FPL Gameweek 28 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 Post-match comments following the Europa League win over Olympiakos:
- On whether any of his substitutions were made due to injury: "No, it was all tactical decisions or things that we wanted to change in the game."
Aston VillaPredicted lineup Press Conference Friday will come too soon for Jack Grealish, but Dean Smith insists the Villa star is not far from a return: “He is a lot better, but you won’t see him at Newcastle, unfortunately. It hasn’t helped that he’s been ill this week, which has kept him off for a couple of days. He’s made good progress, and we’re happy with where he’s at. Hopefully, he’ll be available for selection against Tottenham." However, the Villians will welcome Matty Cash back into the squad ahead of schedule, and Anwar El Ghazi has responded to antibiotics ensuring his availability. After the 0-0 draw with Wolves, Smith confirmed that Bertrand Traore (knee) and Morgan Sanson (ankle) were precautionary withdrawals. No fresh injury concerns. Pending Evaluation
- Bertrand Traore (knee) - Dean Smith confirmed his withdrawal against Wolves was precautionary.
- Matty Cash (hamstring) - The full-back returns ahead of schedule.
- Morgan Sanson (ankle) - Icing his foot (GW27), but Smith described the minor injury as a derby day knock!
- Anwar El Ghazi (toe) - Infection. Hopefully, antibiotics have done the trick, and he returns to the squad.
- Kortney Hause (foot) - Expected to train with the squad, but a lack of fitness may mean Friday comes too soon.
- Wesley (ACL knee) - Full-contact training and will build fitness with the under-23s.
- Jack Grealish (shin) - Illness hampered his recovery this week. Targeting Tottenham ahead of the break.
Brighton and Hove AlbionPredicted lineup Press Conference A cracked rib will keep Aaron Connolly out until after the international break. Meanwhile, Tariq Lamptey's hamstring has not responded as hoped, and the wing-back is expected to go under the knife. "We’re looking at surgery which means he will miss the rest of the season." Adam Webster is still a few weeks away from a return. Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
- 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.
- Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) - Not responding as hoped. Expected to go under the knife, which will end his season.
- Aaron Connolly (rib) - A cracked rib will keep the Irishman out until after the break.
BurnleyPredicted lineup Press Conference Sean Dyche is unlikely to risk Charlie Taylor this weekend. The left-back tweaked his hamstring last time out, and with Erik Pieters able to deputise, there is no need to take any risks. Jack Cork is also flagged as a major doubt and looks set to miss out for the second game running. Although a return before the break seems unlikely, Ashley Barnes is progressing, and Johann Berg Gudmundsson is fine after coming off against Arsenal as a precaution. The club continues to monitor Robbie Brady's workload due to a persistent Achilles problem. Pending Evaluation
- Jack Cork (hamstring) - Complained of tightness after the draw with Leicester. This weekend will probably come too soon.
- Charlie Taylor (hamstring) - Unlikely to be risked given his recent injury problems, Sean Dyche may turn to the fit-again Erik Pieters.
- Robbie Brady (Achilles) - Ongoing issue which is being managed. GW-to-GW decision.
- Ashley Barnes (thigh) - "Progressing," but no word on when the striker may be back in contention.
ChelseaPredicted lineup Press Conference Thiago Silva has suffered a setback following his recent return. The defender complained of discomfort towards the end of Wednesdays' session, and he won't be involved this weekend. "He felt something around the same area where he was injured," revealed Thomas Tuchel. Tammy Abraham (ankle) is still not 100 per cent. "I am a bit concerned as he can still feel the pain from the tackle [against Newcastle]." Otherwise, the Blues should have everyone else available. Notes:
- On Christian Pulisic, who is yet to start in the Premier League under Tuchel: "I hope he stays patient, all of my players are competitors and want to play every single minute, and this is what they show every day, the hunger and desire, and this is what Christian shows. In the beginning, he was a little unlucky because we knew how much of an impact he could have off the bench, and we used this power and strength from him. He is in my plans; he is an important player."
- On Havertz: "In my opinion, his best position is between the nine and the 10 and have the freedom to drop and move fluid between the two positions. I like to have him in high positions, I don't want to have him behind the ball, and he feels comfortable in between the lines and in narrow pockets."
- Tammy Abraham (ankle) - Tuchel reveals the striker is still not 100 per cent.
- Thiago Silva (thigh) - The veteran defender suffered a setback in training. No word on the severity.
Crystal PalacePredicted lineup Press Conference With no change in the treatment room, the Palace squad should be pretty much the same as last weekend. "Fortunately," Roy Hodgson said. "No one has been added to the [injury] list, so that’s positive. But the ones who are missing are still missing: two centre-halves [Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins], Tyrick Mitchell hasn’t recovered as yet – neither has [James] McArthur or [James] McCarthy." Nathaniel Clyne is "making some progress", but unfortunately, it's not quick enough for him to be involved. Nathan Ferguson continues to work with the U23s. He’s had no symptoms or recurrence of either the knee or thigh injury. So as long as that continues, I'll be expecting him to come and join us for the last two weeks before we play again [v Everton]." Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
- Nathan Ferguson (thigh) - Working with the U23s. Hoping to rejoin the main group during the break.
- Mamadou Sakho (thigh) - Hodgson will not be drawn on a timeline, but media reports suggest around 2-3 months.
- James Tomkins (eye) - Surgery. Will not be rushed back. Long-term.
