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GW33 team news: Midfield woes deepen

The Scout 6 Apr 2018
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan joins absentees to force FPL managers to market as The Scout looks at the Fantasy injury situation

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.8m) has provided Fantasy Premier League managers with another headache in midfield.

Forced off during Arsenal's 4-1 UEFA Europa League win over CSKA Moscow, the Armenian will miss the Gameweek 33 visit from Southampton.

His owners have been quick to seek a solution. More than 65,000 have sold the midfielder ahead of Saturday's 11:30 BST deadline.

Mkhitaryan is second only to Mohamed Salah (£10.7m) for sales over the last 24 hours.

His absence could promote Alex Iwobi (£5.1m) as a cut-price route into the Arsenal midfield for the season run-in.

Arsenal play twice in Gameweek 37 and only one of their remaining seven opponents score more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

The setback for Mkhitaryan compounds the current midfield dilemma for FPL managers.

Salah concerns

The availability of Salah is the biggest issue. The most-owned player in FPL remains a doubt for Saturday's early kick-off with Everton.

The Egyptian, who is owned by 61.8 per cent of managers, limped out of Liverpool's UEFA Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester City on Wednesday.

With the return leg on Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp could manage Salah's minutes at Goodison Park, if fit.

Dominic Solanke (£4.6m) and Danny Ings (£5.4m) are in line to benefit from any rotation in the Merseyside derby.

Ibe to take Stanislas spot

Another recent midfield favourite, Junior Stanislas (£6.0m), has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after a knee injury in the Gameweek 32 draw with Watford.

Jordon Ibe (£4.7m) could benefit from a continued run of starts, including this Saturday's visit from Crystal Palace.

The Cherries are one of only eight sides to play twice in Gameweek 34.

Ibe will face a trip to former club Liverpool and has Manchester United at home over those two fixtures.

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