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FPL Gameweek 2 team news and injury updates so far

There were only four pre-Gameweek 2 virtual media gatherings on Thursday afternoon, with the bulk of the conference calls set to follow on Friday.

With there being four Premier League teams in Carabao Cup action on Thursday evening and Tottenham Hotspur starting their UEFA Europa League campaign in Bulgaria, however, not all 20 top-flight managers will give stand-alone press conferences ahead of Saturday’s Fantasy Premier League deadline.

Jose Mourinho, for example, is only scheduled to face the media immediately after full-time in Plovdiv, so any fresh injury concerns that only become apparent between then and Sunday’s clash with Southampton may well go unreported.

Here’s what we know so far.

THURSDAY’S PRESSERS

The managers of the three newly promoted clubs and Crystal Palace were all facing the media on Thursday afternoon.

Two of the sides who came up from the Championship last season, Leeds United and Fulham, meet each other this weekend.

Adam Forshaw (hip) remains unavailable for that match but Marcelo Bielsa revealed on Thursday that he expects Liam Cooper to be fit, with the Scotland international having missed out on the opening weekend with a minor calf problem:

We think Cooper will be ready to play the game on Saturday, there are no new injuries from the last few days. Forshaw he’s been taking part in collective training today apart from any actual playing of football. Next week his rehabilitation will continue.

New signing Rodrigo was among the 11 changes that Bielsa made for the Whites’ EFL Cup defeat to Hull City in midweek.

When asked about the Spaniard’s match-fitness, the Argentinean strongly hinted at another start for Patrick Bamford at the weekend:

He’s already ready [for the Premier League]. He won’t start the game at the weekend but he’s in a good condition to start if we want him too.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was among the starters in Fulham’s win over Ipswich Town in midweek, following his benching in Gameweek 1.

All of the Cottagers’ players appeared to come through unscathed from that encounter, with boss Scott Parker saying:

Everyone pulled through last night. We got back late, the players have just been in the gym for recovery. We’ll have a gauge on it tomorrow morning on exactly where everyone is. At this moment there’s nothing jumping and I suspect we’ll be ok.

A number of Fulham’s new signings also featured in the EFL Cup and, when asked about whether any of them would feature against Leeds this weekend, Parker said:

We’ll have to see really. We got back in the early hours, players are just reporting in to do their recovery so the first time we will see the boys on the training field will be tomorrow. We’ll make a judgement on where we see the players physically.

This is a league where you can’t afford to carry players. When you’re us you need to be at your peak of fitness. With the quick turnaround in pre-season and players late coming into the building, some are just a little bit short at the moment.

Hopefully, we can get some out there because that will make us stronger but I’m not going to risk long term injury of the players.

Nathan Ferguson (knee), Gary Cahill (hamstring), James Tomkins (thigh) and Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder) remain sidelined ahead of the trip to Manchester United, while Connor Wickham (unknown) and Christian Benteke (foot) have only just returned to training and won’t be considered for selection.

Roy Hodgson also said that Mamadou Sakho isn’t yet match-fit enough despite featuring in the EFL Cup in midweek but Jairo Riedewald is expected to be back in training on Friday after a minor muscle problem forced his absence in Gameweek 1.

The Palace boss said:

We are starting to get players back from injury. Mamadou Sakho, of course, is the latest to be able to take part in training sessions. Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham took part in today’s training session, albeit with Connor it was more modified than with Christian.

We hope also that Jaïro Riedewald will train tomorrow – he didn’t train with the first-team today – but we hope he will tomorrow having recovered from the injury he picked up last week.

In terms of fitness of players, we are in a much healthier position than we have been in some time.

There was another mention of budget FPL defender Ferguson when Hodgson discussed free agent Nathaniel Clyne, who is training with the Eagles:

He’s hoping to show to us and maybe other clubs his fitness. It might be [something we’re interested in], but a lot hinges on Nathan Ferguson and how his injury situation pans out over the next few weeks.

Matt Phillips and Conor Townsend both made a playing return for West Bromwich Albion in midweek but Ahmed Hegazi was absent, with Slaven Bilic explaining:

Hegazi was on the bench on Sunday. He came in on Monday, the guys who didn’t play against Leicester had training. He did his hamstring in training, that’s the reason why he wasn’t involved tonight.

Monday or even yesterday they didn’t know how big it is. It shouldn’t be big, he didn’t do it in a sprint or anything like that. Hopefully, it’s a smaller one.

Kenneth Zohore (calf) remains sidelined.

EFL CUP LINE-UPS AND INJURIES

TeamNumber of changes from Gameweek 1Gameweek 1 starters who started in the EFL Cup
West Bromwich Albion10O’Shea
Leeds United11n/a
Everton10Keane
Aston Villan/an/a
Fulham9Odoi, Kebano
Southampton1everyone bar Smallbone
Newcastle United10Manquillo
West Ham United10Diop
Crystal Palace10Schlupp
Burnleyn/an/a
Sheffield United10Norwood
Wolves6Saiss, Boly, Coady, Traore, Dendoncker
Brighton11n/a

There were 11 Premier League clubs in Gameweek 1 action who subsequently played in the EFL Cup second round in midweek – and eight of them made 10 or more changes to their starting XI.