- James McArthur (muscle) - Roy Hodgson suggests it could be after the break before the midfielder returns.
- Nathaniel Clyne (muscle) - Just missed over in GW28. A return in early April.
- Tyrick Mitchell (muscle) - Likely to be one of several players returning in early April.
- James McCarthy (groin) - Looks like a recurrence of the injury which kept him out for the previous month.
EvertonPredicted lineup Press Conference Further tests confirm Abdoulaye Doucoure suffered a "small fracture" on his foot which could keep him out for up to ten weeks. "I hope he can recover before the end of the season," said Carlo Ancelotti. Yerry Mina has trained fully, and Seamus Coleman is back in contention. Tom Davies suffered no after-effects following his return at Stamford Bridge. Fabian Delph and Rodriguez remain on the sidelines. "James played really well against Man United, but he was not 100 per cent fit. We decided to give him a proper recovery and don't let him play at 70 or 80 per cent. We have taken this decision together - he agrees. I think, [a return] after the [international] break, it's not a big problem." Gylfi Sigurdsson has an ankle issue and faces a late test, while a decision on Robin Olsen will be made in training on Friday. Pending Evaluation
- Seamus Coleman (undisclosed) - Confirmation from Carlo Ancelotti that the Irishman will be available this weekend.
- Gylfi Sigurdsson (ankle) - Assessed in training on Friday. Late fitness test.
- Robin Olsen (undisclosed) - The goalkeeper has trained this week. Good chance of returning to the squad.
- Yerry Mina (calf) - Trained fully without problems. Pencilled in to return.
- Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) - Progressing well, although Ancelotti will not give a definitive timeframe.
- Fabian Delph (tendon) - No word on how long the midfielder will be sidelined.
- Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot) - Tests reveals a "small fracture" that may keep him out for up to ten weeks.
- James Rodriguez (calf) - Given the opportunity to recover fully with a return scheduled for GW30.
FulhamPredicted lineup Press Conference Scott Parker has no new injury concerns ahead of the game against Manchester City. Goalkeeper Marek Rodak remains sidelined while Tom Cairney has stepped up his recovery. However, this weekend is likely to come too soon, and he may need to build minutes with the under-23s first, having been sidelined since January with a knee injury. Pending Evaluation
- Tom Cairney (knee) - Back on the training pitches, and a decision will be made GW-to-GW. Lacks match fitness.
- Marek Rodak (finger) - Met with a specialist. No word on the severity of the injury.
Leeds UnitedPredicted lineup Press Conference Injury problems are beginning to ease at Elland Road after Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Jamie Shackleton and Robin Koch are available for selection. This follows on from the return of long-term absentee Gaetano Berardi and Kalvin Phillips/Rodrigo, who came through Monday nights' game at West Ham unscathed. "The players who are not available are Adam Forshaw, Pablo Hernandez and Pascal Struijk." 19-year-old Elia Caprile could remain in the first-team squad after he was preferred to Spanish stopper Kiko Castilla. Pending Evaluation
- Jamie Shackleton (groin) - Confirmation from the Leeds boss that the midfielder is available.
- Robin Koch (knee surgery) - Back on the training pitches and can be called upon if needed, but lacks match fitness.
- Adam Forshaw (hip) - The player is still hopeful that he can play some part this season.
- Pascal Struijk (knock) - Described as "not important" by Bielsa, although he will not be ready for Saturday.
- Pablo Hernandez (muscle) - "Small issue," but won't be involved against Chelsea.
Leicester CityPredicted lineup Press Conference The Foxes received a triple injury boost this week with Jonny Evans, Dennis Praet and Ayoze Perez all back and available to face Sheffield United. Brendan Rodgers hinted at an immediate recall for Jonny Evans: "He knows the level we want to take the team to, and he plays to that level. He’s been struggling with an injury for a few weeks, but he’s worked well and trained this morning. He gives us great security at the back." Cengiz Under is still "a few weeks yet", and there is no timeframe on a possible return for James Maddison. "Day on day, he’s getting better. It’s just really about how he’s going to feel, and there’s a little bit of soreness there, but he’s working with the medical team. It’s in the same area, but it’s not the same injury. There’s obviously a reaction there in the tendon which we need to see how it reacts, but hopefully sooner rather than later, he’ll be back." Pending Evaluation
- Jonny Evans (calf) - Confirmation that the centre-back will return on Sunday.
- Ayoze Perez (knee) - The Spaniard has looked really sharp in training this week.
- Dennis Praet (hamstring) - Trained fully, but a lack of fitness is likely to mean a place on the bench at best.
- James Maddison (hip) - Continuing to work with the medical team. No timeline.
- Wes Morgan (back) - Ruled out. No definitive timeline. Possibly late-March.
- Justin James (ACL) - Ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery on his knee.
- Harvey Barnes (knee surgery) - Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of a return by mid-April.
- Cengiz Under (thigh) - Targeting a return after the international break.
LiverpoolPredicted lineup Press Conference No press conference ahead of the deadline. Pending Evaluation
- Caoimhin Kelleher (stomach) - Should be in and around the group after missing the last month.
- Roberto Firmino (knee) - Should be close after missing the last two.
- Virgil van Dijk (ACL knee) - Jurgen Klopp believes the Dutchman will not play again this 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, ruling him out of the remaining fixtures.
- Jordan Henderson (groin) - Confirmation from the club that the skipper has undergone surgery. Hoping to be back within 6-8 weeks.
Manchester CityPredicted lineup
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