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 3.
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Pep Guardiola on Kevin De Bruyne:
“He had a little bit distortion. In general, yeah, feels good.”
The protocol from FIFA states that if a player is suspected of having concussion, they must be immediately removed from the field of play. Given that KDB was allowed to finish the game after inspection, we can presume he does not have concussion and therefore is not bound by the 7 day rule.
Pep is not expecting anyone back this weekend:
“I don’t think so. [Friday] be more clear, but I don’t think so. We have 13 players; we have to win the games. Now we recover & before the game we’ll see the players more fit & ready.”
Aymeric Laporte has been training for the past week.
News that Gabriel Jesus is injured has been circulating throughout the Manchester City forums/social media today and has now been confirmed by him on Twitter however, there is currently an embargo, so there’s nothing further on this yet or anything else from inside Man City yet but we’ll update this if we get news before the deadline.
Roy Hodgson confirmed that Christian Benteke is available for selection against Everton, after the Belgium international played 45 minutes for Crystal Palace Under-23s on Monday.
The Palace manager briefly touched on his squad’s improving fitness, and was positive about the general state of affairs following the club’s summer arrivals:
“Christian Benteke has been training all of this week so that’s someone I could count on of course for the game. One or two others have started to make an appearance but it’s a very brief appearance – not much beyond the warmup and any non-contact passing work.”
Connor Wickham is in the initial phase of being integrated with the group; Jairo Riedewald should be close.
Aside from that, “We’re pretty much where we were last week.”
Hodgson on the arrival of Nathaniel Clyne who is training with Palace following his release by Liverpool:
“He’s done two sessions with the team, it’s still early doors but I’m happy to be working with him and I’ll be talking with him.”
No fresh injuries from the win at Newcastle. Tariq Lamptey and Aaron Connolly have trained normally:
“Tariq Lamptey has been receiving some treatment this week but he’s been training today [Thursday]. He’s a great kid with a fantastic attitude and we’re really enjoying working with him.
Tariq Lamptey has a lot of potential and attributes that are really exciting. His speed, courage and intelligence and how he handles himself are good qualities.”
Yves Bissouma is suspended while Jose Izquierdo, Florin Andone and Christian Walton remain long-term absentees.
Bilic hints that Branislav Ivanovic could play this weekend:
“We’re going to see. This [Carabao Cup] has been the best possible training for him. He came out of it clean, with no issues. We’ll see. We have time to prepare him and the squad for the Chelsea game. Why not?”
Slaven Bilic expects Filip Krovinovic to be back at the Hawthorns within a matter of days.
Robson-Kanu (muscle) & Grosicki (back) will be assessed ahead of Sat but Hegazi (hamstring) is yet to train and could miss out again.
Kieran Gibbs is suspended whilst Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement.
Ralph Hasenhüttl has confirmed Nathan Redmond is his only absentee ahead of Southampton’s trip to Burnley on Saturday:
“We have Reddy still out with an ankle injury, but everybody else can train with us. We will have to have a look at him next week to see if it is possible for him to work with the team. We won’t take any risks there because we have the international break that gives us two weeks to work hard with him, and then we can decide what we do.
We had a few issues after the game (against Tottenham). It took a little bit longer for some of the other players to recover, but now everybody is on the pitch. We had a few good sessions this week and we will take this squad into the game against Burnley.”
Tanguy Ndombele is set to be assessed:
“Can he play Sunday? I’m not sure. It’s the first time he played 90 mins, we have to see how he reacts & recovers. But we have so many matches coming; if a player is not able to play the next match he will be able to play the next one.”
Sergio Regulion is training, but following an ankle injury suffered playing for Spain, the left-back will not be ready for this weekend.
Japhet Tanganga and Gareth Bale are also out of the reckoning this weekend.
In terms of a squad update, John Egan (suspension) and Lys Mousset (injury) are ruled out. Chris Wilder reports “Everyone else is available.”
Wilder also hinted at a change of shape in the presser:
“Ethan comes into the picture, Phil Jagielka comes in to the picture, a change of shape might come into the picture. Ethan is going to play a big part in our season. There’s some decisions to be made.”
Will update this section when news becomes available.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that centre-back Axel Tuanzebe is close to a return to first-team training:
“He’s getting closer to training with the team. He’s on the grass and after the international break he should be fine to join us. During lockdown he was working hard, then as soon as we got going after the restart his foot was sore so he had to have an operation. Now he’s really raring to go again. I’m looking forward to getting him back.”
Solskjaer added that there are no further fitness concerns in his squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion, with Phil Jones the only other known absentee.
United are seeking their first points of the Premier League season at the Amex tomorrow and Solskjaer says his side’s conditioning will improve as the campaign gathers momentum:
“We will get better and better, and fitter and fitter. But we can’t wait and say ‘well, we’ll get fit in 3 weeks time’. We need to get going straight away.”
