Premier League Press Conference Summary: FPL Gameweek 2

In the latest of our weekly series, we’ll be bringing you the important FPL news from every Premier League press conference that impacts your Fantasy Premier League team selection for FPL Gameweek 2.

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All the best for Gameweek 2 everyone – lets do this!

West Brom

Old FPL hero Branislav Ivanović won’t be ready to play this weekend, but Bilic says it “won’t be long” before the former Chelsea defender is in contention.

Bilic explains Hegazi absence in the Carabao Cup:

“He 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. It shouldn’t be big, he didn’t do it in a sprint. Hopefully it’s a smaller one.”

Matty Phillips and Conor Townsend, who missed the defeat to Leicester last weekend due to back and ankle injuries respectively, are available after featuring in the Carabao Cup. Zohore (calf) will miss out again.

Additionally, Conor Gallagher, on loan from Chelsea, is all but done.

Leeds

Bielsa gave an update on team news, with captain Liam Cooper in contention to return:

“We think Cooper will be ready to play the game on Saturday. There are no new injuries from the last few days.

Adam Forshaw is taking part in collective training today apart from any actual playing of football and next week his rehabilitation will continue.”

Aston Villa

The boss confirms that Wesley and Tom Heaton remain unavailable, while Björn Engels is also out with a thigh strain.

On the new contract signing of Jack Grealish, Smith commented:

“There was a lot of speculation and the fact he’s committed is a big statement. He’s talismanic and had a really good season last year, so it’s great news for everyone here.”

Villa also have confirmed the signing of Emi Martinez from Arsenal for £17m:

“He’s ready to play, he played against us a couple of weeks ago, so we know that, and he played in the Community Shield as well. You don’t get many opportunities to get a goalkeeper of his calibre at this stage of his career.”

Fulham

With no new injuries, Scott Parker will be judging players on their fitness ahead of Saturday’s trip to Yorkshire.

Parker on starting his new signings this weekend:

“We’ll have to see. We got back late last night and they’re just doing their recovery. We’ll have to make a judgement where the players are at physically. You need players at their peak of fitness with the quick turnaround.”

On choosing Marek Rodák or Alphonse Areola:

“The goalkeeper department is one of a few where I have big decisions to make. I have two keepers here to make a decision on. There are certain areas of the squad where there is good competition. These are decisions that you want.”

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson revealed in his pre-match press conference for Palace’s trip to Manchester United, that the Eagles have several options back available to them:

“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.”

Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Patrick van Aanholt and Nathan Ferguson are still unavailable.

Manchester United

With only one friendly under their belts – last weekend’s game at Aston Villa – there are many questions to be answered about the selection of the side, although Ole confirms new boy Donny van de Beek is available after starting in the Midlands.

Centre-backs Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are still unavailable so youth-team product Teden Mengi is continuing to take part in first-team training:

“Phil Jones is still out. Axel is not 100 per cent back with us yet, but he’s on the grass running, which is a positive. Apart from that, we don’t have any serious injuries, but, as we’ve said, the players are at different stages of their training programmes.

Teden’s jumped up. He’ll probably play some Under-23s games this season, when it’s possible for him. He needs games at that stage regularly. But he’s done absolutely brilliantly in training and he came on for half an hour against Villa and didn’t put a foot wrong. He’s with us every single day.”

Ole confirms that the players are at different levels with their fitness. Some players have had international games to get some more minutes in the tank, while Paul Pogba has recovered, after testing positive for COVID-19, and trained this week.

“The players are at different stages. Mentally, I think everyone’s ready. Physically, they’re at a different stage, some of them have played more games than others. So we’ll have to be clever and good about when to play players because we know this period now, until the first international, is a hugely important one.

We need points and the players need games but some of them haven’t trained enough or had enough football. Some of them have been in quarantine, it’s just one of these situations which we’ve adapted to really well before and the players have done well.”

Mason Greenwood is in contention and Ole wasn’t happy with Southgate:

“Yeah, he’s part of the group. With the testing and COVID protocols, he trained by himself for a little while. He’s a big part of this group [but] he’s an 18-year-old kid who needs managing.

We’ve had less than two weeks off and he’s called up. I tried my best to give him a rest over the summer, we asked specifically – he should have had a rest, he needs it mentally and physically. We’ve done what we can to protect him.”

