FPL Gameweek 34 predicted lineups and team news for all Premier League clubs from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of the Gameweek. They will be regularly updated throughout and following the press conferences.
ArsenalOn Wednesday, Mikel Arteta said: "They're all in contention" for the Europa League semi-final tie against Villareal. Now, while the squad may be injury-free, we do know that a return-to-train is not a return-to-play, and Kieran Tierney, who hasn't played for almost a month, will be a little short of match sharpness. However, Sunday will provide an ideal opportunity for some players to build fitness, so depending on how the first-leg finishes, it will have a bearing on the Gunners will lineup at Newcastle. Predicted lineup Press Conference Post-match on Thursday
- A disappointing opening 45 minutes in Spain prompted a switch at the break: "We started the second half with the same players in a completely different way. We played with three strikers, and we didn't score many times in the season, so it's a decision that I made, and that's it."
- Arteta on his team selection: "Obviously, when you lose, you always get it wrong!"
- Kieran Tierney (knee) - Good chance of making the squad at Newcastle.
- Alexandre Lacazette (hamstring) - Arteta said the striker was in contention for the Europa League on Thursday, but he failed to make the squad. 50/50
Aston VillaDean Smith felt his side were "much better" on Sunday following a slight formational tweak that accommodated the recall of Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley. "I thought he done well today. It was more of the Ross Barkley that we signed at the start! He started a lot of counter-attacks, and I thought he was a lot tidier on the ball, and his reactions were good." Matty Cash is available again, but if Smith wants to keep the same XI that started against rivals West Brom, then Elmohamady will get the nod. Predicted lineup Press Conference Jack Grealish is hoping for a return to training from next week. "The scan has come back, and it [was] positive. We're loading him gradually, and we're obviously a little bit tentative after the last time," Dean Smith said. "He won't be available for this weekend." Morgan Sanson is still out with a knee injury, and it could be GW37 before the Frenchman is back in contention, although the injury is "nothing too serious." Trezeguet (ACL) will be lucky to play again this year following reconstructive surgery. However, Wesley will be hoping to build on last weekends' minutes, having spent the previous 16 months on the sidelines. "He’s had one of the most significant injuries that I’ve seen, so it just shows his strength of character. For him to come on [vs West Brom] and almost score the winner just gives the whole squad a boost." Matty Cash is back in contention after serving a one-match ban. Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
- Jack Grealish (shin) - A positive scan result means the Villa skipper could train ahead of GW35.
- Trezeguet (knee) - Suffered an ACL rupture against Liverpool. Successfully undergone surgery.
- Morgan Sanson (knee) - Impact injury. Around two weeks away from a return to training.
- Matty Cash - Served his one-match suspension in GW34.
Brighton and Hove AlbionPredicted lineup Press Conference Adam Lallana (tight calf) will be assessed ahead of the game, but Graham Potter is hopeful that he can train on Friday after missing sessions this week. "His chances of playing are OK; we will make a decision after training tomorrow. Percy Tau trained this week, so he’s back in contention." Ben White is available after serving his ban at Bramall Lane. Tariq Lamptey and Solly March are targeting a return in pre-season, and Florin Andone should be close after suffering a minor setback with the under-23s. Pending Evaluation
- Percy Tau (hamstring) - Working with the group and comes back into contention.
- Adam Lallana (calf|) - Reported tightness earlier in the week, but Graham Potter is hopeful that he can train on Friday.
- Florin Andone (hamstring) - Suffered a slight setback playing for the U23s, which will delay his return.
- Solly March (knee) - The winger admitted that he is now targeting pre-season to return to full fitness.
- Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) - Surgery will keep the full-back out for the remainder of the campaign.
- Ben White - Served his ban in last weekends defeat to Sheffield United.
- Ashley Barnes (fitness) - Returned to the matchday squad in GW33, but Sean Dyche admitted the striker is not fully up to speed.
- Kevin Long (Achilles) - Already way beyond his initial timeline. No definitive update on a possible return.
- Robbie Brady (Achilles) - No guarantees that the Irishman will be back before the end of the season.
