For FPL managers the availability of their players, both in terms of key FPL injuries and bans, is an important part of their Gameweek preparations. Knowing which players are available is key to FPL success, we take a run through key FPL injuries and bans ahead of the final match of Gameweek 34.
Double Gameweek 34 still has one fixture left to play when Man United and Chelsea kick off on Thursday. As a result FPL managers will have less time to make their transfer decisions ahead of the Gameweek 35 deadline. Below is a run though of all the key FPL injuries and bans that we know so far ahead of the deadline.
Key FPL injuries
Players to monitor ahead of Gameweek 35
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – Knock Limped off in the match against Man Utd on 23/04.
Zanka (Brentford) – Thigh injury Missed the match against Watford on 16/4 with a minor thigh issue.
Shane Duffy (Brighton) – Thigh injury Will miss the Spurs game on 16/4 due to a thigh issue.
Tariq Lamptey (Brighton) – Knee injury Missed the Southampton game on 24/04 with a slight knee issue.
Maxwell Cornet (Burnley) – Knee injury Missed the Wolves game on 24/04 with a “niggly knee”
Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – Calf injury Taken off with a minor calf injury in the match against Wolves on 24/4.
Matteo Kovacic (Chelsea) – Ankle injury Taken off with a knock to his ankle against Palace in the FA Cup semi-final on 17/4. Ruled out for two weeks on 19/4.
Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace) – Calf injury Limped out of Crystal Palace’s match against Leicester on 10/4 with a calf injury.
Luca Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) – Hamstring injury Ruled out of the Newcastle game with a hamstring issue.
Ben Godfrey (Everton) – Thigh injury Missed the Liverpool game on 24/4 after he tweaked his quad in the warm-up.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – Thigh injury Ruled out for 10-14 days on 20/4 with a quad injury.
Roberto Firmino – Foot injury MIssed the match against Man Utd on 19/4 with a minor foot injury.
Kyle Walker (Man City) – Ankle injury Suffered a twist to his ankle in the match against Real Madrid on 13/4 and has been sidelined since. Doing “better” as of 22/4 but no concrete timeframe has been placed on his return.
John Stones (Man City) – Muscle injury Substituted in the match against Brighton on 20/4 with muscle tightness and missed the Watford game on 23/4.
Fred (Man United) – Hip injury Had to be substituted in the Everton game on 9/4 after complaining of problems with his hip flexor muscle. Has been sidelined since but his manager said on 19/4 that the injury will be “gone in one week”
Scott McTominey (Man United) – Foot injury Ruled out of the Everton game on 9/4 after complaining of pain in the sole of his foot.
Raphael Varane (Man United) – Knock Missed the match against Everton on 9/4 with an unspecified injury and has been sidelined since. Back on the grass ahead of the Liverpool game on 19/4 but missed the game.
Paul Pogba (Man United) – Calf injury Substituted with a calf injury in the match against Liverpool on 19/4 and his manager fears that he will be on the sidelines for a while.
Joe Willock (Newcastle) – Knee injury Was assessed for a niggling knee issue ahead of the Wolves game on 8/4 and wasn’t risked.
Josh Sargent (Norwich) – Ankle injury Rolled his ankle in training in late March and was spotted wearing a protective boot. Missed the Brighton game on 2/4 and was ruled out for “a couple of weeks”. Out of his protective boot as of 15/4 and should be back against Aston Villa on 30/4.
Shane Long (Southampton) – Ankle injury Picked up an ankle injury in the match against Leeds on 2/4. Has only done light training as of 7/4 and didn’t recover in time for the Chelsea game on 9/4.
Oliver Skipp (Spurs) – Ruled out of the FA Cup tie against Brighton on 5/2 with a groin injury. Still sidelined for the West Ham game on 20/3 but aiming to return after the March international break.
Will Hughes (Watford) – Knock Missed the match against Leicester on 10/4 with a knock.
Cucho (Watford) – Muscle injury Limped out of Watford’s match against Leeds on 9/4 with a muscle injury.
Femenia (Watford) – Knock Missed the Man City game on 23/4 with a minor injury.
Daniel Podence (Wolves) – Knock Ruled out of the Burnley game on 24/4 with a foot problem.
Max Kilman (Wolves) – Knock Ruled out of the Burnley game on 24/4 after complaining of pain in training.
Potential FPL options with longer term key FPL injuries and bans
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) – Thigh injury Substituted against Crystal Palace on 4/4. Further assessment has shown damage to his thigh and he will be out for “weeks”
Keiran Tierney (Arsenal) – Knee injury Missed the match against Crystal Palace on 4/4 with a knee injury. Could miss the rest of the season.
Lucas Digne (Aston Villa) – Shoulder injury Suffered a suspected collarbone injury in the match against Spurs on 9/4 and his manager fears that his season could be over. However he posted pictures of himself lifting weights on social media.
Jakub Moder (Brighton) – Knee injury Suffered what seemed like a serious-looking knee injury in the match against Norwich on 2/4. His manager said afterwards that the prognosis was “not positive”
Sergi Canos (Brentford) – Hamstring injury Missed the Watford game on 16/4 with a “minor hamstring injury”. Will be sidelined for a few weeks.
Gudmundsson (Burnley) – Illness Ruled out for “weeks” on 3/2 after it was revealed he had surgery following appendicitis.
