News Wrap – GW17

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Hello and welcome to another edition of the News Wrap. Last week was much better after the carnage we all shared in gameweek 16, let’s hope that continues again this weekend. There are some big games this weekend, let’s take a look at who is unavailable and who is making a return!


  • Edin Dzeko would have been on a high ahead of Manchester City’s game against Leicester City last weekend as the Bosnian was set to return from injury and set to return to the City starting XI. That high was cut short however as the striker re-injured himself in the warm up and is now set for a further stint on the sidelines. Pellegrini said that Dzeko would be out for “more than a couple of weeks” meaning he will miss the busy festive schedule. A return at the start of January is looking likely. Skipper Vincent Kompany will join Dzeko on the sidelines after the centre half re-strained his hamstring against Leicester. Pellegrini said it was “impossible” for either of Kompany or Dzeko to return this calendar year. Both set to return early January 2015. Stevan Jovetic is also set to be sidelined for “a few weeks” according to Pellegrini which only adds to City’s growing injury list. With AgueroDzeko and Jovetic all injured City are seriously struggling for options going forward. It has been suggested James Milner might be used in a more advanced position during this time so he might be worth a look at only 5.4m. Definitely a POD with only 1.9% ownership.
  • Manchester United have received a massive boost ahead of their trip to Aston Villa, with news that Angel Di Maria has returned to full training during the week. The Argentina Player Of The Year has missed United’s last three games but is finally set to return against Villa this weekend. Van Gaal has indicated his return will likely be from the bench but with Juan Mata in good form and Radamel Falcao returning to full fitness it will be interesting to see how Van Gaal selects his team over the coming weeks. A few selection issues going forward for United – if only they had an abundance of options defensively!!! Fellaini has been ruled out for United through illness. Should be available next weekend.
  • Southampton have suffered somewhat of an injury crisis ahead of their game against Everton this weekend with Dusan Tadic ruled out and Davis and Pelle major doubts. Koeman eluded to the fact that the hectic Christmas Period has a lot to do with the selection against Everton this weekend. Hopefully the trio will be available against Crystal Palace next week should they miss out against Everton.
  • Theo Walcott has been struggling with a groin injury in recent weeks, however the England International is finally set to return to the Arsenal line-up against Liverpool this weekend. He has only featured 23 minutes this season so there would be absolutely no chance of a return straight into the starting XI. Expect him to feature off the bench over the coming weeks. Wenger has said he has a “slight chance” against Liverpool this weekend. If not this weekend then hopefully the next. Will face a late fitness test along with Monreal and Oxlade-Chamberlain as to whether they face Liverpool this weekend.
  • Thibaut Courtois is “hopeful” of a return against Stoke City on Monday night after the Belgian was a late absentee against Hull City last weekend. The keeper did not feature in Chelsea’s Capital One Cup victory of Derby during the week however he is expecting to be available for the trip to the Britannia. Should be available. Kurt Zouma was stretchered off midway through the Derby game after a head clash, however it was only precautionary and the young centre half will be available for the trip to Stoke, should Mourinho see fit to start the Frenchman.
  • Kevin Mirallas was stretchered off in the dying stages of the game against QPR on Monday night in what looked like a serious ankle injury. The winger was sent for scans during the week and thankfully he has been cleared of any serious damage and is set to miss just one game – this weekend’s game against Southampton. Mirallas said when asked about the challenge, “I felt incredible pain in my ankle. I feared it was broke. I’ve been reassured and should be able to play on Saturday.” He has since been ruled out but it is somewhat good news for Everton that it is not overly serious as Mirallas has been in good form in recent weeks. Should return against Stoke next week.
  • Glen Johnson is set to face a month on the sidelines after the fullback limped off against Manchester United early in the first half last weekend with a groin issue. Scans have revealed he has suffered a torn groin which is set to sideline him for at least a month. Will miss Liverpool’s entire festive schedule and the start of January.