A slightly worrying comment by Bruno Fernandes might have some owners sweating, as he stated he’s happy to share the spot kicks:
“It doesn’t matter if I take penalties. We have a lot of qualities in the team. Rashy was the guy who took the penalties, so I tell him, ‘when you feel confident, if you want to take the penalty, it is not a problem.’ I will not fight.”
The latest from Arsenal’s medical team, can be found here, including the latest on Kieran Tierney, https://www.arsenal.com/news/team-news
On Aubameyang and Lacazette’s understanding, 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.”
Jordan Henderson will not be available for Monday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.
Joel Matip has yet to return to training either, but Klopp’s squad has been boosted by Joe Gomez and Billy Koumetio being involved again:
“I think Joe should be back today in training, that’s what everybody told me – and nobody told me something different since.
Billy the kid is back in training. Joel not, pretty much. Hendo not yet, that was clear – this game is for sure too early. I think that’s it, pretty much.”
Klopp was also asked whether Thiago Alcantara, who played 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge after replacing Henderson, is fit enough to start against the Gunners:
“We will see, we will see. We have a few days to train, some boys have to recover from last night, so we will see how we set up against Arsenal. I have an idea, but why should I make the decision today when we have time until Monday? But he is in contention, for sure. Yeah, let’s see.”
Jurgen Klopp, unsurprisingly, would not be drawn on rumours about Rhian Brewster.
Brewster was left out of the squad for last night’s EFL Cup win at Lincoln amid reports he is potentially on his way out of Anfield:
“These kind of things we don’t really speak about. You can make of it what you want, there is nothing really you say otherwise we have to talk about these things and we don’t do that. So, no news.”
On team news, Bielsa said:
“Pablo [Hernandez] still has two weeks of recovery before he can return. The team will largely be the same, only possible alternative will be Roberts instead of Rodrigo.”
When asked about Rodrigo Moreno:
“From my point of view, Moreno is a player with very important qualities. This is very easy to verify if you look at the games he has played for his previous clubs and his national team. For us he’s a very important player and I think he will show this in a continued manner.”
On whether new signing Diego Llorente is fit to start:
“I don’t have any physical preference compared to any other manager. Especially at centre-back where you run the least. So I think if he needed to play, he could.
He was due to play against Real Madrid just before his transfer was agreed. As a result, if he was going to play against Real Madrid then he’s ready for us. It’s true this last week would have been atypical for him. His team-mates will need to adapt to him.”
Bielsa accepts that Leeds will be unlikely to score as many as they have so far, whilst hopes that they’ll tighten up at the back:
“In these two games there were two occasions where it was not very common that happens with us. We were very highly efficient in these games and conceded more than we usually do. I had the idea, as the games progress, these two tendencies won’t continue. We hope not to concede as many goals. We also know it’s very hard to maintain such efficiency in front of goal.”
Steve Bruce says that full-back Jamal Lewis and forward Allan Saint-Maximin are doubts for Sunday’s trip to Tottenham, while defender Ciaran Clark is likely to miss out:
“They’re the biggest doubts. Lewis has got an awful eye injury. He’s got a bad cut on it and we understand now the way things are with blood, so we’re just going to see how he is.
Allan has got a slightly twisted ankle, so we’ll see how he is too. It’s a bit early yet for me to make the call before Sunday, but they’re the main two, along with Ciaran Clark, unfortunately. He hurt his thigh the other night, so I don’t think he’ll make it. But the other two, we’re hopeful.”
Scott Parker is expecting a clean bill of health:
“I think we’re all good. No injuries as such, just the general management of the squad.”
Jean Michaël Seri returned to squad in the Carabao Cup midweek.
Nuno reveals he has “some issues” heading into this weekends’ game at West Ham. Decisions will be made after the final session on Saturday.
Marcal was forced off (vs City) a calf injury and Nuno expects the Brazilian to miss out. He’s yet to train, while Jonny may not play again this year.
Nuno says Nelson Semedo arrived 2-3 days ago and has worked really well. “High-quality” player, a good character who fits into the team well.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Everton who take on Palace tomorrow.
Mason Holgate (toe) and Jarrad Branthwaite (ankle) remain out along with long-termers Cenk Tosun and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
There was however, a “little problem” with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s hamstring after the game against West Brom, and in the Carabao Cup midweek, but “he is OK and will play,” said Ancelotti.
Carlo Ancelotti was in a jovial mood when asked if Calvert-Lewin had improved since James Rodriguez had joined the club and whether he had set him a target for the season:
“James Rodriguez will of course help the striker because he is a fantastic assist man. The target of Dominic, I hope he can reach 20 goals because he has the quality and possibility like Richarlison. They are two fantastic strikers, and the fact we have Andre Gomes, James, Gylfi Sigurdsson, if they don’t score at least 20 goals each, they can have a problem with me!