ChelseaThe Blues will take an away goal and a share of spoils from their midweek Champions League encounter in Madrid. And with the tie delicately poised, Thomas Tuchel will undoubtedly tinker with one eye on the return fixture just four days later. No other team has rotated more heavily across the previous six gameweeks. Predicted lineup Press Conference Mateo Kovacic will miss out after suffering a setback: "Unfortunately, he’s still injured," revealed Tuchel. "He trained with us, but he’s still not fully confident. He felt something at the end of the training, so he’s not available. Before [Friday], we thought he had a big chance to join us latest for Madrid, maybe even for Fulham, so now we have a little setback with him. I don’t want to be too negative. Let’s see how he feels tomorrow." Everyone else is OK, apart from Antonio Rudiger, who was injured in the last minute of the Madrid game, but while he misses this one, Tuchel is "quite positive" he can return on Wednesday. Pending Evaluation
- Thiago Silva (fatigue) - The veteran defender is being managed, and a decision on his involvement will be taken GW-to-GW.
- Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) - A setback in training. Assessments continue to determine the severity.
- Antonio Rudiger (knock) - Hopeful of a return in the Champions League second-leg tie versus Madrid.
Crystal PalacePredicted lineup Press Conference Roy Hodgson confirms Gary Cahill has recovered, and the centre-back is available for selection. "We’re still missing James McArthur, of course, and the longer-term ones: Mamadou Sakho, Nathan Ferguson and Connor Wickham, who’s still not 100 per cent ready. Otherwise, it’s quite a big squad by comparison to the end of last season, which is very positive." James Tomkins could line up for the U23s on Monday. "Physically, he's doing well [but confidence is a factor]. He doesn't seem to have lost anything, but of course, it was a nasty eye injury. He's been in training for two or three weeks now. Monday is important, and if If he comes through that, there's no reason he can't be pushing to get back in for the last five - maybe six games of the season." Pending Evaluation
- Gary Cahill (undisclosed) - Missed the game on Monday night, but Roy Hodgson confirms the veteran defender is in contention.
- James McArthur (calf) - No definitive timeline for the Scottish midfielder. Ruled out.
- Nathan Ferguson (thigh) - Suffered another setback while training with the U23s. Unlikely to feature this season.
- Connor Wickham (knock) - Continues to work away from the main group. Still not 100 per cent.
- Mamadou Sakho (thigh) - Working with the squad. Building fitness... His contract ends in the summer, so he may not play again.
- James Tomkins (eye) - Expected to play for the U23s on Monday night.
EvertonPredicted lineup Press Conference Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Abdoulaye Doucoure are the only absentees for the visit of Aston Villa. "All the others are good," confirmed Carlo Ancelotti. Michael Keane missed last Fridays' win at Arsenal, but he is fine after recovering from a minor leg injury. Doucoure, who has been out since early March, returned to outdoor individual training this week, and the midfielder is hoping to be available again by mid-May. Josh King is managing a "small problem on his back", which caused him to miss a couple of sessions, but he was with the group on Friday. Pending Evaluation
- Michael Keane (hamstring) - Trained ahead of GW34. Ancelotti confirms the centre-back is available.
- Josh King (back) - Managing an ongoing issue causing him to miss two sessions this week. Rejoined the group on Friday.
- Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot) - Working outdoors on an individualised programme. Targeting GW37 for his comeback.
- Jean-Philippe Gbamin (knee) - No surgery required, but Ancelotti believes the injury-plagued midfielder will be out for the season.
FulhamPredicted lineup Press Conference There were no team news updates when Scott Parker spoke on Thursday, with the bulk of his press conference focused on the chances of his side of staying up. With only five games remaining, Fulham sit seven points from safety, but The Cottagers are not ready to throw the towel in just yet:
- "We need to have that belief now. 'Can we go and beat Chelsea?' Yeah, we can. If we don’t go and beat Chelsea, I get that come Monday morning, that challenge is going to be harder. There’s still a lot to play for, a lot of games, but we all understand that that challenge is becoming very, very difficult for us."
- "We’re playing against a really good side who are in good form. When you’re going to Stamford Bridge, and you’re a team like us, luck needs to be with you, and we need to play exceptionally well. Everything needs to go for us in that sense. We have to be very, very hard to beat, and we have to hope that there are certain elements of Chelsea which are a little bit off it."
- Kenny Tete (COVID-19) - No game last weekend affording the full-back extra recovery time.
- Marek Rodak (finger) - Met with a specialist. No word on the severity of the injury.
