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FPL Injury Update: Gameweek 21

by Andrew Gastelum
Updated On: January 29, 2021, 4:17 pm ET

It’s another quick turnaround so I’ll try to keep things brief ahead of a full weekend and a midweek fixture list.  Depending on how many press conferences we get before Gameweek 22 on Tuesday, I may not be able to get another full injury update before then so let’s consider this a double update. Without further delay, here’s the injury news for Gameweek 21 and potentially 22.



Everton v. Newcastle

Everton will have Abdoulaye Doucouré back in midfield following his suspension, and should get a massive midfield boost in the next week with Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Allan expected to return from long-term injuries while Fabian Delph has already returned to training. Manager Carlo Ancelotti also hinted that he may rest goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, giving Robin Olsen a chance in goal.

Out: Gbamin, Allan, Nkounkou,

Doubtful: Delph


Newcastle will hope to have Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett back from injury after the duo returned to training, but they may have to wait until midweek. DeAndre Yedlin’s visa problems have been cleared up but NBC Sports is reporting that he is close to completing a move to Galatasaray.  

Out: Fernandez,

Doubtful: Clark, Dummett, Schar


Crystal Palace v. Wolves

Crystal Palace fans could get their first look at their new signing in on-loan Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta after he was given international clearance this week. However, the club will still be without James Tomkins due to an eye injury.

Out: Ferguson, Hennessey, Wickham, Kelly, Sakho, Tomkins, Schlupp,



Morgan Gibbs-White is back with the team after completing his isolation following a bout with COVID-19. Rayan Ait-Nouri won’t be involved after being subbed off in midweek with a hip injury.

Out: Jonny, Jimenez, Marcal, Ait-Nouri




Man City v. Sheffield United

No new injury news for Manchester City as Sergio Agüero has yet to test negative for the coronavirus and Nathan Ake still recovering from an injury that has kept him out since Boxing Day.

Out: Aguero, De Bruyne, Ake



Oli McBurnie, Enda Stevens, and Ben Osborn all look unlikely to be available for the trip to the Etihad due to various injuries. The good news is that John Egan will be back in the team after serving his one-game ban.


Doubtful: McBurnie, Stevens, Robinson, Osborn


West Brom v. Fulham

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce said he is expecting to have both Robert Snodgrass and Grady Diangana back in midfield to face Fulham in their relegation battle on Saturday. Diangana has been out since the beginning of January due to a hamstring injury but is back in training.  

Out: Field

Doubtful, Diangana, Snodgrass


No new injury news on Fulham’s end with Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo still out. However, Antonee Robinson is back from suspension and expected to slot back in at left-back for the Cottagers.

Out: Cairney, Kongolo, Robinson (suspension)

Doubtful: Mitrovic, Lemina



Arsenal v. Man Utd

Arsenal have not revealed much about the status of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Gunners star revealed that he missed the last two games to tend to his sick mother. Meanwhile, manager Mikel Arteta will be hoping to have midfielders Thomas Partey and Emile Smith-Rowe available while Martin Odegaard could make his debut since arriving on loan this week.


Doubtful: Tierney, Aubameyang, Ceballos, Mari, Partey, Smith-Rowe


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Fred and Luke Shaw were rested in midweek. He also said he expects to have Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly available for the trip to the Emirates after the duo overcame minor injuries.  “They’re okay. They should both be travelling down. We’re still a good group all working together. Once in a while, we just hit a low like we did on Wednesday, but we’re good to go again.”

Out: Williams, Jones

Doubtful: Martial, Bailly


Southampton v. Aston Villa

Great news for Saints as Oriol Romeu, Moussa Djenepo, and Nathan Redmond have all overcome injuries and are expected to be in the team for the weekend. Ryan Bertrand also returns after serving a one-game suspension but Jannik Vestergaard and Kyle Walker-Peters will miss out once again.

Out: Vestergaard, Walker-Peters, Smallbone

Doubtful: Tella, Salisu


Manager Dean Smith said the club is waiting on scans to come back for Kortney Hause following his foot injury that has kept him out of the last four games. He also confirmed that new signing Morgan Sanson will be in the team and could make his debut this weekend after arriving from Marseille.

Out: Hause, Wesley




Chelsea v. Burnley

Things were up in the air for Thomas Tuchel’s first appearance as Chelsea manager, but it looks like the German will have a full squad to choose from as N’Golo Kante has fully recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out for much of this month.




Josh Brownhill, Charlie Taylor, and Ashley Barnes have all participated in training after missing out on the midweek action, but manager Sean Dyche refused to commit to playing them unless they are fully fit, which he did not specify.


Doubtful: Taylor, Brownhill, Barnes,


Leicester City v. Leeds

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said he hopes to have Jamie Vardy back with the team in a week as he remains on track from his hernia operation. However, Leicester City added Wilfried Ndidi to their injury list after the midfielder was withdrawn in midweek with a hamstring injury that will rule him up for the next 10 days.

Out: Praet, Vardy, Morgan, Praet, Ndidi



It was a short first start for Diego Llorente this week against Newcastle as the Spaniard lasted only 10 minutes before being subbed off with a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out for a month. Other than that, there’s no other injuries for Leeds.

Out: Forshaw, Koch, Berardi, Grot, Llorente



West Ham v. Liverpool

Once again, West Ham don’t have any new injury complaints. Only Arthur Masuaku remains out as he recovers from knee surgery.

Out: Masuaku,

Doubtful: Randolph


Liverpool’s center-back issues continue to mount as they’ll be without their top four options at the position this weekend. Joel Matip was subbed off in Thursday’s win over Spurs with an ankle injury while Fabinho will continue to miss out with a muscle problem. That likely leaves Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Phillips in the center of defense against West Ham.

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

Doubtful: Henderson


Brighton v. Spurs

Brighton manager Graham Potter confirmed that Tariq Lamptey will need at least two more weeks to recover from a hamstring injury that has already ruled him out for the last seven league matches. Danny Welbeck also remains out along with Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Out: Izquierdo, Lamptey, Welbeck, Jahanbakhsh



The bad news for Tottenham is that the club will be without star forward Harry Kane for a couple of weeks after he was subbed off at half-time in the loss to Liverpool with injuries to both ankles. Sergio Reguilón will also miss out along with Dele Alli, who is injured and moving closer to a loan to Paris Saint-Germain.

Out: Lo Celso, Reguilon, Kane, Alli