We’ll have all the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) injury updates, squad news and head coach quotes as we cover Friday’s Gameweek 2 press conferences on this live blog.
There are 14 managers in total speaking to the media today, with the other six facing questions yesterday.
Thursday’s top presser updates can be found here.
Friday’s press times are detailed below:
For much more detailed information, check out our predicted lineups page and injuries and bans feed.
Thiago Alcántara (hamstring) has joined Diogo Jota (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Caoimhin Kelleher (muscle), Ibrahima Konate (muscle), Curtis Jones (muscle) on the sidelines for Monday’s clash with Crystal Palace though Naby Keita has recovered from illness and Kostas Tsimikas (tap) could also be involved when he returns to training today.
“Now we have, at the moment, definitely too many injuries, that’s clear. A couple of guys are coming back. Naby will be back on Monday, Kostas will train today for the first time, so he could be back too.
“Thiago is fine, but the injury is not good. I read four to six weeks [for a timeframe]. I’d rather have four!” – Jurgen Klopp
Klopp was also asked about the developing relationship between Mohamed Salah i Darwin Nunezas well as the importance of Roberto Firmino in the Liverpool squad.
“It’s a great partnership, that’s for sure. They’re two players who are determined to score and be in decisive areas, I mean behind the line, wherever the line is. It’s very helpful. Mo is in a good moment and Darwin s ‘is installing I think Luis [Diaz] just miss the goal, if you will [at Fulham]very good times, very good situations. [He had] twice, one was a post I think, or a crossbar, and then it was blocked in another situation. So a bit of luck and then he would score and that would also help him massively. But other than that, that department wasn’t our problem last weekend.
“[Firmino is] very important. If you take our last game against Fulham now, we didn’t get Bobby right. There were different reasons, we saw a lot in the analysis; we can talk about it but it was something that had nothing to do with us, honestly, because the center was very often blocked. If you want to watch it again you can see it too, and they weren’t bad players. That’s why it took him a little while to get into the game. And we didn’t play well, and that’s always an offensive player that’s not easy to come up with. But other than that, I obviously don’t judge Bobby by one or two games or whatever. Bobby’s a fantastic player and he’s had a good pre-season, not a perfect pre-season but a good pre-season and that’s all he needed, to be able to have the amount of sessions he had and train as often as he did. He will definitely benefit from it during the season and we will go from there.” – Jurgen Klopp
Aymeric Laporte (knee) remains on the sidelines for the visit of Bournemouth, while Calvin Phillips (niggles) and Cole Palmer (foot) are new doubts.
“We have Kalvin [Phillips] with a few, I don’t know if he will be able to. Cole Palmer had a knock on his feet in the last few games, and tomorrow is a doubt. the remaining [apart from Aymeric Laporte] they are perfect.” – Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola has confirmed this new signing Sergio Gomez will be part of the first team squad and provide support/competition João Cancelo on the left side.
“You know that the club is always working on many possibilities and opportunities in all positions. This one goal is a young player, at the World Cup years ago the best player was Phil Foden and he was the second best player in this tournament.
“He played for Spain under-21, he was a young talent for the Barcelona academy, he went to Dortmund, he didn’t have many minutes, last year he played in good hands with Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht . He played well, we target him and we could take him here.
“For now he is, he will stay with us, the team, and Joao, Josh [Wilson-Esbrand] and he, an option for the left back”. – Pep Guardiola on Sergio Gómez
Mikel Arteta confirms it Takehiro Tomiyasu, Emile Smith Rowe i Fabio Vieira have returned to training after injury, while Kieran Tierney “looks in perfect condition.”
Reiss Nelson he’s set for a spell on the sidelines, though.
Antonio Conte confirmed it Clement Lenglet He is very likely to miss with ‘adductor fatigue’ ahead of the trip to Chelsea.
The Spurs boss also revealed that Oliver Skipp he needs “a couple of weeks” before he comes back though Richarlison he returned from suspension this weekend.
Marcos Alonso will not be considered for selection this weekend as he tries to force his way away from Chelsea, while Mateo Kovacic he is out of the Tottenham Hotspur game because of his troublesome knee.
“[Alonso] He is not training at the moment and is trying to finalize his transfer, so he will not be available for tomorrow’s game. The same goes for Kova, who is injured, unfortunately. He has knee problems and always a bit of a reaction, so we decided to take a step back and increase the treatment time and reduce the stress that comes with training.
“All others are available.” – Thomas Tuchel
Erik ten Hag confirmed that Manchester United’s squad news is “still the same” for the trip to Brentford, meaning that Anthony Martial i Victor Lindelof stay on the sidelines
Asked if Cristiano Ronaldo could start against the Bees after last weekend’s ‘false nine’ experiment with Christian Eriksen, the Red Devils boss was non-committal.
