Round up of the press conferences from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of FPL Gameweek 30. All the latest team news for fantasy football managers to digest before making those all-important transfers.
There were always going to be teams who benefited from the enforced break, and those which lost out. And for Bournemouth, they, under no uncertain terms, fall into the winners camp having dropped like a stone since the turn of the year. Only two wins since mid-December and an extensive injury left the Cherries bang in trouble and occupying a place in the drop zone with the threat of relegation a real possibility… But, the time has afforded Eddie Howe the luxury of almost a fully fit squad – only Charlie Daniels (knee) is expected to miss out – although Philip Billing has been struggling with an ankle knock. "I'd be lying to say that I don't think we are in a stronger position, where we are now," Lewis Cook told talkSPORT recently. "We have a lot of players back fit, and they are looking really good in training. It's exciting times."
Chris Mepham, Steve Cook and Arnaut Danjuma all come into contention, but it's the return of David Brooks after more than a year out which fantasy managers will be most pleased to see. "I don't want to sound cocky, but I like the pressure. I like being the main man. When I go on to the pitch, I don't feel nerves. Between now and the end of the season, I just want to play. I've been out for over a year. I can't wait for next Saturday," he said when talking to Jamie Redknapp earlier this week. However, as with every silver lining, there is a cloud, and the future of Ryan Fraser remains uncertain. The Times report that the Scotland international is set to reject a short-term deal which would effectively end his time on the south coast. Bournemouth were hoping to tie him down until the end of the season, but with his future seemingly elsewhere, he doesn't want to jeopardise any potential move due to injury.
The DGW will attract managers like a moth to a flame, and with Mikel Arteta reporting that "everybody is okay," then you'd be forgiven for thinking you can run amok with Arsenal assets. However, the likes of Lucas Torreira will not be fully up to speed (fractured fibula) and with Cedric Soares currently nursing what looks to be a broken nose – wearing a protective mask in training – neither will be quite ready to start. On the flipside, Kieran Tierney returns after his dislocated shoulder, and Sead Kolasinac is also over the injury which forced him out pre-lockdown. "We'll see how training goes [Tuesday] to pick the right team and the right squad," Arteta said in his press conference. "It's going to be different with the number of substitutes we have on the bench and the number of changes we can make."
Pepe Reina and John McGinn have featured heavily
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