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Key FPL injuries and bans for Gameweek 26

For FPL managers the availability of their players, both in terms of 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 of the player circumstances ahead of the deadline.

Eight teams will play twice in Double Gameweek 26 making it all important for FPL managers. To ensure that managers can maximise their squads potential it is important to have the most update player availability information.

Here’s a rundown of the pre Gameweek 26 FPL injuries and bans as we know so far.


Players to monitor ahead of Gameweek 26


Bernd Leno (Arsenal)Illness Missed the match against Wolves on 10/02 after testing positive for Covid.

Tomiyasu (Takehiro) (Arsenal)Calf injury Ruled out for “a couple of weeks” on 23/1 with a recurrence of a calf injury.


Zanka (Brentford)Lack of match fitness Has partly returned to team training as of 10/1 after two months out with a hamstring problem.

Ivan Toney (Brentford)Calf injury Missed the match against Man City on 9/2 with a minor calf problem and faces a “race against time” for Gameweek 26. .

Christian Eriksen (Brentford) Lack of match fitness Not match-fit enough to feature against Man City on 9/2 after only recently returning to training. 


Wout Weghorst (Burnley)Leg injury Substituted with a leg injury on 13/2. His manager said afterwards that he was unsure of the severity of the issue

Charlie Taylor (Burnley)Foot injury It was revealed on 17/1 that he picked up a knock on his foot that would require a scan. Has been sidelined since. Remains “touch and go” for the Spurs game on 5/2.


Mason Mount (Chelsea)Ankle injury Substituted with an ankle ligament injury in the Club World Cup final on 12/2.


Damarai Gray (Everton)Hip injury Substituted with a hip injury in the match against Newcastle on 8/2 but his manager doesn’t think it is a serious issue.


James Justin (Leicester)Muscle injury Substituted with what looked to be a muscular injury on 13/2.


Patrick Bamford (Leeds)Foot injury It was reported on 20/1 that he had picked up a foot injury. Ruled out of the Newcastle game on 22/1. His manager said that he has his “doubts” over whether he’ll be able to return against Aston Villa on 9/2.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds)Knock Substituted with an injury in the match against Everton on 12/2. His manager said afterwards that he was unsure of the severity of the issue.


Divock Origi (Liverpool) Lack of match fitness Back in full team training for the first time on 3/2 after the best part of two months out with a knee injury

Man City

Jack Grealish (Man City)Shin injury Missed the Norwich game on 12/2 with a recurrence of an old shin problem but his manager hopes he’ll be back for the Champions League on 15/2.

Man United

Eric Bailey (Man United)Ankle injury Returned from international duty with a swollen ankle and won’t feature in the FA Cup against Middlesbrough on 4/2. No update provided since.


Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)Foot injury Substituted with a potential foot injury against Aston Villa on 13/2 and has now gone for a scan.


Jacob Sorensen (Norwich)Knee injury Suffered a knee ligament injury against Watford on 21/1. His manager said on 4/2 that he “won’t be out for too much longer” and that he was already running on the grass.


Nathan Redmond (Southampton)Ankle injury Missed the match against Spurs on 9/2 with an ankle knock.

Nathan Tella (Southampton)Groin Injury Missed the Man City game on 22/1 with a minor groin injury. His manager initially said that he would return after the winter break but he remains sidelined as of 3/2.


Eric Dier (Spurs) – Thigh injury.

Oliver Skipp (Spurs)Groin Injury Ruled out of the FA Cup tie against Brighton on 5/2 with a groin injury.

West Ham

Kurt Zouma (West Ham)Illness Pulled out of the match against Leicester on 13/2 with what his manager said was a stomach bug.


WIlly Boly (Wolves)Lack of match fitness Doing individual training as of 24/1 after recovering from a calf complaint but won’t be ready to feature in the FA Cup on 5/2.

Potential FPL options with longer term injuries

Aston Villa

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.


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.


Gudmundsson (Burnley) Illness Ruled out for “weeks” on 3/2 after it was revealed he had surgery following appendicitis.

Matej Vydra (Burnley)Hernia Ruled out for “weeks” on 3/2 after undergoing hernia surgery.


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

Reece James (Chelsea) – Limped off with a hamstring injury against Brighton on 29/12 and was later sighted on crutches. Still awaiting the results of a scan as of 31/12.

Crystal Palace

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.


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

Ben Godfrey (Everton)Hamstring injury

Yerry Mina (Everton)Thigh injury Sustained a thigh injury in the match against Newcastle on 8/2. Ruled out for 8-10 weeks.


Wesley Fofana (Leicester)Leg injury Suffered a broken leg and ligament damage in the pre-season game against Villarreal on 4/8 and faced a lengthy spell on the sidelines. A return to training on 14/2 is expected and a playing return by the end of the month is hoped for.

Timothy Castange (Leicester) Thigh injury Missed the FA Cup match against Watford on 8/1 after suffering a thigh injury. Has since undergone surgery and is ruled out for 8-9 weeks.

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

Johnny Evans (Leicester)Hamstring injury Sustained a hamstring injury in the match against Newcastle on 12/12 and has been sidelined since. Underwent surgery and was ruled out until April on 7/1. About six weeks away from a return as of 4/2.


Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)Hamstring injury Substituted in the match against Brentford on 5/12 with a hamstring injury and has been sidelined since. Ruled out until March on 31/12.

Man City

Jesus (Man City)Muscle injury His manager reported on 4/2 that he had returned from international duty with Brazil with “a little niggle”.


Matt Ritchie (Newcastle)Knee injury Was assessed for a “knee problem” ahead of the Leeds game on 22/1 and missed out. His manager said on 7/2 that he would be out “longer term”.

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.


Tim Krul (Norwich)Shoulder injury Sustained a shoulder problem in the match against Everton on 15/1 and has been sidelined since. Doing some “light handling work” as of 4/2 but will be out for another three weeks.

West Ham

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 and that he would be out or a lengthy period of time.

For more in-depth details on FPL injuries and bans, check out the Fantasy Football Scout website:


Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace) – Ineligible to face his parent club on 19/2.


Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa)2 Match Ban Suspended for two matches after being sent off for the second time this season on 9/2.

Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)1 Match Ban Suspended for one match after being sent off for two yellow card offences on 10/02

Check out the Fantasy Football Scout suspension tightrope. It will keep you up-to-date on which of your players are at risk of a ban:

For even more team news ahead of the deadline check out the Fantasy Football Scout Press Conference round-ups. They’ll provided the latest manager comments on FPL injuries and bans. You can find these on site and on twitter.

Throughout the week there will be articles on each of the Double Gameweek teams. You can read the first one on Leeds here – Best picks from Leeds for Double Gameweek 26.

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