FPL DGW26 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.
ArsenalNotes: The Gunners take on Benfica before Sunday, and Mikel Arteta's team could be influenced by his selection in the Europa League.
- "Thomas [Partey] is very close [to being available]," said Arteta. "He's got a final test [Wednesday], and if he is feeling good, he will be available. Rob Holding had a concussion, but now we need to follow the protocols, and he won't be able to travel."
- On the possibility of rotating: "Let’s see how we are feeling tomorrow. Today the players are still in Greece, we have to travel back on a four-hour flight, but we won’t use that as an excuse. We have to deal with that. We will prepare to play Leicester with the same intensity as we always do."
- On the form of Aubameyang: "He is getting into much better positions, his rhythm during the games is much better with and without the ball, his movement. If we have Auba at his best, as a team, we obviously have a much better chance to be successful."
- Rob Holding (head) - The centre-back will be available if he can progress through his concussion protocol.
Aston VillaPredicted lineup Press Conference Matty Cash is already on the training pitches running, but Dean Smith insists he will "be guided by the medical department" when the full-back rejoins the group. "Kortney Hause is due to be back on the grass next week, and Wesley is getting closer to a full return to contact training, which should happen in the next week or two." Saturday comes too soon for Jack Grealish, but the skipper shouldn't be sidelined for much longer. "He’s getting better. He had some discomfort, so he went to see the doctor, and they decided that he needed a period of rest. I believe that he’s very close to being pain-free. I was very vague last week because it’s a bit of a strange injury. Jack could be back to play against Sheffield United next Tuesday or Wolves next week. We’ll be led by Jack on that.” Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
- Wesley (ACL knee) - Could return to full contact training by mid-March.
- Kortney Hause (foot) - Should start training with the squad again from next week.
- Matty Cash (hamstring) - Running outside, but the medical department will guide Dean Smith on his reintegration into the team.
- Jack Grealish (shin) - Dean Smith hasn't ruled out the possibility of a return within the next week or so.
Brighton and Hove AlbionPredicted lineup Press Conference Tariq Lamptey looks set to make his long-awaited return, but Graham Potter says the wing-back will not start having been sidelined since December with a hamstring strain. "He's trained again today, he's had no problems, and he's had a good week. There's a chance for him to be in the group." Adam Webster is taking a "bit longer" than initially thought, and Potter now believes that it will "probably" be after the international break when he returns to the squad. "We were optimistic initially, but you always have to wait with ligament injuries, and he’ll be a few more weeks than we thought." No fresh concerns from the home defeat to Crystal Palace. The Seagulls manager said he would be "surprised" if Solly March played again in 2020/21, sentiments echoing that of the player. "My aim is to be back and fully fit for pre-season; I hope to be outside before the end of the season. That gives me the summer to get fully fit. I have more than enough time to do that." Pending Evaluation
- Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) - Building fitness after rejoining team training this week. Likely to make the squad but won't start.
- Florin Andone (ACL) - Making good progress with a possible return in late-March.
- Solly March (knee) - The winger admitted that he is now targeting pre-season to return to full fitness.
- Adam Webster (ankle) - Taking much longer than initially thought and may not return until after the international break.
BurnleyPredicted lineup Press Conference Chris Wood has been training for a few days, but Sean Dyche admits the injury situation is "still not amazing", with several players sidelined. Jay Rodriguez has had a couple of knocks, which are being monitored, although he seems fine. Johann Berg Gudmundsson is out, but Robbie Brady is a maybe with Erik Pieters rated as touch and go". Ashley Barnes will not feature; however, with Dale Stephens joining the group on Friday, Dyche is hopeful that "two or three could figure" against Tottenham. Pending Evaluation
- Erik Pieters (groin) - May not be risked with Charlie Taylor starting.
- Chris Wood (hamstring) - Trained for a couple of days this week and well placed to return to the squad.
- Dale Stephens (knock) - Rejoined the group on Friday and will be included if he doesn't suffer a reaction.
- Robbie Brady (ankle) - In with a chance of making the squad.
- Jay Rodriguez (knock) - Picked up a couple of knocks last weekend but seems to be fine.
- Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring) - Dyche would be "very surprised" if the winger made Sunday.
- Ashley Barnes (thigh) - Confirmation of his absence, but no word on the severity.
ChelseaPredicted lineup Press Conference Thomas Tuchel confirms there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Blues game against Manchester United. Thiago Silva (hamstring) remains out. "He did an individual session today, on the pitch, and felt it was big progress. It’s a big step ahead for him, so I hope he will join the group next week." Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
- Thiago Silva (hamstring) - The veteran defender hopes to join the group from next week after completing an individual session.
Crystal PalacePredicted lineup Press Conference A muscle injury will keep Nathaniel Clyne out of the game, which means Joel Ward should start at right-back. Roy Hodgson is hopeful that Wilfried Zaha can return in GW27. "He was training with the rehabilitation specialist that we have. It was good to see him out there running and playing with the ball. Muscle injuries, you have to be very careful, so I will have to wait to get the clearance from the medical department." Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham have taken part in aspects of light training with the team, "but they didn’t join in with the more intensive session." Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
- Nathan Ferguson (thigh) - Progressing nicely. Back on the training pitches.
- Connor Wickham (Muscle) - Warming up with the squad but not yet ready to step up the intensity.
