Ahead of the Gameweek 11 deadline, European action has thrown further spanners into the FPL works after Aston Villa versus Newcastle was postponed.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to FPL Gameweek 11 for all the key information, stats and tips you need going into the weekend’s action.

Champions League

Liverpool

Next four fixtures: Wolves (H), Fulham (a), Spurs (H), Crystal Palace (a)

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Robertson has a yellow flag ahead of GW11

Andy Robertson (£7.2m) is the latest highly-owned Liverpool defender to suffer an injury scare, though is not ruled out for Gameweek 11 at the time of writing. On the Scotland defender, Jurgen Klopp said following a 1-0 win over Ajax:

“Robbo took a massive knock on his ankle. He needed strapping at half time. [Jordan Henderson] had a proper knock on his back. Gini [Wijnaldum] played game number…I don’t want to say it because I just hope he can carry on.

“We have two days more than we had last week until the next game. Things like this show up the next day slightly different. In the moment I am rather positive about it but I don’t know.”

While all of the above mentioned trio could feature against Wolves, goalkeeper Alisson (£5.9m) is ruled out. Klopp explained:

“He told us after the [Brighton] game he felt it after 60 to 70 minutes, his hamstring. He’s had a scan, a little [injury] but enough for [Ajax] and probably another week.

“So it’s not Covid, it’s something we have to mention when it’s not the case; and it’s not the case. We don’t know exactly, we have to wait. I’ve never heard about a hamstring [that] is only four or five days, so 10 to 14 days I think.”

As with Manchester City and Chelsea, Liverpool have now secured top spot in their Champions League group ahead of the final group-stage fixture next week.

Manchester City

Next four fixtures: Fulham (H), Man Utd (a), West Brom (H), Southampton (a)

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Aguero is struggling with a knee problem

Kevin de Bruyne (£11.6m) was handed another breather this midweek as the Belgian travelled to Portugal but was an unused substitute as City drew 0-0 with Porto.

Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m) was the only player brought off the bench as Raheem Sterling (£11.4m), Joao Cancelo (£5.6m) and Ruben Dias (£5.6m) played the full 90 minutes. After the draw, Pep Guardiola explained:

“I didn’t make substitutions because I think a few players need rhythm like Bernardo [Silva], Joao [Cancelo], Eric [Garcia], Oleksandr [Zinchenko], Eric [Garcia], Fernandinho.

“Rodri was playing well too, his physicality is strong and I want to give them minutes for the rhythm. They showed me [vs Porto], like the other players showed me against Burnley in the previous game, that everybody is fit and ready.”

Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) was not part of City’s travelling squad. Guardiola was coy in his Monday update on the striker:

“I am not concerned. He didn’t train. He has some disturbance in his knee, nothing serious but he didn’t train.”

Manchester United

Next four fixtures: West Ham (a), Man City (H), Sheffield Utd (a), Leeds (H)

Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) is a doubt for Man Utd’s trip to West Ham on Saturday with a recurring shoulder problem. The FPL midfielder was forced off after 74 minutes as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops lost 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain. On Rashford, the United boss said post-match:

“It’s just niggling him, that shoulder injury. Let’s see how quickly he can recover. Let’s hope he can be ready for the West Ham game. But we don’t know.”

The Red Devils go into Champions League matchday 6 requiring a result away to RB Leipzig on Tuesday. On the mood of his dressing room, Solskjaer stated:

“They don’t need lifting, we’ve just got to make sure we don’t drop our heads. That’s football. You’ve got a big game against West Ham already on Saturday and then Tuesday against Leipzig, so it’s a great week.”

On the PSG defeat, the Norwegian added:

“You look back at that game and the chances we created and you feel we deserve to go through. But you need to be more clinical, you need to take your chances, definitely. But you’ve got to say the boys did create those moments and chances, that’s the big positive.

“We should have been more clinical, of course, we know that. More quality with the finish and then you’re celebrating. But that’s football. It’s always decided in the boxes with that quality. Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes against you and definitely tonight it went against us.”

Chelsea

Next four fixtures: Leeds (H), Everton (a), Wolves (a), West Ham (H)

Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) scored all four as Chelsea hammered Sevilla 4-0 on Wednesday. Only Edouard Mendy (£5.2m) and Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m) were retained from the XI that drew 0-0 with Spurs in GW10, as Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) earned a start. Before kick-off, Lampard explained

“There are a few elements to it, the schedule is one but the flipside is [that] the players are training hard and deserve to play.”

After the game, the Chelsea boss remarked:

“When you play Oli you know his attributes. It’s important we get a lot of energy around him, people that can run off him, support him. He has the qualities to hold the ball up obviously, and quality with balls in the box like N’Golo [Kante] puts in.

“So I loved all those parts of us at the top end of the pitch, having made nine changes in a game, because as I said players are deserving to play, because I see them training well. Some players can get their heads down if they’re not playing lots of minutes and that’s always a worry when you make that level of change.”

