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FPL Injury Updates: Gameweek 4

by Andrew Gastelum
Updated On: October 3, 2020, 6:08 pm ET

Gameweek 4 arrives at a key turning point in the season—on Monday, the extended summer transfer window will end while the two-week international break will begin. That means that by Gameweek 5, squads could have an entirely different look. Just something to keep in mind when choosing your squads. Without further delay, here’s the team news.

 

 

Chelsea v. Crystal Palace

The big news for Chelsea is that their new No.10 Christian Pulisic has been passed fit from a hamstring injury. Manager Frank Lampard confirmed that the American international won’t start but will be in the squad to face Palace while Hakim Ziyech remains out until after the international break.

Out: Gilmour, Ziyech, Barkley (loaned out)

 

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson seemed to be in good spirits at his weekly prematch press conference with the news that Patrick Van Aanholt, James Tomkins, Scott Dann and Gary Cahill have all returned to training. However, Hodgson said that they are not expected to be available for the early kickoff. Jeff Schlupp is looking to return to training during the international break.  

Out: van Aanholt, Ferguson, Wickham, Schlupp, Batshuayi (loan restriction)

Doubtful: Dann, Woods, Tomkins, Cahill

 

 

Everton v. Brighton

Lots of new injury news coming out of Finch Farm ahead of the weekend. André Gomes and Moise Kean are not fit for the weekend but should be shortly. Jonjoe Kenny will miss the next month with an ankle injury. Allan will be out until after the international break with a groin problem. And Richarlison is a doubt for the weekend due to an ankle problem and will be a matchday decision.

Out: Gomes, Kenny, Allan, Holgate, Branthwaite, Gbamin, Tosun, Kean

Doubtful: Richarlison

 

Brighton are still awaiting news on Alireza Jahanbakhsh after the Iranian winger suffered a thigh injury in the League Cup earlier this week. Yves Bissouma is back from suspension but Davy Propper looks unlikely to be fit until after the international break, according to manager Graham Potter.  

Out: Walton, Andone, Izquierdo

Doubtful: Jahanbakhsh, Propper

 

 

Leeds v. Manchester City

After playing the full 90 minutes in each of the first three matches, Leeds won’t have Jack Harrison available since he is on loan from parent club Manchester City. Manager Marcelo Bielsa also confirmed that midfielder Pablo Hernandez will miss his third straight game due to a groin injury.

Out: Hernandez, Forshaw, Harrison (loan restriction)

Doubtful: Casilla

 

New £62 million signing Rúben Dias will be in Pep Guardiola’s squad after training twice with the club since his arrival from Benfica. Ilkay Gundogan has yet to train with the club following his quarantine and COVID-19 diagnosis. Guardiola said he’s hoping to have Gabriel Jesus back from a muscle injury after the upcoming international break. Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva are back after featuring in the League Cup this week.

Out: Aguero, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Jesus, Otamendi (transfer out)

 

Newcastle v. Burnley

Newcastle were hit with the news that winger Matt Ritchie will miss the next two to three months as he requires surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered against Spurs last weekend. Defenders Jamaal Lascelles, DeAndre Yedlin and Emil Krafth are immediate doubts, but Fabian Schär recovered from injury to feature as a substitute in midweek. Allan Saint-Maximin is also hoping to be in the squad to face Burnley.

Out: Dubravka, Dummett, Gayle, Matty Longstaff, Ritchie, Clark

Doubtful: Saint-Maximin, Lascelles, Krafth

 

Sean Dyche was happy to have both Ashley Barnes and James Tarkowski back in the team after the duo started against Manchester City in the League Cup this week. However, Matthew Lowton will be out after suffering an ankle injury in that game. Wingers Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both pushing to be fit for the trip to Tyneside.

Out: Mee, Cork, Lowton, Rodriguez

Doubtful: Gudmundsson, Brady

 

 

Leicester City v. West Ham

Leicester City fans may get their first look at Cengiz Under after the Turkish international was given the green light to complete his loan from Roma. Jamie Vardy appeared to be a doubt after limping off during the Manchester City match where he scored a hat-trick, but Brendan Rodgers has given him the all-clear along with Jonny Evans. Dennis Praet could also be involved as he tries to shake off a knee problem.  

