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. tim
    • 10 Years
    27 days, 21 hours 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
      27 days, 21 hours ago

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

    2. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 21 hours ago

      play King over Dendo

      1. tim
        • 10 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Cheers!

  2. FPLShaqiri
    • 1 Year
    27 days, 21 hours ago

    What is the best combination of 4.5 rotating defenders?

    1. Ambrosiana Inter
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 21 hours ago

      Was Kelly Lundstram

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        4.5

        1. Ambrosiana Inter
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 21 hours ago

          Said was

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 21 hours ago

            Was 4.0 you mean

        2. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 21 hours ago

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

    2. Zlatanzo
        27 days, 21 hours ago

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

        1. Ambrosiana Inter
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 21 hours ago

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

      • Rock n Grohl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Aarons and Monty works out well for the most part.

        1. FPLShaqiri
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 21 hours 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. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 21 hours ago

      Thoughts? RMWCT

      Pope
      Zinchenko Digne Dunk
      Mane Sterling Martial Mount
      Kane Pukki Haller

      Button Cantwell Lundstram Kelly

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 21 hours 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
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 21 hours 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. No Kane No Gain
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Thanks both

    4. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 21 hours ago

      best 4.5 def not from Burnley?

      1. Visionaries
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Montoya or Soyuncu

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 21 hours ago

          Jinx 🙂

      2. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        I’d say Montoya or Soyuncu...

      3. JustPark
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Soyuncu pretty popular.

      4. justmatt
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Soyuncu or Montoya

        Mings also has decent fixtures coming up.

    5. jimmy.floyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 21 hours ago

      Last one
      A Mane Laporte
      B Salah Zinchenko

      1. L S P
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        A

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      27 days, 21 hours 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
      27 days, 21 hours ago

      Pope or Heaton please guys?

      1. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Heaton

        1. davewg59
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 21 hours ago

          Is it cos he is at home?

      2. ChelseaGuy
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Popeeee

      3. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Think i'm on Heaton

      4. Sloths
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Pope

    8. justmatt
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 21 hours 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. No Kane No Gain
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        A

    9. Blue Gaffer
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 21 hours ago

      Play Lundstram or King?

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        King

      2. No Kane No Gain
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        King

      3. justmatt
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        King

    10. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 21 hours ago

      Can you still play chips why on a wildcard ?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        No.

        1 chip per GW.

      2. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Nope

      3. JustPark
        • 3 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

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

        1. NED KELLY
          • 8 Years
          27 days, 21 hours ago

          Ok thanks

    11. Crystal Alice
        27 days, 21 hours ago

        Cannot wait for AWB to finally score for Palace tomorrow

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        27 days, 21 hours ago

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

        1. ChelseaGuy
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 21 hours ago

          Haller

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            27 days, 21 hours 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
          27 days, 21 hours ago

          Hopefully McGinn

      • lekalatch
          27 days, 21 hours 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.

        • maurorodi00
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 21 hours ago

          Pope or andrian quick answer please !!!

          1. ChelseaGuy
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 21 hours ago

            Pope

          2. ElliotJHP
            • 7 Years
            27 days, 21 hours ago

            Adriaaaaan

          3. maurorodi00
            • 1 Year
            27 days, 21 hours 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
              27 days, 21 hours 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
            27 days, 21 hours ago

            Brave guy that picks Adrian vs Arsesnal

        • ElliotJHP
          • 7 Years
          27 days, 21 hours ago

          Got to start one in draft:

          A - Emerson
          B -Doherty
          C - Maupay

        • mcgrejam
          • 5 Years
          27 days, 21 hours 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
            27 days, 21 hours ago

            Good

          2. Athletic Nasherbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 21 hours ago

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

            So overall nice

          3. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            27 days, 21 hours ago

            VN

        • S3
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 21 hours 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

        • danlynch13
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 21 hours ago

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

          1. FPL Ultras
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 21 hours ago

            A

        • abaalan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 21 hours ago

          Dendoncker, King or Montoya to start?

          1. Zlatanzo
              27 days, 21 hours ago

              Montoya

            • ChelseaGuy
              • 2 Years
              27 days, 21 hours ago

              Got Montoya myself

          2. Zenith UK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            27 days, 21 hours 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

          3. Pariße
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 21 hours ago

            can bruyne and silva cover sterling?

            1. Zenith UK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 21 hours ago

              Bilva or Dilva?

            2. ChelseaGuy
              • 2 Years
              27 days, 21 hours ago

              Nope

              1. ChelseaGuy
                • 2 Years
                27 days, 21 hours ago

                Get Sterling and Mount/Trossard for that price then

            3. Jurgen Flopp
              • 5 Years
              27 days, 21 hours ago

              No

            4. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 21 hours ago

              Will the Silva play?

            5. XabiAlonso
              • 4 Years
              27 days, 21 hours ago

              Na join me on kdb and sterling for mega points

            6. Rock n Grohl
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              27 days, 21 hours ago

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

          4. ChelseaGuy
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 21 hours ago

            Here I'm playing Barkley over King lol

            1. Zlatanzo
                27 days, 21 hours ago

                Be prepared for King to come off the bench anyway 😉

            2. FPL Ultras
              • 2 Years
              27 days, 21 hours 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!

            3. paza12
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              27 days, 21 hours ago

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

              1. FPL Ultras
                • 2 Years
                27 days, 21 hours ago

                Lundstram, Zinchenko

              2. Zlatanzo
                  27 days, 21 hours ago

                  King and Zinch

                  1. Zlatanzo
                      27 days, 21 hours ago

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

                • Shackalackaboomboom
                  • 3 Years
                  27 days, 21 hours ago

                  How long will walkers peters still be an option guys?

                  1. Galza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    27 days, 21 hours ago

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

                  2. Zlatanzo
                      27 days, 21 hours ago

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

                  3. CornerTakenQuicklyOrigi
                      27 days, 21 hours 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
                        27 days, 21 hours ago

                        C

                    • DeadStar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      27 days, 21 hours ago

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

                      1. ChelseaGuy
                        • 2 Years
                        27 days, 21 hours ago

                        Zin

                      2. Dthinger
                        • 2 Years
                        27 days, 21 hours 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
                          27 days, 21 hours ago

                          Zinch all day

                      4. United10
                        • 2 Years
                        27 days, 21 hours ago

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

                      5. Net Gains
                        • 3 Years
                        27 days, 21 hours ago

                        What will the Spurs backline be vs Newcastle?

                        KWP Alderweireld Sanchez Rose?

                      6. HollywoodXI
                        • 5 Years
                        27 days, 21 hours 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
                          27 days, 21 hours ago

                          Show it

                          1. HollywoodXI
                            • 5 Years
                            27 days, 21 hours 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
                                27 days, 21 hours ago

                                Was this the team with all 4.5 and 4.0 defenders?

                              • purple lamborGhini
                                  27 days, 21 hours 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. purple lamborGhini
                                      27 days, 21 hours 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