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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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. tim
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Pope
    Zinc Digne VVD Lund
    Salah Moura Perez Sterling(VC) Dendo
    Kane(C)

    Button King Rico Greenwood

    2FT for next week, lets hope for the best!

    Or should I play King?

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I’d probably play King and hope for a penalty...

    2. The Pope
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      play King over Dendo

      1. tim
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Cheers!

  2. FPLShaqiri
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 28 days ago

    What is the best combination of 4.5 rotating defenders?

    1. Ambrosiana Inter
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Was Kelly Lundstram

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        4.5

        1. Ambrosiana Inter
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Said was

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Was 4.0 you mean

        2. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Was 4.0 mate. He's asking 4.5 though. All good

    2. Zlatanzo
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Mings/Montoya for the next 10 GWs rotate well. Haven't looked into others

      1. Ambrosiana Inter
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Mings won’t keep clean sheets but I guess there s no better pick out there,actually I d go Kelly Montoya then

    3. Rock n Grohl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Aarons and Monty works out well for the most part.

      1. FPLShaqiri
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Great shout I like it! Fixtures wise Soyuncu and Pieters (Lei and Bur) are amazing all the way until gw19 but I like these 2 as picks as they're attacking. Assume Montoya is nailed?

  3. The Pope
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Thoughts? RMWCT

    Pope
    Zinchenko Digne Dunk
    Mane Sterling Martial Mount
    Kane Pukki Haller

    Button Cantwell Lundstram Kelly

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Nice - great balance

      Doubting Mount personally but can’t deny he might be gold and there are options out there in that range. Just prefer McGinn and Walker.

      GL

    2. justmatt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Similar to the team I posted below. I'm unsure over Kane/Mane/4.5 vs Salah/Barnes/VVD.
      Looks good though. Good luck.

    3. The Pope
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Thanks both

  4. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    best 4.5 def not from Burnley?

    1. Visionaries
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Montoya or Soyuncu

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Jinx 🙂

    2. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I’d say Montoya or Soyuncu...

    3. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Soyuncu pretty popular.

    4. justmatt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Soyuncu or Montoya

      Mings also has decent fixtures coming up.

  5. jimmy.floyd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Last one
    A Mane Laporte
    B Salah Zinchenko

    1. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      A

  6. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Kane was my captain pick for this week the moment Rafa resigned a couple of months back. I also decided on Auba and Pukki to start 2/3 back then.But deciding not to unlock captain Mane.

    Backing my instinct over my instinct here. 🙂

  7. davewg59
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Pope or Heaton please guys?

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Heaton

      1. davewg59
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Is it cos he is at home?

    2. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Popeeee

    3. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Think i'm on Heaton

    4. Sloths
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Pope

  8. justmatt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Evening all. Last decision on WC... Leaning towards B myself.

    A - Kane, Mane, 4.5 Def + 0 ITB
    B - Barnes, Salah, VVD + 0.9m ITB

    Rest of the team...

    Pope, Button
    AWB, Digne, Montoya, Lundstram, ???
    Sterling, KdB, Martial, Cantwell, ???
    Pukki, Wickham, ???

    1. The Pope
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      A

  9. Blue Gaffer
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Play Lundstram or King?

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      King

    2. The Pope
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      King

    3. justmatt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      King

  10. NED KELLY
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Can you still play chips why on a wildcard ?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      No.

      1 chip per GW.

    2. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Nope

    3. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      No. Wildcard itself is a chip. You can't stack chips.

      1. NED KELLY
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Ok thanks

  11. Crystal Alice
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Cannot wait for AWB to finally score for Palace tomorrow

  12. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Who will be this week's bandwagon and why is it Wesley Moraes Ferreira da Silva?

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Haller

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Good shout but I think hes too expensive to become a bandwagon already. Needs consecutive hauls. Lanzini is a very possible bandwagon though, people who still own Perez and other misfiring mids will bring him in if he scores points again.

    2. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Hopefully McGinn

  13. lekalatch
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Final WC adjustments...

    G2G?

    Pope Button
    Zinchenko Maguire Soy Montoya Lundstram
    Mane Sterling KDB Martial Cantwell
    Kane Pukki Wickham

    Only doubt is Zinchenko. Could do Kane + Martial + Zinchenko + Pope ---> Rashford + Son + Ederson + 4.5. But that would mean playing 3 4.5 defs every week or 2 4.5 defs + Cantwell... Can't decide.

  14. maurorodi00
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Pope or andrian quick answer please !!!

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Pope

    2. ElliotJHP
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Adriaaaaan

    3. maurorodi00
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Great 2 diferent answers ahahha i think liverpool will not managed to hold on with clean sheet but i am afraid wolves will score either

      1. maurorodi00
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        So the ansewr must be who will take the most rescues and i think is pope any opinions ?

    4. Sloths
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Brave guy that picks Adrian vs Arsesnal

  15. ElliotJHP
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Got to start one in draft:

    A - Emerson
    B -Doherty
    C - Maupay

  16. mcgrejam
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    How’s this WC looking...