Southampton were the only top-flight side who went (almost) full strength, although Wolves’ three first-choice centre-halves, Adama Traore and Leander Dendoncker all kept their places from Monday night; ironically, those two clubs bowed out of the competition.

An ankle injury to Jarrad Branthwaite meant that Lucas Digne was thrown on as a 24th-minute substitute in Everton’s 3-0 win over Salford City, while Nathan Redmond was forced off in Saints’ 2-0 loss to Brentford.

With James Tarkowski ruled out with a “toe injury” amid mounting speculation over his future, Burnley lost another body when Johann Berg Gudmundsson was stretchered off after quarter of an hour in Burnley’s match with Sheffield United.

Dale Stephens limped off with five minutes to go in Brighton’s 4-0 win over Portsmouth on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, in the Europa League, Mourinho made only four changes for Spurs’ 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Matt Doherty all got 90-minute run-outs but Dele Alli didn’t make the trip.

Giovani Lo Celso made his return from injury and lasted the entire game.


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1,417 Comments Post a Comment
  1. thepuntmaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Current side is this -
    McCarthy (TOT)
    TAA (che) - Lascelles (BHA) - Egan (avl)
    Auba C (WHU) - Salah vc (che) - Fernandes (CRY) - ASM (BHA)
    Ings (TOT) - DCL (WBA) - Mitro (lee)

    Steer - Bissouma - Mitchell - Johnson

    Have 0.5 itb, with a mind to do Ings > Martial. But with Jimi looking good and spurs not, thinking of keeping Ings and deciding whether to move to Martial or Jimi.

    So A) Ings > Martial
    B) hold

    1. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      you might be priced out from getting martial

      1. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I imagine next week I'd do Auba/Salah > KDB so would then still be able to bring him in if I wanted.

    2. james 101
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I think I’d get martial in

      (My forwards are martial jimmy and dcl)

  2. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Aubameyang continued.

    Thoughts on sell 3 get back 8?

    1. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      If anyones gonna score or assist against top 6 its auba

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Goals you sure ? 3 out of 22 last time

        1. Ramsays Raw Steak
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Ok then hes out next week

  3. Ramsays Raw Steak
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Was raahford forward last season?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah mate

      1. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Auba > rashrofd

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Like that yeah, gwk3?

          1. Ramsays Raw Steak
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Yeash

  4. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Now having watched the Brighton highlights, I noticed Bernardo can be quite dangerous going forwards (1 goal, 1 assist, 1 big chance missed). Potter cannot be relied upon to give anybody reliable minutes so I doubt March’s stint at left back will last long. Could be a nice 4m to sit on the bench and get the odd few returns as opposed to the soon to be finished mitchell

    1. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Burn mostly played on the left last season

  5. Rondon9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Havertz -> Hamez -4

    Yay or nay?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Nay

    2. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

    3. Werkself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Nay. I'd first want another look at both before taking a hit.

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        i am torn on this. want to keep havertz but https://www.football.london/chelsea-fc/edouard-mendy-transfer-latest-benching-18939332 2ft next week looks tempting

    4. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yan

    5. Triggerlips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      For a hit no.

      If Havertz plays well this week you would be kicking yourself as they have fantastic fitures coming up

  6. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Would going not City be bad ?

    1. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yeash

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        You got City already?

    2. Alexis Nonsense
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      For this gw you don't need City

      Most teams will not have City, and are waiting for Auba-->KDB for gw3

  7. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Why does Targett perform SO much better in RMT than any other Villa defensive asset? Stats last season didnt seem so impressive

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I think there is some error in the data that is leading to strange projections. If you look at the Projections page, it shows him getting more bonus over the season than any other defender, including TAA.

  8. Werkself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Which one of these would you start this week?

    A. Nketieh (WHU)
    B. Ayoze Perez (BUR)
    C. Saint-Maximin (BHA)

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      C

  9. nonprophet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Can anyone access the members area. I cant. Want to do stats before proce rises.

    1. DrCongo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Landscape mode so that the menus are at the top worked for me.

  10. Reyson
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    So tough to play this fpl, will doherty start?

  11. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Klich, Podence or ASM?

    1. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Asm

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Podence

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Soucek

    4. Werkself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Pod

    5. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Pod

    6. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Podence

  12. Ramsays Raw Steak
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    stuffed grape leaves
    Thoughts?

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      cant get enough of them

      1. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Gimmi that hummus

    2. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Nah

  13. Cheeto__Bandito
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Ignoring price:

      A) Bellerin
      B) Castagne

      1. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        B

      2. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Tough fixture for bellerin

    • Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Rhian Brewster
      We have made enquiries about a few strikers and most on loan. Rhian is one we have talked about and spoken to Liverpool about.

