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. Superkitten
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Can't understand why so few people are containing Pukki - the guy is on fire and Chelsea's defence looks abysmal. Also need today that Kante is injured which makes it even worse.....

      1. Superkitten
          1 month, 26 days ago

          *captaining

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Simple. There are better options.

        • Zlatanzo
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Bringing him in is one thing but captaining him against a top side is madness. Props to you if it pays off though

          • Freddiebell
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            If people have sterling or kane they are going to cap them

            1. Superkitten
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I have Sterling but I rate the Chelsea defence worse than Bournemouth. Huge haul if it comes off as planned!

            2. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Unknown player and plays for norwich

            3. Maddamotha
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Gonna blank

            4. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              You probably didnt cap him last week... in other words you are points chasing

          • ‘Tis the Season
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            please help guys, I need advice..WC or not.

            Current 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*

            1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Dont wc for this week imo

            2. Zlatanzo
                1 month, 26 days ago

                WC not needed

              • ‘Tis the Season
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Thanks so much. Appreciate the response

              • Pia06rc
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Team looks good why would you WC?

            3. ManofKent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Madness to bench VVD and play Lundstam (only Pool def)?

              1. Superkitten
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Crazy

                • zizoo10
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Moronic

                • Zlatanzo
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Lundstram is a one week wonder, stick with VVD

                  • Yank Revolution
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Headscratcher!

                  • S.Kuqi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Yes

                  • Snevitz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I'm playing him over Zinchenko. Run a comparison of the two in the members area and see who comes out on top

                • Ole Trafford
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Who scores more in the next few gw’s.

                  A) Mina
                  B) Mount

                  Ta

                  1. Zlatanzo
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      If Mount gets starts then I'd say he would.

                    • S.Kuqi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Mina

                  2. waltzingmatildas
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    No Salah, sterling or Kane, but still pretty happy with this. Got wc left if it's all wrong!

                    Heaton
                    Robbo zinchenko digne
                    Mane kdb martial mount
                    Aubameyang jota pukki

                    Pope montoya dendoncker Cathcart

                      1. waltzingmatildas
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Oh dear

                    1. Superkitten
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Dear y me.....

                      • Zenith UK
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Starting Auba and Robbo? Contradict each other no? Why not Kane this week and Auba next week on FT?

                        1. waltzingmatildas
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Not transferring auba out. Not on wc

                      • Freddiebell
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Kane over Aub would make more sense

                      • Yank Revolution
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Brilliant or utter disaster...

                    2. 03farmboy
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Any one playing the fantasy football telegraph?
                        Thinking of transfering out
                        Barkley, tielemans and jota
                        For martial, Pukki and mina
                        Or
                        Could swap Barkley and tielemans for Pukki and digne

                      • LewanGOALski
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Bench one:

                        C)eballos
                        D)endoncker
                        F)emenia

                        ??

                        1. Twisted Saltergater
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          D

                      • TSILIKAFENEIAKOS
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Perez to McGinn for free or save?

                        McGinn looked involved in all Villa's attack first two while Perez didn't look lively. But his next two fixtures are really good to ignore.

                        Opinions?

                        1. Freshy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          McGinn and Cantwell are both great value

                          1. Freshy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Im on WC and and did Dendonker to Cantwell

                        2. Zlatanzo
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Hold off for this week

                        3. Thunder Warrior
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Ryan or Adrian?

                          1. hsakrujd
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            This game Mat

                        4. donlobatto
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          G2G gents? -8 taken and WC intact. Decided to forget Kane for now.

                          0.1itb -8pts
                          Heaton
                          VVD, Digne, Zinch, AWB
                          Salah, Sterling (C), KDB, Martial
                          Pukki, Jota
                          (Button) (Lunds, Dendo, Greenwood)

                          GL all!

                          1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Gtg, GL too

                          2. pingissimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            GL

                            Looks very nice.

                            1. donlobatto
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 26 days ago

                              Thanks mate. Good luck with your lot too. Still going Mané captain?

                        5. diesel001
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          What happened to RAE's post on all the GW team news? Used to be hulked every GW.

                          1. Rainer
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Probably interfered with this article, might have been asked to stop. Was very handy!

                        6. gomez123
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Any Villa Fans??
                          Elmo or Mings for 5th defence spot??

                          1. Zlatanzo
                              1 month, 26 days ago

                              Not a Villa fan but I know that Mings is more nailed.

                            • Zlatanzo
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                Would you risk Guilbert coming in and taking Elmo's place?

                              • Hint
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                How long term? Elmo is a great crosser and probably more PPM but might lose his spot at some point over the next few weeks. Mings is nailed and will get BPS but probably still less PPM.

                            • Jurgen Flopp
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 26 days ago

                              A) Martial and 2 x 4.5 Defenders, or
                              B) Ceballos Zinchenko AWB

                              Help please lads. Is Martial worth a sacrifice in defence?

                              1. Eddie
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                Probs not. I'd give Ceballos another couple weeks though.

                              2. Little Red Lacazette
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                B just slightly.

                            • Little Red Lacazette
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 26 days ago

                              Glad that Zinc is going to play.

                              1. Eddie
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                🙂

                              2. diesel001
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                Is he? Aren't Cancelo and Mendy options to take his place this GW?

                                1. Rainer
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  City planning on playing both at LB this weekend, supposedly.

                                  1. Eddie
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 26 days ago

                                    2 at leftback say what?

