niggle in his groin at the end of the game (last week). Rather than risk it, we took him off but he’s fine. He’ll be fine for Friday.”

Predicted lineup: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Gray, Barnes, Vardy.

Newcastle United

Newcastle’s injury concerns are long term ones after Florian Lejuene and Sean Longstaff were ruled out for the season. The unlucky Lejuene fought back from and ACL knee rupture which delayed his start to the season, only to suffer the same injury in a tackle with Andros Townsend last week.

In better news, Mo Diame has been passed fit while Jonjo Shelvey may get a start having regained some fitness in recent weeks.

Predicted lineup: Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame, Almiron, Perez, Rondon

Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town

Tottenham Hotspur

No prizes for guessing the headline news here. Harry Kane’s ankle injury sustained against Manchester City in midweek was described by Mauricio Pochettino as “significant” and has ruled him out for the season.

More potential bad news comes in the form of Dele Alli who also came out of Tuesday’s game carrying an injury. Alli has a suspected broken hand and probably won’t be risked ahead of Wednesday’s highly anticipated second leg against City. Serge Aurier, Eric Dier and Erik Lamela are ruled out.

To be honest, the Spurs lineup is anyone’s guess as much rotation can be expected ahead of a very winnable game at home to already relegated Huddersfield.

Predicted lineup: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lucas Moura, Son Heung Min, Llorente

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield are merely fulfilling their remaining fixture as a Premier League club, meaning squad rotation is a very real possibility.

Ben Hamer is expected to continue between the sticks while Isaac Mbenza must pass a late fitness test to have a chance of being involved Laurent Depoitre is back in contention but Adama Diakhaby remains out.

Predicted lineup: Hamer, Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Stankovic, Hogg, Mooy, Pritchard, Lowe, Grant

Brighton and Hove Albion v Bournemouth

Brighton and Hove Albion

The headline for Brighton is the return of talisman Pascal Gross. Not a moment too soon for Chris Hughton whose side have struggled to create chances without him. “The injury is now fine which is a positive” said his beaming boss.

Solly March is also optimistic of making it back ahead of a busy schedule which see Brighton play two winnable home games in four days. Apart from that, it’s a clean bill of health for the Seagulls.

Predicted lineup: Ryan, Bernardo, Dunk, Duffy, Montoya, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Gross, Knockaert, Murray.


If ever there was a team that fits the term “on the beach”, it’s Bournemouth. Manager Eddie Howe claimed his team still aren’t safe from relegation after losing at home to Burnley last wee. We all know that’s not the case but Cherries fans will be counting down the days until the end of what’s been overall a fairly successful season.

Charlie Daniels is their latest casualty, being ruled out for the season thanks to a nasty knee injury sustained against Burnley. Fellow defenders Diego Rico and Steve Cook will also be missing for this one, as will Simon Francis whose campaign has also ended.

Predicted lineup: Begovic, Clyne, Ake, Mepham, Smith, Brooks, Lerma, Gosling, Fraser, King, Wilson

Burnley v Cardiff City


This is the definition of a relegation six pointer. A win for Burnley this week would be a huge step towards safety, moreso than the one they took last week.

Phil Bardsley is the only injury doubt who has a chance of making it. He fought a head tennis table and lost, suffering a deep laceration on his leg. Aaron Lennon, Peter Crouch and Steven Defour are all ruled out.

Predicted lineup: Heaton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Barnes, Wood

Cardiff city

Neil Warnock will be hoping to welcome back Harry Arter into the Bluebirds midfield for this must win clash.

Meanwhile, Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson and Matthew Connolly may not see Premier League action again for a little while with Cardiff as they will all sit out for the rest of the season.

Predicted lineup: Etheridge, Bennett, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Peltier, Arter, Gunnarsson, Camarasa, Murphy, Read, Niasse

Fulham v everton


Alfie Mawson (remember him?) has been building up fitness in the under 23s but won’t be ready for this weekend. Floyd Ayite has also returned to training.

The news surrounding Lazar Markovic (remember him?!) is not as positive. Scott Parker says it’s unlikely that the Serb will play again this season.

