Premier League Press Conference Summary: FPL Gameweek 1

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 1.

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All the best for Gameweek 1 everyone – lets do this!

Sheffield United

“We’ve got a couple of players that are touch and go for the [Wolves] game.”

Last weekend the Blades boss was expecting Lys Mousset to shake off a minor toe injury.

Jack O’Connell (shoulder) “100 per cent” available according to Wilder. He has missed all of the pre-season fixtures however.

Sander Berge sustained a knee injury while on international duty and did not feature vs N. Ireland. He’ll likely be one of those who needs to be checked.

David McGoldrick has trained following a knock. Simon Moore looks like he’s still recovering from surgery.

New signing Oliver Burke (£4.5m), listed as a midfielder in FPL, will play up front in Sheffield United’s system:

“We needed some big pace at the top of the pitch and he gives us that. He’s not played a lot of football in England down the middle, which is where he’ll play in our system. I wanted someone with pace and power, Oli gives us those qualities.”


Scott Parker has no injury concerns to report.

Scott Parker believes the arrival of Alphonso Areola will help push Rodak:

“He provides competition in a league that is the best in the world.”

His arrival sees Marcus Bettinelli join Middlesboro on loan.

Jean Michael Seri and Andre Zambo Anguissa, who return following season-loan spells at Galatasaray and Villareal, have rejoined the group and will be in contention.

“Everyone has the chance to stake a claim in this team.”


Marcelo Bielsa confirms Leeds have a clean bill of health although Adam Forshaw is not available for selection.

Rodrigo Moreno and Robin Koch are in “very good physical condition.”

Bielsa plans to “play the same way” and doesn’t feel the absence of Ben White – who returned to Brighton following his season-long loan – will cause much of an issue. New signing Robin Koch is ready if required.


Lampard confirms Hakim Ziyech (knee) will not be ready for the trip to the Amex:

“Hakim Ziyech took an injury to his knee against Brighton in the friendly game so he won’t be fit. We hope it’s a matter of weeks, hopefully a couple of weeks, but we will have to see on that one.”

Ben Chilwell (heel) is training but Monday comes too soon. Thiago Silva will not start training until the weekend, and therefore, he’s unlikely to be considered.

Lampard confirms Christian Pulisic and César Azpilicueta are fit and available for Monday:

“I am very happy to welcome them both back. Yesterday was their first day fully training with the team, so they’re in contention for Monday.

I have to be careful and I have a squad to pick from, but the way they’re training and their attitude to come back, it looks like they’re over those injuries. I just have to make sure I manage them both back in in their own ways.”

Fikayo Tomori also trained with the group today; in contention (for now), despite links with a loan move to Everton.

Matteo Kovacic is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the FA Cup final against Arsenal.


Stuart Armstrong will miss Southampton’s Premier League opener at Crystal Palace with a quad injury picked up on international duty.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl says his team must now adapt in Armstrong’s absence at Selhurst Park on Saturday:

“Stu Armstrong came back injured from the national team, which I really hate, because it’s pre-season and I do everything to keep the players healthy.

He comes back injured after playing 80 minutes, which was definitely not perfect. That smashes a few automatisms in our game, but we have to handle this.”

Hasenhüttl confirmed no other injuries in his squad, but says summer signing Mohammed Salisu, who has only recently joined in pre-season training, is continuing to improve his fitness.

Hasenhuttl on James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings:

“It was fantastic for them [to play for England], but in terms of preparing for the season it was not fantastic. The good news is they have come back fit and have trained with us again.”

Hasenhuttl reveals his No.1 GK is Alex McCarthy, while confirming Fraser Forster will remain at St Mary’s:

“He will stay with us at the moment. Alex McCarthy is our number one as he has developed a lot lately. The other two, one will maybe leave us and the other will stay with us.”


Graham Potter says he needs to do assessments but that he’s choosing from a fully fit squad:

“The boys are looking forward to getting going again. We have a fully fit squad. Some have played more than others with their countries, so we still need to do some assessments. But everyone is training today, that’s good for us.”

Jose Izquierdo is undertaking ‘some’ work with the team but won’t be considered just yet. Davy Propper has recovered from a minor achilles issue. Unlikely that Christian Walton (ankle) will be available.


This weekend comes too soon for Martin Dubravka (knee) while Paul Dummett (hamstring) won’t be available either.

Dwight Gayle had knee surgery last weekend and could miss around four months.

Matt Ritchie has trained, barring a reaction, he may make the squad – “we’ll see how he is”.

Cieran Clark has improved over the last 3-4 days and is being monitored.

Matty Longstaff (thigh) remains a concern and Fabian Schar is still recovering from his shoulder injury, while Steve Bruce thinks Jonjo Shelvey (knee) “is going to be okay.”


The Arsenal medical team have the latest to report on their injury status:

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The main concern for Arsenal fans was the contract of their talisman and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as he enters the final year of his deal, but Mikel Arteta is sure the striker will remain in north London:

“I can say that I am even more confident than I was at the end of last season when you asked me the same question 10 times! I am very optimistic. I think [those fans who are worried] can be pretty relaxed!”

