Gameweek 18: The injuries and bans
Being able to navigate around unavailable players is key to FPL success. Together with some useful Fantasy Football Scout information, here is the current list of injuries and bans heading into Gameweek 18.
THE NOTABLE INJURIES AND BANS OF GAMEWEEK 18
Gabriel Jesus (knee) – Reports say it’s a three-month injury, keeping him out until March.
Reiss Nelson (muscle)
Emile Smith-Rowe (groin) – After months out, he says his return will happen “hopefully by the first game after the World Cup.”
Takehiro Tomiyasu (hamstring)
Emiliano Martinez (personal reasons) – Still celebrating Argentina’s World Cup victory.
Diego Carlos (Achilles) – Out for a long time because he ruptured his tendon in Gameweek 2.
Jacob Ramsey (hamstring)
Marcus Tavernier (knock)
Kristoffer Ajer (knee)
Aaron Hickey (ankle) – Unsure how soon he’ll return after the World Cup.
Frank Onyeka (hamstring)
Moises Caicedo (suspension) – 5th yellow card of the season, out for Gameweek 18.
Alexis Mac Allister (personal reasons) – Still celebrating Argentina’s World Cup victory.
Jakub Moder (knee) – Long spell on the sidelines after a serious injury from April.
Adam Webster (muscle)
Danny Welbeck (muscle)
Reece James (knee) – Only lasted 52 minutes of his FPL comeback in Gameweek 17.
Ben Chilwell (hamstring) – Graham Potter says “he’s still not team training”.
Wesley Fofana (knee)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (calf)
N’Golo Kante (hamstring)
Armando Broja (knee) – Mid-season friendly injury is likely a season-ender.
Mateo Kovacic (personal reasons) – Given a brief break after long World Cup run.
Hakim Ziyech (personal reasons) – Given a brief break after long World Cup run.
Tyrick Mitchell (suspension) – Red card, out for Gameweeks 18 and 19.
James Tomkins (suspension) – Red card, out for Gameweek 18.
James McArthur (groin)
James Garner (back) – He is “probably going to be back at the back end of January or early February.”
Andros Townsend (knee) – Nearing a return from his March ACL issue.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee)
Neeskens Kebano (Achilles)
Manor Solomon (match fitness)
Stuart Dallas (leg) – Long-term absence from last season.
Luis Sinisterra (foot)
Patrick Bamford (groin) – Discomfort meant he didn’t play during Gameweeks 15 or 16.
Illan Meslier (illness) – Glandular fever means “it’ll be close” in regards to Gameweek 17.
Mateusz Klich (illness)
Liam Cooper (calf)
Jack Harrison (groin)
Crysencio Summerville (foot)
Additionally, check out Fantasy Football Scout for more in-depth details on key FPL injuries and bans.
Meanwhile, Scout will soon cover the pre-match press conferences, where managers should give more accurate updates. There’s also a live injuries and bans stream on their YouTube channel.
James Justin (Achilles) – Out until next season.
Jonny Evans (calf)
Ricardo Pereira (Achilles) – Pre-season problem ruled him out until early 2023.
James Maddison (knee) – Missed the Gameweek 17 defeat.
Dennis Praet (knock)
Luis Diaz (knee) – Suffered a setback in training, out until March.
Diogo Jota (hamstring) – Returning in late January.
Roberto Firmino (calf)
James Milner (hamstring)
Ibrahima Konate (personal reasons) – Given a brief break after long World Cup run.
Julian Alvarez (personal reasons) – Still celebrating Argentina’s World Cup victory.
Ruben Dias (hamstring) – Unconfirmed reports say he is out for a month.
Kalvin Phillips (match fitness)
Diogo Dalot (hamstring)
Jadon Sancho (personal reasons)
Lisandro Martinez (personal reasons) – Still celebrating Argentina’s World Cup victory.
Jonjo Shelvey (calf) – Picked up in training, out for six-to-eight weeks.
Alexander Isak (thigh)
Emil Krafth (knee) – Out for the long-term. In fact, he may not return this season.
Callum Wilson (illness) – Eddie Howe hopeful of a Gameweek 18 return.
Moussa Niakhate (muscle)
Giulian Biancone (knee) – Season is over.
Cheikhou Kouyate (thigh) – Scans will determine the extent of it “but he isn’t going to be back soon.”
Morgan Gibbs-White (knock)
Jesse Lingard (hamstring)
Tino Livramento (knee) – Stretchered off in April, it’s unsure how early his 2023 return will be.
Romeo Lavia (muscle)
Theo Walcott (calf)
Juan Larios (knock)
Richarlison (hamstring) – Played with the injury for 84 minutes of World Cup quarter-final.
Lucas Moura (tendon)
Cristian Romero (personal reasons) – Still celebrating Argentina’s World Cup victory.
Djed Spence (illness)
Kurt Zouma (knee) – Surgery in late November.
Maxwel Cornet (calf)
Gianluca Scamacca (ankle)
Nayef Aguerd (groin)
Pedro Neto (ankle) – Unsure how soon he’ll return after the World Cup.
Sasa Kalajdzic (knee) – He sadly suffered a serious injury on his Gameweek 6 debut and will be out for a while.
Chiquinho (knee) – A long-term injury sustained in pre-season.
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