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FPL Gameweek 3 team news: Injury updates on Pulisic, De Bruyne, Jesus and more

Our weekly press conference summary rounds up the headline injury news and stand-out manager quotes from the pre-match conference calls.

MANCHESTER CITY V LEICESTER CITY

It’s been a busy 24 hours at the Etihad, with a number of injury scares emerging for Manchester City – and there may not be any clarification from Pep Guardiola or elsewhere, with the City boss not giving a standalone Gameweek 3 press conference.

Guardiola instead faced the media straight after his side’s EFL Cup win over Bournemouth, saying enigmatically of Kevin De Bruyne following the Belgian’s blow to the head:

[He] had a little bit distortion. In general, yeah, feels good.

Asked whether any of his previously injured/unavailable players, specifically Aymeric Laporte, will recover for Sunday’s game against Leicester:

I don’t think so. Tomorrow will be more clear, but I don’t think so.

There were further developments today, with Gabriel Jesus reportedly set for a spell on the sidelines – there’s been nothing confirmed from his club yet but the rumours are gathering momentum at the time of writing.

Brendan Rodgers revealed that Jonny Evans is available for selection after suspension and injury but Wilfred Ndidi requires surgery on an abductor issue and will be out for up to 12 weeks.

Ricardo Pereira (knee) is still four to five weeks away, while Cengiz Under won’t be ready for a debut.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION V CHELSEA

Edouard Mendy similarly won’t be between the posts for Chelsea after his midweek move, with Frank Lampard not prepared to throw the goalkeeper straight into action following his late arrival.

The Blues’ boss said:

To start tomorrow is not going to happen. He’s had a long week where he hasn’t really trained, flew in yesterday, and it just feels too tight a turnaround to put him in contention to start the game.

Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva are in contention after featuring in the EFL Cup in midweek but Hakim Ziyech (knee) and Christian Pulisic (hamstring) remain out despite a return to training.

Lampard said:

Christian [Pulisic] isn’t ready for the squad tomorrow, nor is Hakim Ziyech, but they are both training with us now, which is good news. We hope to have them with us in proper match-contention over the next week or two.

Kieran Gibbs is suspended for the Baggies, while Conor Gallagher is ineligible to face his parent club.

Hal Robson-Kanu (muscle), Kamil Grosicki (back) and Ahmed Hegazi (hamstring) are all injury doubts.

LIVERPOOL V ARSENAL

Joe Gomez (knock) could come into contention for the Monday night game against Arsenal but Jordan Henderson (thigh) and Joel Matip (muscle) look set to miss out.

Jurgen Klopp said:

I think Joe [Gomez] should be back today in training, that’s what everybody told me. Billy the kid [Koumetio] is back in training, Joel [Matip] not. Hendo not yet, that was clear, this game is for sure too early. That’s it, pretty much.”

On whether Thiago Alcantara could feature from the start, Klopp said:

We will see, we will see. We have a few days to train, some boys have to recover from last night. I have an idea but why should I make the decision today when we have time? But he’s in contention, for sure.

Arsenal have yet to release their weekly injury bulletin but Emile Smith Rowe (shoulder), Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) and Calum Chambers (knee) are definitely out.

Speaking of his front three, Mikel Arteta said:

I think the front players need to create a certain chemistry between them and that feeling that when they look at each other in the eyes, they understand each other, they communicate on the pitch to see what they are feeling. I think we are getting that with them at the moment. Not only them, but with Willian as well and the way he’s come in the team straight away. With Pepe, Bukayo – when he’s playing there – and with Reiss.

It’s really important, it’s something we try to promote in training as well. Hopefully they can keep linking and improving those relationships between them.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V NEWCASTLE UNITED

Steve Bruce said that Jamal Lewis (eye) and Allan Saint-Maximin (twisted ankle) are both doubts for Sunday’s clash with Spurs.

Ciaran Clark is expected to miss out with a thigh problem.

Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilion are unlikely to feature for the hosts.

WEST HAM UNITED V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Nuno Espirito Santo disclosed that Wolves have “some knocks” going into Sunday’s match with West Ham, later revealing that Marcal (calf) hadn’t trained after being forced off against Manchester City on Monday.

The summer recruit isn’t expected to make the trip to east London.

Mark Noble has recovered from a toe injury but Issa Diop – and manager Dvid Moyes – will miss out after positive COVID-19 tests.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION V MANCHESTER UNITED

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that Manchester United have no new fitness concerns ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, with Axel Tuanzebe (foot) and Phil Jones (knee) the only confirmed absentees.

Graham Potter revealed that Tariq Lamptey (knock/groin) has been receiving treatment since being forced off in Gameweek 2 but added that the teenage defender had trained as of Thursday, saying that there would hopefully be “no further problems for him”.

Yves Bissouma is suspended.

CRYSTAL PALACE V EVERTON

Roy Hodgson told the media on Thursday that Crystal Palace have “pretty much” the same squad they had last week, which may mean that Scott Dann is still sidelined with the unspecified issue that kept him out of the win over Manchester United.

Nathan Ferguson (knee), Gary Cahill (hamstring), Connor Wickham (unknown), James Tomkins (thigh) and Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder) are also set to remain unavailable, with their manager revealing that one or two of his injured squad members had joined in training but “not much beyond the warm-up and any non-contact passing work”.

Christian Benteke is back in contention, at least, with the Belgian an option from the bench having recovered from a foot problem and having featured for the under-23s on Monday.

Carlo Ancelotti reported no new fitness problems on Friday, saying:

Fortunately no [new injuries]. We have all the squad fit apart from Holgate and Branthwaite, but the others are all in good condition, fit and available.”

BURNLEY V SOUTHAMPTON

Sean Dyche said that he will consider adding Dale Stephens to the squad for Saturday’s clash with Southampton but that he would be “amazed” if Jay Rodriguez recovers from an ankle injury to feature.

Jack Cork (ankle), Ben Mee (thigh), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (knee) and Robbie Brady (rib) are set to miss Gameweek 3, while Ashley Barnes (groin) featured for the under-23s on Monday and Friday as he slowly builds up match fitness.

James Tarkowski could potentially return, with his manager revealing in Friday’s pre-match press conference that the defender’s toe was still inflamed but adding that, if it settled down, he “has a chance”.

Nathan Redmond (ankle) is Southampton’s only absentee.

FULHAM V ASTON VILLA

We haven’t yet heard from Dean Smith after Aston Villa’s EFL Cup tie on Thursday night, with Bjorn Engels (thigh), Wesley (knee) and Tom Heaton (knee) the only confirmed absentees at the time of writing.

Scott Parker reported a clean bill of health for Fulham, meanwhile:

No, I don’t think so. I think we’re all good. No injuries as such, just the general management of the squad.

SHEFFIELD UNITED V LEEDS UNITED

Chris Wilder confirmed that John Egan (suspension) and Lys Mousset (injury) are ruled out of Sunday’s clash with Leeds United but that “everyone else is available”.

Marcelo Bielsa said that Pablo Hernandez (groin) will miss out for Leeds United this weekend and is two weeks away from a return.


More detailed information and predicted line-ups can be found in the Team News tab, which will be refreshed before the Gameweek 3 deadline at 11:00 BST on Saturday.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed, too, for any late-breaking updates.

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151 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ayew Holding Mee Cork
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Does anyone have the stats of Sterling without Aguero/Jesus?

  2. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    With Jesus out I need to make a Sterling in plan asap rocky...

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      how tho

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

      Why? Foden is more likely to be at striker.

  3. Das Boot
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Even Suarez has decided enough is enough at Barca

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      He didn't decide anything. They forced him out.

