Fantasy Premier League Predicted Lineups for Gameweek 2 from Injury Analyst Ben Dinnery. Ben shares all the injuries, team news and predicted lineups for all Premier League clubs ahead of the opening weekend. They will be regularly updated throughout and following the press conferences.

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Arsenal

A lot will depend on the availability of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. If neither recover, then changes to the side could be minimal.

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Press Conference

The Gunners faces a race against time to have goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale registered to face Chelsea: "We will see. there is still some paperwork getting done," Mikel Arteta said on Friday morning. "He has done his medical, but there are still things to resolve, so we will have to wait." Martin Odegaard, who signed for around £30m, will not be available on Sunday. Alexandre Lacazette "has not been good" after testing positive for COVID-19 before the opener with Brentford, and the strikers' availability hangs in the balance. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stands a better chance after joining the group on Thursday, but there are no guarantees. "It's still very uncertain [if they can make the game]. I cannot give any answers today. I don't know if they can train in a few hours and if they are going to be able to compete at the weekend. I don't know," mused Arteta, who went on. "I don't know where it came from. We can only guess: the week before, they had 3-4 negatives and then a positive."

Pending Evaluation 

  • Alexandre Lacazette (COVID-19) - Major doubt. Late decision but expected to miss out.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (COVID-19) - Rejoined the group on Thursday. No guarantees but stands a better chance than Lacazette.

Ruled Out

  • Thomas Partey (ankle) - Suffered ligament damage during the friendly loss to Chelsea. May not return before the international break.
  • Eddie Nketiah (ankle) - Described as heavy bruising by the club. The setback could mean up to a month on the sidelines.
  • Gabriel Magalhaes (knee) - Complained of discomfort while training with Brazil at the Olympics. Hoping to rejoin the group in early September.

Banned

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Aston Villa

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Press Conference

Once again, Villa will be without Ollie Watkins as the striker is not healing as quickly as Dean Smith would've liked. "I don’t expect [him] to play. I'm hopeful that he’ll be back for Brentford. If not, he’ll definitely be back after the international break." Bertrand Traore is also sidelined due to a minor hamstring strain, and he will not return until game week four. "Other than that, we’re fine," except for long-term absentees. Douglas Luiz returned to the training pitches on Monday after winning gold with Brazil at the Olympics. Matt Targett was "disappointed" after the Watford game. The right-back had an afternoon to forget at Vicarage Road after being replaced at half-time. "He got injured against Chelsea [in the final game of last season] and was in a boot for six weeks. So he missed the first few weeks of pre-season. He played the following day at Liverpool and did a lot better."

Pending Evaluation

  • Ollie Watkins (knee) - If the striker can train pain-free this week, then he will be included in the squad.
  • Douglas Luiz - Returned to training on Monday after winning gold with Brazil at the Olympics.

Ruled Out 

  • Trezeguet (knee) - Suffered an ACL rupture against Liverpool last season and may not play again this year.
  • Morgan Sanson (knee) - The Frenchman did not feature during pre-season, but he has begun light training at Bodymoor Heath.
  • Ollie Watkins (knee) - An outside chance of returning to face his former side: Brentford (GW3).
  • Bertrand Traore (hamstring) - Ruled out until after the international break.

Banned

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Brentford

Thomas Franks will probably name the same side if Kristoffer Ajer can recover from a minor foot injury. If not, the Mads Sorensen is the player most likely to come in.

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Press Conference

"All players that were available for Arsenal will be available for Saturday," Thomas Franks confirmed during Thursdays' press conference. Kristoffer Ajer has recovered from the knock to his ankle while the defender was also suffering from cramp in the first game. "Mathias Jensen trained partly with the group," but the game is too soon for the Denmark international following his involvement at the Euros. "Wissa will definitely be part of the squad. He’s had a good week of training."