      We need to bring another one in. We have looked at the situation of losing Lys as well for a little while and we need to find that quality from within and to add as well would make us stronger and a more complete group.

      As you understand it’s difficult to source and we are not in a situation to do what two or three other clubs have done or people might expect us to do.

      We will keep working hard and smart and we will keep going to fill that gap. We are looking to bring one in at the top of the pitch and that is still the case.

      Chris Wilder's after-match press conference of the carabao cup

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Brewskii

      2. Leonard hatred
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Half of Twitter thinks Dwight Gayle has signed for SUFC rather than Brewster in the last couple of hours.

        Dunno what the crack is. Here's still out for a month.

    • mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Why is everyone going for Rodriguez, what about Willian?

      1. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Everyone is going willian

        1. mr messi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Not that I've seen. Hamez is the bandwagon

          1. Ramsays Raw Steak
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            William value .1

            1. mr messi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              No one on here seems to be getting him.

              1. Alexis Nonsense
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                I think that's because on here people are a little more "serious" than so called "casuals", so when you look at the fixtures it's just not that tempting for most

          2. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Over here yes. But wiilian is most bought player after kdb and bruno i think in total

          3. Alexis Nonsense
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            According to fplstats it's Willian, he's already gone up 0.1

            Hamez not close to a rise yet

            So Willian IS the bandwagon of the two without a doubt (at least so far)

      2. gonzalocampos
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Look at Arsenal next 4 fixtures (Liverpoo, City, Leicester, United)... Everton easier.

    • HD7
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Any advice for this team, mates?

      Mccarthy
      TAA Egan Justin Davies
      Salah Alli ASM Auba
      Ings Werner

      Button Bissouma Taylor Brewster

      *0.5 in bank, plan was to do Ings to Martial for GW2

      1. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Good plan

      2. mr messi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I would lose Alli

        1. Leonard hatred
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          So would mourinho

        2. HD7
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Alli and Davies to Digne and 7.4 midf (-4) ?

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      KDB and Mitrovic or Rashford and Jiminez,

      1. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        All of them

    • Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Manchester United are looking at Watford’s Ismaila Sarr as they investigate options beyond Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. - The Independent.

      if it happens is it a threat to Greenwood?

      1. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Everything is a threat to greenwood

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          hmmm.... puts Rash on the watchlist

          1. Ramsays Raw Steak
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Might do it instead of bruno
            Gives me a huge upgrade space

            1. OneMan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              No Bruno is so much better tho, and on pens.

    • Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Thomas shelby or walter white

    • OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Anyone considering Meslier as a good keeper option ?

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I’m considering but on Martínez (AST) atm

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I've got him. Hoping he comes good.

    • Pilgrim62
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Davis to Digne -4 ?
      y or n
      Still can't make decision

      1. Reyson
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        For me is yes. But doherty to digne ?

      2. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Nay
        Rules and conditions applied

      3. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Y

    • Reyson
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Doherty and son to rash and coleman ?

      1. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Possible

    • Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      stuffed grape leaves or nachos

    • OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Will United sign someone or rely on Greenwood ?

    • Triggerlips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Son on -99.9% is today the day?

      Taken him out for Rashford

      1. Shake n Bake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I'm considering getting rid of Son for Rodríguez

      2. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Oh my. You put pressure on me now. I am Son owner too. if Triggerlips is selling him I pay attention. Hmmm...

        Son to Harrison and Mitro to Martial? What you think?

    • Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Other than United/City players, is FPL Stats still good for price rises/drops predictions?

      1. Shake n Bake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I think so. Usually at the start of the season it gets a couple wrong but then they re-calibrate it

    • Shake n Bake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Worth doing?

      Son + Vinagre > Rodríguez + Digne (-4)

      Would let me play Digne (WBA) opposed to Mitchell (mun)

      1. Triggerlips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I would say yes. You get rid of a big problem (Vinagre) and those next Three fixtures, the Everton duo pretty sure to be in the points

      2. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Looks good. Always a risk Son scores but I'd still go for out

        1. Pépé Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          It

      3. Warbling Wendy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I'd always be reluctant to move out a high potential player like Son, but I would make the move. I would view the move to jrod over the next 3 games worth it, and the upgrade to Digne over Mitchell speaks for itself

      4. Shake n Bake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        thanks guys

    • Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      https://www.football.london/chelsea-fc/news/chelsea-news-timo-werner-injuries-18947340?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=exchange

      Watch near the end of Werner's interview, he says everyone is fit now. Probably he meant about him only? Or he meant Pulisic and Ziyech too? What you think lads? It's right at the end when he is asked about the game against Liverpool? The interview was yesterday

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I think hes just talking about the fact that they wont tire saying "everybody is fit, we can run we can run we can run"

    • OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A. Coleman & Greenwood

      Or

      B. Digne & Wilson ?

      1. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        B

      2. Pilgrim62
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I prefer B

    • Burger_and_Chips
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Werner to Martial? 1ft 0.5 itb

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Could work

        Both good assets