Out: Ndidi, Pereira,

Doubtful: Fofana (international clearance), Praet, Gray

 

As manager David Moyes continues to recover from COVID-19, assistant Alan Irvine confirmed that Issa Diop and Josh Cullen are back with the team; however, he was unclear as to whether the duo will be back in the matchday team. The only certainty is that Ryan Fredericks will not fit to make the trip to Leicester.

Out: Fredericks

Doubtful: Diop, Cullen

 

 

Southampton v. West Brom

Saints fans were given excellent news with the return of Nathan Redmond. The midfielder was originally expected to miss weeks with an ankle injury but manager Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed Redmond will be in the squad this weekend: “Nathan is back in training and he’s an option for the weekend, either from the beginning or on the bench.”

Doubtful: Salisu

 

Branislav Ivanovic could be involved after not featuring against Chelsea. Filip Krovinovic looks unlikely as he builds up match fitness. Kieran Gibbs continues to miss out as he serves his red-card suspension.

Out: Gibbs (suspended), Zohore

Doubtful: Grosicki, Krovinovic, Hegazi

 

 

Arsenal v. Sheffield United

Cedric Soares is back after starting in the League Cup win over Liverpool this week. Sokratis is still considered a doubt but there is not much team news out at time of publishing considering Arsenal just played last night.

 

Out: Smith-Rowe, Mari, Mustafi, Chambers

Doubtful: Sokratis

 

Sheffield United were dealt a blow when defender Jack O’Connell went under the knife this week to repair a recurring knee injury. The versatile defender logged 2,915 minutes last season for the Blades and will now miss months as the club hope to have him back by the end of the season. In other news, John Egan returns from his suspension and is likely to start.

Out: O’Connell, Mousset

 

 

Wolves v. Fulham

After recording an assist in each of his first two games, Daniel Podence missed the loss to West Ham due to a shoulder injury. However, the Portuguese international looks hopeful to return to face Fulham this weekend. Marcal continues to be a doubt due to a calf injury.

Out: Jonny

Doubtful: Marcal, Podence

 

Ademola Lookman made his Fulham debut in the League Cup this week after arriving on loan from RB Leipzig and is expected to be in Scott Parker’s plans. Kenny Tete looks set to miss out due to a calf injury. Midfielders Harrison Reed and Mario Lemina are injury doubts after missing the last two weeks.

Out: Tete

Doubtful: Reed, Lemina

 

 

Manchester United v. Spurs

 

Besides longstanding injuries to Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones, Manchester United look to have a clean bill of health to face Spurs. Harry Maguire has recovered from a knock and Eric Bailly featured for the club in the League Cup, giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a variety of defenders to choose from to face Harry Kane.

Out: Romero, Tuanzebe, Jones, Pereira (loan out)

 

The news surrounding star winger Heung-Min Son seems to change by the day. Earlier this week, it appeared as though the South Korean international would miss months. Yesterday, manager José Mourinho said Son would be back after the international break. Now the former United manager refuses to rule Son out for the trip to Old Trafford. I guess we’ll know when we know. Otherwise, Giovani Lo Celso is a doubt after picking up a knock in Europa League play on Thursday where Dele Alli returned after his absence from the team sheet.

Out: Bale

Doubtful: Son, Lo Celso

 

 

Aston Villa v. Liverpool

Star midfielder Jack Grealish is back in training after picking up a knock and Dean Smith will hope to pair him with Ross Barkley, who recently arrived on loan from Chelsea. “Ross Barkley is in my thoughts,” Dean Smith told the Birmingham Mail. “The reason he’s come in is to play games. He thought he might not get the game time he desired at Chelsea. He wants to get the minutes.”

Out: Heaton, Engels, Wesley

Doubtful: Grealish, Hause

 

Thiago Alcántara was a surprise omission from the club last weekend until it was revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19. Konstantinos Tsimikas will be out until after the international break with a thigh injury. The big question mark for Liverpool is whether captain Jordan Henderson will be fit after recovering from a knock. Jurgen Klopp said he will assess the midfielder’s fitness tomorrow ahead of Sunday’s match.

Out: Henderson, Matip, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, ThIago

Doubtful: Henderson