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FPL Gameweek 1 team news: Injury updates on Pulisic, Ziyech, Holgate and more

The first half-dozen pre-Gameweek 1 press conferences took place on Thursday, with a number of key injury updates being delivered by the head coaches in question.

Ten more virtual media gatherings will follow on Friday, with Aston Villa, Burnley and the two Manchester clubs not in action, of course, on the opening weekend.

We’ll run through the headline injury news and stand-out manager quotes from the conference calls so far, with a more detailed discussion to follow in our Team News tab.

Chelsea

Pulisic benched as Lampard switches to a 3-4-3 against unchanged Spurs

Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta are in contention to feature against Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday evening, with the pair rejoining training after their recovery from hamstring injuries sustained in the FA Cup final.

To what extent they will be involved remains to be seen, with boss Frank Lampard saying:

I am very happy to welcome them both back. Yesterday was their first day fully training with the team, so they’re in contention for Monday.

I have to be careful and I have a squad to pick from, but the way they’re training and the attitude they’ve come back with, it looks like they’re over those injuries. I just have to make sure I manage them both back in in their own ways.

New signings Hakim Ziyech (knee) and Ben Chilwell (heel) have joined Billy Gilmour (knee) on the treatment table, while Thiago Silva is also unlikely to feature.

Lampard said:

Hakim Ziyech took an injury to his knee against Brighton, in the friendly game, so he won’t be fit [this weekend]. We’re working with him. We hope it’s a matter of weeks, hopefully a couple of weeks, but we will have to see on that one.

Ben Chilwell is working towards fitness, he won’t be fit for Brighton. He has developed and improved this week and going in the right direction, which is good news for us.

Thiago Silva is now in London but not training with us until the weekend, so I doubt very much he will be in contention for the Brighton game.

Billy Gilmour is obviously a longer-term injury, he will be out for a couple of months more. Other than that, we are in decent shape.

Leeds United

A taciturn Marcelo Bielsa gave his first pre-match press conference as a Premier League manager on Thursday.

The Argentinean revealed that Rodrigo and Robin Koch could be in contention to make their Leeds United debuts at Anfield, saying:

They are in very good physical condition ahead of the game.

Koch may even have a chance of starting on Merseyside despite a lack of preparation time with his new teammates, with Bielsa adding:

The spot on the right of the defence in the back four does not require a lot of adapting.

The Whites almost have a clean bill of health going into Gameweek 1, with Bielsa saying:

All the players are available to play. Adam Forshaw is out. He’s a separate case.

Everton

Mason Holgate (toe) looks set to be missing when Everton take on Spurs this weekend but Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes appear to have shaken off minor fitness concerns.

Carlo Ancelotti told the media:

I think that Holgate is out. Mina I think is available to play, Gomes is available. We are going to check tomorrow Delph, he will start training with the team tomorrow. For the others, I think the physical condition of the team is quite good.

Southampton

One of the more popular sub-£6.0m midfielders looks set to be missing in Gameweek 1, with Ralph Hasenhuttl revealing that Stuart Armstrong has come back from international duty with Scotland with an injury.

The Saints boss also confirmed that Alex McCarthy is his number one goalkeeper at the start of the new season, with one of Angus Gunn or Fraser Forster likely to depart the club and the other playing understudy.

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder told reporters that a couple of his players are “touch and go” for the weekend, although didn’t name any names.

Sander Berge came back from international duty with Norway with a knee problem, so may be amongst that number.

Wilder had said last Friday that Jack O’Connell would be “100% fit” for the visit of Wolves despite not featuring in pre-season and added that Lys Mousset “will be fine” after a knock to his toe.

Fulham

Scott Parker said ahead of Gameweek 1 that Jean-Michael Seri and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, who spent last season out on loan, will be given a chance to work their way back into the first-team fold but have “only just returned to the building”.

Parker also said that new acquisition Alphonse Areola and Marek Rodak “can push each other” for the goalkeeper’s jersey in west London.

The Fulham boss didn’t report any fitness concerns in the broadcast section of his presser.

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1,215 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ragsyboys
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Does 'league of doing bits' exist ?

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      yes

      1. ragsyboys
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Can I know the league code ?

  2. clarkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Thoughts on this team? Too template-y?

    McCarthy
    Justin VVD Vinagre
    Auba Salah Son Havertz
    Werner Adams Nketiah

    Button, Mitchell, Ayling, Bissouma

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I like the Nketiah punt, I wouldn't double on Chelsea personally.

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Nah, looks good.

    3. FPL ElasticO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Going into the season with no TAA or Robertson will be brave.....
      Good luck

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Final Piece - Pick one:

    1. Barnes
    2. Jota
    3. Pereira
    4. Zaha

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      4

    2. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      1

    3. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Punting on 3

    4. Bullet Eder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      2

      1. Kamara Police
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Well that clears that up 🙂

  4. goblin140
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Who else still going with BBGW1+WCGW2 strategy? Always thought it's good to do it and GW1 blanks for Manchester teams is the reason I'm going for it this year.