  4. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Vvd + Castagne
    Or
    Robbo + James

    Thanks

    1. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      B

  5. PrestigeWorldwidewidewide..…
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    drop james or saiss?

    Current backline:
    VVD / Saiss / James / Mitchell / 4.0

    Want to drop either saiss or james to a 4.5 to bring my 4.0 up to a 4.5.

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Drop James as I don't think his spot is as secure as Saiss

  6. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I am actually considering KDB, Sterling and Foden now. Madness.

    That would mean dropping Mitrovic and Salah too

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      No madness at all.

    2. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      madness

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Need Pool mid

  7. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    a) Robbo & Podence
    b) Lamptey & Havertz

    Feel like I'm trying to convince myself on B because it's more fun. A right? 🙁

  8. Fergymac
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    A) Saïss + Anguissa
    B) Justin + Podence

  9. Zrinkec
      2 months, 1 day ago

      When Perreira will comeback? RB from Leicester?

      1. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Expected end of Oct.

      2. Pukkipartyy
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        5weeks

    • Here Comes The Son ★
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Martinez
      James, Semedo, Vinagre
      KDB, Sterling, Son, Havertz
      Wood, Jimenez, Ings

      Steer, Lamptey, Mitchell, Burke

      I'm kinda feeling this team, what you recon?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Samedo interesting, no DCL or Richie?

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        A fellow Vinagre and Lamptey combo pro I see. Foden essential surely? Very very good tho

      1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        gosh

      2. jesperdalagersuri
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Are you dismissing his powers of resurrection?

        1. Sarnab
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Aguero says Hi 🙂

      3. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Get in my team raheem

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Will Delap play or Sterling up top?

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

        Foden

    • bodgejob
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Mahrez a good option now?

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

        Not compared to Foden

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Which combo?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        A) r James, VVD
        B) Lamptey, Robertson

      2. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        A

    • sklarface
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Start Costa (shu) or Podence (whu) this week?

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Pond

      2. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Very tough one honestly I'd bench podence

        1. sklarface
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I'm leaning that way too - cheers!

      3. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Podence

      4. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        pod

      5. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Costa - shu haven't looked good

      6. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Both and bench someone else perhaps? But if one, Podence

    • Lukaku_time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Bench ayling(shu) or mitchell (EVE)?

      1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Ayling

    • Liberate HK - antichinazi
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Ings or Jimmy?

    • EWH2020
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Crazy to go with triple City midfield on WC?

      1. Cheezeweasel
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah it is. They're up against Leicester not some relegation headed team. Get off the hype train

    • EWH2020
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      WC team thoughts?

      Martinez
      TAA, James, Saiss
      KDB, Sterling, Foden, Havertz, Podence
      DCL, Wood

      Steer, Taylor, Mitchell, Brewster

      0.4 ITB

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

        nice

    • Mike82
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      The burning question, who to bring in, KdB or Sterling?
      Also, captain one of the above or Salah?

    • Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Foden a better option with Jesus out?

      1. SimenUtvik
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I will be more assured to play at least

      2. Cheezeweasel
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        More likely to play anyway

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Martinez, Steer
      Saiss, James, Taylor, Lamptey, Mitchell
      Sterling, KDB, Son, Foden, Burke
      DCL, Werner, Jimenez

      0.3 itb

      Will this work? I have almost made my mind on this WC team.

      1. Bonita
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Great team. Love the attack and 9 out of those ten should give you returns.

      2. HODGE
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        No Liverpool is not a good idea imo. Salah will clearly be one of the leagues top scorers if not top.

    • Society
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 hours ago

      BAH !
      wildcarded by GW 3 as usual...

      Jimenez, Wood (Delap)
      De Bruyne, Fernandes, Mahrez, Podence (Keita)
      Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Castagne, Saiss (Charlie Taylor)
      Martinez (Meslier)

      Those in ; Wood, Delap, Keita, Castagne, Taylor, Martinez.

      1. Society
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 hours ago

        0.7 ITB