Team News

The latest FPL injury updates and team news

There is an earlier-than-usual Gameweek deadline of 19:00 BST on Friday this week, so with that in mind we are again bringing you up to speed on everything we know so far on the team news and injury front.

There were ten Premier League manager press conferences that took place on Thursday, with the remaining pressers to follow tomorrow.

The headline news from today was Marco Silva’s revelation that Lucas Digne (hamstring) is “available” for Everton’s Gameweek 3 curtain-raiser against Aston Villa.

The Everton boss said on Thursday:

He will be available to the match. Leighton (Baines) will be also. Just Fabian (Delph) out.

On when Fabian Delph (groin) might be back, Silva added:

It’s possible next week. He’s already started with the team, not full session. Will be a possibility for him to play a full match or during the two matches we have to play next week.

Asked if any of his new signings would feature on Friday,

Djibril [Sidibe] did all pre-season with his former club. Ready to play if I decide. Of course, now it’s just a matter of him understanding our ideas and philosophy.

[Alex Iwobi] started really late, just now his second week working with the team. Didn’t do the pre-season. If we need him during the game, he is able to help us. Of course, not [lasting] the 90 minutes.

[Moise Kean] is trying to settle as fast as he can. Working with him, not just on the pitch but outside the pitch, for him to understand what I want from a player in that position. If he will start or not, that’s for me to decide tomorrow.

Villa will welcome back reserve centre-half Kortney Hause (ankle) for this match, with Dean Smith saying:

Kortney Hause is back. I think there’s only James Chester that’s missing and not been on the training ground. Jonathan Kodjia is jogging now but this game will be too early for him.

Smith was also asked about his raft of new signings and replied:

Some of them have got in earlier than others, some are waiting their turn. You have to earn the right to play. You’ve got to prove that you’re better than the players who have already got the shirt.

John McGinn was namechecked by the Villa boss when asked about his side’s goal threat, with Smith saying:

I think our most likely goalscorer at the moment is John McGinn, he’s made some really deep runs into the opposition half.

Unai Emery teased the prospect of a start for Nicolas Pepe against Liverpool, saying:

The most important thing is, like a person, to help him and his family to feel comfortable here. He is now three weeks working here with us. He didn’t do with us the pre-season but he’s progressively feeling better.

Fifteen minutes in Newcastle, 45 minutes against Burnley. I think he is progressively getting better performances and feeling better. I think for Saturday, he is ready also, maybe, to have more minutes. I am going to decide tomorrow.

Mesut Ozil (illness/personal) and Granit Xhaka (leg/back) are back in full training but Emery said he would make a late call on the pair’s involvement at Anfield:

Tomorrow is the last training and we are going to decide tomorrow. Today they trained, but really, I need tomorrow to have the last training, to be really sure how we can be better there.

Ben Chilwell (hip) looks set to miss out for Leicester City this weekend, with Brendan Rodgers providing the following update:

Ben has had an injection last week. He’ll join in the training. We’ll see how he is for the weekend, but more than likely going to be ready for next week.

Rodgers was asked about Ayoze Perez‘s role on the right flank and replied:

He’s played there a lot at Newcastle. He can play from outside, he can play inside, his instinct is to be in the box. With players, whether they’re central or wide, they always end up in there.

Chris Wilder had mixed news on the injury front at Sheffield United, saying:

We’ve got a doubt about John Fleck for the weekend but Callum Robinson has trained this week so he’ll be OK. We’ll give John as much time as possible.

Luke [Freeman] plays a number of positions, Ben Osborn plays a number of positions, Basham does, Lundstram does. That gives us the ability to cover injuries, suspensions and loss of form.

Roy Hodgson confirmed that James Tomkins (groin) and Mamadou Sakho (match fitness) remain out but could hand a debut to Gary Cahill, saying:

Any place is a good place to give an experienced and good player like Gary Cahill his debut but at the moment I haven’t fully decided what our team line-up should be.

Manuel Pellegrini reported a clean bill of health other than Winston Reid (knee/match fitness), meaning that Mark Noble (dead leg), Felipe Anderson (thigh) and Sebastien Haller (knock) are all fit and available for the trip to Watford.

The Hornets have been dealt a blow with Javi Gracia revealing that captain Troy Deeney will be out for an extended period after undergoing knee surgery.

Gracia said:

We have a problem with Troy. He had surgery this morning with a problem with his knee. I think he will be about at least two months. We’ll see his evolution.

Roberto Pereyra (thigh) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (ankle) are also doubts, with the Watford head coach adding:

They are not training and we’ll see if in the next days some of them can be available or not. But in this moment they are doubtful.

Asked if Ismaila Sarr and Danny Welbeck could feature, Gracia said:

Now both are training with the team. They are not in the best condition but most important in this moment is that they can help us. I’m sure they cannot play all the minutes, but they can help us in the next performance.

I think Sarr is a player who in this moment needs more training but from the first training session, you can see his qualities. I think he’s a good winger, sharp. I’m sure he will give us a good option. It will depend on the squad, the other players, but from now I think he can help us.

[Welbeck] needs more time to train and to recover his best condition but we’ll see [if he plays]. There are many circumstances can modify my opinion if he is better to start this game or the next one.

Ralph Hasenhuttl and Graham Potter reported no new fitness concerns ahead of Southampton’s trip to Brighton.

Asked about Leandro Trossard’s debut performance in Gameweek 2, the Brighton boss said:

He was a little bit unlucky not to start against Watford, Jurgen’s a bit unlucky not to start against West Ham. Both have done really well. You can see his (Trossard’s) quality in terms of how he linked the game.


You can view a video round-up or listen to the podcast summary of today’s pressers below, while the Team News tab will be updated over the coming 24 hours ahead of Friday’s deadline.