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      BB2 for me, allows to start with Manchester players

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        But yeah, many are still in that camp.

    2. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Not me bud. But good luck

    3. Bossworld
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      It's interesting on two points, the first being the uncertainty of starts over the staggered weekend (particularly with the FPL deadline being brought forward), the second being you could end up in a situation where the season is curtailed anyway, so may benefit to get it out of the way.

  5. Give Me the Mane
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    RMT, please! Any suggestions?

    McCarthy/Nyland
    Robbo/Justin/KWP/Lamptey/Mitchell
    Auba/Salah/Son/Mount/Bissouma
    Ings/DCL/Mitro

    GW2 - Ings to Martial & Mount to Greenwood
    1M ITB.

    1. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Looks good imho. Personally wouldn't take -4 in the first GW

    2. ace3.1415
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Mount > Barnes
        Robbo > Trent
        Not too sure about greenwood bc of sancho speculation?

    3. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      When your whole team depends on Soucek's fitness...

      1. olly:)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        could go for Ceballos instead ?

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yep, he is an option. Not sure about his FPL prospect though.

          1. olly:)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            as much as Soucek really, not gonna do much but if u need him to be 12th man and start for a blank player GW1 it aint bad

            1. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Yeah, may not be that bad since it's for 2 gameweeks anyway.

              I hope he is a sure starter?

              1. olly:)
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                he's a sure starter if fit, i've read most arsenal forums and they all have him in their predicted lineups, they all like him.

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Cheers, plan B sorted. Thanks!

      2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        🙂

    4. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Interesting to see 4.5 holding in the scout picks. Is he expected to start for arsenal?

      1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Should start, can see Fulham scoring though.

      2. olly:)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        yeah Ornstein said he is in line to start vs Fulham on saturday, in my team.

      3. Sahil.....
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Yes...luiz injured...saliba gabriel holding 3 cbs to start

        1. FPL ElasticO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          If that is the back 3 for arsenal, I would love to have Mitrovic......

    5. Darth Vydra
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Should i have a Utd player on my bench cause am pretty stacked in first 11

        1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I wouldn't bother, maximise starting 11.

          1. Darth Vydra
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Owk because i had

              Mccarthy
              TAA KWP Stevens Vinagre
              Salah Auba ASM
              Kane/Werner Ings Mitrovic

          2. QUEN
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I think it’s a sound idea tbh. I’d rather bank the transfer GW2 and jump on rising assets etc

          3. Thescaff
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I'd rather have a chance of a double digit score than save a pre arranged transfer

        2. Bossworld
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I'm not actively playing this year. Can I get by without any City cover (namely KDB)?

          Ryan
          KWP - TAA - [C. Taylor]
          Auba (TC) - Soucek - [Fernandes] - Salah
          Wilson - Mitrovic - Werner

          Walton - Dendoncker - Dallas - Mitchell.

          I wanted Rhian Brewster to enable Dendoncker > Foden but he could move to the Championship after GW1 and I'm not touching my team after that point.

          1. QUEN
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Dendoncker > 4.5
            Mitchell > 4.5

            1. Bossworld
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Thanks, I guess it would be a likely 2 points ceiling from either option tho?

              Could potentially go Salah > KDB and then Dendoncker can become a 5.5

              1. QUEN
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Yeah just thinking if it’s a ghost team prob want a full bench.

                Very tricky tbh when looking over a season I think KDB

        3. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Michy to Palace official, no zaha oop

          1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            zaha was never a consideration for most

          2. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Michy essential in a couple weeks

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Benteke

          3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            zaha is better on the wing anyway I feel

        4. Pieters 4 Wood
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Johnstone
            TAA Doh KWP
            (S)al, Auba, Son, Souc, ASM
            Wern, Mitro

            Button Ayling Ferg Brew

            Thoughts?

            1. ace3.1415
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Don't like soucek
                Johnstone/Button > Ryan/Walton

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              A bit of template-ish but how does this team look?

              McCarthy (4.0)
              TAA Davies Egan (Taylor Mitchell)
              Auba [c] Mane Alli JWP (Bissouma)
              Werner DCL Wilson

              1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Looks fine, should do well. Would go Pereira over JWP

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Ta

            3. QUEN
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Why’s everyone assuming Werner will be taking penalties over havertz in the ranking order

              Looking at the history both were on penalties before. Both have scored 13, whilst havertz has missed none, Werner has missed 3.

              Have I missed something guys?

              1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                No-one has a scooby tbh.

              2. Thescaff
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Didn't realise that!

            4. adstomko
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Big 3 up-front. Thoughts?

              Ramsdale
              Trent, Mina, Davies, KWP
              Auba, Alli, Rodríguez
              Vardy, Werner, Ings
              (Button, Mitchell, Lemina, Gordon)

              1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Risky but might work. Don't like Leicester prospects, personally.

                1. Thescaff
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Agree

                2. adstomko
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Same, but their fixtures are appealing

              2. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Yerry and James.

