A round-up of the latest injury news for FPL players as Harry Kane (£10.9m) overcomes a “muscular injury” to bag 12 points in a 2-0 win Gameweek 11 win against Arsenal.

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Kane and able

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Kane and Heung-min Son (£9.5m) combined to devastating effect against Arsenal

Harry Kane was the highest-profile FPL flag ahead of Gameweek 11. The 39.6%-owned forward did not travel to Austria for Spurs’ clash with LASK. Last Wednesday, Jose Mourinho 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.”

Following a 3-3 draw in the Europa League, Mourinho added on Kane:

“I believe he’s going to be fit. I’m not sure, he’s on treatment. But I could be now doing some bluff or trying to pretend that he’s in big trouble. He’s not in big trouble. I believe he’s going to play.”

True to his word on this occasion, Mourinho started the England striker in a familiar-looking XI that included fellow FPL flags Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) and Sergio Reguilon (£5.6m). After the 2-0 win, the Spurs boss explained:

“It was difficult because Hugo was a doubt, Toby [Alderweireld] was not a doubt but the same thing that happened to [Thomas] Partey could have happened because when you come from a muscular injury there is a percentage of risk. Reguilon the same, Harry Kane the same.”

Kane owners will be expecting another midweek rest when Tottenham face Royal Antwerp at home on Thursday.

No time to Partey

Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, was not happy with Thomas Partey (£5.0m) leaving the pitch with an injury just before Kane scored, which saw the striker bag a 12-point haul. The Arsenal manager remarked:

“It was too quick. We were through; I think it was a four against three situation for us to play the final ball and we were through. Suddenly, they are coming to attack us and Thomas is walking to me and I was trying to push him. I haven’t spoken to him so I don’t know exactly how it happened or if he felt something really serious.

“I haven’t seen the action repeated. But it is an injury and it is in the same area unfortunately. We don’t know how bad it is. I was trying to push him but I don’t think he realised the gravity of the situation when he left his position but that was probably because he was in a lot of pain.”

The Gunners have scored just one goal in the past four gameweeks. Arteta’s post-match comments are unlikely to give Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.5m) owners much confidence. The Spaniard reasoned:

“You could see some of the chances that we created as well, there were crosses, cut-backs, we penetrated the penalty box on numerous occasions to find the last pass or the final ball and when the ball came through we didn’t hit it or they blocked it.

“There were a lot of things happening. If we generate that every week, we will win football matches for sure. But at the moment it looks like we need a lot to score a goal.”

Hakim down

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Ziyech went off early against Leeds after pulling his hamstring

Owners of Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech (£8.2m) will need to find an exit route after the playmaker suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday as Chelsea beat Leeds 3-1. Post-match, Frank Lampard said:

“Hamstring. He felt it go. We will have to see over the next few days.”

On Monday afternoon, the Chelsea boss said of Ziyech:

“He’s going for a scan this afternoon, so we’ll have more information tomorrow.

“He’s out and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s out too, with a hamstring problem picked up in training yesterday.

“I hope this is a minor injury [for Ziyech] and we will find out from the scan today. The feeling he has had is that it doesn’t feel too bad, so it will mean we are talking a couple of weeks but I will have to wait for the scan on that one.”

Martial law

Anthony Martial (£8.7m) was another player to limp off in Gameweek 11, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying:

“We lost [Anthony] and Edinson Cavani (£8.1m) – hopefully not too bad but they couldn’t carry on. They’re not bad ones [the injuries], hopefully. We’ll do some scans and hopefully they’ll be available soon.”

Fantasy Premier League managers will be more interested in the fitness status of Bruno Fernandes (£10.9m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.4m), who came on at half time in GW11 to power Manchester United to victory. Pre-game, Solskjaer had explained:

“Bruno has been kicked between pillar and post lately. He got a kick against Southampton and has had a sore foot since then. He’s another one that if I don’t have to use him, I’d like not to.

“Marcus is fit enough to be on the bench. We need all the points we can get in these games of course and Marcus held his arm up, with a bad shoulder, and he’s said he’s ready if needed.”

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‘Bruno has been kicked between pillar and post lately’

Following the 3-1 win away to West Ham, where Fernandes logged a ridiculous eight key passes as Rashford scored, Solskjaer added:

“You have a duty to be ready when you are called upon. Bruno [Fernandes] and Marcus [Rashford] came on and did well. First half we had loads of possession but we didn’t go anywhere with the ball.

“Second half we stretched them more and ran in behind. The quality was much better. The goals were exceptional.”

The Red Devils need a point on Tuesday to progress to the Champions League knockout stages, with Fernandes and Rashford likely starters in such a pivotal game. On the club’s injury situation, Solskjaer said on Monday ahead of the trip to RB Leipzig:

“David [de Gea] (£5.4m) is back again. Luke Shaw (£4.8m) will be travelling with us.

“Anthony and Edinson, they had minor things but they won’t make the trip, no.”

Foxes on ice

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) and Caglar Soyuncu (£5.3m) made their Leicester returns last Thursday away to Zorya Luhansk. Things did not go to plan for the pair, who both suffered injuries on their return from the treatment room.

Following the Foxes’ late 2-1 win away to Sheffield United on Sunday, Brendan Rodgers explained:

“Ricky has a slight, not a serious, issue with his groin but probably one that will keep him out for 10 days to two weeks. It was unfortunate. The surface was very slippy [in the Ukraine]. He’s just aggravated his groin but hopefully it won’t be too long.

“Cags, it’s too early for him to come in, but thankfully it’s not as bad as first feared. He’ll be out with the medical team next week and we’ll monitor that but hopefully it won’t be too long.”

Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) also remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. The defender’s 6.7% ownership should get a fitness update before the Gameweek 12 deadline at 18:30 [GMT] on Friday.


With plenty of midweek action to come, make sure to check out Ben Dinnery’s Gameweek 12 article on Friday before locking in your FPL squad.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to FPL Gameweek 12 for all the key information, stats and tips you need going into the weekend’s action.

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