FPL GW17 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.
ArsenalPredicted lineup Press Conference Mikel Arteta remains optimistic that Bakayo Saka will be ready after picking up a knock at Brighton. "I hope he is available we will see today with training or not," he said on Thursday. "He’s played a lot of minutes as well, and I'm confident that he will be OK for the game." Willian and David Luiz are expected to train ahead of GW17, and they should be in contention. "Some players had to come in yesterday to get assessed. After the game, we had a couple of knocks. But we will see tomorrow who is available and how is everybody feeling." Reiss Nelson has been missing from the squad in recent weeks due to a muscular problem. "He’s not been feeling 100 per cent; he’s been in and out of training. It’s a shame because he had started to build that momentum and this little injury has stepped him back a little bit, but I think this week he’s been much better." Centre-back Gabriel is targeting a return in the FA Cup tie while Thomas Partey is training outside and being monitored daily. Pending Evaluation
- David Luiz (illness) - Missed the win over at Brighton due to a non-COVID related virus, but will train normally from Thursday.
- Willian (illness) - Missed the win over at Brighton due to a non-COVID related virus, but will train normally from Thursday.
- Bukayo Sako (knock) - Limped off at the Amex Stadium. Needs to be assessed.
- Thomas Partey (thigh) - Started to train outside and will be monitored daily.
- Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes - Tested positive for COVID-19 meaning he will miss the game on Saturday.
- Reiss Nelson (muscle) - Absent from the squad in recent weeks due to an ongoing issue, although the winger has made progress over the past few days.
Aston VillaPredicted lineup Press Conference
- Dean Smith said he would take guidance from the Sports Science department when making considerations for the game at Old Trafford. “We’ve got a wonderful performance unit at the training ground and within this football club who look at the numbers, look at where the players are and whether they are in the red zone and I’ll certainly be guided by them."
- Despite the return of Tyrone Mings, Dean Smith could name an unchanged side following the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge: "I'm a big believer that you want to play every game. That's what footballers want. If they [are] doing well, keep playing them. I'm still yet to see a player carried off the pitch due to exhaustion."
- Ross Barkley (hamstring) - Very close for the game in week 15, but Smith decided upon a cautious approach given the midfielder was ineligible against his parent club.
- Wesley (ACL knee) - Building strength and introducing some ball work. A potential return in early 2021.
- Trezeguet (hamstring) - No definitive timeframe. "He's out for a few weeks."
- Tyrone Mings - Served his ban at Stamford Bridge.
Brighton and Hove AlbionPredicted lineup Press Conference
- Adam Lallana could be available for the visit of Wolves: “I think Adam is not as bad as we first thought. That’s good, that’s positive. An outside chance, we will see.”
- Tariq Lamptey will miss out, but the wing-back is "not far away" from a return.
- Graham Potter decided to err on the side of caution with Danny Welbeck, who should be okay. “Danny had a slight feeling in the side of his knee after the West Ham game. He was okay for the bench, but I decided to be safe with him."
- Danny Welbeck (knee) - Unused substitute against his former club. Expected to shake off a slight knee problem.
- Adam Lallana (groin) - Not as bad as first thought. Outside chance of making the squad.
- Aaron Connolly (groin) - Trained on Thursday. Returned to the bench (vs Arsenal) but Graham Potter admitted the forward was not 100 per cent. "We needed to give him a bit more time."
- Jose Izquierdo (thigh) - Suffered a muscle injury while building fitness with the under-23s. No timeline, given the players' history.
- Florin Andone (ACL) - Ruled out for the remainder of 2020.
- Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) - Progressing well, but the wing-back will not be ready for Saturday.
BurnleyPredicted lineup Press Conference
- Jay Rodriguez will be assessed ahead of Fulham after he "jolted his knee" at Leeds causing him to miss the win over Sheffield United.
- Matej Vydra (back) remains a doubt, but Dwight McNeil (groin) is progressing nicely and should be close to a return.
- Johann Berg Gudmundsson is working his way back to full fitness, and the winger hit a treble during a training ground win over Accrington Stanley on Wednesday.
- Jack Cork is "getting stronger", but a hamstring injury for Charlie Taylor means the Burnley squad is becoming "stretched again."
- Matej Vydra (back) - A decision will be made closer to kick-off.
- Dwight McNeil (groin) - Unfortunate to miss out in GW16, so the winger should be close.
- Jay Rodriguez (knee) - Certainly not long-term, but remains a doubt for Sunday.
- Jack Cork (ankle) - Building fitness with the under-23s may not return until the new year.
- Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring) - Assessed GW-to-GW but no risks will be taken given the players' recent injury history.
- Jimmy Dunne (knock) - Picked up an unspecified problem during a behind-close-doors game on Wednesday.
- Charlie Taylor (hamstring) - Even a minor strain could mean 2-3 weeks out. Needs to be assessed to determine the extent.