Arteta on speculation linking Emi Martinez with a move to Villa:

“I don’t want to comment on any individuals at the moment without having the right answers to give.”

And on Alexandre Lacazette remaining at The Emirates:

“I think he is very happy here. That is my feeling.”

On the possibility of Gabriel and Willian starting at Fulham:

“They have been training really well. They have adapted quickly. They are really excited to be here with us, really good energy from both of them.”


Trent Alexander-Arnold confirms he’s ready for Saturday:

“I obviously played 80-85 mins for England; I felt good, I felt fit, and obviously no niggles or injuries off the back of that. Coming back into training today, obviously excited for the weekend. It’s obviously a tough test, a newly-promoted team.”

Asked for a fitness update – and specifically regarding Jordan Henderson, Xerdan Shaqiri and summer signing Tsimikas, at his pre-match press conference, Klopp said:

“Not finally decided yet. They are all in training pretty much, all of them. So we will make late decisions about that, but it looks rather promising than not.

But we have in the moment a lot of players available, here in training. They all came back now, so not all of them will be involved even if they could be involved, that’s the situation.”

On the future of youngster Rhian Brewster, Klopp has “nothing to say”:

“He’s our player, a wonderful kid, big, big talent. The decisions [about the squad] aren’t finished yet; there’s so much going on. We are really thoughtful about what would be best for his development.”


Mason Holgate has been ruled out of Sundays’ game but Yerry Mina is cleared to face Tottenham.

Ancelotti reveals Fabian Delph could rejoin the group on the training pitches tomorrow. Cenk Tosun and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain long-term absentees.

Andre Gomes, who picked up a slight knock while on international duty, is fit and available.

New signing James Rodriguez announces his intentions:

“I’ve come here determined to achieve big things! I want to achieve more and more… I really want to do well.”


Apart from LWB Jonny [knee], Wolves have a fully fit side to choose from.

Nuno expresses that the new signings will need time to integrate, meaning Roman Saiss and Ruben Vinagre may be safe for the time being:

“Give [Marcal and Vitinha] time to integrate and understand how we play. They have to adapt to a new city and competition. It will require time.”

Fabio Silva and has integrated really well:

“It’s about the talent. We look at that. We are really happy.”

Asked about any more new arrivals to the side, Nuno said:

“We are working [on transfers]. The squad is not complete yet.”


Japhet Tanganga is sidelined with a thigh injury. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho will make a late decision on the fitness of Gio Lo Celso (hamstring).

Jose had good news as he prepared the squad this week as all of our players returned safely from international duty:

“The players have come back without injury, which is a very positive thing, and we are together for two training session and we start the season.

The majority of the team, apart from three, know each other well for quite a long time, and the fact I’ve been with them for the past 10 months makes it easier for me, because in this moment, I don’t need to adapt and the players don’t need to adapt to me, because we know each other already, so I think we are ready.”

Tottenham start their season against Everton on Sunday and manager Jose Mourinho insists the club are planning to get some support for Harry Kane up front this term.

“I want to make it very, very clear that the club knows that I need a striker and they also want a striker. Are we going to get one? I believe so, I honestly believe so.”

West Ham

Moyes confirms that Tomas Soucek is fine and is available:

“Soucek is back and all fine. I think the problem happened over in the Czech Republic. He’s fine, he’s been okay. I think the disappointing thing is we sent him away to play two games with the national team and one of their staff tested positive, so that made it difficult.”

On his role within the squad:

“I think Tomas has some attributes similar to Fellaini, but they’re different players. He’s made some big contributions to West Ham, just like Fellaini did at Everton.”

West Brom

Not much news to report. Will update later if anything comes up.


James Maddison (hip) and Christian Fuchs (groin) have trained this week. Daniel Amartey is back, but he is being managed carefully following a long-term ankle injury.

Filip Benkovic has been ruled out however:

“He’s injured at the moment [hip], so he’s unavailable but he could be one that goes out to try and get more game time.”

Rodgers has hinted at the possibility of Wilfried N’didi dropping into the backline:

“He’s one of the best midfield players in the PL & that’s his best position.”

Wes Morgan has rejoined the training group today, but Ricardo Pereira is still a “number of weeks” away. On top of that, Jonny Evans is suspended.

On new arrival Timothy Castagne, Rodgers said he’d have no problem in playing him:

“He fits the profile, how we work and how we play. He’s an international for Belgium who I’ve tracked for a number of years. He’s fitted in really well since arriving this week. I’d have no hesitation [in playing him].”

Jamie Vardy’s return to the Hawthorns?

“He’ll want to start off like all goalscorers, with a goal – or two.”

Crystal Palace

Hodgson confirms Eberechi Eze is available for selection “in theory” after limping off with a groin problem two weeks ago:

“He’s only played 45 minutes for us so far, so still isn’t quite match fit yet.”

Mamadou Sakho had his first session today and is too soon to be considered.

Nathan Ferguson, is also not quite ready:

“[Nathan] made an appearance on the training field but is suffering from the aftermath from the [knee] injury he picked up in December, I think, with West Bromwich Albion.”

Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke remain out “as well as the five defenders”.

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