Team News

The FPL Gameweek 3 team news and injury updates

After bringing you updates on the ten pre-Gameweek 3 press conferences that took place on Thursday, we continue our team news summary with this round-up of the remaining pressers that were held today.

Alisson (calf) is set to remain out until after the September international break at least, so Adrian will continue between the posts for Liverpool this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp said of Alisson’s return:

Not that close. Looks good, is in good shape, good mood, but will take time. No date really in my mind. In the beginning, he was on crutches, they are not there any more.

Earlier in the day, goalkeeping coach John Achterberg had said:

They haven’t given us a specific time he’ll be out as it’s difficult to say how quickly it will heal. That’s all with the medics. There’s an international break coming up and we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes after that.

Naby Keita (muscle) will also miss out this weekend.

John Stones (thigh) and long-term absentee Leroy Sane (knee) remain sidelined for Manchester City’s trip to Bournemouth, while Benjamin Mendy (knee) is not yet ready to feature having only just returned to training.

Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday that Oleksandr Zinchenko is fit, however, saying:

Yeah, he’s fit. In training good, perfectly. It was cramp.

Asked about the prospect of Joao Cancelo playing, Guardiola said:

He can play, he’s ready. Now, one game a week. The people have time to recover. After the international break come the Champions League, Carabao Cup and everybody will be involved.

Eddie Howe didn’t bring us much in the way of fresh injury updates in Friday’s press conference, with the assumption being that Arnaut Danjuma (foot), David Brooks (ankle), Lloyd Kelly (ankle), Dan Gosling (hip), Junior Stanislas (knee) and Simon Francis (knee) remain out.

Lewis Cook (knee) is back in training but not yet ready to return.

N’Golo Kante will be assessed ahead of the trip to Norwich having picked up an ankle sprain but Frank Lampard said on Friday that Pedro is fine after having missed an open training session that Chelsea gave in midweek.

The Blues boss said:

N’Golo Kante has got an injury that he has carried all week so we’re going to assess that over the next 24 hours.

[Pedro] had a couple of aches that were nothing. He has trained the last two days.

Lampard confirmed that Antonio Rudiger (match fitness) is still not ready to feature, meanwhile, but be back in Gameweek 4.

Timm Klose (hip) and Christoph Zimmermann (knee) have returned to training this week but Zimmermann is still a week away from a playing comeback and Daniel Farke said on Friday that Klose is perhaps not ready to start.

Josip Drmic (hamstring) and Onel Hernandez (knee) remain out.

Tanguy Ndombele has sustained a minor thigh injury and joins Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) and Juan Foyth (ankle) on the sidelines ahead of Spurs’ match against Newcastle but Dele Alli (hamstring) is back in training and Son Heung-min returns from suspension

On the Korean midfielder, Pochettino said:

He was training really, really hard to keep fit and improve in different areas. We are happy in the last few weeks, he was unbelievable in the way he was available to train and compete in every single training session.

I hope it’s going to help the team from now. I think it was a good opportunity for him to build his fitness and have a proper pre-season which sometimes when you’re involved in competition is difficult.

The plan was to provide him with good quality training to try to improve in different areas and when the moment he is available to play to be in the perfect condition.

Pochettino will decide on Alli’s involvement after one final training session but Giovani Lo Celso looks unlikely to start.

The Spurs boss said of Lo Celso:

He was in extended holidays after the Copa America, he didn’t have a proper pre-season and didn’t train too much. He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect from him and we need to give him time.

Andy Carroll (match fitness), Florian Lejeune (knee), DeAndre Yedlin (groin) and Dwight Gayle (calf) remain sidelined for the Magpies going into Sunday’s trip to Spurs but Joelinton (hip) is available and Steve Bruce is “hopeful” that Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring) will make the squad.

Christian Atsu (hamstring) has also been back in training.

Diogo Dalot was the only fresh injury concern reported by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday, with the right-back set to be sidelined until after the international break.

There were some interesting quotes from Solskjaer on the penalty-taking situation at the club, however:

I’m sure you’re going to see Paul Pogba score a penalty for Man Utd again! Definitely. Let’s see when we get the next one. We’re practising penalties still. Marcus [Rashford] and Paul are still on them.

