FPL Gameweek 38 Injuries, Predicted Lineups and Team News

Injury Analyst Ben Dinnery shares all the injuries, team news and predicted lineups for all Premier League clubs ahead of each Gameweek. They will be regularly updated throughout and following the press conferences.

Arsenal

Predicted lineup Press Conference No word on the fitness of David Luiz (hamstring), who was said to be "making progress" with a view to returning this weekend. Mikel Arteta insists he'll choose "the best possible selection" to win the game even though several players will be leaving the club after Sunday. Hector Bellerin is one of those, but the Spaniard has failed to recover from a lower leg injury, and he will not come into the managers thinking. Mat Ryan (ineligible) is also out as he cannot line up against his parent club due to his loan agreement. Pending Evaluation 
  • David Luiz (hamstring) - No word from the boss during Fridays' press conference. His status remains unclear. 50/50
Ruled Out
  • Mat Ryan (ineligible) - Unable to face his parent club under the terms of his loan agreement.
  • Hector Bellerin (lower leg injury) - The Spaniard will not play again for Arsenal after failing to recover from injury.
Banned -- Return to Competition --

Aston Villa

Predicted lineup Press Conference Jack Grealish is "getting up to full fitness", and Dean Smith hopes to see another confident performance from his skipper against Chelsea on Sunday. Ross Barkley is ineligible and has played his final game for the club due to the terms of his loan deal with Chelsea: "Unfortunately, he had an injury, and that halted his momentum because he was excellent. I can’t fault his ability or his attitude, and I’ve really enjoyed working with him." Morgan Sanson, Matty Cash and Trezeguet remain sidelined. Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out 
  • Trezeguet (knee) - Suffered an ACL rupture against Liverpool. Successfully undergone surgery.
  • Matty Cash (hamstring) - Confirmation that the left-back will miss the remaining fixtures.
  • Morgan Sanson (knee) - Dean Smith revealed on Tuesday that the Frenchman's season is over.
  • Ross Barkley (ineligible) - Unable to face his parent club under the terms of his loan agreement.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Brighton and Hove Albion

Predicted lineup Press Conference Danny Welbeck (hamstring), Davy Propper (ankle) and Joel Veltman (calf) will all miss the game at Arsenal. "We've got Lewis Dunk is back from suspension, though," said Graham Potter during Fridays' press conference. "It’s good to have him back. He was in a fantastic moment of form, so it’s great for him to be able to finish off the season on the pitch. We’ve got a few missing, but whatever team we have, we will try to be at our best." Neal Maupay serves the final game of his suspension after the Football Association extended his initial ban by an extra game. Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out 
  • Solly March (knee) - The winger admitted that he is now targeting pre-season to return to full fitness.
  • Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) - Surgery will keep the full-back out for the remainder of the campaign.
  • Danny Welbeck (hamstring) - Sunday will come too soon, ruling the player out of the final game.
  • Davy Propper (ankle) - Sunday will come too soon, ruling the player out of the final game.
  • Joel Veltman (calf) - Sunday will come too soon, ruling the player out of the final game.
Banned
  • Neal Maupay - Charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 and accepted that his language and behaviour was abusive, insulting and improper following his dismissal. He received an additional one-match ban ruling him out for the season.
Return to Competition
  • Lewis Dunk - Back in contention after serving a two-match ban.

Burnley

Sean Dyche said he chose Will Norris over Bailey Peacock-Farrell out of "respect" in the absence of Nick Pope on Wednesday, and the 27-year-old did okay in his first league start against a difficult opponent. However, Peacock-Farrell is very much seen as the future, and if the Clarets boss decides against risking Pope, then I'd expect the Northern Ireland international to be handed a recall. Predicted lineup Press Conference Sean Dyche will not be taking any chances after keeping the Clarets in the top-flight for another season: "It has been a very big achievement for us, I know some of the challenges I have gone through as a manager, on and off the pitch, it has been difficult." Dyche will make a late call on Nick Pope: "His knee has settled down, and he has a chance. We will see how he goes over the next couple of days." Kevin Long, Robbie Brady, Dale Stephens and Phil Bardsley are unavailable. Pending Evaluation
  • Nick Pope (knee) - Thye injury is settling down, and the goalkeeper could return to the side.
Ruled Out 
  • Kevin Long (Achilles) - Already way beyond his initial timeline. No definitive update on a possible return.
  • Robbie Brady (Achilles) - No guarantees that the Irishman will be back before the end of the season.
  • Phil Bardsley (hernia) - Surgery. Ruled out of the remaining fixtures.
  • Dale Stephens (ankle) - Surgery. Ruled out of the remaining fixtures.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Chelsea