Predicted lineup: Rico, Christie, Chambers, Ream, Le Marchand, Bryan, Seri, Cairney, Sessegnon, Babel, Mitrovic


In-form Everton will fancy another win and another clean sheet this week when facing Fulham. Michael Keane’s withdrawal from the squad against Arsenal didn’t turn out too badly last week as his replacement Phil Jagielka went on to bag the winner. Keane will be available for selection once again.

Fellow centre back Yerry Mina’s run of bad injury luck continues. He will continue to watch on from the sidelines.

Predicted lineup: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers


Another week, another must win game for the Saints. The should relish an encounter with a Wolves side who will still be suffering from their FA cup semi final hangover.

Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi won’t make it for this one but Jannik Vestergaard came through last week’s game against Liverpool unscathed. Danny Ings should return after being ineligible to face his parent club.

Predicted lineup: Gunn, Valery, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond, Ings

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Nice and easy, a clean bill of health for Wolves once more!

Predicted lineup: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Bennett, Otto, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Doherty, Jota, Jimenez

Manchester United v West Ham United

Manchester United

I anticipate much rotation from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of the second leg in the Nou Camp on Tuesday. He will be forced into selecting different full backs at least due to the suspensions for Ashley Young and Luke Shaw.

Nemnja Matic and Alexis Sanchez are expected to return to the matchday squad but Ander Herrera (who is in the middle of a contract dispute) misses out through injury.

Predicted lineup: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, McTominay, Fred, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Martial

West Ham United

The Hammers are another team fitting the “on the beach” stereotype. Long term absentees Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez are “recovering” but they will sit out for this one alongside Andy Carroll (again), Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere.

Predicted lineup: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Anderson, Arnautovic, Hernandez

Crystal Palace v Manchester City

Crystal Palace

The loss of James Tomkins to injury means that Crystal Palace will be without both first choice centre back pairing for the visit of the champions, Martin Kelly and Scott Dann will be the two tasked with keeping City at bay.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s selection is anyone’s guess for this one. Despite being one of their trickier remaining fixtures as they look to defend their title, do they rotate ahead of the Champions League Quarter Finals? Who knows?

Bernardo Silva is likely to return after suffering a minor muscle strain. Ederson was also spotted limping off the field against Tottenham in midweek but no injury has been mentioned by Guardiola since then.

Predicted lineup: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Mendy, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling, B Silva, Aguero

Liverpool v Chelsea


This is arguably Liverpool’s biggest hurdle remaining in their way to claiming their first Premier League title. They go into it with only good news on the injury front. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are unlikely to start a game of such magnitude but their return to fitness will be a big boost to the squad for the run-in.

Where Manchester CIty’s lineup is hard to predict, Liverpool’s seems to pick itself at the moment. The only doubts remain over who partners Virgil Van Dijk in defence and who makes up that middle three.

Predicted lineup: Allisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Salah, Mane, Firmino


Maurizio Sarri made no fewer than seven changes for their trip to the Czech Republic in the Europa League this week. Eden Hazard was one of the many who enjoyed a rest but he did get some action before Marcos Alonso headed in a late winner.

As for the ongoing Callum Hudson Odoi issue, Sarri is “not sure” whether he will start this week at Anfield. I interpret that as a start for Willian or Pedro.

Predicted lineup: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Barkley, Kante, Pedro, Hazard, Higuian

Watford v Arsenal


The Hornets will be full of it going into the Monday night game following their Wembley heroics. Gerard Deulofeu has already written his name in Watford folklore of his semi final heroics and is expected to shake off a knock to be ready for this one. Jose Holebas won’t be as fortunate however.

Isaac Success, Adalberto Penaranda, Kiko Femania and Tom Cleverley are all doubts. Troy Deeney, as always, will be well up for this battle.

Predicted lineup: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Mariappa, Masina, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Hughes, Deulofeu, Deeney


Can Arsenal finally keep their first clean sheet away from home in the Premier League? It looks unlikely.

Laurent Koscielny recovered from a foot injury to feature in the Europa League success over Napoli, as did Pierre Emerick Aubameyang following illness.

Lucas Torreira will return from his domestic suspension which may be just as well with Granit Xhaka still struggling with an injury sustained on international duty. Sokratis is suspended.

Predicted lineup: Leno, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Maitland Niles, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang

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