The first international break is always the worst. Right when you are starting to find a groove with your FPL team and the early-season adjustments, the players head off and the transfer window shuts. Form goes out the window, so now it almost feels as if we’re about to commence another restart. That’s why this team news below is so important. Without further delay, here’s all of the injury news for Gameweek 5.
Everton v. Liverpool
The thing that makes Everton’s hot streak to the season even more impressive is that they got off to a perfect start despite all of the injuries in their team. Now they have their first real chance in 10 years to defeat rival Liverpool. To make things even rosier, Seamus Coleman, Allan, and André Gomes have all returned fit while Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina have shaken off knocks picked up over the international break. All eyes are on Goodison Park this weekend, without a doubt.
Out: Kenny, Holgate, Branthwaite, Gbamin, Tosun
Liverpool will have their captain Jordan Henderson back for the Merseyside derby after shaking off a knee injury to feature for England this week. Allison appears to be out for a while with a shoulder injury, although Jurgen Klopp said he’s making good progress. The big doubts remain Sadio Mané and Thiago Alcántara as the midfielders are in training after recovering from COVID-19, which has sidelined Naby Keita for the weekend.
Out: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Allison, Keita (COVID-19)
Doubtful: Tsimikas, Matip, Mane, ThIago
Chelsea v. Southampton
New signing Edouard Mendy will not have a chance to repeat his Gameweek 4 clean sheet as he’s been ruled out with a thigh injury. Frank Lampard said he has yet to decide whether Kepa or Willy Caballero will start at Stamford Bridge. Thiago Silva has also been ruled out after coming back from a long international trip to Brazil. But Hakim Ziyech looks set to make his Chelsea debut after finally shaking off a muscle injury.
Out: Gilmour, Mendy, Thiago Silva
Saints will be lacking both of their main playmakers in Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Djenepo due to illness and injury, while defender Mohammed Salisu won’t make his debut as he’s another week away from returning to fitness. In all likelihood, Theo Walcott will make his second debut for Southampton after arriving on loan from Everton.
Out: Salisu, Djenepo, Armstrong, Boufal (loaned out)
Manchester City v. Arsenal
Manchester City were dealt a massive blow when Kevin De Bruyne left international duty early due to a muscle injury. The Belgian has struggled to stay fit without a full preseason and is expected to miss a couple of weeks, starting with the Arsenal match. Gabriel Jesus remains out but there’s a small chance that Sergio Agüero makes his season debut after returning to training. Raheem Sterling was kept out of England’s game with Denmark this week as a precaution but Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo have both returned fully fit.
Out: Zinchenko, Jesus, De Bruyne
Doubtful: Gundogan, Sterling, Benabe, Aguero
Not only is this a massive spectacle following the Merseyside derby, and not only will it be fun to watch Mikel Arteta take on his mentor in Pep Guardiola, but we will probably also see the Arsenal debut of Thomas Partey. The other big news is the fitness of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who didn’t feature for Gabon due to an ankle injury but has returned to training. Kieran Tierney had a quarantine scare during the international break but has been cleared to play.
Out: Smith-Rowe, Mari, Martinelli
Doubtful: Chambers, Mustafi, Aubameyang, Nelson
Newcastle v. Manchester United
Newcastle will get a massive boost this weekend with the return of club captain Jamaal Lascelles, who missed the Burnley win with a hamstring injury. Fabian Schär also appears to be back, setting Steve Bruce’s defense in order for Manchester United’s visit. Allan Saint-Maximin signed a new contract this week but is still listed as a slight doubt due to a persistent ankle injury.
Out: Dubravka, Dummett, Gayle, Matty Longstaff, Ritchie, Clark
Doubtful: Saint-Maximin, Yedlin
We will have to wait to see the debut of Edinson Cavani as the Uruguayan still needs to complete his quarantine since signing on a free transfer last week. Anthony Martial will miss out as he serves the first of his three-game suspension for the red card in the Spurs loss. And Harry Maguire is a doubt for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after picking up a knock while with England this week.
Out: Romero, Tuanzebe, Jones, Martial, Cavani, Dalot (loaned out)
Sheffield United v. Fulham
The big cloud that hangs over Sheffield United is the status of John Egan, who is in quarantine after being exposed to an Ireland teammate who tested positive for COVID-19. I would imagine that Rhian Brewster would make his debut for the Blades after arriving in a club-record £23.5 million move. As usual, Chris Wilder kept all other injury news in house.
Out: O’Connell, Mousset
Doubtful: Egan, McGoldrick, Burke, Fleck
Fulham desperately needed help in defense and made a loan move for Lyon defender Joachim Andersen only for the Danish international to suffer an ankle injury with ligament damage. The injury is sure to rule him out for some time. However, Mario Lemina looks set to return after training with the club during the break.