A further article will follow tomorrow afternoon rounding up the details of Friday’s press conferences.


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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

1,430 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jimski
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    West Ham have amazing fixtures - are their defence so poor still not to be worth considering?

    1. Marco Ni Motet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I think there's better options than West Ham defenders.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Not even their attack is worth considering at this point.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I still havent seen you post a single worthwhile comment. Clueless.

      2. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Haller?

        1. KujaliaFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I have Hallen. If it weren't for Kane and coming off an injury, I would captain him.

    3. Hoblito
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I would consider Fredericks.

  2. Marco Ni Motet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Heaton

    AWB-Walker-Digne

    Sterling-KDB-Martial-Mount-Cantwell

    Kane - Firmino

    (Button - Lundstram - Söyuncu - Wickham)

    ------

    0,2 remaining.

    Kind of like this.

    Firmino could be transfered to Laca if needed.
    When Mendy is fit, he could come in for Walker.
    Not having Salah or Mane is a concern tough.

    What do you think? Would you do any changes?

  3. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 23 days ago

    The love for Martial...

    I would love to see if he scores another goal this weekend and no bonus points for being missing.

    Oh the love.

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      A goal per game with no bonus for a 7.5mid playing in the no.9 role would be epic πŸ™‚

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Or get similar priced that gets bonuses. I think he's less appealing fantasy asset than when he was playing LAM

    2. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
      2 months, 23 days ago

      martial will just be 7 point machine. Like costa was, guarenteed goal and yellow card every game, no baps. At least Martial dont get as many cards i guess

      1. Nailed Jesus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Yea martial is really gonna score 38 goals this year...lol

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          True that he'll likely miss a few games, 33-35 goal πŸ˜‰

        2. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
          2 months, 23 days ago

          yea well he was miss some games from all his yellows and kicking people. Oh wait we talking about Martial, ah he will just get caught up in some sex scandal or something and return to mediocrity

    3. The Bad Seed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      you make it sound like you're paying premium....

      he's a good deal. good luck searching for the BAPS elsewhere.

  4. teriyaki 69
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    If you've played FPL for some years you would be able to know streaky players. Martial is a hot- cold type of player. Get him in when he is hot, ditch when the pts dry up. I can bet he'll score again on Saturday.

  5. MikeS
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    How do we know if son will start vs newcastle?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      We don't

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      We don't. Simple as that. But he will get at least 20 minutes I reckon

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Moura start?

  6. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Have a decision to make that is essential for my team structure and balance

    A) Mount (3-4-3 and very well balanced)
    B) AWB (4-3-3 and less balanced as I won't have any midfielders under 7.6)

    Choice is yours. Ehm, I mean mine! Choice is mine, but would love some input

    1. kopite65
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      A

    2. Obi-Wan Bissaka
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      B

    3. UgoSmart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      C

  7. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Hopefully Haller can shake off his knock and start this week, it will be good to see what he does against a team that isn't Man. City.

  8. kopite65
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    chances of moura starting? even enough game time to warrant keeping for at least this gw

    1. Obi-Wan Bissaka
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      50/50

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        What he said

  9. james 101
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Bottomed...
    On a WC. Last parts of the puzzle to sort!

    Pope Button
    XXX WanB Lunds XXX Kelly
    Mane Sterling KDB Martial Cantwell
    Pukki XXX XXX

    A.
    Digne Dunk
    Barnes Rashford

    B.
    Digne 4.5
    4.5 Kane

    C.
    Mina Dunk
    4.5 Kane

    (Not sure who the 4.5s would be so any suggestions welcomed...!)

    1. Obi-Wan Bissaka
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      B with Soyuncu & Greenwood

  10. Obi-Wan Bissaka
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    A) Barnes &N'Dombele
    B) Pukki & McGinn

  11. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    A wildcard without Sterling, LIV attack, Martial, Kane, Pukki & Digne is a wated one πŸ˜‰

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No Martial or Digne for me but Digne is still a possibility. No Rash but much rather him than Martial

    2. T-BOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I think Liverpool attack can be foregone if WC this week. Easy switch with a flexible structure if they start to perform. Too many premiums hinders the squad far too greatly. Would prefer all those you’ve mentioned plus KDB and a strong defence

    3. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Agree on all but Kane

  12. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
    2 months, 23 days ago

    this site would be a lot easier to use if beside every comment it said @members names (whoever you replied to) so then the live comments box on the right you can tell who was talking to you.
    At the moment its jsut like some elaborate gusessing game, wehere you're like I think that repsonse was to me so you go check. Or you're like did that guy call me an iditio and you go check and no he didnt, or maybe he did. But its some bizarre game lol

  13. robotech
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Hello.
    All things the same, which would you have for the coming weeks? De Bruyne or Kane?

  14. neegal
    2 months, 22 days ago

    On a wildcard, Team is:

    DdG
    AwB, VvD, Mina, Zinch
    KdB, Sterling, Mane, Mount
    Pukki, Rash

    Subs: Button, Lundstram, Cantwell, Wickham

    Seriously considering double Everton defence. Opinions:

    A: Mina and Digne with 5.7 for a MID (maybe Moutinho or Ceballos)
    B: Digne and Zinchenko 5.7 for a MID
    C: Mina and Zinchenko with Mount

    When is Cancelo (straight swap for Zinch) going to get a start?

    Thoughts please...

  15. ‘Tis the Season
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    WC or not to WC??
    Current team after using 2ft and a hit!

    Pope
    Robbo* WanB* KWP Coleman
    Sterling Salah martial moura*
    Pukki vardy*

    To

    Pope
    Virgil* walker* kwp Coleman
    Sterling Salah martial trossard
    Pukki Kane*

  16. Enes_Sahini1
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Do I start Heaton or Pope?

    Or is it a toss up between the two?