ChelseaPredicted lineup Press Conference
- "Reece James is out, he’s got a small hamstring problem..." but there was better news regarding Hakim Ziyech. "He has trained the last two or three days so I’ll have to make the decision on whether he’s ready to start."
- Reece James (tight hamstring) - Given the quick turnaround, James may not be risked especially as he is also carrying a niggling knee problem.
- Hakim Ziyech (hamstring) - The winger is lined-up for a potential return against Aston Villa, although a start seems unlikely.
Crystal PalacePredicted lineup Press Conference
- Roy Hodgson: “Gary Cahill is still suffering from the slight hamstring problem from 10 days ago. Nothing else to report other than long term injuries.
- "We don't know when [Cahill] will be back. Doctors are loathed to put an exact date. We don't think it will be an extremely long time. Most strains are two or three weeks, and he's two weeks into it now."
- Gary Cahill (hamstring) - The closest of those currently sidelined but Saturday comes too soon.
- Nathan Ferguson (thigh) - Setback after rejoining the group. Awaiting the results of his MRI.
- Connor Wickham (Muscle) - Suffered a significant setback. Out long-term.
- Wayne Hennessey (Undisclosed) - Injured playing for Wales. Out until January 2021 at the earliest.
- Martin Kelly (calf) - No definitive timeline on the defenders return.
EvertonPredicted lineup Press Conference Carlo Ancelotti confirms Richarlison is "okay" for the game against West Ham on New Years Day, but a calf problem continues to hamper James Rodriguez, and the Colombian will be assessed "day-by-day" with a view to him being available in the FA Cup on 9 January. Brazilian midfielder Allan is undertaking an individual treatment programme. "I think around the end of January he will be ready." There was better news regarding Lucas Digne in that the left-back has started individual sessions and, "maybe in one week to 10 days," he will be able to train with the team. Pending Evaluation
- Richarlison (head) - Cleared to return on New Years Day.
- Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) - Final phase of his recovery. Ancelotti is hopeful of a return in early 2021.
- Lucas Digne (ankle) - Could rejoin the group in training within the next 7-10 days.
- Fabian Delph (hamstring) - Currently sidelined with no timeline on a return.
- Allan (hamstring) - The Brazilian midfielder is targeting a return by the end of January.
- James Rodriguez (calf) - Taking longer than initially anticipated, but Ancelotti is hopeful of a return in the FA Cup.
FulhamPredicted lineup Press Conference The game at Turf Moor on Sunday currently hangs in the balance after the Lilywhites trip to Spurs (GW16) was cancelled due to a COVID-19 outbreak. "The Club can confirm that this evening’s away fixture at Tottenham Hotspur has been postponed," read a statement on the clubs' website. "This follows a number of the Club’s players and first-team staff returning positive results from the most recent Covid-19 tests this week. This decision follows discussions with the Premier League and advice from Public Health England. Those players and staff who tested positive have been self-isolating in line with UK Government and Premier League guidance."
- "Injury-wise we're fine. I don't know whether the Burnley game will go ahead. We travel up [on Saturday] and had testing today."
- “I don’t want to get into the specifics of it, but we had a number of positive tests,” Parker explained. “The players who tested positive are obviously now in isolation. They’re following the government protocols that have been set out."
- Terence Kongolo (foot) - Suffered a minor setback. Parker stated the defender "could" be available although he hasn't played competitively since February.
- Mario Lemina - The midfielder is available again after missing the game against his parent club.
- Kenny Tate (calf) - Scott Parker confirmed ahead of the Tottenham game that the right-back would be included.
Leeds UnitedPredicted lineup Press Conference
- Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Mateusz Klich was forced off at The Hawthorns through injury: "He received a knock to his thigh, and this didn't allow him to continue, but this hasn't been evaluated just yet." If the Polish international fails to recover, and Liam Cooper remains sidelined, Leif Davis could make his first Premier League start.
- Liam Cooper (abdominal) - Failed a late fitness test (GW16) and his availability will be determined closer to kick-off.
- Mateusz Klich (thigh) - Forced off at West Brom. The extent of the problem to be confirmed.
- Adam Forshaw (hip) - Bielsa reveals the midfielder will build fitness and confidence with the U23s before rejoining the first team.
- Gaetano Berardi (ACL knee) - Long-term. Hopeful of a return in early 2021.
- Robin Koch (knee surgery) - Initial timeline indicates a return to play around February or March 2021.
- Diego Llorente (groin) - The Spaniard suffered a setback on his return to training. No timeline.
Leicester CityPredicted lineup Press Conference -- Pending Evaluation
- Cengiz Under (hamstring) - Complained of tightness while training on Christmas Day. May not be risked.
- Jamie Vardy (hip) - Managing an ongoing issue. Rested at Selhurst Park but will return to the starting XI.
- James Maddison (knee) - Rodgers decided not to risk the playmaker on Monday due to slight issue. Should be fine.
- Wesley Fofana (knee) - Ongoing issue which is being managed. Expected to make the line-up.
- Ricardo Pereira (groin) - Still "someway" from a return and likely to be out until early 2021.
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