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)
David De Gea, Manchester United (GTD): De Gea missed the 3-0 victory over Sunderland with a hip problem but should be fit to face Chelsea on Saturday. If De Gea is ruled out Sergio Romero, who started at the weekend and in the Europa League on Thursday, will be the starter against the Blues.
Jack Butland, Stoke City (Out): Butland is very close to making his return to the first-team after a successful outing with the Potters’ U-23 side. While he isn’t quite ready to start, chances are high he will be back in contention soon. As for this weekend, Lee Grant is expected to start against Hull City.
Seamus Coleman, Everton (Out): Coleman suffered a broken leg while on international duty with Wales and won’t play again this season. Mason Holgate is expected to start at right-back for the remainder of the term.
Danny Rose, Tottenham (Out): Rose will start outdoor training next week and is on track for a return to first team training towards the end of the April. Ben Davies will hold the starting left-back role for the duration of Rose’s absence.
Winston Reid, West Ham (Out): Reid won’t be available for GW33 but is slated to return to training on Monday, according to Slaven Bilic. Bilic also confirmed that full-backs Aaron Cresswell and Sam Byram should be fit for the trip to Sunderland. As a result, the pair will team with Jose Fonte and James Collins to form the backline on Saturday.
Wes Morgan, Leicester City (Out): Morgan is expected to miss Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace as he struggles to overcome a back problem. Yohan Benalouane will deputize for Morgan until he returns.
Bryan Oviedo, Sunderland (Out): Oviedo was forced off with a hamstring injury during the defeat to Manchester United and has been ruled out for GW33. Javier Manquillo, who replaced Oviedo in the 38th minute at the weekend, will likely start at left-back against West Ham on Saturday.
Bacary Sagna, Manchester City (Out): Sagna will be sidelined for another 2-3 weeks due to a groin injury the full-back suffered prior to international break. Gael Clichy and Jesus Navas are expected to start at full-backs against Southampton on Saturday.
Miguel Britos, Watford (Suspended): Britos won’t be available for Saturday’s match against Swansea City as he serves the final game of a two-match ban. The absence of Britos adds to the defensive crisis plaguing Walter Mazzarri’s side, with Younes Kaboul ruled out and Sebastian Prodl in doubt. As a result, Craig Cathcart and Adrian Mariappa will likely be the center-back pairing for GW33.
Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal (Questionable): Koscielny is in doubt for the trip to Middlesbrough as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury. Although Arsene Wenger revealed that Koscielny’s absence will be much short than initially believed, it’s unclear whether or not the French international will be ready for this weekend. Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel will start at center-back if Koscielny is unavailable.
Harry Maguire, Hull City (GTD): Maguire could return to the starting XI for Saturday’s match against Stoke City after missing out through a minor knee injury last weekend. However, should Maguire fail a late fitness test, Andrea Ranocchia and Michael Dawson will start at center-back.
Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace (GTD): The full-back resumed full training this week and could return to the side for Saturday’s crucial run-in with Leicester City. However, the Eagles will likely be without out center-backs Scott Dann and James Tomkins.
Michail Antonio, West Ham (Out): Antonio will miss the remainder of the season after he suffered a significant hamstring injury during the home win over Swansea last weekend. The lose of the England international is huge blow for West Ham, who will be without Mark Noble for the next two matches through suspension. Andre Ayew is expected to take over Antonio’s role on the left flank, while Edimilson Fernandez could be drafted in for the duration without Noble.
Adam Lallana, Liverpool (Out): Jurgen Klopp has ruled Lallana and Jordan Henderson out of Sunday’s trip to West Brom and next weekend’s home game against Crystal Palace. Lallana, who missed the last three matches, is expected to return to training following the Crystal Palace match, while Henderson has not been given a time frame to return. As a result, Klopp will use Emre Can, Georginio and Lucas Leiva in central midfield. Meanwhile, the club will be without Sadio Mane for the remainder of the term.
Joe Allen, Stoke City (Out): Allen was forced off in the first-half of the 2-1 loss to Liverpool at the weekend with a thigh injury and won’t be available for Saturday’s match with Hull City. However, chances are high that he will miss just GW33. Geoff Cameron and Glenn Whelan are expected to operate in central midfield against the Tigers.
Jack Cork, Swansea City (Out): Cork sprained his ankle last weekend against West Ham and has been ruled out of Saturday’s match with Watford. His absence will open the door for either Jay Fulton or Leon Britton, who recently returned from a hamstring problem, to come into the side.
Sebastian Larsson, Sunderland (Suspended): Larsson will be unavailable for Saturday’s match against West Ham as he begins a three-match ban. The Swede saw a straight red after making a high boot challenge on Ander Herrera during the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United, and won’t be eligible to return until GW36. Darren Gibson and Fabio Borini will be in contention to replace Larsson while he serves his suspension.
Junior Stanislas, Bournemouth (GTD): Stanislas could make his first appearance since late January after recovering from a groin injury. The winger is expected to be included in the side for Saturday’s trip to Tottenham but won’t likely start, due to a lack of fitness. Meanwhile, the Cherries will be without central midfielder Andy Surman.
Steven Defour, Burnley (GTD): Defour will be available for Saturday’s match with Everton, having recovered from a knock that forced him to miss the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough. His return should see him feature off the bench, with Robbie Brady and George Boyd likely to start against the Toffees.
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United (Questionable): Rooney returned to training with the first-team this week but did not feature in their 1-1 Europa League draw with Anderlecht, which puts his availability in doubt for the clash with Chelsea. The captain has missed two of the last three matches with an ankle problem and is still experiencing pain, according to Jose Mourinho. Henrik Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard are expected to start at attacking midfield, playing in support of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Jonathan Walters, Stoke City (Questionable): Walters could miss out on Saturday’s match with Hull City due to a slight knee injury. The striker was replaced in the 68th minute of last weekend’s loss to Liverpool and is considered doubtful for GW33. If Walters is ruled out, Peter Crouch could start upfront alongside Sadio Berahino.
Manolo Gabbiadini, Southampton (GTD): Gabbiadini trained this week and is expected to feature in Saturday’s match with Manchester City. The Italian striker will be in contention to start after missing the last two matches with a groin injury, with Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez on the bench.
Dieumerci Mbokani, Hull City (GTD): Mbokani could return to the side for the first time since straining his hamstring during the 1-1 draw with Burnley in late February. The 31-year-old is expected to make the 18-man squad and feature off the bench, in relief of either Abel Hernandez or Oumar Niasse.