Team News

The FPL Gameweek 1 team news and injury updates

After rounding up Thursday’s nine press conferences in an article posted yesterday evening, we now turn our attention to the 11 remaining pressers that were held on Friday.

Pep Guardiola confirmed that Leroy Sane (knee) would be missing for up to seven months, with the German winger having limped off in the Community Shield last weekend.

Guardiola said:

Normally this kind of injury, six or seven months. Hopefully in February or March, he can come back with us.

The city boss also ruled out Joao Cancelo (match fitness) but Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez look set to feature.

Cancelo’s arrival may affect Kyle Walker‘s security of starts at right-back, although Guardiola also sounded a warning about the new signing’s versatility:

I think for Kyle it’s important to have good competition. Both have to fight for the same position. Cancelo can play on the left as well.

Across Manchester, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer passed Paul Pogba (back) fit.

The Norwegian said:

Paul joined in, actually, the day after [the AC Milan match]. I wasn’t going to risk him, travelling down with the flight, but he joined in the game against Blackburn the day after, behind closed doors here. He is available.

All of the boys are fit. It was always our aim to get to the starting line with as many players as fit as possible. Of course, Eric’s injury is bad news but the rest of them are available.

On the subject of Mason Greenwood, Solskjaer added:

I believe that Mason’s going to be playing and involved a lot, and, when he is, he’ll score goals.

United face Chelsea this weekend, with Frank Lampard providing the following update:

We have Kante fit as in he’s fit – is he match-fit is a question I will have to decide. Willian is working to be fit, it’s probably come slightly too soon for him. Possibly Rudiger the same but he has been training with us for a few days.

A Spurs injury bulletin earlier today confirmed that Dele Alli (hamstring) is unavailable for the visit of Aston Villa and joins Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring), Son Heung-min (suspended) and Juan Foyth (suspended/injured) on the sidelines.

Ben Davies looks unlikely to feature having only just returned to training following a groin problem but Serge Aurier (hand), Victor Wanyama (knee) and Eric Dier (unspecified) are all back in training.

Arsenal issued their own medical update, stating Nicolas Pepe (match fitness), Alexandre Lacazette (ankle) and Mohamed Elneny (match fitness) would require a fitness test ahead of Sunday’s trip to Newcastle.

Emery said:

We are going to start Sunday with players who I am very convinced can perform now at 100 per cent. For some, that’s impossible for them to achieve that performance for us because they arrived later or started training with us after injuries.

Lacazette for example trained yesterday and today but I don’t know now about Sunday. Tomorrow we are going to check whether he can play or not. The same is with Pepe, he’s been working with us for one week.

New signing Kieran Tierney (groin) is out for four to six weeks but David Luiz has trained and could make his debut on Tyneside.

Andy Carroll (match fitness) won’t be ready to feature against the Gunners and is set to remain sidelined for at least two or three weeks, while Florian Lejeune (knee) and DeAndre Yedlin (groin) are long-term absentees.

Steve Bruce also reported “one or two little injuries” in Friday’s presser, which could include Matt Ritchie (hamstring).

Eddie Howe said of Bournemouth’s injury situation:

The long-termers are still out and obviously the fresh ones we have: David Brooks, Lloyd Kelly and Dan Gosling.

On Kelly, Howe added:

Hopefully it’s not long term and he’ll be back in weeks, not months.

Howe also passed Charlie Daniels and Steve Cook fit, saying:

I’d say they’re fully fit, I’d have no problem with playing either player. They’ve been out for a long period of time but have come back very, very good.

James Tomkins (groin), Mamadou Sakho (match fitness) and Jeffrey Schlupp (unspecified) will all miss Crystal Palace’s match against Everton but Roy Hodgson said the late-returning contingent from the Africa Cup of Nations – notably Wilfried Zaha – are all available for selection.

Zaha, indeed, will be considered for a start.

Fabian Delph (groin) will miss out for the Toffees but Leighton Baines (unspecified) has returned to training and a late decision will be made on his involvement.

Marco Silva said of new recruit Alex Iwobi, meanwhile:

The position we are looking to him is clear, coming from the left, he can play behind the striker really well. If you need to play him on the right he can do also, but we are looking for him coming from the left and behind the striker.

Brendan Rodgers didn’t report any significant fitness concerns in his pre-match press conference on Friday and said that Wilfred Ndidi will be in the squad this weekend, following a late return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

On new signing Dennis Praet, Rodgers said:

I felt that we had a lot of defensive midfield players. In terms of offensive midfielders we probably only had one of those, in Youri Tielemans. I always felt at the end of last season that we needed two.

Rodgers suggested that Praet may need some adjustment time, however.

Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez returned from injury in the Europa League last night, leaving Morgan Gibbs-White (knock) as Wolves’ only reported injury concern.

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1,834 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Any psychopaths gone for Hanley as their 4.0?

    1. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Apparently picked up an injury and a doubt for GW1

    2. A Moon Shaped Pool
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Me. Hanley and Rico

    3. 1zverGGadeM
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Hanley for AWB
      And Kelly too..

  2. Neves say Never
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Help!!!

    1 - KDB King
    2 - Auba Robinson
    3 - Moura Wilson

    Team:

    Pope
    TAA Robbo Digne Montoya (lundstum)
    Salah Sterling Pérez XXX (dedonk)
    Wood Xxx (wickham)

    Helppp my sanity!!!