                                2. Eddie
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  🙁

                                  1. Superkitten
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      2 left backs and overlapping centre halves

                              3. Zenith UK
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                I have Kane & Sterling;

                                Son & Laporte
                                KDB & Zinc

                                1. OLLY G
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  SL

                                  1. Zenith UK
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    1 month, 26 days ago

                                    Gah, now you've confused me even more, posted further down!

                              4. Hulk Smash
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                Thoughts on this for -4 please?

                                Robertson, Perez, C. Wilson > Soyuncu, KDB, Pukki

                                1. Rock n Grohl
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  Pretty solid moves there I reckon. KDB alone could get those 4 pts back in no time.

                              5. Rock n Grohl
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                Play Coleman or Monty? Have McGinn.

                                1. Rainer
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  Both and bench McGinn?

                                2. benbro
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  As much as I’m loathed to say it I think Monty. The caveat being Southampton aren’t as bad as the hype.

                                  Be ware the Brighton bias in this site though.

                                3. Rock n Grohl
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  His (McGinn) stats are pretty good though, top of goals imminent. Intresting though.

                                4. Rock n Grohl
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  Think Everton have been lucky with the clean sheets so far.

                              6. lilmessipran
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                The scout picks this gw look like knee-jerk reactions from gw2, chasing points much !

                              7. langov
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                TAA + Bilva + Auba -> Maguire, Sterling (C), Rashford for -4?

                              8. mcgrejam
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                Which one please...

                                A) Dunk/Jota
                                B) Montoya/Barnes

                                A or B please?

                                1. Hulk Smash
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  B

                              9. Henning
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 26 days ago

                                Gtg ?

                                Heaton

                                Digne VVD KWP AWB

                                Sterling KDB Son Lanzini

                                Kane Pukki

                                Button Dendoncker Lundstram Greenwood

                                1. S.Kuqi
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  Whats your plan when Salah or Mane bags a brace?

                                  1. Henning
                                    • 5 Years
                                    1 month, 26 days ago

                                    Downgrade Kane?

                              10. FOO FIGHTER
                                  1 month, 26 days ago

                                  The question remains, will Kane better Pukki man's hattrick vs Newcastle???

                                  1. benbro
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 26 days ago

                                    He won’t.

                                    And Pukki will get s brace at Chelsea which Kane May also fail to better

                                  2. Zlatanzo
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      He will not

                                    • Yank Revolution
                                      • 8 Years
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      Better it? Not likely. If he gets a G and an A and BAPS (at minimum) I will be happy.

                                    • Jurgen Flopp
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      Harry Kane us is the troll of all trolls when you least expect it

                                  3. gauzah
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    1 month, 26 days ago

                                    Heaton or Pope this week?

                                    1. S.Kuqi
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      Pope

                                  4. camarozz
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    1 month, 26 days ago

                                    Not much of a question but.

                                    Wilson v City or.

                                    Barkley v Norwich??

                                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                                        1 month, 26 days ago

                                        I would go Wilson. Get rid of Barkley.

                                      • S.Kuqi
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        1 month, 26 days ago

                                        Wilson

                                    2. Jurgen Flopp
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-line-ups-vs-aston-16804839.amp

                                      Obviously shouldn't be taken as gospel but it is good reading for Moise Kean owners!

                                    3. Bartowski
                                      • 9 Years
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      It's getting to big boy fantasy football time. A lot don't have Kane and most that do will captain him.

                                      Could be a huge swing between those that captain Sterling and vice versa.

                                      I love this game as long as my choice wins out, otherwise I hate this game.

                                      1. Zenith UK
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        1 month, 26 days ago

                                        What if we have both though?! Tough times ahead!

                                        1. Bartowski
                                          • 9 Years
                                          1 month, 26 days ago

                                          Then if you make the wrong captain choice you're really going to hate this game

                                          1. Zenith UK
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 3 Years
                                            1 month, 26 days ago

                                            Team two comments below, help!? please?!

                                      2. pingissimus
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        1 month, 26 days ago

                                        What if I go Mane despite having both Kane and Sterling?

                                    4. AK_FC
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      Start Lundstram or Dendocker?

                                    5. Zenith UK
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      Finish this please?

                                      Someone wanna talk me out of sticking to plan A? Plan D is probably my second choice!

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

                                      A) Lund, Zinc, KDB, Martial & Greenwood - (0 ITB)
                                      B) Lund, Zinc, KDB, Cantwell & Pukki - (0.9 ITB)
                                      C) Lund, Laporte, Son, Cantwell & Pukki - (0 ITB)
                                      D) Laporte, Mina, Martial, Cantwell, Pukki (0.5 ITB)
                                      E) Other option?

                                    6. valderramasbarber
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      1 month, 26 days ago

                                      Any advice on which 2 of the following to bench?

                                      - Vertonghen (New - H)
                                      - Gomez (Ars - H)
                                      - Emerson (Nor - A)
                                      - Redmond (BHA - A)
                                      - Zaha (Utd - A)
                                      - Abraham (Nor - A)

                                      Much obliged.

                                      1. Zlatanzo
                                          1 month, 26 days ago

                                          Gomez and Redmond

                                        • S.Kuqi
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          1 month, 26 days ago

                                          Looks like a team I would wildcard but Gomez and Redmons

                                      2. Old Bull
                                        • 6 Years
                                        1 month, 26 days ago

                                        Play Cantwell or Dendoncker