It’s not that I’ve left it to the players to sort out. We’ve nominated two. Throughout the season you’ll have games when Rashford’s not playing [or] Pogba’s not playing. It’s not like there’s anarchy.

Robbie Brady (ribs), Steven Defour (calf) and Danny Drinkwater (match fitness) will miss Burnley’s trip to Wolves, who were in Europa League action on Thursday.

Matt Doherty wasn’t part of the 18-man squad in Turin but travelled with his teammates, with Nuno Espirito Santo saying the Irish wing-back was “OK” ahead of the game.


You can read our round-up of Thursday’s pressers by clicking here.

Predicted line-ups and more detailed information can be found in the Team News tab.

You can view a video round-up or listen to the podcast summary of today’s press conferences below.


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  1. vmang
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Salah + Bsilva --> Sterling + KDB for -4 ?

    1. Snipez21
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Never take Salah out for a hit

    2. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      No Salah out scores all them

    3. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Honestly, yes. But you won’t have many agreeing with me, as taking out salah is unspeakable on these forums, especially for a hit

    4. Shark Team
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Surely

    5. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Yes

    6. International Richard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      The move is sound, it’s losing 4 points that makes me twitch like a dime whore going cold turkey

  2. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Play H. Wilson or Dendoncker

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Wilson

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      dendo

    3. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Dendoncker

    4. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Donk.

    5. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Wilson is an unbenchable for me

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        Oh Harry - still him actually

  3. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Which one?

    A) Kane - Lanzini - Walker

    B) Haller - Kdb - Laporte

    1. Mr. Funny Name
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Tight but B just

    2. Snipez21
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      B but no Haller

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        There isn't much option other than Pukki for under 8.0

    3. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      A

  4. Canary_Kid
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    a) Digne Son Greenwood (4-5-1)
    b) Soyuncu Cantwell Kane (4-4-2)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      B

    2. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      B

    3. Yeezy FC
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      I am thinking of changing Taa/Cantwell/Rashy to "a)"...should I?

      1. NED KELLY
        • 8 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        No

  5. teddy.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Start one of:

    A) Abraham
    B) Milivojevic
    C) Soyuncu

    1. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Milly an pray for a pen

      1. Alan Stubbs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        C

    2. POLSKA GOLA
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      A

  6. rohaansunil
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Keep bernado Silva for one last week?

  7. Gunners n' Roses
    • 6 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Who to bench Pukki or Jota?

    1. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      I'm playing both

    2. slamdunk
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Yeah I would play both,i reckon Jota scores this week.

  8. Lets all klopp together
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Son or kane?

    1. slamdunk
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Kane if you haven't got sterling or salah

  9. rohaansunil
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Who to start Lundstum or Wilson?

    1. slamdunk
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Wilson

  10. slamdunk
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Who to start?

    A-Dunk
    B-Cantwell

    1. slamdunk
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Already have pukki.

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        im starting all 3 for what its worth

        1. slamdunk
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 16 hours ago

          Haha hope it goes well.Ive not got a clue.

    2. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Not sure.

    3. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Dunk

      1. slamdunk
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        Thanks everyone

  11. BraxterStockman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Will Gray play for Watford now? I'm tempted.

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      I think he’s nailed now Deeney being out

  12. Yank Revolution
    • 7 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Sounds like the clock is really ticking more loudly on Zin and Walker's nailedness w Pep's comment about Cancelo.

    1. International Richard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Yep it’s worrying

    2. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Easy switch to Emerson when it happens.

  13. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Good to go?

    Ryan
    Robbo VVD Digne Diop
    Raz Mo Perez McGinn Dendoncker
    (K)ane

    Bench: Lowton King Greenwood
    0 FT, 0 ITB

    1. slamdunk
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Looks good.

  14. Tabbara
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Who to bench :
    A: One of Liverpool defense (have Robertson and tea)
    B: Lundstram
    C: King

    1. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      B

    2. slamdunk
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      B

  15. Shark Team
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Who else believes that Rashford will be the differential of this gw?
    None mentions him while martial gets too much praise without being that amazing...