Arsenal

A fresh update has been given by the medical team provided on www.arsenal.com:

Calum Chambers ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Chelsea (h) on December 29. He continues to run outside with team-mates and taking part in light ball work and is aiming to be back in full training in October.
 
David Luiz had a neck spasm. He’s making good progress and is back in full training.
 
Pablo Mari sustained significant sprain to ankle ligaments during Manchester City (a) on June 1. He’s continuing outside running and strengthening programme, together with light ball work. Aiming to return to full training by the end of September.
 
Gabriel Martinelli sustained injury during training on June 21. Successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee. Continuing daily strengthening and recovery programme at London Colne and is aiming to return to full training by the end of the calendar year.
 
Shkodran Mustafi sustained an injury to his right hamstring during the FA Cup semi-final on July 18. Successful small procedure completed soon after injury. He’s continuing outside running and strengthening programme, together with light ball work and aims to return to full training in October.
 
Emile Smith Rowe sustained an injury to his right shoulder in training. Now out of protective sling and aiming to return to full training within the next two weeks.
 
Sokratis (right calf) is aiming to be back in full training next week.

For clarity, Arteta on whether Aubameyang is still the Gunners’ penalty taker despite the arrival of Willian:

“Yes, Auba will start taking the penalties.”

Burnley

Gudmundsson is set for a spell out after Robinson’s “red card” tackle Dyche confirms:

“It was a really bad challenge; he should’ve been red carded. It’s a twist of his knee and it won’t be a matter of days. He’s been looking nice and sharp and it’s another player down.

We’ll wait and see, he’s settled down a bit now, but we’ll have to give him 24 hours and make a decision on what the next steps are.”

James Tarkowski missed the Carabao Cup tie on Thursday due to a badly bruised toe and a decision on the defenders availability will be made closer to kick-off.

Jack Cork (ankle) has had his protective cast removed and the midfielder is working in the gym. Ben Mee (thigh) is building fitness outside on the grass.

Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp reported no new fitness concerns as Liverpool build up for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea. He has the same group available from the opening-day victory over Leeds United:

“Intense week. A few little things here and there but in the moment should be OK. Nobody is coming back or whatever, and the rest we have to see. So, still two days to go – two training sessions – but for the moment, we seem OK.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain remains side-lined. Konstantinos Tsimikas and Xherdan Shaqiri have been training.

Klopp says the Thiago Alacantara deal is “not official” although it looks “quite promising.” For a profile on Liverpool’s potential new signing, you can check it with us here >> https://fplconnect.blog/2020/09/18/welcome-to-fpl-thiago-alacantara/

Brighton

Adam Lallana hobbled off at the end of the first half in Brighton’s opening match of the new Premier League campaign against Chelsea at the Amex Stadium last Monday.

Ben White too, was forced off with 10 minutes to go after injuring his ankle following an important sliding tackle in the box to thwart Timo Werner.

Both Lallana and White are due to train today and have a chance to be fit to face Newcastle, who started their Premier League season in style with 2-0 away win at West Ham:

“He (Adam) will join the group today for training. So that’s positive. It’s understandable when you consider Adam’s history and we need to help him and get him on the pitch as much as possible. We will give him time before we make that decision. We can see where he is and look to make a decision as late as Saturday.

Ben (White) will take part in the training today. A bit like Adam he has a chance for Newcastle but we will make a decision for that probably Saturday.”

Key midfielder Davy Propper is in contention for Sunday after he came through a full 90 minutes during Brighton’s impressive 4-0 Carabao Cup victory against Portsmouth.

Dale Stephens also played against Porstmouth but he came off with five minutes to go as precaution after feeling a bit of tightness in his leg.

Everton

Centre-back pair Jarrad Branthwaite and Mason Holgate are Everton’s only absentees for Saturday’s clash with West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park, with Alex Iwobi back in contention after recovering from a knock which kept him out of the Blues’ victories over Spurs and Salford City. 

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Branthwaite and Holgate were both out but “every other player is fit”.

West Ham

Jack Wilshere is back in training, whilst Mark Noble hasn’t trained due to a toe injury:

Mark Noble has a toe injury and we didn’t risk him in training today. We’ll see how he is tomorrow and hopefully.

