FPL GW25 predicted lineups and team news from all Premier League clubs from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of the upcoming Gameweek. They will be regularly updated throughout and following the press conferences.

Arsenal

Notes: The Gunners take on Benfica in Rome prior to Sunday, and Mikel Arteta's team this weekend could be influenced by his selection in the Europa League.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference

Notes:

  • On managing Bukayo Saka's minutes: "It is [difficult] at the moment because he’s been a real threat. He’s involved in a lot of goals all the time, and his consistent performances make him a starter, obviously. So it’s a fine balance, but at the same time, he’s 19-years-old, and we have to protect him."

Pending Evaluation 

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Ruled Out

  • Thomas Partey (hamstring) - Nothing definitive, but Sunday may come too soon.

Banned

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Aston Villa

Predicted lineup

Press Conference

Kortney Hause is "still off his feet at the minute", but Dean Smith expects the situation to change "in the next week or two". Wesley "looks a lot better" after some manipulation on his knee, and the striker to hoping to progress on the training pitches over the next month. El Mohamady is poised to start at right-back with Matty Cash ruled out due to a hamstring strain. "I’m expecting three or four weeks. It wasn’t a fatigue injury; he actually got pushed with a straight leg and felt his hamstring."

Pending Evaluation

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Ruled Out 

  • Wesley (ACL knee) - Had some manipulation on his knee, "which has certainly helped," and he will be stepping up his recovery.
  • Kortney Hause (foot) - Dean Smith expects the defender to be back in training before the end of the month.
  • Matty Cash (hamstring) - The full-back has been ruled out for up to a month. It could be mid-March before he is back.

Banned

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Brighton and Hove Albion

Predicted lineup

Press Conference

Monday will come too soon for Tariq Lamptey, who has missed the previous 14 games with a hamstring strain. However, Graham Potter insists the wing-back is making "good progress", and he is confident that he will be back with the group from next week. Webster is also likely to remain out as his ankle injury is far worse than initially thought. "Adam is looking unlikely for the game; we are still assessing the damage to his ligaments. So it looks quite likely he will miss the game." Danny Welbeck and Alireza Jahanabakhsh have been training well, and both players will be included in the matchday squad.

Pending Evaluation

  • Adam Webster (ankle) - Rated as a major doubt. Injury is worse than initially feared.
  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh (hamstring) - Graham Potter confirms the winger will be included in the matchday squad on Monday.

Ruled Out 

  • Florin Andone (ACL) - Making good progress with a possible return in March.
  • Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) - Hoping to rejoin the group in training from next week.
  • Solly March (knee) - Went under the knife and may not play again this season.

Banned

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Burnley

Notes: The Clarets entertain Fulham at Turf Moor on Wednesday, and with players returning from injury, Sean Dyche could rotate. Josh Brownhill and Dale Stephens are options in midfield. Midweek will hopefully provide a little insight ahead of Saturday.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference

Sean Dyche describes the current injury situation as "tough", and the unprecedented amount of recent problems is like nothing he has ever experienced throughout his playing or coaching career. The Clarets have seven squad members flagged as concerns, with only one - Ben Mee - guaranteed to make Saturday, although if Matej Vydra can come through the final session, he should make the bench. Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be scanned after picking up niggles against Fulham. "I'll find out more [Friday] morning; it doesn't look great [but] they don't look drastic." Chris Wood will be a close call. "Yet again, I'm having to make judgements on these players."

Pending Evaluation

  • Erik Pieters (groin) - Not risked on Wednesday with Charlie Taylor starting at left-back.
  • Chris Wood (hamstring) - Another player who will be protected with one eye on the season run-in. Remains a doubt.
  • Matej Vydra (hamstring) - Should make the squad if he can come through the final session.
  • Dale Stephens (knock) - Injured in training, although the specifics aren't known.
  • Ben Mee (concussion) - Completed concussion protocol and will return to the side.
  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson (knee) - Forced out during the first half of Wednesday nights' game with Fulham. To be determined.
  • Robbie Brady (undisclosed) - Replaced Gudmundsson only to be withdrawn himself 25 minutes later. Needs to be assessed.

Ruled Out 

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Chelsea

Notes: Despite Kepa making a surprise appearance between the sticks on Monday (GW24) - and keeping a clean sheet - Thomas Tuchel did confirm that Benjamin Mendy is his first-choice goalkeeper and that he would be returning to the side.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference 

Christian Pulisic is flagged as a doubt for Saturday after complaining of tightness in his calf. "[It's] nothing big; he is in a bit of a zone of risk." Kai Havertz is in contention, and there was an unexpected boost with Abraham due to train on Friday afternoon. "We're very happy that Tammy feels very good and is free for training. If things go well, he's in the squad." Thiago Silva has been spotted with the group this week, but he won't feature at Southampton, possibly with one eye on the Champions League trip to Bucharest on Tuesday.