    1. Spoox777
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      In order...
      1
      3
      2

      1. Neves say Never
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks! Currently on 1 🙂 good luck and hope you’re g2g

        1. Spoox777
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I think so yes & Good luck to you too 😉

  3. ymx
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Jimi or Jota?

    1. Spoox777
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Jota + he's cheaper

  4. Artemis Titans
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Just dismantled a team "I was happy with".... going with this probably. Need to keep occupied.

    Pope (Button)
    AWB, Vvd, Digne, (Rico,Kelly)
    Salah(c), Kdb, Perez, Eriksen, Siggy
    King, Vardy, (Greenwood)

    Heaton instead of Pope?
    Anyone have an opinion they'd care to share.
    Good luck

    1. Spoox777
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Not keen on AWB (not much attacking threat)
      Prefer Sterling over KdB & wouldn't pick Eriksen

  5. Dr Van Nostrand
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    I prefer Heaton. Would swap Eriksen he wants out

  6. lebon417
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 14 days ago

    guys plz hlp
    A) van dijk, b. silva, perez
    B) cathcart, eriksen, fraser

    1. Mattador
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A 100%

      1. lebon417
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        thanks for feedback, i am inclined to go with A as well but i would rly like to fit eriksen in my time

    2. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A for me

  7. kalk
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Good luck mates! It´ll be amazing!!

    1. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      You too!

  8. Eric the King
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Hmm

    A. Wilson & Trossard
    Or
    B. King and Moura

    1. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I like B just!

    2. NemoOzil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      B.

    3. Davekitson
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A for me, Moura not sure of starts and King may lose minutes to Solanke

    4. Spoox777
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      B. King and Moura

    5. lebon417
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      B

  9. JoeJitzu +42
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Am I gtg? Have 0.5itb to hold for inevitable change needed!

    Ederson
    VVD Robertson Zinchenko Digne
    Salah Sterling Moura Perez
    King Jota

    McGovern Dendonker Rico Wickham

    1. Spoox777
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      G2G

      1. JoeJitzu +42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers, best of luck to you!

    2. lebon417
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      i like the team but i am not sure i would be comfortable with zinchenko

  10. Davekitson
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Do I go for Dunk or Montoya? Would be on the bench but with Zinchenko in my XI thought the security of starts for Dunk may win out over the higher ceiling but higher risk of Montoya, is he nailed at wing back?

  11. child of God
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Join head to head league
    Code cja1op
    3 spots left

  12. Artemis Titans
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Just dismantled a team "I was happy with".... going with this probably. Need to keep occupied.

    Pope (Button)
    AWB, Vvd, Digne, (Rico,Kelly)
    Salah(c), Kdb, Perez, Eriksen, Siggy
    King, Vardy, (Greenwood)

    Heaton instead of Pope?
    Anyone have an opinion they'd care to share.
    Good luck

    1. Davekitson
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Eriksen not value at 9.0 given uncertainty about his starts, would go someone else with a view to Son in GW3 for spurs coverage

  13. Artemis Titans
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Just dismantled a team "I was happy with".... going with this probably. Need to keep occupied.

    Pope (Button)
    AWB, Vvd, Digne, (Rico,Kelly)
    Salah(c), Kdb, Perez, Eriksen, Siggy
    King, Vardy, (Greenwood)

    Heaton instead of Pope?
    Anyone have an opinion they'd care to share.
    Good luck

    1. Artemis Titans
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Don't know why it posted twice

  14. NemoOzil
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Need Help !

    Cant decide which 7.0 Forwards.

    already have King.

    Jota / Abraham / Wood / or. ?

    1. Spoox777
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Jota definitely

    2. lebon417
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      jota for me, his form is insane

    3. NemoOzil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Thanks bros.

    4. ace
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Jota or King

    5. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Jota and save 0.5 for Kean or Abraham look like a viable option

  15. JoeJitzu +42
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    A. 4 4 2 Ederson Zinchenko
    B. 3 5 2 Heaton Martial

    XXX
    VVD Robertson Digne XXX
    Moura Perez Salah Sterling XXX
    Jota King

    Thanks

    1. NemoOzil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Trust City assets go with A.

      1. JoeJitzu +42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers!

  16. The Prophet
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Martial or Fraser lads??

    1. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Both great options, I’ve a soft spot for Martial

    2. ace
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Fraser

    3. lebon417
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      fraser

    4. NemoOzil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      i go with Martial cause i have J.King up front.

  17. Lestat
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    A -Digne and Firmino

    or

    B - Trent and Vardy.

    already have Robertson.

    1. lebon417
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      B for me 100%. Vardy should be on pens + leicester looks exciting under rodgers and trent is fire

  18. Hakim Ziyech
    2 months, 14 days ago

    The best league in the world is back. Glad!

  19. derdourily
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    A. Sterling+ Mcginn
    B. KDB+ Bilva

    1. lebon417
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      hard one but i think B will rake in more points if you wont captain sterling

      1. JoeJitzu +42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        This!

  20. The Big Fella
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Is Rico still a good option for the first couple of weeks? Only two of their defenders are out.