For Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers, the availability of their players both in terms of injuries as well as bans is an important part of their Gameweek preparations.
On the back of the postponement of Brighton and Spurs at the weekend FPL managers will be keeping a close eye on the press conferences. Manchester United’s Gameweek 17 trip to Brentford has already been postponed and will likely be rescheduled for after Gameweek 21.
There were 42 positive cases in the Premier League’s Covid testing ahead of Gameweek 17.
Players to monitor ahead of Gameweek 17
Ivan Toney (Brentford) – Illness Missed the Leeds game on 5/12 after testing positive for Covid-19.
Leandro Trossard (Brighton) – Arm injury Stretchered off in the match against Southampton on 4/12 with an elbow injury but his manager said afterwards that the issue is “not as bad as first thought”
Joel Veltman (Brighton) – Facial Injury Suffered a blow to the nose in the match against Southampton on 4/12 and had to be replaced.
Adam Webster (Brighton) – Substituted with a muscle injury in the match against West Ham on 1/12. Ruled out of the Southampton game on 4/12 as assessment continues on the full extent of his problem.
Maxwell Cornet (Burnley) – Thigh injury Suffered a thigh strain in the match against Newcastle on 4/12 and will be assessed.
Connor Roberts (Burnley) – Has been ill in the week leading up to the West Ham game on 12/12 and missed out. His manager later revealed that he had been hospitalised with an infection and he looks set to sit out the Watford match on 15/12.
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Knee injury Substituted in the Champions League win over Juventus on 23/11 after twisting his knee. Initially ruled out for “days” or one week but his manager said on 4/12 that he wasn’t sure when he’d back.
Ayoze Perez (Leicester) – Illness Missed the Newcastle match on 12/12 with illness/Covid and is not expected back for the Spurs game on 16/12.
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester) – Illness Missed the Newcastle match on 12/12 with illness/Covid and is not expected back for the Spurs game on 16/12.
Hamza Choudhury (Leicester) – Illness Missed the Newcastle match on 12/12 with illness/Covid and is not expected back for the Spurs game on 16/12.
Ademola Lookman (Leicester) – Illness Missed the Newcastle match on 12/12 with illness/Covid and is not expected back for the Spurs game on 16/12.
Jan Vestergaard (Leicester) – Illness Missed the Newcastle match on 12/12 with illness/Covid and is not expected back for the Spurs game on 16/12.
Anthony Martial (Man United) – Knock Missed the match against Crystal Palace on 5/12 after “feeling pain” in training.
Mata (Man United) – Illness Missed the match against Norwich on 11/12 through illness. No word on his availability for the Brentford match on 14/12.
Nemanja Matic (Man United) – Illness Picked up an illness ahead of the Norwich game on 11/12 and didn’t recover in time. No word on his availability for the Brentford match on 14/12.
Ben Gibson (Norwich) – Groin Injury Missed the match against Man Utd on 11/12 with a groin injury. Will train ahead of the Aston Villa match on 14/12.
Mathias Normann (Norwich) – Has been sidelined with a recurrence of a pelvic injury in the match against Wolves on 27/11. Has been sidelined since but has had injections in the affected area and could be back for the Manchester United game on 11/12
Adam Armstrong (Southampton) – Muscle injury Substituted with a minor muscle injury against Arsenal on 11/12. “Maybe available” for the Crystal Palace game on 15/12 but couldn’t train on 13/12.
Armando Broja (Southampton) – Muscle injury Substituted with a minor muscle injury against Arsenal on 11/12. “Maybe available” for the Crystal Palace game on 15/12 but couldn’t train on 13/12.
Tino Livramento (Southampton) – Gashed Leg Expected to recover from a cut to face Crystal Palace on 15/12.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) – Withdrawn early with a back injury during the match against Man City 28/11 and missed Gameweek 14-16.
Potential FPL options with longer term injuries
Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) – Knee ligament damage picked up against Spurs (26th Sept), out for three months
David Raya (Brentford) – Ruled out for four to five months on 26/10 after sustaining a serious ligament injury in his left knee.
Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton) – Hamstring injury Substituted with a hamstring injury in the match against West Ham on 1/12. Expected out for between three to four months.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – Back in training following a muscle injury, still a “little way away”
Abdoulaye Doucoure (Everton) – Everton confirmed on 19/10 Doucoure has suffered a foot injury and will be assessed to determine the period of absence.
