We’ve got another tantalising weekend of fantasy football fun upon us.
But as always, there’s a few injury concerns you need to be aware of ahead of Game Week 8.
Remember: Game Week 8 kicks off with Brighton’s game against Spurs at 12:30 on Saturday, so make sure any transfers you want/need to make have been done beforehand. Don’t get caught out!
Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne look’s certain to miss Man City’s game against Wolves on Sunday, after failing to recover from a groin strain.
The injury – which he picked up against Everton last weekend – already kept him out of the midweek Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb.
But don’t panic, though.
KDB’s absence was a common occurrence last season, as he spent a large chunk of the campaign on the sidelines with various knocks and niggles – but there’s little to suggest it’ll be the same story this time around.
Manager Pep Guardiola told journalists on Friday: “After the international break he will be ready. It is not a big problem.”
West Ham face a bit of a goalkeeping headache at the moment, as they’ll be without first-choice keeper Fabianski for at least three months after he suffered a painful-sounding hip muscle tear.
The Polish goalie has been one of the real success stories of fantasy football this season and is currently the third-best keeper on Dream Team with 24 points.
Fabianski’s spell in the treatment room means the fairly unknown Roberto Jimenez will be filling in for him between the sticks for the time being.
Liverpool were without their in-form centre-back Matip during week, and it showed.
A couple of defensive mishaps almost handed Salzburg a way back into their Champions League clash – before Mohamed Salah bagged the fourth goal in a swashbuckling 4-3 win.
And he’s still not quite ready to play, meaning the Reds will be without him for their game against Leicester this weekend.
“Joel looks good, but is not ready for tomorrow,” said Jurgen Klopp during his Friday press conference. There’s good news for Gareth Southgate though, as England defender Joe Gomez will likely start alongside Virgil van Dijk in central defence.
Wolves striker Jota is a major injury doubt for their daunting trip to Man City on Sunday, according to their manager.
Nuno Espirito Santo told journalists that the Portuguese hit-man is still nursing the foot problem that saw him miss the win over Watford last weekend, as well as the Europa League trip to Besiktas on Thursday.
Lingard could be seen hobbling off during the closing moments of Man United’s disappointing Europa League stalemate at Alkmaar on Thursday night.
The midfielder pulled his hamstring in the game and will “probably not” be available for the match against Newcastle this weekend, although he could feature against Liverpool in a couple of weeks time.
Wan-Bissaka has quickly become one of the first names on the team sheet at United.
But a recent bout of tonsillitis kept him out of the 1-1 draw against Arsenal last Monday, as well as the midweek bore-draw at Alkmaar, and will probably see him miss the trip to Newcastle at the weekend, too.
Leicester will desperately miss Madders this weekend if he’s unable to face table-toppers Liverpool.
The midfielder has been brilliant for the Foxes this term, but has missed their last two outings – wins against Luton and Newcastle – with an ankle injury.
Fantasy football fans will be praying he’s available for this one, and his chances actually look pretty good – with manager Brendan Rodgers saying on Thursday: “James is fine, he’s trained the last couple of days and he will be okay.”
Three-Oh is said to be ‘in contention’ to face Burnley at the weekend after being discharged from hospital after suffering a nasty head injury in Everton’s 3-1 defeat by Man City last time out.
Walcott was taken off the field on a stretcher after lengthy treatment, after blocking a cross from Raheem Sterling with his face.
Spurs have a number of problems at the moment and perhaps the least of them is Aurier’s availability for the game against Brighton on Saturday.
The maverick right-back is often seen as a bit of a liability in Mauricio Pochettino’s side, with his reckless red card at Southampton last week the latest example of his poor judgement.
He’ll be unavailable for the trip to the south coast, meaning Moussa Sissoko could be given another run-out at right-back.
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