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

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  1. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    A or B:

    A:

    Pope
    VVD Digne KWP
    Sterling, KDB, Son, Martial, Cantwell
    Kane, Pukki

    Button, Lund, Pieters, Greenwood

    B:

    Pope
    VVD, KWP, Digne
    Sterling, Son, Martial, KDB, Trossard
    Pukki, Firmino

    Button, Lund, Pieters, Greenwood

    Basically team A is Kane and Cantwell
    Team B is Firmino and Trossard

    I’m leaving towards B as I think Son gives me spurs coverage and I will captain sterling anyway over Kane next week. It also gives me some Liverpool attack coverage. Trossard over Cantwell as Pukki Norwich cover

    Any thoughts are really appreciated!

    1. sovietrockettes
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 24 days ago

      A

    2. Professor Abel X
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      A

    3. krzys
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      a

    4. Hoblito
        10 months, 24 days ago

        A

      • Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 24 days ago

        B for me.

        1. jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          Why B?

        2. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 24 days ago

          For your reasons stated. Sterling over Kane captain so with son as spurs cover you should be ight. Also like Firminho as a pick and love Trossard pick

          1. jimmyabs1987
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 24 days ago

            I see you a huge Trossard fan! I have faith as well especially with Brighton new style of play. Only issue, is Son going to play this week...

      • L S P
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        i'd want to see son play before bringing him in

    5. FOO FIGHTER
        10 months, 24 days ago

        It is becoming quite evident that owning Ederson over Pope is taking away funds from midfield.

        1. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          Sherlock alert

        2. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          No Sh&t

      • FPLShaqiri
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        In FPL Draft what would your waiver be for Felipe Anderson?

        a) Keep, he was class last season and will be again
        b) Ceballos, is he nailed? Could be the new Ozil?
        c) Trossard, is he nailed? Could be the new Gross?

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 24 days ago

          B or C

        2. FCRS BGD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          A

      • krzys
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Not sure what to do with Ayoze Perez. Still have 2FTs and no other pressing issues.

        A) keep

        B) get Lanzini

        C) get Mount

        Thanks.

        1. Hoblito
            10 months, 24 days ago

            I would say B.

          • karsworde
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 24 days ago

            Lamela, Mount and Lanzini are all good options to replace Perez if you're looking to avoid a price drop.

          • Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 24 days ago

            Get Trossard

          • Professor Abel X
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 24 days ago

            A

          • thepeen555
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 24 days ago

            Get rid with 2 ft

          • FOO FIGHTER
              10 months, 24 days ago

              Either Trossard or Mcginn

          • Fernando Torres
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 24 days ago

            A) Son + Kelly + Mina + Walker
            B) Mane + Pieters + Soyunchu + Dunk

            Both systems play 3 defenders with AWB + Lund also there..

          • Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 24 days ago

            To Kane or not to kane.

            A) Aubameyang, Robinson, Perez to Maupay, KDB, Martial (0.2itb)

            B) Aubameyang, Perez and Robertson to Kane, Martial, AWB (0.7itb)

            1. BobbyV
              • 6 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              Kane it...it's worth a shot!

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 1 Year
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Do suppose it's an easy fix. If goes wrong then a simple Kane, Robinson to Pepe/KDB/Son and emerging striker as will have 7.7itb. Now feel happy doing it 🙂

            2. krzys
              • 6 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              B

            3. Hoblito
                10 months, 24 days ago

                B

              • Tsparkes10
                • 1 Year
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Cheers lads. Decision made

            4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              Doherty not even in the squad for today's game

              1. La Roja
                • 8 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Doos rage transfer imminent

                1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  😆

              2. fr3d
                • 2 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Illness

              3. thepeen555
                • 3 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                He went off in the last match

            5. darkforce
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 months, 24 days ago

              This is my current team (wildcard active):
              G Ryan/ Pope
              D Wan-Bissaka/Digne/Zinchenko/Diop/Walker-Peters
              M Salah/KDB/Sterling/Cantwell/Moutohino
              F Rashford/Greenwood/Pukki

              I am still left with £0.6m to spare. I am keen to bring Martial (£7.7m) in (i'll have to lose Moutohino and replace Pukki with a cheap F). Is that worth doing? Any other ideas worth considering?

