Now that the festive period is over, we begin the FPL nightmare that is a blank gameweek followed by a double gameweek. It seems like during a pandemic season, this may only be the beginning of the FPL chaos. Without further delay, here’s the injury news for Gameweek 18.
Sheffield United v. Newcastle
Sheffield United were hit hard by the coronavirus and injuries over the last week with Phil Jagielka, George Baldock, Enda Stevens, and Billy Sharp all missing out on the FA Cup while Lys Mousset was taken off with an injury. Manager Chris Wilder said he hopes to have them back for the club’s match against Tottenham this weekend, but the quintet is touch and go. Sharp and Jagielka were able to make the FA Cup squad so they seem to be less of a doubt.
Out: O’Connell, Berge, McBurnie
Doubtful: Jagielka, Sharp, Baldock, Stevens, Mousset
Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin is expected to continue to miss out due to complications from COVID-19; however, Newcastle saw their captain return to action in the FA Cup as Jamaal Lascelles played a half. It remains to be seen whether Jamal Lewis will be able to shake off a knock while Ryan Fraser could return from a groin injury that saw him miss the last three league games.
Doubtful: Fraser, Lewis
Burnley v. Manchester United
Charlie Taylor, Jay Rodríguez and Dwight McNeil are all doubts to face Manchester United due to injuries, but manager Sean Dyche said he expected to have four players who were in isolation back for Tuesday. Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Jimmy Dunne and Bailey Peacock-Farrell all double-tested negative and can technically be in the team, but their fitness levels are uncertain. There are no worries about Nick Pope after the goalkeeper sustained a minor ankle injury last week in training.
Doubtful: McNeil, Taylor, Rodriguez, Westwood, Brownhill, Dunne, Peacock-Farrell
Manchester United will be happy to have forward Edinson Cavani back from his three-match ban ahead of a busy week and that massive first-place showdown with Liverpool this weekend. Now United will be waiting on the status of Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly—all of whom are fighting off various minor injuries but trained on Monday.
Out: Jones, Rojo
Doubtful: Lindelof, Pogba, Shaw, Bailly
Wolves v. Everton
Patrick Cutrone and Morgan Gibbs-White returned from their loans and may be available as Daniel Podence and Raúl Jiménez will continue to miss out while Willy Boly is struggling with a hamstring injury.
Out: Jonny, Jimenez, Marcal, Podence, Boly
Everton won’t have their leading scorer in Dominic Calvert-Lewin available for the midweek trip to Wolves due to a minor hamstring injury that manager Carlo Ancelotti said he wanted to nurse so that it doesn’t become a bigger problem. The Toffees may also have to do without Richarlison as the forward will be a last-minute decision due to an undisclosed problem. However, James Rodriguez is back from a calf injury after returning in the FA Cup.
Out: Gbamin, Delph, Allan, Calvert-Lewin
Man City v. Brighton
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that the club will be without Aymeric Laporte for at least another week due to a hamstring injury he suffered against Arsenal last month. Raheem Sterling is expected to work his way back from a minor problem after being held out of the FA Cup while Sergio Agüero looks unlikely to be involved as he quarantines.
Doubtful: Garcia, Ake, Sterling, Torres, Aguero
Brighton manager Graham Potter said that he won’t have Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck, and Aaron Connolly available once again while Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Steven Alzate will need to be assessed. Tariq Lamptey remains out with a hamstring injury.
Out: Izquierdo, Lamptey, Lallana, Welbeck, Connolly
Doubtful: Jahanbakhsh, Alzate
Spurs v. Fulham
This was a last-minute fixture change due to the postponement of the Villa-Spurs match due to Villa’s COVID-19 outbreak. For Spurs, Gareth Bale is expected to miss out on a few more weeks while Carlos Vinicius and Lucas Moura are unexplained doubts.
Out: Lo Celso, Bale,
Doubtful: Hojbjerg, Vinicius, Moura
Kenny Tete is available for Fulham after missing the club’s last match due to the birth of his child. Meanwhile, Scott Parker will be back on the touchline following the club’s coronavirus outbreak that originally postponed this match at the end of December.
Arsenal v. Crystal Palace
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said he expected to have Thomas Partey back from his quarantine for Thursday’s match while Gabriel could also be available if he builds up enough fitness. But it looks like Gabriel Martinelli could miss some time after suffering an ankle injury that left the winger in a lot of pain,
Out: Kolasinac (loaned out), Saliba (loaned out)
Doubtful: Gabriel, Partey
Crystal Palace confirmed that defenders Gary Cahill, Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho will all need to be assessed following the FA Cup weekend while Jeff Schlupp looks the most likely to miss out after picking up a hamstring injury.
Out: Ferguson, Hennessey, Wickham, Kelly,
Doubtful: Cahill, Dann, Schlupp, Sakho