Fantasy Premier League tips 2016/17: 11 Top players who might not play in GW1

first_img 3: Phil Jagielka (Everton) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Phil Jagielka has battled a hamstring problem throughout this pre-season and only played his first 45 minutes against Espanyol on Saturday. It’s up in the air as to whether he will be ready for Tottenham on the opening day. 11 1: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – The official FPL website does not class Dimitri Payet as lacking in match fitness, however having only just played his first 20 minutes in a pre-season game on Sunday, it seems unlikely he will start against Chelsea. This could all change though, so be sure to check nearer the time as we mentioned below! 11 11 11 9: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £9.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Ronald Koeman IS optimistic that Lukaku will overcome the heel injury which saw him limp off in Everton’s final pre-season friendly to face Tottenham in their season opener. Keep an eye on this one though, as Koeman was not conclusive and you don’t want to be left with a £9.0m striker who delivers you no points on the first week of the season! 11 4: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – £10.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Daniel Sturridge missed both of Liverpool’s final pre-season games with a hip injury and Jurgen Klopp has ‘no idea’ whether his star striker will be fit for the Arsenal game. It would probably be best to wait for further positive news before deciding to splash out £10.0m on this injury ravaged forward. 11 11 With the European Championship having taken place in the summer, many of this season’s Premier League players have not had perfect preparation ahead of the start of the new campaign.Some have picked up injuries during pre-season and some have simply not returned to their clubs in time to get match fit, we have picked out eleven top players who you should be sceptical about putting in your teams for gameweek one.Bear in mind this article is being written on Monday, August 8, so things may change and some players may be declared fit between now and next weekend.We strongly advise you take this article as advisory, but also use Google/Twitter searches to find out the latest on each player before the season starts!Check out which players you might need to avoid by clicking the right arrow above… 11: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £10.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – De Bruyne only played his first 30 minutes of pre-season against Arsenal on Sunday, so we would strongly advise checking the latest updates on him throughout this week if you’re planning on selecting the Belgian for your side. 11 11 11 5: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – New Saints boss Claude Puel said on Sunday that Ryan Bertrand ‘cannot play the next game’. The Southampton left back has been suffering with a knee injury in pre-season and will likely be replaced by Matt Targett or Sam McQueen. 10: Gabriel (Arsenal) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Things really aren’t looking great on the injury front for Arsenal ahead of the new season and Gabriel is the latest to have been ruled out of the season opener. After being carried off in their final pre-season game against Man City, Gabriel has been confirmed as likely to miss the Liverpool game by Wenger. 11 2: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Arsene Wenger confirmed after Arsenal’s 8-0 win over Viking on Friday that their opener against Liverpool would ‘come too early’ for Mesut Ozil following his late return from the Euros. 6: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – £6.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – As well as Mesut Ozil, Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday that, having played the Euro 2016 final, Laurent Koscielny is not yet ready to play against Liverpool in their first match of the new campaign. 7: Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – According to the FPL website, Ilkay Gundogan will be out until mid-September with a knee injury. He may turn out to be a bargain once he gets going, but for now City’s new man should be kept out of your teams. 8: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – £9.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – When Arsene Wenger spoke to confirm Mesut Ozil’s and Laurent Koscielny’s absence from his team’s game on the opening weekend of the season, he also declared Giroud as not yet ready to play due to his involvement in the latter stages of the Euros. last_img

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