Pending Evaluation

  • Kai Havertz (undisclosed) - Available and in contention.
  • Tammy Abraham (ankle) - Forced off against Newcastle but has recovered well and should train on Friday.
  • Christian Pulisic (tight calf) - In the red zone, and Tuchel is unlikely to take any chances with options elsewhere.

Ruled Out

  • Thiago Silva (hamstring) - The veteran defender has trained with the group, but he will not feature in GW25.

Banned

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Crystal Palace

Predicted lineup

Press Conference

Roy Hodgson believes the Eagles' injury situation could be "slightly worse" by Monday as the club monitor several players who have picked up knocks this week. Palace play at Amex Stadium and the extra recovery days will help. James McCarthy trained on Thursday, "which is positive" otherwise, there is not much change in the Palace treatment room. Nine players are currently listed as injured, including Wilfried Zaha, who might be some time yet. "He's still suffering from the injury, no question. The doctors and physios are very anxious not to put dates on, but he's working very hard to get back; he has good powers of recovery, so I'm hoping the prognosis will be quite different to the recovery."

Pending Evaluation

  • James McCarthy (muscle) - Returned to training on Thursday, and as long as there is no reaction, he will be back.

Ruled Out

  • Nathan Ferguson (thigh) - Progressing nicely. Back on the training pitches.
  • Connor Wickham (Muscle) - Suffered a significant setback. Out long-term.
  • Wayne Hennessey (Undisclosed) - Back on the training pitches.
  • Mamadou Sakho (thigh) - Hodgson will not be drawn on a timeline, but media reports suggest around 2-3 months.
  • Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring) - Set for a significant spell on the sidelines. Months as opposed to weeks.
  • James Tomkins (eye) - Meeting with a specialist to determine the extent of the injury.
  • Wilfried Zaha (hamstring) - Several weeks with a return in March, most likely at this stage.
  • James McArthur (muscle) - Must have suffered a setback after Hodgson confirmed the midfielder was not close to a return.

Banned

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Everton

Notes: Following a string of poor results, Carlo Ancelotti will rotate on Wednesday night. If Josh King starts, then his fitness will be assessed ahead of the Merseyside derby. Yerry Mina and Seamus Coleman could be brought in to freshen the side if needed.

Post-match comments from Wednesday:

  • "We preferred to give Allan one day of training instead of staying on the bench. He trained today, and we hope he will be available for Saturday – to start. Also, Calvert-Lewin, I think, can start."
  • "Yerry Mina, we have to check tomorrow. For sure, he will not be available to play against Liverpool."

Predicted lineup

Press Conference

A calf injury forced Yerry Mina off on Wednesday night, and the Colombian centre-back will be out for at least three or four weeks. Jean-Philippe Gbamin is the only other confirmed absentee, although his injury nightmare is coming to an end. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan are back, and Carlo Ancelotti hints that both players could be involved from the off. “If the players were not able to start, they would not be available [for selection in the squad].”

Notes:

  • Ancelotti: "We have a lot of games in this period; it's important to have all the squad available. This is important; we can rotate a little bit and keep the squad more fresh."
  • On the return of Allan: "He can add more intensity, more concentration defensively, but I have to say, Tom Davies, who replaced him, most of the time did really well. I'm happy to have him back because I think the consistency of the team is going to improve."
  • On speculation that James Rodriguez is unhappy. "He has no problem. I talk to him every day. He's happy here, confident, motivated. He had a few problems with his calf in the last few games, but he's in a good condition. I don't know if he complains about the weather!"

Pending Evaluation 

  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin (hamstring) - Fit, available and expected to start.

Ruled Out

  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) - Should be in contention by mid-March.
  • Yerry Mina (calf) - Sidelined after suffering a muscle injury against Manchester City and could miss up to a month.

Banned

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Fulham

Notes: Scott Parker's men travel to Turf Moor on Wednesday, and the result of this must-not-lose game may determine this weekends' line-up.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference

Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic will miss Sheffield United's visit on Saturday: "It's too soon for both of them. Aleksandar is a few days away from coming back in." Scott Parker also confirms that Terence Kongolo won't be involved after his recent off-field shenanigans, and he will instead feature for the under-23s."My reaction to [his surprise birthday party] was not pleasing in the current climate [and] what everyone is facing. It's not acceptable, to be honest with you."

Pending Evaluation

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Ruled Out

  • Tom Cairney (knee) - Adopting a different approach to his treatment. Assessed week-by-week.
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic (COVID-19) - Expected to rejoin the group from next week.
  • Terence Kongolo (internal) - Demoted to the under-23s after breaking government lockdown guidelines.