    1. Stoneleigh
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      27.6% ownership

      1. Shark Team
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        I watched a lot of comments this week and all these articles from experts and none mention him or having him in his team... Believe me he is a differential pick for those who are being on top 50k like me(and not used tc bb wildcard)

    2. POLSKA GOLA
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      I think he will haul this week

  16. Tiki-Taka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Is Digne worth the 0.5 more than Mina or Coleman? on WC and could use the 0.5 saved but perhaps not worth it

    1. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Yes

    2. mookie
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      He is worth it imo

    3. toluthadon
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Absolutely

    4. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Digne all the way my friend

    5. Tiki-Taka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Do all the stats back this up? Where is the best place to compare stuff like this? FFS members area or elsewhere?

      1. NED KELLY
        • 8 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        He's the best Everton option fantasy wise imo

        1. NED KELLY
          • 8 Years
          27 days, 16 hours ago

          But I don't have him I have Laporte an 2 LFC def

  17. balint84
    • 3 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Drop Rico to Hanley or drop to Kelly to get a playable sub? I have 2ft

    1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Perma bench save tranny.

  18. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Did my coin flip and Pope beat Heaton if that helps.

    1. mookie
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Are you lucky in general?

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        Hmm. Does being lucky in love help?

  19. Come on you Kante
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Which one lads I have Salah already ?

    A - Taa + Pepe
    B - Mina + Mane

    1. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      A with KDB or Son

    2. Alan Stubbs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      B, bit soon for Pepe imo

  20. rohaansunil
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Keep bernado Silva for one last week?? ?

  21. FOO FIGHTER
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA VVD Dunk
    Salah(C) Sterling(V) KDB McGinn Trossard
    Pukki Jota

    Button Pereira Lundstram Greenwood

    Let it roll, baby roll...

    1. Fugazi➰
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Good luck with salah C.Soooo tempted. Going Raz

  22. toluthadon
    • 5 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    On a wildcard. Lowton or a Villa Def?

    1. Hint
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Probably Lowton

  23. Fugazi➰
    • 1 Year
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    WC or not?
    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*

  24. Alan Stubbs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Start Pope or Heaton?

    1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      See above regarding my coin toss 🙂

    2. toluthadon
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Gotta flip a coin on this one, tougher than a captaincy pick!

  25. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Start coleman or lundstram?

    1. Dribbles
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Coleman for me easy

      1. Alan Stubbs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        Definitely Coleman

    2. International Richard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Hasn’t Coleman had two games & two cleanses? Say no more

      1. International Richard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        Cleanies .... even

    3. Nightf0x
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Everton will concede today imo

    4. Lokako
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Both

  26. slamdunk
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    G2G?
    Doubts about zinchenko though so if not him then who?

    Pope
    Dunk AWB Digne Zinchenko
    Salah Sterling KDB Martial
    Pukki Rashford

    Fodder Lundstram Cantwell Wickham

    Many thanks.

  27. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Wavering on Kane(c). KdB up against that porus Bournemouth defence looks tempting especially after dropping points last week.. Also I'm not so keen on Sunday captains!

    1. Artemis Titans
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      I've gone Kdb. Don't have Salah,sterling or Kane. Went the Son,Mané,Martial,Rashford,Vardy & Pukki route.

      1. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Salah KdB Martial Kane here.

  28. Dribbles
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Tricky one, edging towards (b) need some help!

    Who should i bench

    a) Trossard
    b) Digne

    1. Artemis Titans
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Sounds like you will have this dilemma every week.

      1. Dribbles
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Thanks, that was helpful 😀

    2. BobbyV
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      play both surely

  29. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    Choose one:

    A. Barnes + VVD
    or
    B. Rashford + Soyunchu (Three-way rotation with Lundstram and Cantwell)

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      take it from me that 3 ways are not always as exciting or rewarding as you imagine

  30. lekalatch
    27 days, 16 hours ago

    How big are the chances of Son starting?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      absolutely huge, massive, colossal

      mammoth

      1. Artemis Titans
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 16 hours ago

        Gargantuan, Biblical

        1. Artemis Titans
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 16 hours ago

          Son (c) big balls differential

    2. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      No one knows but I’d say he’s likely to play a large role. Depends what position you’re in : if you’re on WC then definitely bring him in as his future fixtures are good as well, even if he has limited minutes this weekend

    3. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      Will start on the bench

    4. International Richard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 16 hours ago

      I’ve made some sacrifices to bring in Son. Won’t capt him tho. I’m just not that brave