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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. dshv
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    1. Asm and callum/dcl
    2. Asm soucek mitrovic

    PICK PLEASE

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      2

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

      I'm confused what you're asking. Do you mean:

      1. Wilson & DCL
      2. Soucek & Mitrovic

      If so, 1 is 2.5m more expensive, and will obviously get more points.

      1. jason_ni
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I am also confused lol..

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

        Soucek+Mitrovic vs one of Callum/DCL. I think..

  2. Super Frank8
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Buur likely to start?

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

      no unfortunately

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

    There is no point posting here anymore, as pages are flying and no one really says anything meaningfull.

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

      Have an upvote!

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

      Tomorrow is going to be worse

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

        Imagine saturday morning...

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

          Friday night and Saturday mornig are the worst...

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

      it's horrendous I know

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

      I think hanging out in the comments session of the previous article is the way forward...

    5. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      +1 Panic mode beginning 🙂 It'll be insane until after deadline

    6. Destroyer of teams
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      No point in posting anyway, just everyone posting their teams until it moulds into the sane version basically

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

    Werner, Werner everywhere..

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

      47% ownership, doesn't really gives you much of a choice

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

        The brave always have a choice.

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

          Sorry i don't have the cojones

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

        I beg to differ, sir

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

      Forced one...

    3. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      And not a BAP for Dunk

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

        have a plus 1 🙂

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

    What's more important, a Spurs defender or attacker?

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

      No idea

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        🙂 o/

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

      Defo not a defender

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

    A) ASM + Doucoure
    B) JWP + Soucek

    ?

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

    Start Holding or Justin?

    1. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      H

  8. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Batshuayi at 6mil looks good, should start gw1 or not?

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

      no. not a good choice. no.

      1. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        any actual reason why he is a bad choice or just 'no'?

        1. JJeyy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          probably a wait and see pick but did well when last at palace

    2. fantasyfog
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I'm tempted

    3. polis
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      He's definitely got a chance given he's been playing internationals. Match fit at least.

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

      he knows where the goal is

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

    Quick Poll for my Draft team:

    Choose:
    A: Bamford (Leeds) (Might be on penalties)
    B: Podence (Wolves) (Amongst the front 3 of Podence - Jimenez - Jota)

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

      B

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

    RMT please
    McCarthy (Nyland)
    TAA Justin Egan (Buur, Bernardo)
    Salah Auba Havertz ASM (Stephens)
    Werner Ings Mitro

    0 itb

    1. some witty pun
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      We have almost the same team. I went for TAA 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.0 instead of Egan

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

        i just transferred Egan for Vinagre. who do you have instead of EGan?

        1. some witty pun
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          My backline's TAA Justin KWP/Saliba Ayling 4.0

    2. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      similar to mine except I have Son instead of Havertz

    3. ace3.1415
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Don't think buur will play. Traore will play RWB

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

      Couple of questions folks

      1) Is it worth having Salah(c)/Che (18m) in gw1 with a view to get Havertz/Martial (-4) in gw2......vs Just starting with Havertz/Martial?

      - I save 1FT and 1 hit if i opt for the latter but no Salah(c) could backfire
      - If i opt for the latter, I will have Justin starting with Martial on the bench

    5. ace3.1415
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Any thoughts on martial(+1.5) vs bruno?

        1. polis
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Really tricky. I'd love Bruno but thinking a Rash / Martial double up is where I'll end up.

          Would like to see where & how Donny plays before being 100% on Bruno.

          1. ace3.1415
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Exactly. Don't know how Donny will fit in.

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

            just moved to that myself

        2. ace3.1415
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Rashford vs martial?

            1. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              think Martial

          • Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Che or Bats?

            1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              neither

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                lol

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

              Probably Che to start with.

              Not completely confident with him, but worth a punt...

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Thanks

                Currently on him

          • MANGE TOUT RODNEY
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Very template but I am (just about) happy...

            McCarthy

            TAA - Doherty - Egan - Justin

            Salah (C) - Auba (V) - Son - ASM

            Werner - Mitrovic

            Subs: Ryan; Soucek; Brewster; Taylor

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

              Nice team

              What is your plan for Man u players ?

              1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Thanks

                Not sure really. Will prob try to bring one in for Son?

            2. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Very similar to mine, I would start Soucek though!? Really worried about Doherty game time with Aurier still there and that fixture pile up!

              McCarthy
              TAA Dier Egan
              Salah Auba Son ASM Soucek
              Werner Mitrovic
              Steer Saiss Mitchell Brewster

          • Whiskerz
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            No word on Jamez has brought me to this

            Ryan
            TAA . KWP . Davies . Coleman
            Auba . Son . Havertz . Soucek
            Werner . Wilson

            Button . Mitchell . Bissouma . Martial

            1.5itb for Bruno if I fancy it. Or wiggle room elsewhere since I already have martial.