Predicted lineup Press Conference  "Andreas Christensen will be in the squad," confirmed Thomas Tuchel. The centre-back has missed the last three with a hamstring problem. "He did full training today and also yesterday without any problems, so he will be back." Kai Havertz will train with the group on Saturday and stands a good chance, but the availability of N'Golo Kante will not be known until nearer kick-off. "It’s going to be very close, but still some hopes that he maybe joins team training tomorrow. If not, then he will join on Monday." Pending Evaluation
  • Andreas Christensen (hamstring) - Passed fit after training with the group.
  • N'Golo Kante (hamstring) - May not make Sunday, but should be fine for the Champions League final.
  • Kai Havertz (muscle) - Expected to rejoin the squad on Saturday. A good chance of being involved.
Ruled Out -- Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson will leave his selection decisions until the last moment, with up to nine players confirmed or at risk of missing the final game. Patrick van Aanholt will be a straight swap for Mitchell if he fails to recover. At the same time, the Eagles are well-stocked in attack, with Michy Batshuayi, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew capable of filling Benteke's boots. If James Tomkins is okay to play back-to-back matches in quick succession, then he'll play alongside Gary Cahill with Cheikhou Kouyate adopting a more familiar midfield role. Predicted lineup Press Conference Roy Hodgson ahead of Sunday: "We're not good at three games in a week. A very tough run! I've really got to wait and see [how the players are] tomorrow before [deciding]. I'm hoping it might be better than I might fear, but we have to wait." Christian Benteke, Tyrick Mitchell and Scott Dann are among those who will be checked. Pending Evaluation
  • Luka Milivojevic (personal) - Missed GWs 36 and 37 due to a family issue. His status remains unclear.
  • Tyrick Mitchell (muscle) - Roy Hodgson is hopeful that the problem was fatigue-related, which gives the left-back a good chance.
  • Christian Benteke (ankle) - Picked up a knock on Wednesday evening. To be assessed.
  • Scott Dann (muscle) - Missed the home defeat to Arsenal due to a minor strain.
Ruled Out
  • James McArthur (calf) - No definitive timeline, and the Scottish midfielder may not play again this season.
  • Nathan Ferguson (thigh) - Roy Hodgson said it would be "very foolish" to consider the 20-year-old having missed so much football.
  • Connor Wickham (muscle) - Continues to work away from the main group. Still not 100 per cent.
  • Mamadou Sakho (thigh) - Ruled out. His contract ends in the summer, so he may not play again for the club.
  • Eberechi Eze (Achilles) - Training ground setback. Tests continue, but the winger may not play again this year.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Everton

Predicted lineup Press Conference James Rodriguez and Seamus Coleman will miss the Toffees' final match of 2020/21 at The Etihad on Sunday. "James is unfortunately not available for this game," mused Carlo Ancelotti. "He has not recovered from the problem with his calf. Unfortunately, he did not finish the season well. Now he will be focused to prepare for the Copa America with his national team. I hope to have him back next season at his best." Captain Seamus Coleman is also out of the game with a little niggle. Pending Evaluation  -- Ruled Out
  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin (knee) - No surgery required, but Ancelotti believes the injury-plagued midfielder will be out for the season.
  • James Rodriguez (fatigue) - Rested as a precaution on Wednesday night. Ancelotti remains "hopeful" that the Colombian will be ready for Sunday.
  • Seamus Coleman (knock) - Minor niggle picked up during the win over Wolves.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Fulham