Banned

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Leeds United

Predicted lineup

Press Conference 

Mateusz Klich described the hip injury which forced him off at Arsenal as something that is not "a very, very big issue", although admittedly, it did hinder his performance during a poor first half. The Poland international has been cleared for a return with teammate Diego Llorente who missed the four previous matches with a muscle issue. Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo are set to miss out again, and Marcelo Bielsa could not put a timeline on their return. "I couldn't give you a certain answer. Sometimes a response which seems like a formality is the only way I can answer because it’s subject to how they evolve." Leeds could have up to eight players missing, but Bielsa insists he will find a fix. "Every team has problems with injuries, some more than others. Sometimes there [are] teams that have many injured players in one same moment. But there are things we know about, and we have to find solutions."

Pending Evaluation

  • Mateusz Klich (hip) - Fine for Friday. Only a minor issue.
  • Diego Llorente (groin) - Back in contention, but the Spaniard will be managed given his ongoing injury issues.

Ruled Out

  • Adam Forshaw (hip) - The player is still hopeful that he can play some part this season.
  • Gaetano Berardi (ACL knee) - Back on the training pitches and building fitness after a long absence.
  • Robin Koch (knee surgery) - Initial timeline indicates a return to play around February or March 2021.
  • Rodrigo (groin) - Injury still needs to evolve. But could struggle to play again this month.
  • Ian Poveda (ankle) - Injured playing for the U23s. To be determined, but Bielsa feels it will be weeks, not days.
  • Kalvin Phillips (calf) - Still no RTP timeline for the midfielder, with Bielsa insisting it will be determined by the injuries evolution.

Banned

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Leicester City

Notes: Brendan Rodgers could go strong in the Europa League as the Foxes take on Slavia Praha in the knockout stages. Ricardo Pereira to right-back with Christian Fuchs coming in on the opposite flank is an option; Timothy Castagne might return to the squad, although he lacks match fitness.  Meanwhile, Nampalys Mendy could deputise for Ndidi, who has only recently returned from a hamstring injury.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference

Notes:

  • "We’re just having to manage Ricardo, in particular, because of the length of time he was out before," said Rodgers. "He’s come back, he’s played in a few games, we gave him the rest and a recovery period in midweek, and he should come into the reckoning for the weekend."
  • James Justin underwent reconstructive knee surgery on Thursday, and Rodgers confirms the operation went as planned. "It’s gone very well, so he begins his recovery process now. Speaking to the medical team last night after the game and today, it’s all gone well, and we wish JJ a speedy recovery."

Pending Evaluation

  • Timothy Castagne (hamstring) - Trained on Friday. Should be fine.
  • Ricardo Pereira (fatigue) - Rested in the Europa League - load management - having just returned from a long-term injury. Fine for Sunday.

Ruled Out

  • Dennis Praet (hamstring) - Ruled out for around three months back in January.
  • Wes Morgan (back) - Hoping to return by late-February.
  • Wesley Fofana (hamstring) - Expected to miss around 4-5 weeks. Early March.
  • Justin James (ACL) - Will go under the knife on Thursday. Ruled out for the rest of the season.
  • Ayoze Perez (knee) - Suffered a late injury vs Liverpool after coming on as a substitute. Sidelined for a "few weeks".

Banned

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Liverpool

Notes: The Reds look to have negotiated a tricky tie in Germany on Tuesday night relatively unscathed, and with sufficient recovery time, they could be unchanged for the visit of their fierce rivals.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference 

Keita might return in the Merseyside derby. "Naby could have been in the squad against Leipzig, but it didn’t make sense because he’d only trained two days with the team. So, we said stay at home, train two days of proper sessions, but unfortunately, he got ill a little bit." However, he rejoined the group on Thursday, which gives him a chance. "Fabinho was not in training, all the others not as well. Nothing new. They [are] all getting closer – Fab gets closer, Millie gets closer, and Diogo gets closer, but not close enough for the weekend."

Pending Evaluation

  • Naby Keita (muscle) - Back on the training pitches and building fitness. Late call.

Ruled Out

  • Virgil van Dijk (ACL knee) - Klopp believes the Dutchman will miss the remainder of the season.
  • Joe Gomez (knee surgery) - Likely to be season over after suffering a non-contact patellar tendon rupture during England training.
  • Diogo Jota (knee) - Expected to be around 7-14 days. "Getting closer."
  • Joel Matip (ankle) - Confirmation that the centre-back will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.
  • Fabinho (muscle) - Described as a "little" issue, but the Brazilian is still not back with the group.
  • James Milner (hamstring) - Working away from the main group. "Getting closer."

Banned

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Manchester City

Notes: Kevin De Bruyne will travel to Goodison Park on Wednesday night, and minutes from the bench could mean a start against Arsenal.

Post-match comments from Wednesday:

  • “He is much, much better, better,” Pep said when asked for an update on Ilkay Gundogan. "It is not a big issue, but to avoid risk today, we have given him a few more days to recover. But for Arsenal and Borussia Monchengladbach, he should be ready."

Predicted lineup

 

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