Round up of the press conferences from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of FPL Gameweek 25. All the latest team news for fantasy football managers to digest before making those all-important transfers.
Bournemouth won their first league game at The Vitality since November last time out while Callum Wilson ended a run of 1,319 minutes without a top-flight goal. Both will be hoping to use the victory over Brighton as a springboard to finish the season strongly. The squad won't be "too dissimilar" from that game after Diego Rico and Jefferson Lerma were rested in the FA Cup (vs Arsenal) where Philip Billing picked up an injury prior to kick-off. "He was taking a shot in the warm-up and felt a pain in his back.” He is, however, expected to be available. "Junior Stanislas and Jack Stacey are getting closer, which will be a big boost," but Saturday is likely to come too soon. Josh King is heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, but at the time of writing the Norwegian international remains a Cherry; a hamstring injury would keep him out of this weekend anyway. Lloyd Kelly has suffered a setback, and a new timeline on his recovery has not yet been determined.
Tests cleared Shkodran Mustafi of serious injury after the FA Cup win at Bournemouth; there were initial concerns of a lengthy spell out after he was stretchered off, but a scan confirmed an ankle sprain, and he could feature at Turf Moor. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz are in contention following their respective bans, and Sead Kolasinac could return slightly ahead of schedule after responding well to treatment. A decision will be made after the final session on Saturday. Kieran Tierney and Calum Chambers remain out long-term while Reiss Nelson is hoping to be back after the break.
Dean Smith expects to have the same squad as midweek when the Villains scored a winner in time added-on to book their place in the Carabao Cup final. Keinan Davis was back after three months to boost attacking options with new signing Mbwana Samatta – the first Tanzanian to play in the Premier League – enjoying 67 minutes on his debut. "Only the long-term injuries are out" with Jed Steer the closest of those to a comeback. John McGinn is targeting a return in April, but Wesley and Tom Heaton won’t feature again in 2019/20. "Pepe Reina trained [on] Wednesday and Thursday, so he's available for selection."
Brighton and Hove Albion
The Seagulls have won only once in eleven outings away from the Amex, and Graham Potter’s men are in real danger of being dragged into the relegation dogfight. Shane Duffy will miss out following surgery to remove a blood clot from his leg, but he is expected to make a swift recovery. "It was just a collision injury on his shin. A hematoma so he just needed to clear that up. We are hopeful he will be available next week." Otherwise, it’s as you were with Dan Burn and Jose Izquierdo still out.
Manager Sean Dyche has now beaten 27 of the 29 teams he has faced in the Premier League, but it might be twenty-eight after this weekend as Arsenal arrive at Turf Moor. Could it be tenth time lucky? Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring) and Ashley Barnes (hernia) will not be available for the game, but Dyche confirms there are “no other injury concerns" which means Phil Bardsley should be back in contention. New signing Josh Brownhill could be involved to bolster the Clarets’ central midfield options.
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