Pending Evaluation

  • Kristoffer Ajer (ankle) - Unable to continue following a heavy challenge with Kieran Tierney in the opener. To be assessed.

Ruled Out

  • Joshua Dasilva (hip) - A rare and complicated injury that needs to be managed. No timeline currently. Long-term.
  • Mathias Jensen (fitness) - Late return following his involvement at Euro 2020.

Banned

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Brighton and Hove Albion

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Press Conference

Dan Burn, Tariq Lamptey, Danny Welbeck and Joel Veltman remain unavailable for the Seagulls, who have no fresh injury concerns. Aaron Connolly missed week one due to "personal reasons", but Graham Potter confirms his off the field issues have "been resolved", and he will return to the squad on Saturday. The withdrawal of Enock Mwepu at half-time last weekend was tactical. "The challenge for new players in the Premier League is unique! The opposition, the crowd, the physicality... Enock didn't play badly; it was a tactical decision. He wants to learn and improve. He will benefit from that experience."

Pending Evaluation

  • Aaron Connolly (unknown) - His personal issues have "been resolved", and the Irishman will return to the matchday squad.

Ruled Out 

  • Tariq Lamptey (hamstring surgery) - Making good progress but not as quickly as hoped. Likely to be the other side of the break.
  • Danny Welbeck (hamstring) - Tweaked his hamstring in pre-season, and Graham Potter believes a return in week four is realistic.
  • Dan Burn (knee) - A slight ligament strain that could rule the centre-back out of the opening game weeks.
  • Kjell Scherpen (ankle) - Suffered ligament damage during a pre-season friendly.
  • Joel Veltman (COVID-19 related) - Isolating after being identified as a close contact. Ruled out.

Banned

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Burnley

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Press Conference

Sean Dyche is reluctant to put a timeframe on the potential return of Dale Stephens and Kevin Long after the pair went under the knife to remedy ankle and Achilles issues during the summer: "We are giving them a bit of time, and hopefully, they will be fit again sooner rather than later." Aaron Lennon is maintaining his fitness with the club, but there is no news on a potential deal: "He is just training; we are keeping an eye on the situation. He wanted to come in and train; he is welcome. It has done him good and us good."

Pending Evaluation

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Ruled Out 

  • Kevin Long (Achilles) - Light training following surgery in the summer.
  • Dale Stephens (ankle) - Suffered a slight setback on the training pitches following surgery. No timeline currently.

Banned

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Chelsea

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Press Conference 

Tuchel on the possibility of Lukaku playing: "We have one more training session to go but the week was a heavy load for him because he was in the group with the late starters. Today was lower intensity, and tomorrow we have important training for the match, but we are hoping he will be on the pitch for Sunday and things look like it." Christian Pulisic has had a "positive [COVID] test" and will not be available for the Arsenal game. Hakim Ziyech and N'Golo Kante both trained on Thursday. "We need to have a more physical intense session and decide tomorrow. Right now, it seems very positive that both can be in the squad for Sunday."

Pending Evaluation

  • N'Golo Kante (ankle) - Tuchel will make a late call on the Frenchman, but he should be fine.
  • Romelu Lukaku (quarantine) - The returning striker has trained with his new teammates since Tuesday.
  • Hakim Ziyech (shoulder) - Returned to the training pitches ahead of schedule. Well-placed for a comeback.

Ruled Out

  • Christian Pulisic (COVID-19) - Sidelined following a positive test.
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek (COVID-19) - Needs to follow the protocols so he won’t be available for the game.

Banned

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Crystal Palace

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Press Conference

No fresh injury worries for the visit of Brentford: "Everybody is fit and available for tomorrow," confirmed Patrick Vieira. Long-termers: Nathan Ferguson, Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise remain out. Conor Gallagher returns to the Palace squad: the midfielder was ineligible against Chelsea. James Tomkins was back on the training pitches this week, but Luka Milivojevic (personal reasons) is not in contention.

