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After five-plus years at Rotoworld/NBC Sports Edge, it’s bittersweet to say that this will be last column as I move on to new things. It’s been an absolute pleasure engaging with the FPL community and being a part of this great team, and I wish everyone nothing but the best in the future.
Without further delay, here’s the injury news for Gameweek 26 ahead of this double gameweek.
Man City v. West Ham
The good news for Manchester City is that manager Pep Guardiola has declared Kevin De Bruyne as fully fit after he played 62 minutes in the club’s 1-0 win over Arsenal last week. Sergio Agüero could also come back into play for the league leaders, who are only missing Nathan Ake for the West Ham visit.
The only change in the injury news for the Hammers is that fullback Ryan Fredericks is a slight doubt due to a groin injury, but still has a chance to be involved. Angelo Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku and Andriy Yarmolenko continue to be out with more serious injuries.
Out: Masuaku, Ogbonna, Yarmolenko
West Brom v. Brighton
West Brom won’t have Semi Ajayi available due to the red card he picked up in the scoreless draw with Burnley last weekend. Meanwhile, manager Sam Allardyce said he won’t risk Robert Snodgrass this weekend as the winger is dealing with a slight calf tear.
Out: Ajayi, Gibbs, Snodgrass
Brighton manager Graham Potter will be hoping to have Tariq Lamptey back after missing the last few months due to injury, but Adam Webster will surely not be available after suffering a minor setback to his recovery from an ankle injury. Solly March looks lost for the season due to a knee injury.
Out: Webster, March
Leeds v. Aston Villa
Leeds will be happy to finally have Diego Llorente back after the Spaniard played the full 90 in the club’s midweek win over Southampton this week. However, they seem to have added to the injury list with Kalvin Phillips ruled out with a calf injury. Mateusz Klich also appears to be a major doubt after being subbed off in midweek with a knock.
Out: Forshaw, Koch, Berardi, Grot, Rodrigo, Poveda, Phillips
Doubtful: Klich, Shackleton
Aston Villa will have to do without their star captain once again with Jack Grealish ruled out of his second straight match due to a shin injury. The club is holding out hope that Grealish could be available for the midweek match but Tuesday is still a ways off. Meanwhile, Matty Cash will remain out with a hamstring injury for the next fortnight.
Out: Hause, Wesley, Cash, Grealish
Newcastle v. Wolves
Newcastle finally seemed to be on the right side of the injury front with Joelinton among the many players returning from injury in the last few months. The Magpies could even have Federico Fernandez back at the weekend after training this week despite missing the last month-and-a-half with a thigh injury.
Out: Wilson, Manquillo, Schar
Wolves once again won’t have Willy Boly or Daniel Podence available to face Newcastle while Marcal is also out after suffering an injury against Leeds. The good long-term news for Wolves is that manager Nuno Espirito Santo said he is hoping that Raúl Jiménez can still play a part in this season following his head injury.
Out: Jimenez, Marcal, Boly, Podence
Crystal Palace v. Fulham
Crystal Palace’s injury issues only continue to grow with Nathaniel Clyne now being ruled out while Wilfried Zaha will need to wait at least until next weekend before he can return from a hamstring injury that has kept him out of the last four league matches.
Fulham will have Aleksandar Mitrovic in contention again after his quarantine ended following his positive COVID test. Other than that, there’s no other injury news for the Cottagers. s
Leicester v. Arsenal
Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is set to miss out again with a hip injury while Ayoze Pérez will be held out of action for the next few days. Wes Morgan will need to sit out a few more weeks due to his back injury. Harvey Barnes was one of the Foxes’ rested stars in Europa League who are expected to return this weekend.
Out: Morgan, Praet, Fofana, Justin, Perez, Maddison
For the first time this season, Arsenal have no injury concerns following the return of Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey this week. Rob Holding missed out on Europa League action on Thursday due to a concussion but seems to be available for the trip to Leicester.
Spurs v. Burnley
Giovani Lo Celso has returned to training for Spurs but will need a few weeks to recover from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since Gameweek 14. However, Serge Aurier is in contention after missing the last few weeks with a calf injury.
Out: Lo Celso
Burnley manager Sean Dyche won’t have Ashley Barnes and Robbie Brady available for the trip to North London, but much of the squad has recovered from their persistent injuries. Erik Pieters looks like a gameday decision while Dyche is less optimistic about Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Out: Brady, Barnes
Doubtful: Pieters, Gudmundsson
Chelsea v. Man Utd
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed the club have no new injury additions and are only missing Thiago Silva, who has missed most of the month with a quad injury.
Out: Thiago Silva
Juan Mata won’t be able to face his old side and will not be available for the next few weeks. However, United are hoping to have Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani back from minor injuries while Daniel James needs to be looked at after suffering an injury in Thursday’s Europa League match.
Out: Mata, Jones, Pogba
Doubtful: James, McTominay, Cavani, Van De Beek
Sheffield United v. Liverpool
Sheffield United’s march to relegation continues with a flurry of injuries beside their long-term injury issues. Chris Basham will miss the next month with a hamstring injury while Jayden Bogle will need a few weeks to recover from a knock. John Egan will also need the next month (at least) to recover from a toe injury.
Out: O’Connell, Berge, Mousset, Rodwell, Robinson, Basham, Bogle, Egan
There’s lots of bad news so let’s start with the good: Diogo Jota looks set to return after missing the last three months with a knee injury, although he still needs to be given the green light. But the weekend will come too soon for James Milner and Fabinho, while captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out up to the next two months following a groin injury.
Everton v. Southampton
Following the club’s emotional league win over Liverpool, their first at Anfield this century, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan are fit and able to start the Southampton match. Yerry Mina will need the next two weeks though as he recovers from an ankle injury.
Out: Gbamin, Mina
Lots of injury news this week for Saints as stalwart midfield fixture Oriol Romeu was ruled out for the season with a broken ankle that requires surgery. Theo Walcott and Kyle Walker-Peters remain out with thigh problems while Takumi Minamino will miss out with a hamstring injury sustained in midweek.
Out: Smallbone, Obafemi, Walcott, Diallo, Walker-Peters, Minamino, Romeu