“So he had a good week of training, I thought he played a little over half an hour [against Brighton], I would say he now has two half games. The starting eleven, we’ll see tomorrow. I, of course, have made my decision, but I [will] keep it.” – Erik ten Hag on Cristiano Ronaldo
We didn’t hear much from Steven Gerrard’s side ahead of the Everton game, but the Villa boss spoke at length about the FPL midfielder. Leon Baileysaying the winger “looked sharp” in training.
“I don’t think he’s been very lucky in terms of health and having his body used to the Premier League. On the back of that, he had some injuries and niggles that prevented him from getting into a routine and rhythm.
“In the preseason, he’s been healthy and he’s been brilliant. Repeating matches and training sessions – once again he was sharp this morning – he is in a good place. He was disappointed, as we all were, with the last game, but it’s a game. León is in a much better place than last year.
“He had doubts about his body, he didn’t have the best of luck and that was quite frustrating for him.” – Steven Gerrard
John Shelvey he may struggle to return before the Premier League reaches the World Cup, with Newcastle boss Eddie Howe ruling him out for around 12 weeks after hamstring surgery.
“It was something quite complex. We had a number of scans, a number of opinions because we wanted to make the right call. It wasn’t just an injury. He has had surgery and we expect him to be around 12 weeks.
“I was very disappointed, he worked very hard in pre-season and looked in good physical shape. A real shame for him and us, but he is now on the road to recovery, much better after the operation.
“I think we have enough to cover his absence at the moment, but you know football can change very quickly. Bruno played in that position on Saturday and did very, very well. We’ve got other players – Sean Longstaff has played the position in pre-season and again he’s done really well.” – Eddie Howe on Jonjo Shelvey’s injury
Jamaal Lascelles is expected to shake off a thigh injury after being pulled from the Week 1 matchday squad and briefly missing practice earlier in the week, while Jamal Lewis (groin) i Federico Fernandez (old) are slowly building match fitness after long layoffs.
Emil Krafth he is suffering from a back problem although the scans come back clear.
The Toffees earlier in the week released a medical update Ben Godfrey (leg) i Yerry Mina (ankle): The former will be out for three months with a fractured fibula, while the latter “will see a specialist this week to find out the full extent of the [his] problem before receiving treatment”.
Conor Coady Of course, it has been introduced to strengthen the numbers at the back, while Salomon Rondon back from suspension this weekend.
“No, we are still considering it. And the reality is that we are also still in the pre-season and not all players have been able to play many minutes in the short pre-season we had. I have to weigh fitness levels to try and get the sharpest players on the pitch. If maybe some people didn’t have that many minutes, they could be more effective. – Frank Lampard when asked if it was a “given” that Salomon Rondon would start this weekend
Bruno Lage confirmed this on Friday Raul Jimenez i João Moutinho they remain sidelined for the clash with Fulham.
Nelson Semedo i Adama Traore they are technically available for selection, but Lage warned of their lack of pre-season, so it seems match fitness is still an issue.
Miquel Olise (foot) could make his long-awaited return against Liverpool on Monday, but the game comes too soon James McArthur (groin) i James Tomkins (calf), while Nathan Ferguson (foot) has had a ‘setback’ and faces another spell on the sidelines.
“Michael has been training all week with the team, so there is a possibility that he will be with the squad. The other two [James McArthur and James Tomkins]it will be too short for them.
“[Nathan Ferguson] just had a mishap. It’s too early to talk about it, but obviously he hasn’t trained in the last few days with the team.” – Patrick Vieira
Thomas Frank said this new signing Mikkel Damsgaard will not start against Manchester United on Saturday evening because he is not “ready”. However, the Brentford boss said he would “definitely consider bringing him into the squad”.
Sergio Canos (hamstring), Kristoffer Ajer (hamstrings) i Ethan Pinnock (knees) are still out.
WEST HAM UNITED
David Moyes told reporters on Friday that he would have “a similar group to last week” for West Ham’s trip to Nottingham Forest.
Craig Dawson is doing “fairly well” and will be evaluated, while Michael Antonio he trained today after a stroke.
Angelo Ogbonna He is also working his way back from a cruciate ligament injury, but Moyes did not offer much new. Lukasz Fabianski, just confirming that he got a “coke” last weekend.
Steve Cooper confirmed there was no change in the injury status of either Ryan Yates or Steve Cookwhile Scott McKenna is an important doubt for Sunday after “picking something up in training”.
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