            Thoughts?

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

              I like!

          • htfcbrad
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            RMT:

            McCarthy (Nyland)
            TAA, Robbo, Dier, Shaw, Mitchell
            Salah, Auba, Alli, ASM, Reed
            Werner, DCL, Davis

            A little concerned about Alli as my only Spurs attacking cover and his rotation risk
            Mitchell the best 4.0 option def for GW1 until Shaw comes in?
            Auba --> Fernandes after GW2 will give me +1.5m to upgrade Alli (if Son looks better), DCL, or ASM

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

              You don’t need spurs attacking cover. However you will most certainly need City attacking cover, and I’m not sure where that will come from

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

                Salah --> KDB
                ASM --> Foden
                Werner --> Aguero

                Are all viable options after GW2, though I was considering waiting until after GW9 before stacking up on City players

          • Ninjaa
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Which one if these to go with?

            A. TAA Dier Ward-Prowse Wilson
            B. Robertson Ayling Soucek Ings
            C. TAA Doherty ASM Adams.

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

              C

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

            A) Adams or Mitrovic
            B) Salah or Mane

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

              M
              S

          • GREEN IS GOOD
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Just noticed the Scout picks. Plenty of Havertz and no Son. Is there a particular reason?

            (not been in the loop for a few days)

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

              All feeling Kane so no room for Alli or son

            2. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Kane was the choice pick - based on all picks for 1 week only within a budget

              1. GREEN IS GOOD
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                cheers

                I think I'll stick with Son

          • Pad Randa
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            So has Mount become a viable short-term Chelsea mid? Talking the next two GWs only.

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

              Possibly...

              But are bri & LIV really fixtures worth risking it for? I know it was a friendly, but Chelsea did struggle against Brighton last week.

              1. Pad Randa
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Fair point, as well. Just looking for someone in the 7.0 range until Soucek is available again.

          • Destroyer of teams
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Any 4.0 mil defenders to start? Nailed

            1. GREEN IS GOOD
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Mitchell apparently

          • rnrd
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Vardy owners are you worried Leicester plays arsenal in efl cup just two days after burnley?

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

              they are now

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

              Will likely be gone for Aguero by then too so no issues with that. Every team has cup games anyways.

            3. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I would of thought both teams would go for low strength EFL sides as usual. Has a Nacho start written over it.

            4. Utopsis
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Not really - Iheanacho should start in EFL

              • ivantys
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Nope, early rounds of cup games are for reserves

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

                GW1 only:

                A) Wilson (whu)
                B) Nkeitah (ful)

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  A 100%

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

                    Just checked his record vs Hammers 7 goals in 8 appearances

              • dshv
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                To have wilson and asm is it too much, or wilson to dcl ??

                1. Pad Randa
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Adams

                2. polis
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  DCL if you're keeping short term.

              • Kun Tozser
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                KDB and ASM
                or
                2 x Chelsea 8.5 lads

                ?

                1. ace3.1415
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    kdb asm. Not sure who will start for Chelsea.

                    1. Kun Tozser
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Thanks, same thinking

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

                    A

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

                    Top one

                2. ace3.1415
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Thoughts on Ramsdale?

                    1. el polako
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Slept on imo.

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

                      He's no Henderson.

                      SHU system will mean their defenders still do well but expect a fall off.

                    3. Jon Walter's Hatty
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Personally I'm going a 4.5 keeper and Egan. Ramsdale may be a good WC keeper around GW9

                  • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Is Saka nailed ?

                    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      He'll play plenty - in what positions I don't know.

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

                      Sadly not.

                      Pepe & Willian available for that spot you'd want Saka playing in.

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

                      Nope

                  • Utopsis
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Right, back for the new season!

                      And seems I'm the only one convinced to go with Vardy over Werner - and I'm a Chelsea fan!

                      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        I'm on both...loser chucked for Martial

                        1. Utopsis
                            2 months, 18 days ago

                            Like it!

                        2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 18 days ago

                          Easier to move down than up.

                          1. Utopsis
                              2 months, 18 days ago

                              Yep agreed - whilst I'm incredibly excited to watch Chelsea this season, I'm very sceptical about the ability of all these new signings to gel straightaway (a la Bruno).

                              Wanna watch the 1st 2 games 1st.

                        3. gergin
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 18 days ago

                          Who is the most attacking Fulham mid?

                          1. polis
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 18 days ago

                            Asked no one ever.

                          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 18 days ago

                            Don't go there.

                          3. Jon Walter's Hatty
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 18 days ago

                            Get Bryan as a very attacking WB with set pieces instead for 5.0

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

                              It was Armstrong/Mitro, but now i am going Fulham Mid/ Che....

                          4. ivantys
                              2 months, 18 days ago

                              Cairney