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FPL Injury Update: Gameweek 19

by Andrew Gastelum
Updated On: January 16, 2021, 9:25 am ET

Without a doubt, Gameweek 19 is the biggest week of the FPL season yet; it may very well be the biggest week of the year with 11 teams playing a double gameweek. A quick note for readers: this article will only feature team news on the games leading up to Monday. Without further delay, here’s the injury news for Gameweek 19.

 

 

Aston Villa v. Everton

The match has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Aston Villa camp dating back to last week. Everton don’t play in this gameweek while Aston Villa will have two fixtures in this gameweek: Manchester City on Wednesday and Newcastle next Saturday.

 

Wolves v. West Brom

Nuno Espirito Santo appears to be thrilled to have Willy Boly back in the team after the defender recovered from a quad injury that has seen him miss the last five league matches. However, the manager said he is waiting on the status of Pedro Neto as the breakout midfielder picked up a knock against Everton this week. Adama Traoré is also in doubt due to a hamstring injury. On Neto: “He is doing well, so we'll decide tomorrow,” said Santo. “He had a big knock but is improving.”

Out: Jonny, Jimenez, Marcal, Podence

Doubtful: Traore, Neto

 

The club will continue to have to do without Conor Townsend while Sam Field suffered a setback in his return with the U23s. Meanwhile, Conor Gallagher will miss West Brom’s first match due to his fifth yellow card of the season. Hal Robson-Kanu is back in training and could come back into the team for the first time since Gameweek 10.  

Out: Gallagher (suspension), Grant, Austin (loaned out), Field, Townsend

Doubtful: Robson-Kanu,

 

Leeds v. Brighton

Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper are back to full fitness in defense but the only new news for Leeds is that Kalvin Phillips won’t be available for the Brighton match after earning his fifth booking of the season.

Out: Forshaw, Berardi, Koch, Phillips (suspension)

Doubtful: Klich

 

Brighton manager Graham Potter didn’t have much of an update from the midweek match. Nothing changes and no one returns outside of Yves Bissouma from suspension.  

Out: Izquierdo, Lamptey, Lallana, Welbeck, Connolly, Jahanbakhsh

Doubtful: Alzate

 

West Ham v. Burnley

West Ham will have to do without Fabián Balbuena due to his quarantine but Ryan Fredericks is available after his self-isolation. Meanwhile Issa Diop is hoping for a return while all signs point to Lukasz Fabianski being fit to regain his starting spot following a thigh injury.  

Out: Masuaku, Haller (transfer out), Balbuena

Doubtful: Diop

 

Burnley manager Sean Dyche confirmed that the squad is fit with Charlie Taylor as the only doubt after the fullback missed the loss to Manchester United due to a hamstring injury. Said Dyche: “The squad is coming back together now. I have remarked on that with the group, not just to the media. When they look around, all of a sudden there are some very good players around them who are fit.”

Out:

Doubtful: Taylor

 

Fulham v. Chelsea

Kenny Tete and Terence Kongolo are both back in the Fulham team while manager Scott Parker confirmed that Tom Cairney will not be available for the West London derby due to a knee injury. Aleksandar Mitrovic has returned to training following a knock in the FA Cup.

Out: Cairney

Doubtful: Mitrovic, Lemina

 

Chelsea could get a boost in defense with Reece James and Andreas Christensen returning to training; both are expected to be available to face Fulham. N’Golo Kante will not be available as he serves a one-game suspension.

Out: Kante (suspension)

Doubtful: James, Christensen

 

Leicester City v. Southampton

Leicester City confirmed that Dennis Praet is expected to miss the next three months after suffering a serious hamstring injury in the FA Cup. However, Jamie Vardy and James Maddison are expected to return after sitting out the FA Cup due to minor problems.

Out: Praet, Slimani (transfer out)

Doubtful: Under, Soyuncu, Pereira

 

Southampton will get some key players back with Alex McCarthy completing his quarantine while Che Adams is back from a concussion. Oriol Romeu and Nathan Redmond will continue to miss out along with Jannik Vestergaard, but the big news is that Danny Ings will not be available after testing positive for COVID-19.

Out: Vestergaard, Ings, Djenepo, Romeu, Redmond, Obafemi

Doubtful: Tella, Salisu

 

Sheffield United v. Spurs

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder confirmed that the club will be without seven players in total for the club’s match against Spurs but refused to name them. We know for sure that Sander Berge and Jack O’Connell will not be available, but a look to the doubtful list will show those who were not available for the midweek match and could give us a hint as to who is unavailable again.

Out: O’Connell, Berge,

Doubtful: Baldock, Stevens, McBurnie, Rodwell,

 

Spurs will have Steven Bergwijn back in the mix after his return from illness which makes Giovani Lo Celso the only player out with injury (a hamstring problem that will keep him out for a few weeks).

Out: Lo Celso,

Doubtful:

 

Liverpool v. Manchester United

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Naby Keita is not yet ready despite making significant progress, but he will have a decision to make on Joel Matip. “Joel is close. Does it now make sense to throw him into a game with one or two sessions, which he didn't do yet, but today and tomorrow he might be involved? To bring him [in], I don't know. We have to see, we have to decide, we have to look at him and how he will train, how he looks in training and these kind of things, but we have still different solutions.”

Out: van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Jota, Tsimikas, Keita

Doubtful: Matip

 

Manchester United will be waiting on the status of forward Anthony Martial ahead of the club’s first-place showdown with rival Liverpool. Martial, Nemanja Matic, and Victor Lindelof are all expected to face a fitness test on Saturday before Sunday’s match.

Out: Jones, Williams

Doubtful: Martial, Matic, Lindelof

 

Manchester City v. Crystal Palace

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that the club will be without defenders Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake as the duo is still not fit. Eric Garcia returns to the team following his quarantine but Sergio Agüero must continue his isolation.

Out: Laporte, Aguero, Ake

Doubtful:

 

Crystal Palace will have to do without Mamadou Sakho for a couple of weeks after suffering a thigh injury in the FA Cup. Meanwhile, Gary Cahill and Scott Dann will be pushing for a recall after returning to training.

Out: Ferguson, Hennessey, Wickham, Kelly, Sakho

Doubtful: Cahill, Dann, Schlupp,

 

 

Arsenal v. Newcastle

Arsenal won’t have Pablo Marí available due to a calf injury although Gabriel and Thomas Partey are expected to return with Gabriel Martinelli also pushing for a recall after returning to light training. The Gunners will be waiting on the status of Kieran Tierney as the Scottish international awaits a scan for a muscle injury.

Out: Mari

Doubtful: Gabriel, Partey, Tierney, Martinelli

 

COVID-19 continues to affect the Magpies as Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez are still struggling to come back due to the after-effects while Allan Saint-Maximin remains out. Ryan Fraser will miss Monday’s trip to the Emirates after picking up two yellow cards in two minutes last week.

Out: Saint-Maximin, Fraser (suspension)

Doubtful: Lascelles, Lewis, Shelvey, Fernandez