- Tom Cairney (knee) - Back out on the training pitches. Showing signs of improvement. Assessed weekly.
- Terence Kongolo (knee) - Injured following a heavy collision with Adama Traore. Surgery will rule him out of the remaining games.
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ineligible) - Unable to face his parent club.
Leeds UnitedPredicted lineup Press Conference Rodrigo is available, but Marcelo Bielsa reveals the Spaniard is not ready to start. "We will see how many minutes he can play." However, Raphinha remains out as his injury taking much longer than initially anticipated. "A hit created an internal hematoma, and until that hematoma disappears, it causes pain and inhibits mobility. This can be resolved quickly or take longer. When the hematoma reduces and the player is no longer in pain, he will return quickly. The impression is that he is in the final stages before finally healed." No word on Helder Costa, who looked to have picked up a back problem on Sunday. If he is fit, then the winger will continue to deputise in Raphinha's absence. Bielsa would not be drawn on whether another potential replacement, Ian Poveda-Ocampo, is close to a starting berth. Captain Liam Cooper serves the final game of his three-match ban, while Adam Forshaw is also out following his recent setback with the under-23s. Pending Evaluation
- Helder Costa (back) - No mention from the Leeds boss during Thursdays' press briefing. Assume the winger will be fine.
- Rodrigo (muscle) - The Spaniard has been passed fit with minutes likely to come from the bench.
- Adam Forshaw (muscular) - Suffered a setback on his return for the U23s. Ruled out for an undefined period.
- Raphinha (thigh) - Impact injury. Bielsa admits the Brazilian is still struggling due to the pain and restricted mobility.
- Liam Cooper - The skipper will serve a three-match ban following his dismissal at The Etihad (GW31).
Leicester CityPredicted lineup Press Conference The Foxes will arrive at St Marys' with the same squad as Monday night after Brendan Rodgers' side came through the Crystal Palace encounter unscathed. However, Harvey Barnes' recovery from a knee injury is taking longer than initially hoped, with the winger set for a second surgical procedure. "We’ve had a slight setback. He’s just gone in to have a minor operation to clear up some of the damage in his knee. The plan is really to get him back for pre-season and fit and ready for 2021/22." Club captain Wes Morgan is also at risk of missing the remainder of the campaign as he tries to overcome the injury which has kept him sidelined since February. "He’s touch and go whether he’ll be involved this season," Rodgers explained. "He’s struggling a little with his back at the moment, but he’s working very hard behind the scenes with the medical team in his rehabilitation. We just have to monitor that on a day-by-day basis." Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
- Justin James (ACL) - Ruled out for the remainder of the season following surgery on his knee.
- Harvey Barnes (knee surgery) - Set for a second surgical procedure after suffering a setback. Season over.
LiverpoolIf Nat Phillips fails to recover, Jurgen Klopp could retain the same line-up as last weekend, with Diogo Jota playing as part of an attacking four with Fabinho dropping in alongside Kabak. Predicted lineup Press Conference No change in the Liverpool treatment room at the moment, which means Nat Phillips looks set to sit this one out. The Reds could miss seven players for the trip to Old Trafford, and Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to name an unchanged side. Virgil van Dijk is "running - like all the others - Henderson, Matip and Gomez," but the German coach admits that they all have a long way to go. "In rehab, it always starts with straight-line running; I’m not sure if you saw Virg running a lot of curves or just straight, so there are a lot of things to come. You go through a lot of steps until you are finally ready to join team training, especially with long-term injuries - there are a lot of steps to go, and they are all quite a way from that." Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
- 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.
- Joel Matip (ankle) - Confirmation that the centre-back will undergo surgery, ruling him out of the remaining fixtures.
- Jordan Henderson (groin) - Jurgen Klopp remains tight-lipped. Feels the skipper will not be back within the next few weeks.
- Caoimhin Kelleher (stomach) - Ruled out. He may not play again this season.
- Divock Origi (muscle) - Missed the win at Molineux (GW28) due to a muscular issue. No further details.
- Nat Phillips (hamstring) - Still not training with the group and expected to miss out.
Manchester CityParis Saint-Germain are up first in the Champions League, but with a full squad at his disposal, Pep can afford to rotate and rest players with the Premier League title almost in the bag. Good luck trying to second guess Saturdays' line-up in the early kick-off. Look for pointers midweek. Predicted lineup
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