Predicted lineup Press Conference There will be no old boys reunion for Aleksandar Mitrovic, who misses the game against his former club with a glute strain. "Antonee Robinson, Tom Cairney [and Terence Kongolo] are all out for the weekend." Harrison Reed has a little bit of an ankle issue, and Scott Parker will make a call nearer the time." Pending Evaluation
  • Harrison Reed (knock) - Forced off on Tuesday after 32 minutes. Scott Parker will make a late call.
Ruled Out
  • Terence Kongolo (knee) - Injured following a heavy collision with Adama Traore. Surgery will rule him out of the remaining games.
  • Tom Cairney (knee) - Heading in the right direction, but Scott Parker admits the midfielder will not play again this season.
  • Antonee Robinson (ankle) - Out of the final day fixture at Craven Cottage.
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic (glutes) - Out of the final day fixture at Craven Cottage.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Leeds United

Predicted lineup Press Conference  Marcelo Bielsa confirms Diego Llorente will not feature in the final game as a precaution. "Throughout the first half at Southampton, he felt something in his muscle he could have got injured where he got injured before. That's why he should not participate in the second half nor on Sunday." Mateusz Klich and Robin Koch have been given time-off, while Adam Forshaw remains sidelined, ensuring he will not feature in the Premier League this season. He managed 84 minutes for the U23s last month. Helder Costa is also out. Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi will be leaving in the summer: "Sincerely, throughout the three years, I have had great respect for how they go about their profession, and they have a lot of ability football-wise. For the club, we have great sadness they will no longer be part of the institution." Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
  • Adam Forshaw (muscular) - Suffered a setback on his return for the U23s. Ruled out for an undefined period.
  • Helder Costa (back) - Confirmation from Marcelo Bielsa that the winger has been ruled out of the remaining fixtures.
  • Robin Koch - Given early leave with the potential for him to be called up to the national team (Euro 2021).
  • Mateusz Klich - Given early leave with the potential for him to be called up to the national team (Euro 2021).
  • Diego Llorente (groin) - Rested as a precaution given the Spaniard's previous injury problems.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Leicester City

Predicted lineup Press Conference Brendan Rodgers confirms Jonny Evans (plantar fasciitis) will play no part this weekend. "Everybody else is available that was in the squad on Tuesday.” Christian Fuchs and Matty James will all leave the club at the end of the season. Club captain Wes Morgan will also hang up his boots: "He has iconic status here at Leicester City, he will always be a legend of this club, the captain to pick up the title, sadly it comes to an end. An amazing guy.” No word on the fitness of Cengiz Under, who has been struggling to overcome a hip complaint. Pending Evaluation
  • Wes Morgan (back) - Cannot play 90 minutes but could be named on the bench in his final game for the club.
  • Cengiz Under (groin) - The winger is struggling to overcome a hip flexor problem. Late fitness test.
Ruled Out
  • Justin James (ACL) - Ruled out for the remainder of the season following surgery on his knee.
  • Harvey Barnes (knee surgery) - Set for a second surgical procedure after suffering a setback. Season over.
  • Jonny Evans (plantar fasciitis) - An ongoing issue that is being managed. Season over.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Liverpool

Predicted lineup Press Conference  There was no word during the open section of Fridays' press conference from Jurgen Klopp on the availability of Diogo Jota, but speaking earlier this week, the Portuguese star was only said to have a "tiny, tiny little chance" of recovering after scan results revealed his foot injury was not as bad as first thought. Following the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner at Turf Moor, the Reds are not expecting anyone from those currently sidelined to be in contention. Pending Evaluation
  • Diogo Jota (foot) - Not as bad as initially thought. An outside chance of making the final weekend.
Ruled Out
  • Virgil van Dijk (ACL knee) - The player rules himself out of the Euros and will focus on the final phase of his recovery.
  • Joe Gomez (knee surgery) - Season over after suffering a non-contact patellar tendon rupture.
  • Joel Matip (ankle) - Confirmation that the centre-back will undergo surgery, ruling him out of the remaining fixtures.
  • Jordan Henderson (groin) - Will not feature again in the league but could still feature at the Euros for England.
  • Ozan Kabak (muscle) - May have played his last game for the club. Klopp admits a return this season is improbable.
  • Ben Davies (muscle) - Missed Sundays' last-gasp win at West Brom. Awaiting further news from Jurgen Klopp.
  • Naby Keita (undisclosed) - Not training with the team yet, Will not be considered on Wednesday.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Manchester City

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