Each week Sean Sullivan provides you with a fitness update on all the key fantasy Premier League players ahead of the upcoming gameweek. Below you will find all the terminology needed to weigh the news and build your starting XI accordingly. The fantasy Premier League injury report is updated as close to publication time as news allows.

Out/Suspended – Player will not play
Questionable – Player has a 50% chance to play
GTD – Player is a game time decision (ie – late fitness check)
Best Available – Likely free agent replacements (ownership based on eight-team-or-deeper leagues)


Goalkeepers 

Tom Heaton, Burnley (GTD):  Heaton (illness) should be ready for Saturday’s match with Liverpool.  In the event Heaton is unable to recovery from an illness that kept him out last weekend, Paul Robinson will start in his place.

Best Available

Simon Mignolet, Liverpool (Ownership: 36 percent)

PPM: 4.72    

GW28: vs. Burnley 


Defenders

Curtis Davies, Hull City (Out):  The absence of Davies (hamstring) will continue this weekend, as the center back is unlikely to return to action until April.  With Michael Dawson (calf) also unavailable, Andrea Ranocchia and Harry Maguire will start in the central defense against Swansea City.

Tyrone Mings, Bournemouth (Suspended):  Mings has been handed a five-match ban by the FA for violent conduct after stomping on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s head during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last weekend.  Fortunately, Simon Francis (hamstring) is close to his return from injury and could be drafted back in the side for Saturday’s match against West Ham.

Winston Reid, West Ham (GTD):  Reid (leg) will need to pass a late fitness test in order to feature in Saturday’s match with Bournemouth.  Reid came off in the 64th minute of Monday’s defeat by Chelsea after several collisions, but did take part in a recovery training session on Wednesday.  Should he be ruled out for GW28, James Collins would be in line for a start at the Vitality Stadium.

Best Available

Andrea Ranocchia, Hull City (Ownership: 46 percent)

PPM: 9.8

GW28: vs. Swansea City

Joel Matip, Liverpool (Ownership: 39 percent)

PPM: 8.67

GW28: vs. Burnley

Martin Olsson, Swansea City (Ownership: 8 percent)

PPM: 8.79

GW28: @ Hull City


Midfielders

Johann Gudmundsson, Burnley (Out):  Gudmundsson (knee) has not played since early January and is in serious doubt for Burnley’s match against Liverpool.  While the 26-year-old appears to be on his way back to full fitness, Sean Dyche said the trip to Anfield is likely to come too soon for the winger.  The news tips George Boyd for another start on the right flank.

Joey Barton, Burnley (Out):  Barton (hamstring) suffered an injury that forced him off at the weekend but has bigger problems on the horizon, as the 34-year-old will attend a disciplinary hearing this week to answer a betting charge.  With his future up in the air, Ashley Westwood could be given more playing time for the rest of the term.

Andy Surman, Bournemouth (Suspended):  Surman was sent off against Manchester United after receiving a pair of yellow cards and will unavailable for GW28.  Without Surman for Saturday’s match against West Ham, Eddie Howe could pair Jack Wilshere or Dan Gosling alongside Harry Arter in central midfield.

Jordan Henderson, Liverpool (Doubtful):  Henderson (foot) is a major doubt for Sunday’s match against Burnley.  Henderson has missed the last two matches because of the injury he suffered in training two weeks ago.  With Henderson unlikely to be ready for this weekend, Emre Can could make his third successive start.

Evandro, Hull City (Questionable):  Evandro (calf) is struggling with a muscle strain and is in doubt for Saturday’s match against Swansea City.  The Brazilian hasn’t played since he picked up the injury during the loss to Arsenal on February 11th.  Kamil Grosicki and Lazar Markovic are expected to start on the wings in the relegation six-pointer at the KCOM Stadium.

Steven Defour, Burnley (Questionable):  Defour (thigh) has an outside chance of making his return from a hamstring injury this weekend.  Sean Dyche confirmed that Defour was fit last week but didn’t not feature as he needs to regain match fitness.  Coupled with the absence of Joey Barton, the omission of Defour could see Ashley Westwood recalled for GW28.

Jefferson Montero, Swansea City (GTD): After a two-month injury spell, Montero (hamstring) could make his return this weekend.  Montero has not played since December but took part in full training last week, and seems to be close to full fitness.  Meanwhile, central midfielder Ki Sung-yueng (knee) is also reportedly fit after missing the last four matches.

Matt Phillips, West Brom (GTD):  Phillips (hamstring) has missed the last two matches and will face a late fitness test ahead of GW28.  Phillip was a late scratch two weeks ago and failed a fitness test last weekend, but has a 75 percent of returning this weekend.  Chris Brunt and Nacer Chadli will start on the wings if Phillips is ruled out for Saturday’s match against Everton.

Best Available

Robbie Brady, Burnley (Ownership: 36 percent)

PPM: 9.88    

GW28: @ Liverpool 

Mark Noble, West Ham (Ownership: 32 percent)

PPM: 5.50    

GW28: @ Bournemouth

Kamil Grosicki, Hull City (Ownership: 11 percent)

PPM: 10.00    

GW28: vs. Swansea City


Forward

Dieumerci Mbokani, Hull City (Out):  Mbokani (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined for six weeks with an injury he sustained during GW26.  His extended absence means Oumar Niasse and Abel Hernandez will be in contention to start against Swansea City this weekend.

Diafra Sakho, West Ham (Out):  A long-term absentee, Sakho (back) could be reintroduced to full training in April.  Sakho underwent back surgery in December and still has a long way to go before being match fit.  However, the club’s medical staff confirmed this week the striker’s rehab progression is trending in the right direction.

Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool (Questionable):  Sturridge (hip) is in doubt for Sunday’s visit of Burnley.  The striker has missed the last matches, due to a virus and then a hip injury, and has yet to resume training.  Sturridge has found playtime difficult to come by this term, with Roberto Firmino, Phillipe Coutinho and Sadio Mane the first-choice attacking trio.

Best Available

Andre Gray, Burnley (Ownership: 42 percent)

PPM: 6.83

GW28: @ Liverpool 

Andre Ayew, West Ham (Ownership: 23 percent)

PPM: 12.00 (Last Two)    

GW28: @ Bournemouth