Round up of the press conferences from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of FPL Gameweek 28. All the latest team news for fantasy football managers to digest before making those all-important transfers.
Nathan Ake missed the defeat at Turf Moor due to a "mild concussion", but the Bournemouth centre-back has trained this week, and Eddie Howe is "really hopeful he should be okay." Injury also kept Jefferson Lerma out of the Burnley game and the Colombian looks to be over the rib problem which he sustained (vs Villa) at the beginning of the month. David Brooks has had another good week of training, although the Wales international is still some way off a return. Chris Mepham, Lloyd Kelly and Arnaut Danjuma are training outside and are "improving quite quickly." The trio could rejoin the group within the next week or two.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Neal Maupay ended a run of 660 minutes of play without scoring at Bramall Lane, and the Frenchman will be hoping to recapture his early-season form as the Seagulls go in search of their first win of the year. Dale Stephens is back amongst the ranks after recovering from a hamstring strain, leaving a lonesome Jose Izquierdo in the treatment room. Graham Potter would have no qualms about selecting January arrivals Alexis MacAllister and Tariq Lamptey for the game against Palace as he feels both are ready to make the step up. Ezequiel Schelotto will have his minutes managed as he is still recovering from a long-term knee injury, and despite slipping down the pecking order in recent weeks, Potter believes Steven Alzate will have a "big future" with the club after making huge steps in his breakthrough year.
Chris Wood is looking good following a return to training, but the New Zealand international may have to settle for a place on the bench with Matej Vydra stepping up in his absence. He has scored in consecutive league games for the first time since February 2018. Sean Dyche confirms Ashley Barnes is "making progress", but he won't be involved just yet, and frustratingly, Johann Berg Gudmundsson has had a minor setback which is likely to keep him out of the game at St James' Park. Matt Lowton (knee inflammation) met with a specialist, and there is no timeline on a possible return at this stage.
Christian Pulisic, N'Golo Kante and Tammy Abraham are all injured for the game on Saturday. The US international is taking longer than first expected while Abraham aggravated an existing ankle injury during the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich. There is no timeframe currently, and Frank Lampard says the striker will be resting the injury for the next couple of days. Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be included in the matchday 18, but Callum Hudson-Odoi misses out with a hamstring strain although the winger shouldn't be too far away. Kepa continues to train well, and despite stories in the press to the contrary, his relationship with the Chelsea boss is fine, and he has no plans at present to leave the club. Willy Caballero is "playing well at the moment" and looks set to retain the goalkeepers' jersey.
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