              1. Tatty Bojangles
                • 10 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                KWP to Lundstram

              2. BobbyV
                • 6 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Ryan to Button (+0.5)

                Diop to Lundstram (+0.4)

                KWP to Dunk (+0.4)

                Salah to Mane (+1)

                then voila, Moutinho to Martial (+0.7itb)

            6. Tonyawesome69
              • 1 Year
              10 months, 24 days ago

              team selection good to go?

              pope
              VVD TAA digne lundstram walker-pieters
              mane sterling (c) kdb perez
              pukki

              heaton king dendoncker greenwood

              0.7itb and 0ft

              1. Freddiebell
                • 3 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Nice team apart from perez. Deployed on the wing. That was enough for me to get rid of him.

            7. fantasyxprt11
              • 8 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              Best forward for 5.9 or less?

              A)Gray

              B)Che Adams

              C)Mcgoldrick

              D)someone else

              1. FPL ElasticO
                • 5 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Non promising

            8. Jinswick
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              Who do we think will partner Rudiger at CB for Chelsea when he returns?

              1. La Roja
                • 8 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Christensen

              2. Art Vandelay
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Christensen.

            9. abaalan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              Start 1:
              A. King (city A)
              B. Dendoncker (but h)
              C. Montoya (sou h)

              Captain:
              1. Kane
              2. Sterling

              1. FPL ElasticO
                • 5 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                C or B captain Sterling

              2. karsworde
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Montoya

            10. FPL ElasticO
              • 5 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              Who should you start??

              A. Lundstram vs LEI
              B. Cantwell vs CHE
              C. Dendoncker vs BUR

              1. La Roja
                • 8 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                C

              2. FPLShaqiri
                • 2 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                A

              3. Professor Abel X
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                C

            11. Zenith UK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              Thoughts please?

              Pope, McGovern
              Digne, AWB, Zinc, Lund, Kelly
              Sterling, KDB, Ceballos, Mane, XXX
              Kane, Wickham, XXX

              A) Martial & Greenwood - (0 ITB)
              B) Cantwell & Pukki - (0.9 ITB)
              C) I'm opening to ideas...

              1. FPL ElasticO
                • 5 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                KDB to Martial & Pukki

                1. Zenith UK
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  This would give me;

                  Pope, McGovern
                  Digne, AWB, Laporte, Lund, Otamendi*
                  Sterling, Mane, Martial, Ceballos, Cantwell
                  Kane, Pukki, Wickham

                  *For one week

                  1. Zenith UK
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    If I don't take Otamendi allows 5.9M on a defender... (Mina currently in team so that would be 5.5 leaves 0.4ITB)

            12. Guvnor
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              Best Deeney replacement?

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 1 Year
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Maupayyy

                1. El Puqi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  Is he starting? I would be very interested..

                2. Guvnor
                  • 3 Years
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  You reckon he gets the nod over Murray?

            13. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              10 months, 24 days ago

              How’s she looking?

              Pope
              Vvd Digne AWB Zinchenko
              Salah Perez Martial KDB
              Kane Pukki

              4.0 Lundstram Dendoncker Wickham

              1. Whats the Mata?
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Wc?

                1. La Roja
                  • 8 Years
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  Nope

              2. El Puqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Needs Razz badly

              3. 7shadesofsmoke
                • 7 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                brave man without sterling

              4. Art Vandelay
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Its a good side but I would rather have Sterling than Salah, even if it means no Liverpool attack.

              5. 7shadesofsmoke
                • 7 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                could you do Sterling and Mane over KDB and Salah?

              6. Freddiebell
                • 3 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                Perez is stinking your team out

            14. FOO FIGHTER
                10 months, 24 days ago

                The teams with assets to stay away from for now include

                UTD, CHE, Spurs and of course your Newcastle's and Palace.

                1. diesel001
                  • 3 Years
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  Why Man Utd and Spurs?

                  They are playing well and you know who their key players are.