Wilshere had a scan on his ankle on Wednesday. he has a little bit of bone growth which is causing him irritation. We got it checked and he’s trained today.”

Chelsea

On injuries, Frank Lampard reports that Ben Chilwell, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are not ready for Sunday’s game:

“We hope they will progress over the next week or so.”

Timo Werner is fit to play, but Thiago Silva is working on his fitness so the Liverpool game comes too soon for him.

Jorginho is fine after limping off with cramp at the Amex. Kovavcic is back in the managers’ thoughts after his ban.

Manchester City

Pep confirms Sergio Aguero is still working on an individualised programme following surgery on his knee at the end of 2019/20:

“He didn’t make one training session with us.”

Also reports that Phil Foden is well:

“The time I saw him, the three four days we were together, he knows he made a mistake and that’s all.”

Pep says Riyad Mahrez came back “three-four days ago” and he will be available for Monday. Aymeric Laporte only joined the group today and is expected to miss out.

Nothing on Bernardo Silva (thigh) who was injured with Portugal; it looks like he is good to go, whilst Nathan Ake could make his debut in the absence of Laporte:

“We bought him as a centre-back, but sometimes he can help us as a full-back. Maybe if we get injuries, he can play there.”

Newcastle

Newcastle have “no new injuries” following the back-to-back wins over West Ham and Blackburn.

Saint-Maximin (knee) is clear after taking a knock midweek however, “It’s still too early for Dummett, Matty Longstaff, Schär, and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.”

Bruce on Wilson and Fraser:

“They’re both quality players, so they will enjoy linking up with each other again. It gives us a different dimension. I made the difficult decision of not playing Almirón at West Ham. Thankfully it came off but it’s given me food for thought.”

Leicester

James Maddison returned from a hip injury during the second half of City’s 3-0 opening day victory at the Hawthorns, while Club captain Wes Morgan is recovering from a hamstring complaint.

Both players are now another week along on their pathway to full match fitness and Rodgers has been delighted by their progress at Belvoir Drive over the past seven days:

“James and Wes have been training with the squad all week. It’s another week further on for them, so that’s great news. He was out for a long time, James [Maddison]. It’s going to be a really, really long season for us. We don’t have to rush anyone back. We’ve got a good squad of players, we’re hoping to add to that.

Certainly, the players we have, we can’t afford to be risking any injury, if they’re not ready, so he’s been progressing really, really well and we’ll assess that over the next 24 hours.”

Ricardo Pereira (ACL), meanwhile, is continuing his rehabilitation with the Club’s medical team, but is likely not to be available for at least another month for the Foxes:

“Ricardo’s still a period away. You’re looking to the end of October for him, but he’s made great strides. He’s been working tirelessly in the gym, but he’s still quite a while away from playing.” 

Elsewhere, Leicester’s double goalscorer at West Brom last Sunday, Jamie Vardy, appeared to fall awkwardly in the latter moments, but City’s manager has confirmed he’s available:

“It looked a sore one at the time, but he’s training this week and looked sharp.”

Southampton

Raplh Hassenhutl confirms Nathan Redmond is unavailable, whilst Stuart Armstrong has been training:

“Redmond has an ankle injury, a light ligament injury. He isn’t available. Stu [Armstrong] was out on the training pitch today, maybe he is part of the squad this weekend.”

Hassenhutl reports that Salisu is nearing a start:

“Salisu has been here since near the beginning of this season, he is coming closer to being an alternative for us and hopefully soon we see him on the pitch.”

On the speculation surrounding Danny Ings:

“The only thing I want to say for these rumours is there is absolutely zero interest from Danny to go anywhere. It is 100% not to be discussed for us. He is the most important striker in our team. He loves to play for Southampton.”

Sheffield United

Following last night’s EFL cup loss to Burnley, there is no PL press conference scheduled today.

Wolves

Jonny is Wolves’ only injury concern ahead of Monday’s welcome of Manchester City.

Marcal is expected to start at left wing-back once again, while Adama Traore may feature on the opposite flank should Nuno Espirito Santo elect to name the same XI that started the 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

Spurs

Following last night’s Europa League late 2-1 win in Plovdiv, there is no Spurs PL presser scheduled today.

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