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Injuries and suspensions update ahead of Game Week 26 – Reece James illness

Dream Team brings you all the latest injury, suspension and selection updates ahead of Game Week 26 in one easily digestible dose.

Martin Odegaard (£3.8m) skipped Arsenal’s Europa League first leg against Sporting CP with illness but it would be a surprise if the Gunners’ captain didn’t recover in time to face Fulham on Sunday.

Mikel Arteta also faces a headache at centre-forward with both Eddie Nkeitah (£3.4m) and Leandro Trossard (£3.8m) hampered by niggles.

Gabriel Jesus (£5.3m) isn’t far away from a return to first-team action but Game Week 26 comes too soon for him.

Marco Silva reported no fresh injury concerns but it’s worth noting that Joao Palhinha (£2.5m), arguably the Cottagers’ best player this season, has one game remaining on his suspension having being booked ten times in the Premier League this term.

Odegaard is one of the most-popular players in Dream Team

Odegaard is one of the most-popular players in Dream Team

Pep Guardiola provided a positive update on Phil Foden (£5.2m), who has claimed three Star Man awards in a row, telling reporters: “Apparently he’s okay, yeah.”

The Man City starlet picked up a foot problem but seems to have recovered in quick time.

Reece James’ (£5.6m) stop-start season continues to frustrate with the right-back ruled out of Chelsea’s visit to Leicester through illness.

Raheem Sterling (£4m) is also a doubt for the Blues and while N’Golo Kante (£2.8m) is close to a comeback, the Frenchman is more likely to target Game Week 27.

Diego Carlos (£2.8m) may return to Aston Villa’s squad for the first time in months following his serious Achilles injury.

Leander Dendoncker (£1m) is doubt for the Villains’ trip to West Ham while Philippe Coutinho (£1.7m) and Boubacar Kamara (£1.2m) are definitely unavailable.

As for the Hammers, Michail Antonio (£3.9m) and Lucas Paqueta (£2.8m) picked up minor issues during Thursday night’s Europa Conference League victory in Cyprus – it’s uncertain to what extent they’ll feature this weekend.

In more positive news, Maxwel Cornet (£2.3m) is fit and Lukasz Fabianski (£3m) has returned to training.

Reece James has come down with illness following Chelsea’s win over Borussia Dortmund

Reece James has come down with illness following Chelsea’s win over Borussia Dortmund

There were some worries among Brighton fans regarding Solly March’s (£3.5m) availability but the 28-year-old should feature at Elland Road on Saturday, weather permitting.

As for the hosts, both Luis Sinisterra (£2.8m) and top scorer Rodrigo (£4m) will be assessed having resumed full training this week.


Injuries: Gabriel Jesus, Mohamed Elneny, Leandro Trossard (doubt), Eddie Nketiah (doubt), Martin Odegaard (doubt), Kieran Tierney (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Diego Carlos, Philippe Coutinho, Leander Dendoncker, Boubacar Kamara,

Suspensions: None


Injuries: David Brooks, Lloyd Kelly, Jefferson Lerma (doubt), Illya Zabarnyi, Marcus Tavernier, Matias Vina, Hamed Troare

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Thomas Strakosha, Keane Lewis-Potter

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Jakub Moder, Levi Colwill, Adam Lallana, Tariq Lamptey (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: N’Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy, Armando Broja, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Mason Mount, Reece James, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Rahee, Sterling (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Nathan Ferguson, Sam Johnstone, Will Hughes (doubt)

Suspensions: Cheick Doucoure


Injuries: Nathan Patterson (doubt), Andros Townsend, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (doubt), Vitalli Mykolenko (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Neeskens Kebano, Tom Cairney, Layvin Kurzawa

Suspensions: Joao Palhinha


Injuries: Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw, Rodrigo (doubt), Luis Sinisterra (doubt), Patrick Bamford (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Ryan Bertrand, James Justin, Youri Tielemans, Victor Kristiansen, Jonny Evans (doubt), Harvey Barnes (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Luis Diaz, Arthur Melo, Thiago Alcantara, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: None

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Donny van de Beek, Christian Eriksen, Anthony Martial (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Emil Krath, Fabian Schar (doubt)

Suspensions: Joelinton


Injuries: Omar Richards, Moussa Niakhate (doubt), Dean Henderson, Taiwo Awoniyi, Cheikhou Kouyate (doubt), Giulian Biancone, Willy Boly, Scott McKenna

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Tino Livramento, Juan Larios, Carlos Alcaraz (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Hugo Lloris, Yves Bissouma, Ryan Sessegnon, Rodrigo Bentacur, Ivan Perisic (doubt), Emerson Royal (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Lukasz Fabianski, Vladimir Coufal, Lucas Paqueta (doubt), Michail Antonio (doubt)

Suspensions: None


Injuries: Chiquinho, Sasa Kalajdzic, Hwang Hee-chan (doubt), Diego Costa, Hugo Bueno

Suspensions: None