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FPL Injury Updates: Gameweek 6

by Andrew Gastelum
Updated On: October 23, 2020, 1:32 pm ET

Gameweek 6 is coming at us fast with one of those pesky Friday games, which means you have to set your lineup early. With that rushed timeframe in mind, here’s all of the injury news for Gameweek 6.

 

Aston Villa v. Leeds

Sure, Everton is top of the table, but Aston Villa may be the biggest surprise of the year so far sitting in second place with a game in hand. Part of that has been good news on the injury front, where nothing really changes for the Villains. Keinan Davis has a good chance to return from a calf problem after missing the last three games while Tom Heaton is hopeful to return next week.

Out: Hause, Heaton, Wesley

Doubtful: Davis

 

Meanwhile, Leeds have struggled with injuries this week starting with captain Liam Cooper, who shook off an injury to make the starting lineup on Monday only to reinjure himself in the warmup. He is a doubt while midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been ruled out for at least a month after suffering a shoulder injury.

Out: Forshaw, Llorente, Phillips,

Doubtful: Cooper

 

 

West Ham v. Man City

It looks like West Ham will once again have their full squad this weekend as they host a wounded Manchester City side. The only questions for the Hammers remain at forward. New signing Said Benrahma is still working up to match fitness but should be an option on the bench while manager David Moyes was confident that Michail Antonio and Sébastien Haller will shake off knocks.

Doubtful: Benrahma, Antonio, Haller

 

As usual, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is giving up no clues as to his injury report as he hinted that Kevin De Bruyne, Nathan Ake, Aymeric Laporte could be in contention, but didn’t say who exactly would be fit. Other than that, we know that Fernandinho is set to miss the next month due to an unspecified leg injury.

Out: Zinchenko, Jesus, Fernandinho, Mendy

Doubtful: De Bruyne, Ake, Laporte

 

Fulham v. Crystal Palace

Fulham are still sitting at the bottom of the table, but a draw with Sheffield United last weekend earned each team their first point of the season. Their man problem has been in defense, where they have given up 12 goals in five games, with Joachim Andersen, Terrence Kongolo, and Kenny Tete all out without a set timetable for a return.

Out: Tete, Kongolo, Andersen, Onomah, Seri (squad omission)

Doubtful: Reed

 

With the news that backup keeper Wayne Hennessey will likely be out until the New Year with a thigh injury, Crystal Palace made a shrewd move for lauded Stoke City keeper Jack Butland, only for the England international to test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival. Jordan Ayew also tested positive and will miss out while Gary Cahill sustained a shin injury that will keep him out of the trip across London.

Out: Butland, Ferguson, Wickham, Hennessey, McCarthy, Cahill, Ayew

 

 

Man United v. Chelsea

With Anthony Martial serving the second game in his suspension, it will be interesting to see if Edinson Cavani will make his debut after completing his quarantine against a familiar European opponent. Alex Telles should make his Premier League debut after impressing against Paris Saint-Germain this week while Eric Bailly will miss the next month with injury. Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood are doubts are missing out on the Paris trip.

Out: Romero (squad omission, Jones (squad omission), Martial (suspension), Bailly

Doubtful: Maguire, Greenwood, Cavani

 

Edouard Mendy is back after recording a clean sheet in Champions League against Sevilla this week, but it will be Willy Caballero backing him up after Kepa suffered a shoulder injury in training this week. Other than that, Billy Gilmour is the only other absence but is expected to return within by the next international break.

Out: Gilmour, Kepa

 

 

Liverpool v. Sheffield United

Liverpool were dealt a massive blow in last week’s Merseyside derby when Virgil Van Dijk suffered a torn ACL that could keep him out for the rest of the season. They lined up with Joe Gomez and Fabinho at center-back in the Champions League win over Ajax this week and could do the same against Sheffield United with Joel Matip listed as a doubt. The status of ThIago and Allison are up in the air with the goalkeeper much less likely to feature with an eye toward next week.

Out: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, van Dijk

Doubtful: Alisson, Matip, Keita, ThIago

 

Sheffield have gotten off to an incredible slow start with only one point from the first five games of the season, and things don’t look likely to get better any time soon with Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea next on the schedule. To make matters worse, Jack O’Connell looks lost for the season following knee surgery while John Fleck will be out until December with a back injury.