Team News:

  • After a lot of FPL managers experienced a barrage of suspended players thanks to the carnage of gameweek 16, they will be in better spirits this gameweek as all of those key players have served their respective suspensions. All of Fabregas, Chambers, FabianskiS.Taylor, Sissoko and Austin return for their teams this weekend after missing last weekends fixtures.
  • As always with good news it is seemingly quickly followed by some bad news. With the goods news that Fabregas, Chambers, Fabianski, S.Taylor, Sissoko and Austin will all be returning, some bad news quickly followed in that HuttonCleverley, Richardson, BalotelliSchneiderlinWanyama and Gardos will all be unavailable this weekend as they face respective suspensions. All these players have their suspensions inflicted due to an accumulation of yellow cards or a red card offence except for good old Mario Balotelli, who misses Liverpool’s game against Arsenal after receiving a ban and a fine for an ‘offensive Instagram post’…… Will return against Burnley next weekend….
Well that wraps up the latest injuries and team news ahead of a big gameweek 17. Feel free to post any last-minute selection queries in the comments below and I’ll be back next week for another edition, cheers!

27 comments on “News Wrap – GW17

  1. kingcolesy

    Good article nick.

    Had the c on downing, then swapped to Austin 🙂 stoked.

    Just checked, top 10k ave is 39.6 with 6.8 players with projected bps added. 50&8bps is looking good, 3 players to play!!!

    Also in big bash fantasy, that Madison bloke did well over hales hey!! Shame on hales! In horrible form.

    • tigermania78

      Great captains call colesy. I guess that’s why you are in the top 1000 and I languish at 200K. I too had the captain on downing, but followed the sheep and captained Sanchez. Didn’t have the balls to captain Austin, at least I have him.

    • nburk53 Post Author

      Cheers mate! Great change of heart you had! I wish I had the gonads to captain Downing but played it ‘safe’ and captained Rooney. God dammit Wayne.

        • nburk53 Post Author

          Yeah but its not that price range, its the ‘premium’ price. Scores of 2, 7, 3, 2, 2 & 0 in the past 6 aren’t screaming must have status like the start of the season.

          • Bio Eden Hazard

            Got him since the beginning of the year so for me he’s relatively cheap. I wanna get Silva in (never say never in this game) and I was wondering whether I should dump him or Boyd

  2. Hero

    Didn’t like Austin as captain after West Broms consecutive clean sheets so went Eriksen…. Cost me a heap. Having pants in goal made me feel a little better this morning

  3. Psycho.You.Reds

    I have dumped Siggy in favour of Silva, with Yaya dissapearing soon I think Silva seems to be the best Man City cover until they get some solid reliable strikers to pick. I also downgraded Van Persie for Falcao – is anyone else jumping on him? One goal this week but has the potential to be an animal!

    • kingcolesy

      I also did that. I was spurred on by the fact silva was going up in price, siggy down. And also I saw the mci game with silva always getting picked out for shots on the goal by his team mates. Also wanted more mci cover with this weeks trade. There’s nothing wrong with siggy tho, I watched his last game and it seemed he was bonys best buddy in linking up the assists. He is also cheaply priced.

    • nburk53 Post Author

      Falcao has two goals from two starts so if that’s anything to go by he’s looking good! Van Persie definitely suffered against Villa with the addition of Falcao so if it remains that way it could be a good move by you.

    • kingcolesy

      I think RVP but LVG’s a bit unpredictable at this stage. He’s got a couple defenders coming back from injury this week and has been running 3 at the back recently(with two wingers I think). ADM only got 30mins last game too, so he needs to take some minutes off someone.

    • nburk53 Post Author

      Against Villa RVP definitely suffered, mind you Rooney was pretty quiet as well. Falcao has two goals from two starts so we should probably give him a few more starts before we judge. Take into consideration that Untied played pretty poor against Villa so that may also be why both RVP & Rooney suffered. Definitely keep an eye on United over the coming weeks.

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