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GW28 team news: One in, one out for leaders?

The Scout 24 Feb 2018
Jesus and Sterling, Man City

The Scout looks at who is available and unavailable as FPL managers receive contrasting news on Sterling and Jesus

Raheem Sterling (£9.0m) is an early injury concern for Fantasy Premier League managers ahead of Gameweek 28.

Owned by 36.9%, Sterling is the second-most popular midfielder in FPL and has scored or assisted in eight of the last 11 Gameweeks.

He will be assessed for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Arsenal after sustaining a muscle problem.

However, the Gameweek 28 meeting at Emirates Stadium takes place on Thursday evening, which still gives Sterling time to recover should he miss Sunday.

Impact of Jesus return

Pep Guardiola’s options in attack could now be boosted after Gabriel Jesus (£9.9m) returned to training.

A comeback for the Brazilian would likely impact on the minutes of Sergio Aguero (£12.0m).

The Argentinian is the most-bought forward since producing four goals and a season-high 21 FPL points against Leicester City in Gameweek 27.

But having played 90 minutes in six successive Gameweeks, Guardiola could soon look to Jesus and rotate his two strikers.

Bailly to benefit from Jones? 

Manchester United are expected to be without defenders Phil Jones (£5.7m) and Marcos Rojo (£5.4m) for Chelsea’s visit to Old Trafford.

Jones has been a vital cog of a defence that has conceded only five home goals all season, fewer than any side.

But having missed the midweek UEFA Champions League draw at Sevilla, he has been sold by 121,000+ FPL managers ahead of Saturday’s 11:30 GMT deadline.

Jose Mourinho could now hand Eric Bailly (£6.0m) his first appearance since Gameweek 11 after the Ivorian’s recovery from injury.

Wilson-Defoe dilemma

Jermain Defoe’s (£7.6m) return to training for AFC Bournemouth may have repercussions for Callum Wilson’s (£6.0m) 9.9% owners.

Brought in by 326,000+ managers in the previous two Gameweeks, Wilson has started nine successive Gameweeks and returned four goals and two assists.

But, with Defoe in contention, Cherries manager Eddie Howe has a dilemma. When last available between Gameweeks 15-18, Defoe started three matches to Wilson’s one.

Kane given a boost

Harry Kane’s (£12.8m) quest for the Golden Boot could be helped by Crystal Palace’s mounting injury concerns.

With Martin Kelly (£4.2m), Joel Ward (£4.7m) and Mamadou Sakho (£4.7m) all sidelined for Tottenham Hotspur’s visit, Roy Hodgson is set to turn to either Damien Delaney (£4.2m) or Jairo Riedewald (£4.6m) to patch up his defence.

The top captain pick in six of the last eight Gameweeks, Kane's 12 away goals are more than any player. He also ranks top for shots (55), shots in the box (37) and shots on target (21) in away matches. 

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