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.
Gameweek 25 is both a blank and double gameweek which adds to the complication for FPL managers. Both Chelsea and Arsenal assets will be unavailable as a result of Chelsea’s involvement in the Club World Cup. Brighton and Manchester United however will play twice.
Gameweek 24 saw the return of all players from the AFCON tournament, this will help managers to ensure a full team of players ahead of the deadline.
Here’s a rundown of the pre Gameweek 25 FPL injuries and bans as we know so far.
Players to monitor ahead of Gameweek 25
Tomiyasu (Takehiro) (Arsenal) – Calf injury Ruled out for “a couple of weeks” on 23/1 with a recurrence of a calf injury.
Emi Buendia (Aston Villa) – Knock Received a knock in the match against Leeds on 9/2 and is “very sore” but his manager hopes he’ll recover for the Newcastle game on 13/2.
Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) – Lack of match fitness Back in training as of 8/2 after over two months out with a thigh problem. Still 7-10 days away from a playing return.
Zanka (Brentford) – Lack of match fitness Has partly returned to team training as of 10/1 after two months out with a hamstring problem.
Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) – Illness
Vitaly Janelt (Brentford) – Abdominal injury Missed the match against Man City on 9/2 with an abdominal injury.
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” to be fit for the Southampton game on 12/2.
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.
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.
Maxwel Cornet (Burnley) – Knock Substituted with a knock in the match against Manchester United on 8/2.
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton) – Illness Missed both of Argentina’s matches during the winter international break after testing positive for Covid-19. His manager reported that he was still sidelined as of 3/2.
Leandro Trossard (Brighton) – Illness Missed the cup match against Spurs on 5/2 after testing positive for Covid-19.
Nathan Ferguson (Crystal Palace) – Hamstring injury Ruled out of the Norwich game on 9/2 with a supposedly minor injury. Media reports however suggest it’s a hamstring issue and a six-week absence.
Yerry Mina (Everton) – Thigh injury Will be assessed after limping off with a muscle injury in the match against Newcastle on 8/2.
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.
Mateusz Klich (Leeds) – Knock Was substituted soon after needing physio treatment in the match against Aston Villa on 9/2.
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.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – Muscle injury “A bit sore” after appearing to pick up an injury in the match against Liverpool on 28/12.
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
Jesus (Man City) – Muscle injury His manager reported on 4/2 that he had returned from international duty with Brazil with “a little niggle”.
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.
Fred (Man United) – Illness Will miss the Burnley match on 8/2 after testing positive for Covid-19. May also sit out the Southampton game on 12/2.
Kieran Trippier (Newcastle) – Calf injury Picked up a “slight calf issue” in the Everton game on 8/2.
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.
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.
Hwang Hee-Chan (Wolves) – Lack of match fitness Recovered from a muscle injury sustained on 15/12 and partly involved in team training. His manager said on 4/2 that he was “15 days” away from a comeback.
Potential FPL options with longer term injuries
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) – 2 Match Ban Suspended for two matches after being sent off for the second time this season on 9/2.
Neale over at Fantasy Football Scout has produced an excellent article summarising those players walking the suspension tightrope. The article can be read here.
The Fantasy Football Scout suspension tightrope 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 for the latest manager comments on FPL injuries and bans. You can find these on site and on twitter.