Out: O’Connell, Mousset, Fleck,

Doubtful: Lowe

 

 

Southampton v. Everton

After assisting in his second Southampton debut, Theo Walcott will not be available to face his parent-club Everton due to loan rules. However, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said he expects to have Stuart Armstrong back from his COVID-19 quarantine. Moussa Djenepo will continue to miss out with a hamstring injury.

Out: Salisu, Djenepo, Walcott (loan restriction), Gunn (loaned out)

Doubtful: Salisu, Armstrong

 

First-place Everton could have some trouble this weekend on the road against Southampton with a handful of big omissions. Seamus Coleman will miss out with a hamstring injury and Richarlison will miss the next three matches following his red card for a harsh tackle on ThIago in the Merseyside derby. But the big question mark is James Rodriguez, who every day looks more hopeful to play as he recovers from a knock. As of Friday, the Colombian was in training. Said Carlo Ancelotti: “James is not definitely out. He had a big hematoma and was not able to train until today [Friday]. "He is much better now and we have confidence that maybe he can play.”

Out: Kenny, Holgate, Branthwaite, Gbamin, Tosun, Coleman, Richarlison

Doubtful: Rodriguez

 

 

Wolves v. Newcastle

Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed that there are a few injury problems in the team but did not name them as the club have another day of training before Sunday’s match.

Out: Jonny

 

For Newcastle, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark continue to be doubts in defense, but the big question mark hanging over the team is starting keeper Karl Darlow. Darlow is second among all keepers in points on FPL.com despite only one clean sheet and leads the league in saves. But he’s currently a doubt after a collision over the weekend. If Darlow can’t go Newcastle will opt for third-choice keeper Mark Gillespie with Martin Dubravka still out.  

Out: Dubravka, Gayle, Ritchie, Atsu (squad omission), Aarons (squad omission)

Doubtful: Yedlin, Dummett, Matty Longstaff, Clark, Hayden, Darlow

 

Arsenal v. Leicester

The massive news coming out of North London this week was the omission of Mesut Ozil from the Premier League squad as the German international is the highest-paid player in Arsenal history. Mikel Arteta is currently waiting on the status of Willian and Dani Ceballos after the duo missed out on Thursday’s Europa League win, but new signing Thomas Partey looks likely to start.

Out: Smith-Rowe, Holding, Mari, Martinelli, Ozil (squad omission), Sokratis (squad omission)

Doubtful: Chambers, Ceballos, Willian, Nelson

 

Leicester looked like a shadow of themselves without Jamie Vardy last week in a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa and are still worrying over the talisman’s fitness as he continues to recover from a calf injury. Said manager Brendan Rodgers: “We’ll see how he is over the next couple of days and hopefully he can be available for the weekend. We’ll see about that in the next 48 hours.”

Out: Soyuncu, Pereira, Amartey, Benkovic, Ndidi,

Doubtful: Vardy

 

 

Brighton v. West Brom

Alireza Jahanbakhsh will continue to miss out for Brighton but Davy Propper and Christian Walton are pushing for a return to the team. The club will have to make do without captain Lewis Dunk after he was sent off with a red card last week and will serve a three-match ban, paving the way for Dan Burn and/or Joel Veltman.

Out: Jahanbakhsh, Andone, Izquierdo, Dunk (suspension)

Doubtful: Walton Propper, Lamptey, Connolly

 

West Brom will be without Hal Robson-Kanu for some time and loaned out Kenneth Zohore, but new signing Karlan Grant made his debut start last weekend and saw a goal wiped off for offside. Midfielder Sam Field is expected to miss the next month after sustaining a knee injury.

Out: Zohore (loaned out), Robson-Kanu, Field, Grosicki (squad omission)

Doubtful: Robinson, Grant

 

 

 

Burnley v. Spurs

All of Burnley’s worries come in defense against a Spurs side that has scored six goals in two games this week. Phil Bardsley won’t be available as he recovers from COVID-19 while Erik Pieters is a major doubt with a calf injury. However, Matt Lowton could make his first appearance this season after recovering from a knee injury.

Out: Mee, Cork, Peacock-Farrell, Bardsley

Doubtful: Lowton, Pieters

 

On Thursday, Gareth Bale received his first start for Spurs since arriving on loan from Real Madrid after making his second Premier League debut last weekend as a substitute. Eric Dier didn’t feature on Thursday and is a doubt due to a thigh injury, but has the weekend to recover before Monday night’s game.

Out: Tanganga, Rose (squad omission),

Doubtful: Dier