Lampard stated in his pre-Sevilla press conference that he has a fully-fit squad and so far, no issues have been reported ahead of Leeds’ visit to Stamford Bridge.

Europa League

Tottenham Hotspur

Next four fixtures: Arsenal (H), Crystal Palace (a), Liverpool (a), Leicester (H)

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Kane has an unspecified injury but could play in Gameweek 11

Harry Kane (£10.9m) is the highest-profile FPL flag ahead of Gameweek 11. The 42.4%-owned forward has not travelled to Austria for Spurs’ clash with LASK. On Wednesday, Jose Mourinho helpfully said:

“I’m not going to tell you the nature of his injury. I think he has a good chance [to play against Arsenal]. I don’t want to lie, I don’t want to hide anything in relation to, ‘is he going to play or no?’ I think he’s going to play. That’s my feeling, that he’s going to play.”

Fantasy Premier League bosses will hopefully get another update on Kane ahead of the Gameweek 11 deadline on Saturday [11am GMT]. Toby Alderweireld (£5.4m) is another Tottenham player that could feature in the north London derby. Mourinho explained:

“He has a chance. Not for tomorrow, he’s not even an option, he’s not ready for tomorrow. But in his process of recovery, he’s doing very well and there’s a chance that he plays. But Joe [Rodon] played against Chelsea and was not an easy first match to play.

“Davinson [Sanchez] will play [against LASK] too so we have our options. So if Toby cannot play we will not cry, like we didn’t against Chelsea, and it will be a chance for another one.”

Erik Lamela (£5.8m) is ruled out of GW11, while Sergio Reguilon (£5.6m) is facing a fitness battle ahead of Sunday’s clash. Mourinho commented:

“Lamela is an injury that comes already three weeks, a month – something like that, and I don’t believe he has a chance for the weekend. Hary, [Carlos] Vinicius and Sergio, there is a chance for them to be [back] for the weekend.”

Leicester City

Next four fixtures: Sheffield Utd (a), Brighton (H), Everton (H), Spurs (a)

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) is set to make his first-team return for Leicester in the Ukraine on Thursday, alongside Wilfred Ndidi (£4.8m) and Caglar Soyuncu (£5.3m).

However, Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. Ahead of the Zorya Luhansk tie, Brendan Rodgers said:

“It’ll make the squad super competitive when they do (return from injury and play regularly), so we’re really looking forward to seeing the three boys play tomorrow. Hopefully they get through as much of the game as they can.

“Timothy Castagne is not too far away too. Daniel Amartey’s a little bit away but he’s progressing really well. It gives us a really exciting squad.”

Senior players Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m), Jonny Evans (£5.5m), Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.3m) have not travelled for the Europa League trip.

Rodgers does not expect any of his injury returnees to last 90 minutes on Thursday. The Foxes chief added:

“We’re playing our three senior players tomorrow and they will come off in the game. If we have a chance to put on any of the youngsters, we’ll look at doing that.”

Arsenal

Next four fixtures: Wolves (H), Spurs (a), Burnley (H), Southampton (H)

David Luiz (£5.5m) could play for Arsenal on Sunday after a nasty clash of heads with Raul Jimenez last Sunday. Mikel Arteta said:

“I think he will be fit to play if the scar is healing properly and he is comfortable heading the ball, there shouldn’t be any problems.”

Thomas Partey (£5.0m) is yet to return to first-team training for the Gunners. Arteta commented:

“He’s been training separately in the last week or so and we have to scan him again to see how he’s feeling. He’s a player that is so willing, that is pushing us every day and he wants to do it.

“At the same time, we have to protect him and make sure that when he gets back in the team, he is ready to do that and to whatever extent of minutes we can use him. So it’s going to be crucial with the moment he starts to train with the team to see how he is feeling and how he is evolving day-to-day.

However, the midfielder has not yet been ruled out for Gameweek 11. Arteta added on Wednesday:

“We don’t know [if he could be involved against Spurs], he is really pushing every day and he’s trying to get around the doctor and the physios. But he hasn’t trained with the team yet, so let’s see this week if he can get a session or two and then assess him.

“We need to scan him again so we can see the extent of the injury and how it’s healed. I know if it’s up to Thomas then he wants to play tomorrow. We have to see medically that he is safe to participate at all.”

On the difference between using a wing-back system and a back-four formation, Arteta explained:

“The discussion between the back four and the back three depends on the phase of the play, and whether we are in one formation or another. With the same players, we can play in one way or another.

“I think it depends a bit on the opponent, how they set up, what they do and what their strengths are, where we can get caught and where we can hurt them. But it doesn’t really change much from five to four. There is only one phase where we change something, the rest is always the same.”

Conclusion

All of the above-mentioned managers will have another press offering before the Gameweek 11 deadline on Saturday morning. After Friday’s news conferences, check out Ben Dinnery’s article with all the latest injury news before locking in your FPL selections.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to FPL Gameweek 11 for all the key information, stats and tips you need going into the weekend’s action.

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