Injuries and Bans ahead of Gameweek 21

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.

Gameweek 20 was a difficult week for many FPL managers with three matches postponed, one after the deadline, and of course the most highly captained player Salah missing a penalty and registering a zero pointer.

Gameweek 21 will now be one match light with the Premier League confirming that, as a result of Norwich being unable to field a team their match against Leicester has been postponed.

INJURIES

Players to monitor ahead of Gameweek 21

Leandro Trossard (Brighton) – Hamstring injury Substituted as a precaution because of hamstring tightness on 26/12. Will be assessed ahead of the Chelsea game on 29/12.

Shane Duffy (Brighton) Knock Absent from the Brentford game on 26/12 but his manager wouldn’t say whether the issue was injury or illness related

Rico Henry (Brentford)Hamstring injury Substituted with a tight hamstring as a precaution in the EFL Cup on 22/12. Wasn’t fit to face Brighton on 26/12 and won’t recover in time for the Man City match on 29/12.

Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford)Calf injury Substituted with tightness in his calf against Brighton on 26/12. Unlikely to recover in time to face Manchester City on 29/12.

Reece James (Chelsea)Hamstring Went off in Gameweek 20 with a Hamstring injury.

Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace)Illness Missed out against Norwich on 28/12 but his club wouldn’t say whether it was Covid or injury related.

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.

James Maddison (Leicester)Muscle injury “A bit sore” after appearing to pick up an injury in the match against Liverpool on 28/12.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester)Muscle injury “A bit sore” after appearing to pick up an injury in the match against Liverpool on 28/12.

Thiago (Liverpool)Illness Returned a suspected positive Covid-19 test ahead of the Spurs game on 19/12.

Lindelof (Man United)Illness Missed the Newcastle game on 27/12 after testing positive for Covid-19.

Kyle Walker (Man City)Knock MIssed the match against Leeds on 14/12 as he was short of fitness.

Allen Saint-Maximin (Newcastle)Muscle injury Substituted with a muscle injury in the match against Man Utd on 27/12. His manager doesn’t think the issue is too serious.

Max Aarons (Norwich)Illness Missed out against Crystal Palace on 28/12 but his manager wouldn’t elaborate on whether it was injury or illness that was the issue. Not expected back for the Leicester game on 1/1.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich)llness Missed out against Crystal Palace on 28/12 but his manager wouldn’t elaborate on whether it was injury or illness that was the issue. Not expected back for the Leicester game on 1/1.

Teemu Pukki (Norwich) Illness Missed out against Crystal Palace on 28/12 but his manager wouldn’t elaborate on whether it was injury or illness that was the issue. Not expected back for the Leicester game on 1/1.

Rayan Ait-Nouri (Wolves)Muscle injury Pulled out of the starting XI on 15/12 after feeling discomfort in the warm-up. Assessment is continuing ahead of the Chelsea game on 19/12 to determine how long he will be out.

Potential FPL options with longer term injuries

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) – Knee ligament damage picked up against Spurs (26th Sept), out for three months

Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa)Knee injury Substituted in the game against Liverpool on 11/2 with a knee injury. Has since undergone surgery and will be out for 12-16 weeks.

Ajer Kristoffer (Brentford) – Hamstring injury Missed the defeat to Burnley on 30/10 with a hamstring injury. His manager subsequently ruled him out for up to two 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.

Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) Knee injury Substituted in the Champions League win over Juventus on 23/11 with a partial injury to his ACL. Initially ruled out for six weeks on 26/11 but it later transpired that he would require surgery and miss the rest of 2021/22

Abdoulaye Doucoure (Everton) Everton confirmed on 19/10 Doucoure has suffered a foot injury and will be assessed to determine the period of absence.

Wesley Fofana (Leicester) – Broken leg in pre-season

Harvey Elliot (Liverpool) – Serious ankle injury vs Leeds (12th Sept) which required surgery

Raphael Varane (Man United) – Ruled out on 12th Oct for a few weeks with a thigh injury

Callum Wilson (Newcastle)Muscle injury Substituted with a muscle injury in the match against Man Utd on 27/12. His manager thinks the issue might be serious.

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

For more in-depth details, check out the Fantasy Football Scout website:

BANS

Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after picking up his fifth booking of the season on 26/12.

Andy Robertson (Liverpool) 3 Match Ban Suspended for three matches after being sent off for serious foul play on 19/12. Gameweek 21 is the final match of his ban.

Javier Manquillo (Newcastle)1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after picking up his fifth booking of the season on 27/12.

Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after picking up his fifth booking of the season on 28/12

Mohammed Salisu (Southampton)1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after being sent off for two bookable offences on 28/12.

4 Yellow Cards (1 from suspension)

Sambi Lokonga – Arsenal

Matty Cash – 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

Bernando Silva – Manchester City

Rodri – Manchester City

Scott McTominay – Manchester United

Fred – Manchester United

Paul Pogba – Manchester United

Luke Shaw – Manchester United

Callum Wilson – 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

3 Yellow Cards (2 from suspension)

Assets from Arsenal, Chelsea, City, Liverpool, West Ham, Wolves, Villa, United, Southampton, Palace, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton, and West Ham are no longer at risk from a 5 yellow card suspension as the yellow card threshold is raised to ten after a team’s 19th league fixture.

Charlie Goode – Brentford

Pontus Jansson – Brentford

Frank Onyeka – Brentford

Cucurella – Brighton

Adam Webster – Brighton

Ben Mee – Burnley

Jay Rodriguez – Burnley

Andros Townsend – Everton

Demarai Grey – Everton

Ben Godfrey – Everton

Wilf Ndidi – Leicester

Caglar Soyuncu – Leicester

Harry Kane – Spurs

Emerson Royal – Spurs

Craig Cathcart – Watford

Oghenekaro Peter Etebo – Watford (out through injury until Feb 2022)

Josh King – Watford

William Troost-Ekong – Watford

The Fantasy Football Scout suspension tightrope will keep you up-to-date on which of your players are at risk of a ban:

https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/category/suspensions/

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