Demari Gray (Everton) – Muscle injury Will be assessed for a muscle injury picked up in the match against Manchester City on 21/11.
James Justin (Leicester) – ACL injury from the 2020/21 season
Wesley Fofana (Leicester) – Broken leg in pre-season
Harvey Elliot (Liverpool) – Serious ankle injury vs Leeds (12th Sept) which required surgery
Ferran Torres (Man City) – Fractured foot, ruled out for two-to-three months from 15th Oct
Raphael Varane (Man United) – Ruled out on 12th Oct for a few weeks with a thigh injury
Jack Stephens (Southampton) – Picked up a knee injury on 18th Sept. Ruled out for 10-12 weeks
Christian Kabasele (Watford) – Out for more than three weeks (7th Oct) due to a hamstring injury
Ben Foster (Watford) – Groin injury likely out until the new year at least.
Johnny (Wolves) – ACL injury from the 2020/21 season, on course for “a return in the new year”
Pedro Neto (Wolves) – Knee injury from 2020/21, due to have a specialist review in October but no further timeframe
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João Cancelo (Man City)- 1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after picking up his fifth booking of the season on 11/12.
Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – 1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after being sent off for two bookable offences in the match against Man City on 11/12.
Shane Duffy (Brighton) – 1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after picking up his fifth booking of the season on 4/12
4 Yellow Cards (1 from suspension)
Sambi Lokonga – Arsenal
Matty Cash – Aston Villa
Tyrone Mings – Aston Villa
John McGinn – Aston Villa
Christian Norgaard – Brentford
Yves Bissouma – Brighton
Adam Lallana – Brighton
Neale Maupay – Brighton
Joel Veltman – Brighton
Josh Brownhill – Burnley
Reece James – Chelsea
Connor Gallagher – Crystal Palace
Lucas Digne – Everton
Abdoulaye Doucoure – Everton
Liam Cooper – Leeds
Junior Firpo – Leeds
Tyler Roberts – Leeds
Raphinha – Leeds
Rodrigo – Leeds
Diego Llorente – Leeds
Jamie Shackleton – Leeds
Andy Robertson – Liverpool
Fabinho – Liverpool
Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United
Scott McTominay – Manchester United
Fred – Manchester United
Paul Pogba – Manchester United
Luke Shaw – Manchester United
Callum Wilson – Newcastle
Javier Manquillo – Newcastle
Mattias Normann – Norwich
Pierre Lees-Melou – Norwich
Oriol Romeu – Southampton
Mohammed Salisu – Southampton
Cristian Romero – Spurs
Danny Rose – Watford
Declan Rice – West Ham
3 Yellow Cards (2 from suspension)
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal
Douglas Luiz – Aston Villa
Marvelous Nakamba – Aston Villa
Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa
Charlie Goode – Brentford
Pontus Jansson – Brentford
Frank Onyeka – Brentford
Cucurella – Brighton
Ben Mee – Burnley
Jay Rodriguez – Burnley
Marcos Alonso – Chelsea
Joachim Anderson – Crystal Palace
Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace
Marc Guehi – Crystal Palace
James McArthur – Crystal Palace
Wilf Zaha – Crystal Palace
Andros Townsend – Everton
Demarai Grey – Everton
Ben Godfrey – Everton
Pascal Struijk – Leeds
Wilf Ndidi – Leicester
Caglar Soyuncu – Leicester
Reuben Dias – Manchester City
Bernando Silva – Manchester City
Rodri – Manchester City
Harry Maguire – Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United
Isaac Hayden – Newcastle
Allen Saint-Maximin – Newcastle
Brandon Williams – Norwich
Max Aarons – Norwich
Jan Bednarek – Southampton
Moussa Djenepo – Southampton
Kyle Walker-Peters – Southampton
Craig Cathcart – Watford
Oghenekaro Peter Etebo – Watford (out through injury until Feb 2022)
Josh King – Watford
William Troost-Ekong – Watford
Michail Antonio – West Ham
Pablo Fornals – West Ham
Leander Dendonker – Wolves
Max Kilman – Wolves
Raul Jiminez – Wolves
Roman Saiss – Wolves