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Injury and suspension update ahead of Game Week 36 – Laporte 50/50

Dream Team brings you all the latest injury and suspension news ahead of Game Week 36 in one easily digestible dose.

First and foremost, updates ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool.

In regards to Mateo Kovacic (£1.8m), Thomas Tuchel told reporters: “There is no new injury but heavy pain and was heavily swollen. We’re hoping that maybe time is enough, that he makes it. We will try in training and then we will know more about it.”

N’Golo Kante (£2.3m) also has an outside chance of playing some part at Wembley having ‘trained more of less everything’ on Thursday.

As for the Reds, Jurgen Klopp revealed that Fabinho (£3.1m) will ‘definitely be back for the Champions League final’ but whether he will be available prior to the showdown with Real Madrid remains to be seen.

Kovacic was hurt by James, who was dismissed for the challenge

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Kovacic was hurt by James, who was dismissed for the challenge

Dan James (£1.3m) joins Luke Ayling (£1.2m) on the suspended list with Leeds fighting for their Premier League status.

The Welshman was sent off for a nasty challenge against Chelsea in midweek.

In terms of injury news from Elland Road ahead of Brighton’s visit on Sunday, Jesse Marsch said: “Jack Harrison, with the contusion, looks positive, like he should be in training tomorrow. Raphinha is fine. Patrick Bamford, it’s a little bit too early to tell where he’s at.”

Graham Potter expects to have the same squad available that conquered Man United last weekend.

Craig Dawson (£3.2m) and Michail Antonio (£3.5m) both trained today and should be fit enough to face Man City on Sunday if selected.

However, there is a question mark over Said Benrahma (£2.9m) – West Ham’s No22 has only done some ‘light jogging’.

City’s injury crisis in defence may have worsened with Aymeric Laporte (£5.4m) undergoing treatment after being forced off in the second half against Wolves on Wednesday night.

Pep Guardiola and his coaches will make a decision after the Spain international has trained on Saturday.

Jacob Ramsey (£2.4m) has regained fitness but Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins (£3.6m) hasn’t trained all week.

However, Steven Gerrard refused to rule the striker out of contention for Crystal Palace’s visit to Villa Park this weekend.

Laporte would be a big miss for Man City at West Ham

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Laporte would be a big miss for Man City at West Ham

Arsenal

Injured: Kieran Tierney, Thomas Partey

Suspended: Rob Holding

Aston Villa

Injured: Kourtney Hause, Leon Bailey, Ollie Watkins (doubt)

Suspended: None

Brentford

Injured: Ethan Pinnock, Sergi Canos, Frank Onyenka, Zanka, Saman Ghoddos

Suspended: None

Brighton

Injured: Jakub Moder, Jermey Sarmiento, Enock Mwepu

Suspended: None

Burnley

Injured: Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood, James Tarkowski (doubt), Ben Mee, Jay Rodriguez, Matej Vydra

Suspended: None

Chelsea

Injured: Ben Chilwell, Mateo Kovacic (doubt), Callum Hudson-Odoi, N’Golo Kante (doubt)

Suspended: None

Crystal Palace

Injured: Nathan Ferguson, James McArthur

Suspended: None

Everton

Injured: Nathan Patterson, Andros Townsend, Donny van de Beek (doubt), Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey (doubt)

Suspended: None

Leeds

Injured: Patrick Bamford, Tyler Roberts, Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville, Jack Harrison (doubt), Stuart Dallas

Suspended: Luke Ayling, Dan James

Leicester

Injured: Wilfred Ndidi, Ricrado Pereira, Ryan Bertrand

Suspended: None

Liverpool

Injured: Fabinho

Suspended: None

Man City

Injured: Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte (doubt), Fernandinho (doubt)

Suspended: None

Man United

Injured: Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly (doubt), Luke Shaw, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford

Suspended: None

Newcastle

Injured: Jonjo Shelvey, Federico Fernandez, Ryan Fraser (doubt), Joe Willock

Suspended: None

Norwich

Injured: Andrew Omobamidele, Adam Idah, Josh Sargent, Ozan Kabak, Chritoph Zimmermann, Mathias Normann, Kenny McLean

Suspended: None

Southampton

Injured: Tino Livramento

Suspended: None

Spurs

Injured: Oliver Skipp, Japhet Tanganga, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Cristian Romero

Suspended: None

Watford

Injured: Francisco Sierralta, Samuel Kalu, Cucho Hernandez, Juraj Kucka, Emmanuel Dennis, Ismaila Sarr, Josh King (doubt), Kiko Femenia (doubt), Imran Louza, Shaqai Forde

Suspended: None

West Ham

Injured: Angelo Ogbonna, Said Benrahma (doubt), Craig Dawson (doubt), Michail Antonio (doubt)

Suspended: None

Wolves

Injured: Nelson Semedo, Max Kilman, Daniel Podence (doubt), Romain Saiss

Suspended: None