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Many FPL managers will be selling Alexander-Arnold, Son and Salah this gameweek (Image: GETTY)

The Premier League is back tonight with Burnley vs Luton Town (7.45pm kick-off) and with it, Fantasy Premier League. The game-week 21 deadline is at 6.30pm this evening and managers are wrestling a series of big-name absentees going into the first full round of fixtures to take place in 2024. So who should you bring in for some of the players ruled out by injury and international duty? Express Sport helps you out…

Options to replace Alexander-Arnold

The highest-scoring defender in FPL, Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a knee injury in Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Arsenal. Jurgen Klopp’s No 2 Pep Lijnders confirmed he has “a little tear in the lateral ligament” which should rule him out for “probably three weeks”.

That means he will miss Liverpool’s trip to Bournemouth (Sun 21st) and will be touch and go for matches at home to Chelsea (Weds 31st) and Arsenal (Sun 4th Feb). Most managers are likely to hold on to the £8.5million Liverpudlian due to his immense attacking output (97 points total, two goals, four assists, 18 bonus points).

But for those looking to sell the stand-out replacements are…

Pervis Estupinan: The Brighton man has two goals in three matches since his return to fitness. The Colombian left-back is priced at £5m and has favourable fixtures in the next three (Wolves H, Luton A, Crystal Palace H). He has two goals and three assists in the league from just 630 minutes. Trent, by contrast, has racked up 1,498 and only has one assist more.

Pedro Porro: Tottenham’s Porro boasts 67 per cent ownership among FPL’s current top 10k. If you don’t own him already, the £5.8m Spaniard is a near must-own given the attacking numbers he posts up. He has seven assists already and a first league goal is coming soon. He scored a screamer in the FA Cup. After they play Manchester United away in GW21, Spurs take on Brentford (H), Everton (A), Brighton (H), Wolves (H), Chelsea (A). He could produce a huge haul in that spell.

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Pervis Estupinan is an exciting attacking option for FPL managers (Image: GETTY)

Kyle Walker: Manchester City have only kept one clean sheet in their last nine Premier League matches but have a nice run of games (Newcastle A, Burnley H, Brentford A, Everton H) and good underlying numbers. Their xGA (expected goals against) is the best in the league. Captain Walker, £5.4m, is the most nailed of the City backline. He doesn’t offer much hope of goals or assists but has started all their 19 league games so far.

Gabriel Magalhaes: Arsenal have the second-best xGA after City. They have not kept a shut-out in any of their last four matches across all competitions but in Gabriel (£5m) and William Saliba (£5.6m) have an excellent centre-back pairing. Arsenal’s next five fixtures read: Crystal Palace H, Nottingham Forest A, Liverpool H, West Ham A, Burnley A. They should pick up a few clean sheets in that run.

Alfie Doughty: Fancy a defensive differential? Luton wing-back Doughty has less than three per cent ownership but has averaged 6.6 points in their last five league games. That’s despite his side conceding 11 goals in that time and managing only one clean sheet. At £4.5m, Doughty is an interesting cheap option who enables you to upgrade elsewhere. And he has Burnley A, Brighton H, Newcastle A and Sheffield United H coming up. He also has the potential of two double gameweeks before GW29.

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West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen faces a few weeks out with injury (Image: GETTY)

Options to replace Salah, Son and Bowen

Mohamed Salah (156), Son Heung-min (136) and Jarrod Bowen (111) are the three highest-scoring midfielders in FPL this season. Only two others (Bukayo Saka with 107 and Hwang Hee-Chan with 100) have bridged the 100-point barrier. All three, though, are unavailable for GW21.

Egyptian Salah is at the Africa Cup of Nations while South Korea’s Son is at the Asian Cup. Both are likely to be unavailable again until mid-February. Bowen picked up an injury in the FA Cup. Rumours are that he will be out for three weeks but this news is as of yet unconfirmed.

So who are the best players to bring in if you have any of Salah, Son and Bowen and want to sell? Well…

Richarlison: Despite the loan signing of Timo Werner, Richarlison (£6.9m) looks the best way into the Spurs attack while Son’s away. The Brazilian has five goals in his last five games with an average return of 8.2 points per match in that run. He is likely to be the starting striker for their matches against Man Utd (A), Brentford (H), Everton (A) and Brighton (H) though long-term his minutes are less certain once Son returns.

Phil Foden: Man City wonderkid Foden, amazingly still just 23, is on a real hot streak of late. His last four matches in all comps have yielded four goals and two assists. Priced at an affordable £7.9m, Foden is currently City’s main creator. While Kevin De Bruyne is soon to return, the Belgian will be phased back into the team so Foden’s minutes should not be compromised too heavily in the coming weeks at least.

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Phil Foden is in excellent form for champions Man City (Image: GETTY)

Diogo Jota: Down as a midfielder, Jota could play as Liverpool’s No 9 in a few upcoming games. The £7.8m forward has 13 points from just 32 minutes since returning from injury with a goal in one match and two assists in the other. He also notched an assist off the bench in the FA Cup win over Arsenal. The Reds’ best finisher without Salah, Jota should be crucial until Salah returns and is owned by just four per cent of managers.

Bukayo Saka: Arsenal have toiled of late but Saka remains the No 1 man in their attack. He has six goals and eight assists this season despite the feeling his levels have dropped. If the Gunners are to get back to title-winning form in the New Year, Saka – now £9m – will be crucial. He will be a solid captaincy option at home to Crystal Palace in GW21 and then faces a leaky Forest after that.

Pascal Gross: Assuming you already own the essential Cole Palmer (£5.7m), perhaps the next best bargain midfielder is Brighton’s Gross. The German (£6.4m) has made himself a 90-minute man despite Roberto De Zebra’s rotation and has six attacking returns in his last eight games, plus seven bonus points. Using FPL’s fixture difficulty rating (1/5 is easy, 5/5 is hard), Brighton have seven 2/5 games in their next eight.

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