            5. Winston.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              A. Egan or..
              B. Saiss ?

              1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Saiss

              2. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Egan sure starter? WOL have many changes at the back and need to monitor a bit

              3. Thescaff
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Egan more nailed & better threat

            6. fuzzymike
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Is Boly worth 0 5m more than Coady??
              With all Wolves Defs these two look the most nailed for season.

              1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                No

              2. Thescaff
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Yes bonus & goal threat.

              3. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                I think both are too expensive.

                Comparatively, yes. Boly is worth extra 0.5 over Coady.

                1. Bullet Eder
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  How is Coady too expensive at 5.0? Would be in every single team if he was 4.5

                  1. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Just that I don't like to pay 5m for someone with 6pts as ceiling. Likes of Egan, Davies, Dier, Coleman will probably offer something more.

                    Agreed though, at 4.5 he would be in pretty much every team.

            7. LLoris
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Justin or KWP??

              1. Thescaff
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Kwp

              2. MAXIMIN EFFORT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                kwp

              3. Sgt Frank Drebin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Imho Justin is much better option. But that's just me.

                1. Thescaff
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Obliterated defence & a transfer waiting to happen.

                  1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Don't think Perreira will be back so soon

              4. Winston.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                kwp

            8. Thescaff
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Hybrid 532 here, what do we all think?.. ...

              Ryan
              TAA Justin Egan KWP Robbo
              Auba(C) Son Salah
              Mitro Werner
              Bench - Walton Soucek Bissouma Wickham

              Transfers
              Gw2 = Son - Rashford
              Gw3 = Auba - KDB/Sterling

            9. AdemolaLookman
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Helloo, can anybody tell me who will be taking Chelsea penalties this season?

              1. olly:)
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                we don't really know until the first one is taken, Jorginho if he's on the pitch if not - Havertz/Werner most likely.

            10. fuzzymike
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Is Oriol Romeu gonna get descent pitch time now Højbjerg gone??

              1. olly:)
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                yeah

              2. Thescaff
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Yes but maybe waste of a saints spot

              3. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Yeah but a Saints 3rd spot might become valuable.

            11. Winston.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Any news or latest rumours about Brewster?

              1. Thescaff
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Nothing, only it may happen very late in window

              2. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Nothing helpful pre-GW1.

            12. COYS78
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Thoughts on the lineup?

              McCarthy
              VVD/KWP/Saliba/Justin
              Salah/Auba/Son/Oriol Romeu
              Vardy/Kane

              Martinez/Mitchell/Stephens/Brewster

              Was hoping for news sooner on Emil and Rhian. Weeks 2 & 3 transfers gain funds with moves to Martial & Bruno

              1. ace3.1415
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Not sure if Martinez will play
                  Brewster will either be kept or loaned to championship team imo

              2. ace3.1415
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  A) Che Adams + Bruno
                  B) Martial + Greenwood ( or other 7.5 mid)

                • MARVELLUS
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  So Douglas at Leeds:
                  Highest owned 4m defender
                  In FFS predicted lineups.

                  Is he the 4m defender we all are looking for?

                  1. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Koch RCB means Ayling to RB & Dallas back to LB.

                • jg7u
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Do you think Jamal Lewis goes straight to the starting lineup? Prefer him over Lascelles if that's the case.

                  1. Hairy Potter
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Not sure, Dummett is injured, but Manquillo might play left back instead of on the right.

                • Will J 256
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Thoughts on this draft? (4-4-2)
                  Ryan
                  Trent, Saiss, Dier, KWP,
                  Auba, Son, Salah, ASM
                  Werner, Ings

                  Walton, Stephens, Ferguson, Brewster

                  any changes needed? Bit worried about the bench!

                • FantasyHero
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Damn so we are not sure if azpi would start.

                  Can't bring in James either because sounds like chilwell might be back next week.

                • pundit of punts
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Will J Rod start GW 1?

                  1. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Burner dont have a fixture, so no

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      burnley

                    2. Holmes
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      H Rod

                      1. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        hot rod

                    3. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Grrrr.

                  2. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Burnley don't play GW1.

                  3. Team Bobcat
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    I am guessing a sub appearance. Bit unfair on himself to throw him in for the full game. Might damage his ego too much..

                • Team Bobcat
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  No real love for Richalison in any of the teams I have seen thus far.

                  Much more potential than the aging Ings.

                  A sound differential

                  Usually starts fast also

                  1. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    better than ings? no way

                    1. Team Bobcat
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      He scored 13 last term. Younger than Ings and should do better with more support. He is better than Ings and cheaper. Barcelona not interested in Ings.

                  2. Zim0
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Can't tell if you're trolling with the ings comment

                    1. Team Bobcat
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      I feel I am being trolled by everyone else who has Ings in their team and not Richalison. Just saying

                  3. Give Me the Mane
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    If you have funds ig, other DCL + 1M can be added somewhere else

                    1. Team Bobcat
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      I have thought about this too. DCL is cheaper no doubt but I feel likea gambit hence Rich

                • fuzzymike
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Doucouré a good 5.5 option?? Likely to start GW1??

                  1. tilope
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    wondering the same thing...

                  2. Team Bobcat
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    He is a sure starter