Pending Evaluation

  • James Tomkins (muscle) - Returned to the training pitches this week.

Ruled Out

  • Nathan Ferguson (Achilles) - Suffered a rupture on the training pitches, which means a return in 2022 is most likely.
  • Eberechi Eze (Achilles) - Targeting a return to action in late 2021.
  • Michael Olise (back) - Hoping to return to the training pitches before the end of this month.
  • Luka Milivojevic (undisclosed) - Remains unavailable because of personal reasons.

Banned

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  • Conor Gallagher - Missed the game against his parent club (Chelsea) last weekend.

 

Everton

Rafa Benitez confirmed that five players were self-isolating ahead of game week one, but the only confirmed case was James Rodriguez. Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Andre Gomes and Moise Kean could also be affected after missing the final pre-season fixture against Manchester United and the win over Southampton.

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Press Conference

Benitez reports there are still some COVID-related issues, although Moise Kean is back in contention. Jean-Philippe Gbamin is expected to miss out while James Rodriguez will not face Leeds: "He was not available last week. Hopefully, he will be fine for next week, and he can carry on with training sessions. Then we can see what happens for the rest of the transfer window." Rafa offered no update on Andre Gomes or the rest of those players currently self-isolating.

Pending Evaluation 

  • Moise Kean (undisclosed) - The striker will be available on Saturday.

Ruled Out

  • Andre Gomes (undisclosed) - Believed to be one of the five players self-isolating.
  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin (undisclosed) - Believed to be one of the five players self-isolating.
  • James Rodriguez (self-isolating) - Expected to rejoin the group from next week.

Banned

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Leeds United

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Press Conference 

Kalvin Phillips is "better" and closer to a start after another week of training. The England international was an unused substitute at Old Trafford following his late return from the Euros. Saturday will come too soon for Diego Llorente as he continues to manage an ongoing knee injury. "It's probable he will have chances to compete again next week," revealed Marcelo Bielsa, who admitted it could be a long process before Adam Forshaw is considered for the first team. "[The] level of demand with U23s is not the same as the Premier League. We need to manage him. His process to return to [his pre-injury] level has to be progressive [but] I'm sure he has a desire to shorten the time."

Pending Evaluation

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Ruled Out

  • Adam Forshaw (fitness) - Bielsa admits that it will be a long process before the injury-plagued midfielder can be considered as a first-team regular.
  • Diego Llorente (knee) - It is "probable" that the Spaniard will be ready to compete again from next week.

Banned

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Leicester City

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Press Conference

Jonny Evans is still not training with the team. "We said we would see after the international break [but] he’s not close to playing. It’s one of those frustrating injuries. He might wake up in a week’s time, and it’s all okay. Hopefully, we get him back soon.” Brendan Rodgers remains coy on whether Jannik Vestergaard would start: “We’ll see. I was pleased with him coming in last weekend. He showed his composure. He’s still not up to speed fitness-wise. We’ll assess that. Daniel Amartey has been fantastic when he’s come in.” The squad will be similar to what the Foxes had last weekend. "Ryan Bertrand won’t be available. It’s mostly the same, but Timothy Castagne will be available. James Maddison has looked fantastic in training; he’ll be okay.”

Pending Evaluation

  • Timothy Castagne (eye socket) - Passed fit and available.
  • James Maddison (lower back) - Trained "fantastic" this week.

Ruled Out

  • Justin James (ACL) - On schedule to return around late October or early November.
  • Jonny Evans (plantar fasciitis) - An ongoing issue that is being managed. The centre-back is targeting a return in GW4.
  • Wesley Fofana (lower leg) - Fractured fibula and dislocated ankle. The defender will not play again until 2022.
  • Nampalys Mendy (groin) - Picked up an injury playing for Senegal. Could return to training before the end of the month.
  • Ryan Bertrand (COVID-19) - Tested positive on the eve of game week one.

Banned

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Liverpool

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