Erik Pieters (Burnley) – Knee injury Taken off in the match against Crystal Palace on 26/2 after taking a knock to his knee and has been sidelined since. Weeks away from a return as of 3/3.
Ben Mee (Burnley) – Leg injury Suffered a knock to his knee in the match against Leicester on 1/3 and was eventually substituted despite initially continuing. Has been sidelined since after fibula damage was detected and is now looking at after the March international break for a comeback. Still sidelined as of 31/3 with no return date set.
Ashley Westwood (Burnley) – Leg injury Stretchered off with a serious leg injury against West Ham on 17/2
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.
Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) – Groin Injury Missed the Arsenal game on 20/4 with a minor groin issue. Won’t recover for the West Ham match on 24/4 but no timeframe has been placed on his return.
Nathan Ferguson (Crystal Palace) – Hamstring injury Ruled out of the Norwich game on 9/2 with a supposedly minor injury. A hamstring issue was since confirmed and he faces an absence of between five and six weeks.
Yerry Mina (Everton) – Thigh injury Sustained a thigh injury in the match against Newcastle on 8/2. Ruled out for 8-10 weeks.
Lucas Digne (Everton) – Shoulder injury Suffered a collarbone injury in the match against Spurs on 9/4 and has undergone surgery. Only has an “outside chance” of recovering for the final couple of matches of 2021/22.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – Knee injury Suffered a knee injury in the match against Leeds on 5/3 and was ruled out for around 3-4 weeks.
Danny Ward (Leicester) – Knee injury Ruled out for a number of weeks on 16/3 after undergoing knee surgery. His manager thinks he won’t return until near the end of the season.
Ndidi (Leicester) – Knee injury Substituted in the Europa League tie against Rennes on 17/3 with a medial knee injury. His manager said on 31/3 that he will be out for the season.
Junior Firpo (Leeds) – nee injury Suffered an MCL injury in the match against Aston Villa on 10/3 and was stretchered off. Ruled out for 3-5 weeks
Tyler Roberts (Leeds) – Hamstring injury Suffered a hamstring strain expected back 1/6.
Patrick Bamford (Leeds) – Foot injury Suffered a foot injury against Wolves on 18/03. An update from the club on 27/3 confirmed that he had ruptured his plantar fascia and would be out for a minimum of six week
Reuben Dias (Man City) – Hamstring injury Ruled out for 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury picked up in the FA Cup tie against Peterborough on 1/3.
Luke Shaw (Man United) – Leg injury Substituted in the match against Leicester on 2/4 after suffering the recurrence of an old leg injury. Still sidelined as of 15/4 and could be out for another 4-5 weeks.
Edinson Cavani (Man United) – Calf injury Limped out of Argentina’s match against Chile on 30/3 with a reported calf strain. Ruled out for anything up to five weeks on 1/4.
Paul Pogba (Man United) – Calf injury Substituted with a calf injury in the match against Liverpool on 19/4. Ruled out for a minimum of four weeks on 22/4 and now only has an outside chance of featuring again in 2021/22.
Callum Wilson (Newcastle) – Calf injury Substituted with a muscle injury in the match against Man Utd on 27/12. Initially ruled out for eight weeks on 8/1 but his manager said on 7/2 that he may only return for the “last few games of the season”
Kieran Trippier (Newcastle) – Foot injury Substituted with a foot injury against Aston Villa on 13/2. A scan revealed a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot and he has undergone surgery. Had another scan on 1/4 and the results were not as positive as hoped for but he could still return before the end of the season.
Ryan Fraser (Newcastle) – Hamstring injury Substituted in the match against Wolves on 8/4 after suffering a hamstring injury. A scan has revealed only a “small problem” but he faces a race against time to be fit before the end of the season.
Tino Livramento (Southampton) – Knee injury Taken off on a stretcher in the match against Brighton on 24/4 after suffering a serious knee injury.
Matt Doherty (Spurs) – Knock Took a knock to the knee in the match against Aston Villa on 9/4 and had to be substituted after an initial attempt to play on. Will be assessed to determine the extent of the problem. Rumoured to be out for the rest of the season.
Japhat Tanganga (Spurs) – Knee injury Missed the FA Cup tie against Brighton on 5/2 with a knee injury and has been sidelined since. Ruled out for the season on 18/3 after undergoing surgery. Should be back for the pre-season of 2022/23.
Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) – Knee injury Taken off against Liverpool on 7/11 after needing stitches to an eye wound but his manager also revealed after full-time that he had taken a knock. A scan later revealed that he had suffered an ACL injury.
Kurt Zouma (West Ham) – Ankle injury Limped out of West Ham’s match against Brentford on 10/4 with an ankle injury and has been sidelined since. Media reports suggest he could be out for the season but his manager refuses to put a timeframe on his recovery.
Issa Diop (West Ham) – Ankle injury Media reports on 19/4 suggest he could be out for the rest of the season with an ankle ligament issue.
Nelson Semado (Wolves) – Muscle injury Limped off in the Arsenal game on 24/2 with an apparent muscle issue and has been missing since. Ruled out for at least one month on 4/3.
Rueben Neves (Wolves) – Knee injury Suffered a knee ligament injury against Leeds on 18/3. Initially ruled out until May but will return to training in the week beginning 25/4.
Key FPL Bans
Craig Dawson (West Ham) – 1 Match Ban Sent off in the Chelsea game on 24/04.
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