                  Utd - De Gea, AWB, Shaw, Maguire, Pogba, Martial, Rashford
                  Spurs - Lloris, Alderweireld, Ndombele, Kane

              • FPLShaqiri
                • 2 Years
                10 months, 24 days ago

                In FPL Draft who would you rather own?

                a) Abraham
                b) A. Barnes

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    Barnes by 1 million miles, maybe even more than 1 million miles.

                2. Marco Ni Motet
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  Wild-card. GTG? Any changes needed?

                  Heaton
                  Maguire,Walker,Digne, Dunk
                  Mane, Sterling,KDB,Mount,McGinn
                  Kane

                  Button,Mings,Greenwood,Wickham

                3. Tsparkes10
                  • 1 Year
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  Any reason to put off Aubameyang, Perez, Robertson to Kane, Martial, AWB (-4) til tomz? Could lose out if Perez drops.

                4. Jinswick
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  Best defender to bring in for 5.0m and below? Currently on Boly.

                  1. The Road to Turfdom
                    • 3 Years
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    KWP

                    1. Jinswick
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      10 months, 24 days ago

                      You think he’s got more than 1 game? Got torn apart last w/e, Aurier was on the bench and Foyth isn’t far away from returning. Good 1 week punt but I’m not convinced he’s first choice when all are fit.

                      1. The Road to Turfdom
                        • 3 Years
                        10 months, 24 days ago

                        Rumours of Aurier leaving but agree it has a risk element - personally I think he will secure the spot. Next two Arsenal fixtures are tough but I would also probably favour AMN over a Wolves defender, or Soyuncu and bank 0.5

                5. FCRS BGD
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  Guys
                  For fpl draft
                  1. Rudiger
                  Or
                  2. Dunk?
                  Thanks

                  1. Jinswick
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    Rudiger easily

                    1. FCRS BGD
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      10 months, 24 days ago

                      Thanks

                6. The Senate
                  • 1 Year
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  How’s this?
                  1.0ITB, 1FT
                  Foster/4.0
                  Robbo Digne AWB
                  Salah Siggy Martial Perez Dendoncker
                  Kane King
                  (VVD Lundstram Greenwood)

                  (A) hold
                  (B) King to Pukki/Jota
                  (C) VVD to Laporte and bench Donk
                  (D) b and c (-4)
                  (E) something else?

                7. Spokey
                  • 4 Years
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  Who do you think will play up front with Deeney out?

                  1. FCRS BGD
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    Gray

                  2. El Puqi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    Gray & Deu

                8. popey
                  • 1 Year
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  Need to play 2 from;

                  King (MCI)
                  Soyuncu (shu)
                  McGinn (EVE)
                  Lundy (LEI)

                  Currently on McGinn and Soyuncu, but can make a case for any combo

                  What are thoughts?

                  1. El Puqi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    Soy & McGinn

                9. El Puqi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  10 months, 24 days ago

                  Thoughts on Haller?

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      10 months, 24 days ago

                      Wait and see.

                  2. Netters2018
                    • 1 Year
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    On a wildcard...

                    What would you change with back 4?

                    VVD, AWB, Zinch, Dunk..

                    Do i need Digne?

                    1. El Puqi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      10 months, 24 days ago

                      Id like one evertonian there..

                    2. Rocky.007
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      10 months, 24 days ago

                      If you can afford, Digne over Dunk

                    3. Art Vandelay
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      10 months, 24 days ago

                      I think Digne is a very good option and would rather have Digne + 5.0 rather than what you have.

                      1. Netters2018
                        • 1 Year
                        10 months, 24 days ago

                        Thanks you thinking VVD, Digne, KWP, Dunk instead?

                  3. The Train Driver
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    What's up with Doherty?

                  4. Whats the Mata?
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    On WC, choose one:

                    A. Ederson + Soyunchu/Lund/Cantwell three-way rotation.
                    Or
                    B. Pope + Walker

                    Cheers

                  5. Jurgen Flopp
                    • 6 Years
                    10 months, 24 days ago

                    A) Kane Cantwell Zinchenko
                    B) Barnes Son KWP

                    Thinking long term and not just the next couple of fixtures. Which combination scores more?

                    1. Gazza2000
                      • 8 Years
                      10 months, 24 days ago

                      A