Out: Tete, Andersen, Reed
Crystal Palace v. Brighton
Crystal Palace will be without James McCarthy and Wayne Hennessey after the duo came back from international duty with injuries while Connor Wickham suffered another injury setback. However, Roy Hodgson could be set for a massive boost in defense with Patrick Van Aanholt, Jeff Schlupp, Scott Dann, James Tomkins, and Gary Cahill all in training. The club signed Nathaniel Clyne on a free over the break and Michy Batshuayi is back after missing the match against parent-club Chelsea.
Out:, Ferguson, Wickham, Hennessey, McCarthy, Inniss (transfer out)
Doubtful: Dann, Woods, Tomkins, Cahill, van Aanholt, Schlupp,
Brighton will be hoping to have Aaron Connolly fit for the trip to Selhurst Park after coming back from international duty with a couple of knocks. Meanwhile, Tariq Lamptey is hoping to be involved after returning to training following a hamstring injury picked up in a loss to Everton.
Out: Walton, Andone, Izquierdo
Doubtful: Jahanbakhsh, Propper, Lamptey, Connolly
Spurs v. West Ham
Will we finally get to see Gareth Bale in a Spurs uniform again? It’s very likely given the month he’s had to build up fitness since arriving on loan from Real Madrid. José Mourinho confirmed that new signing Carlos Vinicius will be on the bench. Eric Dier is a new injury doubt after picking up a hamstring injury during the break. Giovani Lo Celso also looks unlikely to feature, although it is not considered a major issue.
Out: Sessegnon (loaned out)
Doubtful: Lo Celso, Tanganga, Dier, Bergwijn
For once, injury-plagued West Ham will have their entire squad to choose from with no injuries reported. Manager David Moyes and Issa Diop are both back from their COVID-19 recoveries while Ryan Fredericks has recovered from a hamstring problem. Moyes will also have the chance to play Craig Dawson, who arrived from Watford, and could have Said Benrahma who signed on loan from Brentford.
Out: Felipe Anderson (loaned out), Cullen (transfer out), Wilshere (released)
Leicester City v. Aston Villa
Leicester City will look to bounce back from their 3-0 loss to West Ham before the break but may have to do so without some major players. The biggest news is that Jamie Vardy needs a scan on his calf following the international break, putting his status up in the air. Çaglar Soyuncu has been ruled out for a few weeks with an abductor injury, Wilfried Ndidi remains out with a long-term injury, and Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan are both injury doubts, meaning that Wesley Fofana could see his first start. However, James Maddison looks available for Brendan Rodgers.
Out: Soyuncu, Pereira, Amartey, Benkovic, Ndidi, Silva (transfer out)
Doubtful: Evans, Morgan, Vardy, Praet, Gray
How can Aston Villa possibly follow up a 7-2 thrashing of defending champions Liverpool? Well, you can’t really, especially after an international break kills all of the momentum. Not much injury news released from Villa. Maybe we’ll see Wesley and Tom Heaton in the team after returning from long-term injuries, but that’s not a given.
Doubtful: Hause, Heaton, Wesley
West Brom v. Burnley
Kieran Gibbs will return for West Brom after having served his red-card suspension while a number on second-team players like Kamil Grosicki used the break to shake off fitness problems. We’ll see if Branislav Ivanovic finally makes his Premier League debut for the Baggies, but Slaven Bilic could have a selection headache with Hal Robson-Kanu out with a broken wrist and Callum Robinson uncertain having to quarantine after returning from Ireland duty. Charlie Austin, anyone?
Out: Zohore, Robson-Kanu
Doubtful: Robinson, Grant
Sean Dyche will continue to have to do without defenders in Ben Mee and Matt Lowton, but could get some help on the wing with Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jay Rodríguez pushing to be available as the Clarets look for their first win.
Out: Mee, Cork, Lowton
Doubtful: Gudmundsson, Peacock-Farrell, Rodriguez
Leeds v. Wolves
Club captain Liam Cooper will use the weekend to try to shake off a groin injury sustained while on international duty with Scotland while Diego Llorente will miss out. However, Pablo Hernandez looks set to be available after missing the last three matches with a groin problem.
Out: Forshaw, Llorente, Douglas (loaned out)
Doubtful: Casilla, Cooper
Wolves are mostly waiting on their cadre of Portuguese internationals to test negative following Cristiano Ronaldo’s positive test during the international break. In injury news, Fernando Marcal looks set to return from a hip injury