Round up of the press conferences from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of FPL Gameweek 16. All the latest team news for fantasy football managers to digest before making those all-important transfers.
The Cherries have lost five straight matches for the first time in the top flight, and with a mounting injury list, it’s hard to see where Bournemouth’s next win is coming from. Expect to see a new backline at Stamford Bridge following the news that Nathan Ake is out until the new year with a hamstring strain. "We're looking at six weeks, but he could be back sooner than that." Adam Smith has managed to avoid ankle surgery, meaning a quicker return to play, although it could still be late-January before he is back. Josh King "has got a chance" of making the game, but Callum Wilson is ruled out. "It's not a serious injury; he just felt his hamstring. We're hopeful he'll be back soon." Steve Cook (fractured wrist) has gone under the knife and “he is going to be out for a number of weeks.” Meanwhile, Bournemouth say they are "cautiously optimistic" that David Brooks will play again this season after the Wales international underwent a second surgical procedure on his ankle. Lloyd Kelly is "progressing”, and Junior Stanislas is building load with a view to being back in the new year.
Since his Premier League debut in February 2018, Aubameyang has scored 43 goals in the competition, a joint-high along with Jamie Vardy. And the Gabon international could be paired alongside Gabriel Martinelli on Sunday after Alexandre Lacazette lost his place to the young Brazilian at West Ham. David Luiz was among the substitutes in week 16, and there was no place in the initial 18 for Joe Willock or Sead Kolasinac. However, the latter was promoted to the squad because Hector Bellerin complained of a tight hamstring during the warm-up, a problem which could keep him out of this one. Pepe (bruised knee) will be assessed ahead of Sunday, but Dani Ceballos (hamstring), Kieran Tierney (dislocated shoulder) and Granit Xhaka (concussion) remain out.
Dean Smith confirms Tyrone Mings has not trained after he was forced off against Leicester. "Thankfully, for us, it's not in the belly of the hamstring. Hopefully, he'll be pain-free after this weekend and then can keep progressing.” Matt Targett has re-joined the group, but Jed Steer (Achilles) isn’t back until February/March while Keinan Davis (hamstring) should be available over Christmas.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Graham Potter reports there are no new injury concerns, although Aaron Connolly (dead leg) remains a doubt. The Seagulls don’t play until Monday, so the extra recovery days will help. Solly March is due back towards the end of this month, or early January, while Jose Izquierdo (knee), who is currently recovering in Colombia might be back in February. Brighton will be forced into at least one change as Dale Stephens must sit this one out after collecting his fifth yellow of the season; Yves Bissouma could be handed a recall.
Sean Dyche remains "hopeful" that Ashley Barnes and Ashley Westwood will be fit after they returned to training on Thursday. Phil Bardsley is expected to work with the group ahead of the game “so we'll wait and see on that one.” Charlie Taylor is rated as touch and go, and the Burnley boss will "probably" err on the side of caution with Erik Pieters continuing at left-back. Johann Berg Gudmundsson has had a "good week" in his recovery from a hamstring injury, although he won’t be ready just yet. The Icelandic international will undergo a “games programme” beginning next week with a view to playing again over Christmas. No Kevin Long (hip), but Chris Wood should recover from a "bit of a knock", and Jay Rodriguez will be okay despite breaking a bone in his little finger. “It was just an accident in training, but that should be okay. He’s got a special cast on to protect it."
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