If I play striker behind James and Gomes, and Sigurdsson, I would score goals, so they have to!”
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Wilfred N’didi will undergo surgery after suffering an adductor injury in last Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Burnley at King Power Stadium.
“That (surgery) will take probably place tomorrow morning. It’s just unfortunate, it’s come right off the bone, so he’s going to be up to 12 weeks we think. He’s a huge player for us. It’s something that showed his mentality against Burnley [because] he felt it. Towards the end of last season, he felt some pain there and he felt it late on in the Burnley game.
I’m sure he’ll make a really good recovery and we’ll welcome him back when he comes back, but there’s no doubt he’s a miss. We have players capable of stepping in. Papy [Mendy] signed a new contract in the summer and has started the season very well. Hamza [Choudhury] was excellent against Arsenal, he really covered the ground and was defensively very good, so we have enough cover in that position.”
N’didi has been utilised in central defence for the Foxes so far this season, but Rodgers now says Jonny Evans‘ thigh injury has cleared up in time for his return from suspension:
“He’s fine. He’s trained this last numbers of days, so he’s available. He’s had a good couple of weeks and I think, for most players, they’re not going to be 100 per cent. I’d still have Jonny Evans at 80 per cent because he’s such a quality player.”
Rodgers also provided an update on full-back Ricardo Pereira, who has trained at Belvoir Drive this week as part of his own rehabilitation from an ACL injury sustained in March:
“He’s still a bit of time away, but great for him to be out on the field these last few days. He’s worked tirelessly in the gym in this period and hopefully now he’s out on the grass, he can push forward with that rehabilitation.
He’s still a period of four-to five weeks away, but we’ll see that recovery goes over these next numbers of weeks.”
Demarai Gray is out of the game this weekend. Rodgers reports he is feeling “unwell” but it is not Covid-19 related.
New signing Cengiz Under will not be signed in time to face Man City:
“His paperwork will be finalised today, and that he’ll join up with the squad over the weekend and will train next week.”
Lampard says Edouard Mendy won’t start tomorrow having only arrived yesterday and not trained much this week however, he will have a conversation with Kepa Arrizabalaga:
“I haven’t spoken to him, but I will have a conversation with him and Caballero in 24 hours or so. There is good competition between them.”
Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech remain out for tomorrow’s game, but the good news is they have started training with the group. He hopes to have them available in the “next week or two”.
Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are fit enough to start tomorrow, but Lampard says he has to take into account the busy schedule with the games coming thick and fast, with games coming on Tuesday and Saturday, and then an international break:
“I believe they are fit enough to start but I have to take in to consideration a quick turnaround on Tuesday and Saturday, then internationals.
Thiago had 60 minutes in the tank, Ben I might be a little more cautious.”
Lampard finishes by saying you need to manage Christian Pulisic carefully:
“There is always concerns when there is a history with fitness. You have to make sure you don’t overcook him. There is a fine line, but he is hungry to play. It’s something we have to manage with him. We want to get as many minutes of the great Christian we saw last season.”
Alan Irvine in the absence of David Moyes:
“Everyone is training, which is great. Obviously, we’ve lost a couple of players with the Covid-19 situation so we wouldn’t want to lose any more to injury, so we’re pleased we haven’t.”
Irvine will be on the touchline for Sunday’s game at London Stadium, but says Moyes will be making the key decisions:
“He’s fine. I’ve spoken to him several times this morning and he’s not feeling any symptoms. He hasn’t felt any all the way through. It’s a bit frustrating for him, but he’s working on things.
David will be the manager and everything we do will be run through him first of all. He will make the decisions on everything he would if he was here. I’m just the messenger! I’ve spoken to Josh and Issa too and they’re both fine.”
Mark Noble returns:
“It’s always great to have him back. He’s fantastic around the place. His toe has been giving him pain for a while, but not any more so he’s got a smile on his face at the moment. It’s great to have him back training.”
It sounds as if a toe injury will keep James Tarkowski out again:
“I’ve not not been preparing without Tarky. He’ll get fit and enjoy his time playing with us again.”
Brownhill could play on the right.
“He came into the side after lockdown and did very well for us. We know he can do that. He has a great honesty and worth ethic and if we have to use him elsewhere, I am sure he will adapt.”
Ben Mee has an outside chance of joining the group next week, but it could be after the break before the long-termers return. Ashley Barnes enjoyed an hour-long run out for the U23s on Monday and the Clarets striker is pencilled in to feature for the development side tonight.
Sean Dyche will consider adding new signing Dale Stephens to the squad for Saturday, but Jay Rodriguez looks like he will miss the game after suffering an ankle injury in the Carabao Cup.