- 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) - Warming up with the squad but not yet ready to step up the intensity.
- James Tomkins (eye) - Meeting with a specialist to determine the extent of the injury.
- Wilfried Zaha (hamstring) - Out on the training pitches with the medical team. Outside chance of returning vs Manchester United.
- James McArthur (muscle) - Suffered a setback. Hodgson confirms the midfielder is not close to a return.
- Nathaniel Clyne (muscle) - Only a minor issue and hopeful of a return in GW27.
EvertonPredicted lineup Press Conference Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan are training regularly, and both players are "available to play for sure from the beginning," confirms Carlo Ancelotti. Jean-Philippe Gbamin is "progressing well", although there is no date when he will rejoin the training team. "I think Yerry Mina will be out for at least two weeks." The Toffees boss believes Richarlison is a "top talent", and he fully expects the Brazilian to "easily reach" more than 10-goals this season. "He’s working with consistency and is more focussed. He wasn’t fit properly with suspension and travelling [at the start of the season]." Josh King is "not far" from making his first Premier League start. "His condition is good, and he is adapting really well. He will find a place in the first XI in some games." Ancelotti will continue to rotate his goalkeepers - Robin Olsen and Jordan Pickford - until the end of the season. Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
- Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) - Progressing well, although Ancelotti will not give a definitive timeframe.
- Yerry Mina (calf) - Will be sidelined for at least another two weeks.
FulhamPredicted lineup Press Conference Aleksandar Mitrovic (COVID-19) is back with the squad. "He's had some time off due to the virus. He's now had a good few days of training. We're monitoring him closely, but he seems all well." Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo still need some work. Other than that. "We're all good," revealed Scott Parker. Pending Evaluation
- Aleksandar Mitrovic (COVID-19) - Rejoined the group in training this week.
- Terence Kongolo (fitness) - "Still needs work" following a long term injury. Assessed GW-to-GW.
- Tom Cairney (knee) - Adopting a different approach to his treatment. Assessed week-by-week.
Leeds UnitedPredicted lineup Press Conference Mateusz Klich is doing "pretty well", but Marcelo Bielsa does not know if the Poland international will recover in time. Rodrigo and Kalvin Phillips are set to miss out again, and neither player will be rushed for fear of a setback. Robin Koch should be on the training pitches from next week. "He’s within the margins expected [in terms of his recovery]. I have a thought he’s going to be back with the same power and performance as before." Diego Llorente will be hoping to finish the season strongly after coming through 90-minutes on Tuesday, his first in the Premier League since arriving at the club. There was no word on Jamie Shackleton's fitness, who missed the win over Southampton with a groin issue, and the Whites could be missing up to eight players for the visit of Aston Villa. Pending Evaluation
- Mateusz Klich (hip) - Forced off against Southampton on Tuesday. Progressing and could make the squad.
- Jamie Shackleton (groin) - Missed out midweek. Status remains unclear.
- 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 for the midfielder, with Bielsa insisting the injuries evolution will determine his timeline.
Leicester CityNotes: The Foxes face Slavia Praha in the Europa League with the tie finely balanced at 0-0, and Brendan Rodgers side will be without their talisman James Maddison who looks set for some time on the sidelines.
- "He won’t be available for the game. He’s in consultation with our doctor and some specialists, and they’re just trying to see where we’re at, but certainly, for tomorrow night, he misses out. We don’t believe he needs more surgery. It’s irritable where he’s had the issue before. We’re just getting all the information on it. He went to London yesterday, with Bryan [English], our club doctor, just to get an opinion."
- James Maddison (hip) - Assessed GW-to-GW. Tendon issue, which must be monitored.
- Dennis Praet (hamstring) - Hoping to begin normal training by mid-March.
- Wes Morgan (back) - Ruled out. No definitive timeline. Possibly late-March.
- Wesley Fofana (hamstring) - Expected start training fully from next week.
- Justin James (ACL) - Will go under the knife on Thursday. Ruled out for the rest of the season.
- Ayoze Perez (knee) - Being monitored with the club reluctant to give a timeline.
LiverpoolPredicted lineup Press Conference Jurgen Klopp would not comment on Alisson Becker's availability after the goalkeepers' father tragically passed away this week... The Liverpool boss maintains that Jordan Henderson can still play a part this season. However, he admits that it will not be a "quick one" after undergoing surgery on the adductor injury he suffered during the Merseyside derby. "He will begin a rehabilitation programme immediately." Diogo Jota has looked "really promising" following his return despite being sidelined since December. "He trained now twice with the team, looks very good – very good. But [he] was out long term, so we have to see what we can do with that." Fabinho and Milner have an outside chance. "Fab was not yet with the team. That can happen tomorrow; if I’m 100 per cent right, he has his first session with the team. And same for James." Pending Evaluation
- James Milner (hamstring) - Hoping to participate in the final session to give him a chance.
- Fabinho (muscle) - Hoping to take part in the final session to give him a chance.
- Diogo Jota (knee) - Completed two sessions, but despite looking "very good," he must be careful after a long-term injury.
- 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.
- Joel Matip (ankle) - Confirmation that the centre-back will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.
- Jordan Henderson (groin) - Confirmation from the club that the skipper has undergone surgery. Hoping to be back within 6-8 weeks.
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