    Ederson
    Montoya, AWB, Digne
    Ceballos, KDB, Sterling, Mane, Martial
    Pukki, Rashford

    Subs- Kelly, Lundstram etc - team good enough?

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Good

    2. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Very similar to mine. You have Ceballos + Ederson and I have Ryan + Mount + 1m.

      So overall nice

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 28 days ago

      VN

  17. S3
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Pope
    Digne Zinch [Kelly Rico]
    Salah Sterling Martial Perez Moura
    Jota Pukki

    Skelle, Lundstram, Kelly, Greenwood

    Already used 1FT to bring in Pukki for Wilson and still have one more FT. Thoughts on:
    1) Moura and Perez out for Son and Mcginn/Ceballos/Cantwell
    2) Moura and Perez out for Debruyne and Mcginn/Ceballos/Cantwell
    3) Perez out for Trossad
    4) Hold FT till next week

  18. danlynch13
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    A) Mane + TTA
    B) Salah + Zinchenko + 0.5m

    1. FPL Ultras
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      A

  19. abaalan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Dendoncker, King or Montoya to start?

    1. Zlatanzo
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Montoya

    2. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Got Montoya myself

  20. Zenith UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    So far every option has received one vote;
    Pope, McGovern
    Digne, AWB, Kelly, XXX, XXX
    Sterling, Mane, Ceballos, XXX, XXX
    Kane, Wickham, XXX

    A) Lund, Zinc, KDB, Martial & Greenwood - (0 ITB)
    B) Laporte, Rico, KDB, Cantwell & Pukki - (0 ITB)
    C) Laporte, Lund, Son, Cantwell & Pukki - (0 ITB)
    D) Laporte, Mina, Martial, Cantwell, Pukki - (0.5 ITB)
    E) Other option?

    I'm currently on A but leaning towards

  21. Pariße
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    can bruyne and silva cover sterling?

    1. Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Bilva or Dilva?

    2. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Nope

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Get Sterling and Mount/Trossard for that price then

    3. Jurgen Flopp
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      No

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Will the Silva play?

    5. XabiAlonso
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Na join me on kdb and sterling for mega points

    6. Rock n Grohl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Either of the Silva's and KDB cannot. The former are rotation risks. Burned by this strategy on GW1.

  22. ChelseaGuy
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Here I'm playing Barkley over King lol

    1. Zlatanzo
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Be prepared for King to come off the bench anyway 😉

  23. FPL Ultras
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Guys I have been thinking about my captain for a while... currently I am backing Salah. Who would you CAPTAIN?

    Pope
    TAA, Digne, Dunk
    Salah (C), Sterling, KDB, Perez, McGinn
    Deulofeu, Rashford

    Thanks!

  24. paza12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Start two out of the three: Lundstram, Zinchenko and Josh King. Cheere!

    1. FPL Ultras
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Lundstram, Zinchenko

    2. Zlatanzo
      1 month, 28 days ago

      King and Zinch

      1. Zlatanzo
        1 month, 28 days ago

        actually since they are playing each other I'd go Lundy Zinch

  25. Shackalackaboomboom
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    How long will walkers peters still be an option guys?

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I think whilst he’s in the team, it’s his place to lose...

    2. Zlatanzo
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Not for much longer. Don't bother bringing him in now imo

  26. CornerTakenQuicklyOrigi
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Whom to bench?

    A) Pereira (shu)
    B) Zinchenko (bou)
    C) VVD (ARS)
    D) Digne (avl)
    E) Mount (nor)

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      C

  27. DeadStar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Play Zinchenko or Lundstram? Stats wise Lundstram seems better but it doesn't feel right...

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Zin

    2. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I'm struggling similarly. It seems like Leicester will have to start scoring goals at some point and I worry it will be this week

    3. Zlatanzo
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Zinch all day

  28. United10
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Who to captain?
    a) Sterling
    b) Salah
    c) Martial

  29. Net Gains
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    What will the Spurs backline be vs Newcastle?

    KWP Alderweireld Sanchez Rose?

  30. HollywoodXI
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    After much deliberation I’m holding my nerve, going with my instinct and leaving my WC team with a cheap defence and funds loaded on my front eight. There are arguments for and against (and I respect both) but sometimes you just gotta go with your gut 🙂

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Show it

      1. HollywoodXI
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Not a chance. I have previously and got slammed for my approach. It’s not conventional and certainly not in line with the group think on here.

        1. Zlatanzo
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Was this the team with all 4.5 and 4.0 defenders?

        2. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
          1 month, 28 days ago

          GL man but a week will come where 3 of ur defenders dont even feature. I get what you're doing and I flirt with the idea but the fact is that the likes of digne, awb, mina, laporte, vvd will score alot of points. The cheapest defence I would consider is those first 3 names with lunds as back up

          1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
            1 month, 28 days ago

            idk if its worth mentioning, but in all the seasons where I got good results I had a strong performing defence. I dont think its coincidence