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FPL Injury Updates: Gameweek 3

by Andrew Gastelum
Updated On: September 28, 2020, 11:05 am ET

Ahead of Gameweek 3, Gabriel Jesus looks to be the biggest injury headline after it was revealed that he has already been withdrawn from the Brazil team ahead of next month’s international break. City really look to be in a hole at the forward position, although it’s probably not enough to force them onto the transfer market.

The transfer deadline is approaching with just over a week remaining. Gareth Bale will not appear for Spurs but Nelson Semedo is expected to receive his Wolves debut this weekend. Here’s the injury news for the weekend.

 

 

Brighton v. Manchester United

Tariq Lamptey was originally considered a doubt for Brighton but is back in training alongside the perennially injured Adam Lallana—both seem to be in contention for the weekend. Backup goalkeeper Christian Walton will miss the next few weeks with an ankle injury while Yves Bissouma will miss the next few matches due to a red card picked up last weekend against Newcastle.

Out: Stephens (transfer), Walton, Bissouma (suspension), Andone, Izquierdo

 

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the club has no new injuries and only have defenders Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe ruled out as the pair look to return in the coming weeks.

Out: Romero, Tuanzebe, Jones

 

 

Crystal Palace v. Everton

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hogdson confirmed that Christian Benteke will be available to face Everton after missing out on the start of the season due to injury. Palace still have a dearth of defenders to choose from with all their injuries but Hodgson hinted that one or two players could in contention after returning to training. Nathanial Clyne could be in contention at right-back.

Out: Cahill, Tomkins, van Aanholt, Ferguson, Wickham

Doubtful: Dann, Riedewald, Woods

 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton fans and fantasy managers a scare after picking up a hamstring problem in the club’s League Cup game this week; however, manager Carlo Ancelotti said that the club’s hat-trick hero from the weekend is fit and back in training. Meanwhile, Fabian Delph made his debut this week but will remain behind to recover this weekend.

Out: Delph, Holgate, Branthwaite, Gbamin, Tosun

 

West Brom v. Chelsea

West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic hinted that Branislav Ivanovic is expected to be fit to face his former club Chelsea after making his Baggies debut in the League Cup in midweek. Ahmed Hegazi is back in training after a hamstring injury but it’s unclear if he will be fit to start. New arrival Conor Gallagher is ineligible since he is on loan from Chelsea.

Out: Gallagher (loan rules), Gibbs (suspended), Zohore

Doubtful: Ivanovic, Hegazi, Grosicki, Robson-Kanu

 

Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva are in contention for the weekend after making their Chelsea debuts in the League Cup this week as second-half subs. However, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech remain out although the wingers are taking part in limited training. Chelsea fans won’t get to see new keeper Edouard Mendy in action after just arriving from Rennes. Said Lampard:
“He has had a long week when he has not really trained, he flew in yesterday and it feels too tight a turnaround to put him in contention to start the game.”

Out: Pulisic, Ziyech

Doubtful: Sakho, Wickham, Benteke, Riedewald

 

 

Burnley v. Southampton

Dale Stephens is expected to make his Burnley debut against Southampton after just arriving from Brighton in a £1 million move. James Tarkowski could be involved after shaking off a toe injury although a pending £30 million move to Leicester City appears to be on the table. James Rodriguez looks extremely unlikely to play after suffering an ankle injury in the League Cup this week.

Out: Mee, Barnes, Brady, Cork, Gudmundsson

Doubtful: Tarkowski, Rodriguez  

 

Defender Mohammed Salisu, a £10.9 million signing from Real Valladolid, is close to match fitness while Nathan Redmond will miss the next couple of weeks due to an ankle injury suffered last week in the League Cup. Other than that, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has been issued a clean bill of health.

Out: Redmond

Doubtful: Salisu

 

 

Sheffield United v. Leeds

Lys Mousset is still out with an ankle injury but there’s no new news on the injury front for Chris Wilder’s men. John Egan will miss out after picking up a red card just 11 minutes into the club’s loss to Aston Villa.

Out: Egan (suspended), Mousset

 

Diego Llorente arrived in an £18 million move from Real Sociedad and is in contention. The only new injury news for Marcelo Bielsa is the absence of Pablo Hernandez as the midfielder will be out for a few weeks following a groin injury.

Out: Hernandez, Forshaw

 

 

 

Spurs v. Newcastle

Gareth Bale won’t make his return to the pitch for Spurs this weekend as he has some ways to go until he is match fit. Fellow Real Madrid Sergio Reguilón is unlikely to be involved as he recovers from a minor injury while defender Japhet Tanganga will miss out with a thigh problem.

Out: Bale, Tanganga,

Doubtful: Reguilon

 

Newcastle looked great in a 7-0 win over League Two outfit Morecambe in the League Cup this week but it came at a cost with Ciaran Clark leaving with a thigh injury that makes it look like he will not be available for the weekend. Jamal Lewis and Allan Saint-Maximin are also doubts are sustaining injuries against Brighton last weekend.

Out: Dubravka, Schar, Dummett, Gayle, Matty Longstaff

Doubtful: Lewis, Clark, Saint-Maximin

 

 

Manchester City v. Leicester City

Manchester City were hit with another injury blow when it was announced today that Gabriel Jesus will miss at least the next three weeks after suffering an undisclosed injury this week, leaving City without a first-team striker with Sergio Agüero expected to miss the next month or two. Ilkay Gundogan is the latest City player to contract COVID-19 and will miss out.

Out: Aguero, Silva, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Jesus

Doubtful: Laporte

 

Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Ricardo Pereira is about a month away from returning to the club but Leicester’s fullbacks seem to be getting on just fine without their star defender. Meanwhile, Wilfried Ndidi will have surgery tomorrow to fix a groin problem that will keep him out for three months. New signing Cengiz Under will not be available.  

Out: Ndidi, Pereira, Under, Gray

Doubtful: Evans

 

 

 

West Ham v. Wolves

COVID-19 put a dent in the club this week with defender Issa Diop, midfielder Josh Cullen, and manager David Moyes all testing positive prior to the League Cup match this week and will all miss out on the weekend. However, club captain Mark Noble looks to have shaken off a toe injury that caused him to miss the last two games.  

Out: Diop, Cullen

Doubtful: Morgan

 

Fernando Marcal looks to be a major doubt after suffering a calf injury last week, but that could bring new club-record signing Nelson Semedo into the picture after arriving in a surprising  £37 million move from Barcelona this week.

Out: Jonny

Doubtful: Marcal

 

Fulham v. Aston Villa

Fulham manager Scott Parker confirmed that the club has no injuries ahead of the club’s match against Aston Villa in their search for their first win.

 

There’s no injury news as of yet for Aston Villa, but forward Ally Samatta, the Premier League’s first Tanzanian forward, did leave the club for Fenerbahce. Bertrand Traoré scored in his club debut this week in the League Cup.

Out: Samatta (transfer out) Heaton, Engels, Wesley

 

Liverpool v. Arsenal

Joe Gomez is hoping to start on Monday as he returned to training today after missing the win against Chelsea. However, Jordan Henderson will not be available after leaving the Chelsea match with a thigh injury. Joel Matip remains out for the next few weeks.

Out: Henderson, Matip, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Doubtful: Gomez

 

Arsenal continues to be missing a couple backlines worth of defenders, but Kieran Tierney is expected to return after being pulled in the warmups against West Ham last weekend.

Out: Smith-Rowe, Mari, Mustafi, Sokratis, Soares, Chambers, Martinelli