We’re hoping to hear from 18 Premier League managers on Friday – and we’ll be bringing you the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) team news for Gameweek 12 as it arrives.
The headline updates from yesterday’s two press conferences, staged by the managers of Everton and Burnley, are also to be found at the foot of this piece.
Aston Villa’s Unai Emery is the only other Premier League boss not listed in the press conference time list below but we are hoping that there are some embargoed comments to come from last night’s post-Europa Conference League presser.
This is a ‘live’ article and will be updated as and when the press conferences are staged on Friday. Make sure to hit refresh for the latest injury updates.
FPL GAMEWEEK 12 TEAM NEWS: INJURY UPDATES
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Newcastle are into double figures for flagged players heading into Saturday’s match againt Bournemouth.
Harvey Barnes (toe), Jacob Murphy (shoulder), Elliot Anderson (back), Matt Targett (hamstring) and Dan Burn (back) are on the longer-term injury list, while Bruno Guimaraes is banned for Gameweek 12 and Sandro Tonali is serving a 10-month suspension.
Fringe players Javier Manquillo (groin) and Alex Murphy (hamstring) have similarly been sidelined for some time.
Sven Botman (knee) also remains out as Newcastle continue to keep an eye on his recovery, while Alexander Isak (groin) isn’t expected back before the November international break.
There was another possible addition to the injury list in midweek, with Callum Wilson substituted at half-time of the defeat to Borussia Dortmund because of hamstring tightness.
Howe gave an update on Botman, Isak and Wilson in Friday’s presser.
“That’s what he had, a tight hamstring. We’re doing various tests. He’s been called up for England so we’re waiting to see if he’ll be fit for this game and then make a decision after.
“We’re going to see how he arrives this morning.
“Gareth [Southgate] and England and ourselves will be in constant communication, as we are with all our international players, to make sure their welfare is thought about at all times.” – Eddie Howe on Callum Wilson
“Alex is doing well, he’s in the throes of building up his load and making sure he’s robust enough to return. Working on his fitness levels. I think his groin at the moment, touch wood, feels good. He’s on plan to return after the international break.
“No massive news regarding Sven, he’s progessing well. He’s been away in Holland getting specialist treatment there. I think he’s back here today, so I’ll have a chat with him and see how he’s getting on.” – Eddie Howe on Alexander Isak and Sven Botman
WEST HAM UNITED
Lucas Paqueta and Edson Alvarez return from suspension this weekend but West Ham United continue to monitor the fitness of Kurt Zouma (knee), who missed out in Gameweek 11.
David Moyes, delivering his press conference early on Friday morning, said it was too soon to make a call on Zouma’s fitness or to know about any other fresh concerns as the Hammers had only been in UEFA Europa League action some 12 hours earlier.
“I really don’t know [about any new injury concerns] yet! Your early press conference makes it really difficult for me to give you any update.
“We’ll have another look [at Zouma] this morning. As I said, not really had a chance to get in and assess and hear what the medical staff have said. Hopefully he’s making some progress and getting closer to playing.” – David Moyes
The Toffees are closer to getting Seamus Coleman back: the veteran full-back, who has recovered from a knee injury, featured for the under-21s last weekend in a bid to build match fitness.
Sean Dyche implied that the trip to Selhurst Park may come too soon, however.
“Seamus is still coming back to true fitness but he’s doing great. He’s put a lot of effort into getting back to real fitness levels and he’s desperate to get back involved, as you can imagine. But he’s been terrific since he’s been back amongst the group and that helps.” – Sean Dyche
Long-term absentees Dele Alli (hip) and Andre Gomes (calf) also remain out.
Amadou Onana (calf), Jarrad Branthwaite (knock) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (illness) have all trained are expected to be fit.
“We’ve got a couple of knocks with Amadou and Jarrad has got a bit of a knock but we’re not expecting too much drama. Doucs had a bit of sickness – but they’ve all been out on the grass today [Thursday], so we’re hopeful on them.
“I think [Onana] should be [available]. As I say, they’ve been out on the grass and as we know, we’ll see how it reacts tomorrow but he’s managed it well and done well to get through the games he did. Hopefully we’ve managed that well with him as well and it’s calmed down.” – Sean Dyche
Burnley confirmed on Thursday that Lyle Foster, who has been absent of late, was suffering with his mental health.
Aaron Ramsey (knock) has also been sidelined recently, although we didn’t get an update on him.
In better news, Manuel Benson (unspecified), Hjalmar Ekdal (knee) and Michael Obafemi (hamstring) all featured for the under-21s last Saturday. Of that trio, Ekdal seems to stand the best chance of being involved.
Josh Cullen also returns from a ban.