Injuries and Bans ahead of Gameweek 18

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:



Crystal Palace


Leicester City

Man United

Norwich City



West Ham


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

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