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.
With the Premier League announcing that five of the ten fixtures scheduled for this weekend will be postponed as a result of Covid 19 outbreaks at the clubs it is more important than ever to keep up to date with the availability of those players who do have a fixture scheduled.
The players currently unavailable due to match postponements come from the following teams:
Players to monitor ahead of Gameweek 18
Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa) – Knee injury Substituted in the game against Liverpool on 11/2. Ruled out until after Christmas with a knee problem and is set for further assessment to determine the exact length of his absence.
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.
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) – Illness. Missed Gameweek 17 through illness.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea) – Illness. Missed Gameweek 17 through illness.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) – Illness. Missed Gameweek 17 through Illness.
Timo Werner (Chelsea) – Illness. Missed Gameweek 17 through illness.
Daniel James (Leeds) – Muscle injury Picked up a muscle problem in the match against Man City on 14/12. Ruled out of the Arsenal game on 18/12.
Fabinho (Liverpool) – Ilness. Missed Gameweek 17 through illness
Curtis Jones (Liverpool) – Illness. Missed Gameweek 17 through illness.
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – Illness. Missed Gameweek 17 as a result of a positive Covid 19 test.
Anthony Martial (Man United) – Knock Missed the match against Crystal Palace on 5/12 after “feeling pain” in training.
Bernardo Silva (Man City) – Muscle injury Substituted with muscular “niggles” in the match against Leeds on 14/12 but his manager said the withdrawal was precautionary.
Kyle Walker (Man City) – Knock MIssed the match against Leeds on 14/12 as he was short of fitness.
Allen Saint-Maximin (Newcastle) – Knock Limped off during the Liverpool game on 16/12. His manager was not sure whether the issue was linked to a tackle or something muscular.
Hwang Hee-Chee (Wolves) – Knock Substituted after an early collision in the Brighton game on 15/12.
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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Junior Firpo (Leeds) – 1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after picking up his fifth booking of the season on 14/12.
The following players should be banned from Gameweek 18 however as their fixtures have been postponed they will now be banned in Gamweek 18.
Yves Bissouma (Brighton) – 1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after picking up his fifth booking of the season on 15/12.
Vladimir Coufal (West Ham) – 1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after being sent off for two bookable offences on 15/12.
4 Yellow Cards (1 from suspension)
Sambi Lokonga – Arsenal
Matty Cash – Aston Villa
Tyrone Mings – Aston Villa
John McGinn – Aston Villa
Marvelous Nakamba – Aston Villa
Christian Norgaard – Brentford
Adam Lallana – Brighton
Neale Maupay – Brighton
Joel Veltman – Brighton
Josh Brownhill – Burnley
Reece James – Chelsea
Connor Gallagher – Crystal Palace
Marc Guehi – Crystal Palace
Lucas Digne – Everton
Abdoulaye Doucoure – Everton
Liam Cooper – Leeds
Tyler Roberts – Leeds
Raphinha – Leeds
Rodrigo – Leeds
Diego Llorente – Leeds
Jamie Shackleton – Leeds
Andy Robertson – Liverpool
Fabinho – Liverpool
Reuben Dias – Manchester City
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
Isaac Hayden – Newcastle
Brandon Williams – Norwich
Max Aarons – Norwich
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
Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa
Charlie Goode – Brentford
Pontus Jansson – Brentford
Frank Onyeka – Brentford
Cucurella – Brighton
Ben Mee – Burnley
Jay Rodriguez – Burnley
Marcos Alonso – Chelsea
Jorginho – Chelsea
Joachim Anderson – Crystal Palace
Christian Benteke – 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
Bernando Silva – Manchester City
Rodri – Manchester City
Harry Maguire – Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United
Allen Saint-Maximin – Newcastle
Joelinton – Newcastle
Brandon Williams – 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