Round up of the press conferences from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of FPL Opening Weekend. All the latest team news for fantasy football managers to digest before making those all-important transfers.
David Luiz will miss this weekends' game due to neck spasm, and Mikel Arteta could turn to Rob Holding to fill the void with Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Calum Chambers (ACL knee) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (calf) all nursing injuries. New signing Gabriel has trained "very well" and could provide another option along with the returning William Saliba, who spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne. Emile Smith Rowe (shoulder) was left wearing a protective sling following an awkward fall in training while Pablo Mari (ankle) is aiming to return to full training by the end of September. Gabriel Martinelli (knee) is hoping to be playing again in early 2021.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Graham Potter confirms the Seagulls are close to full strength ahead of Monday nights' game against Chelsea. "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." Davy Propper has recovered from a minor Achilles problem, but he may not be risked due to a lack of fitness, and while Jose Izquierdo is taking part in "some" of the sessions, the winger will not be considered after 17 months out. The Brighton boss reveals there are no issues with Ben White who was the subject of several bids from Leeds United following his successful loan spell at Elland Road. "There was no disappointment from Ben at any stage. There was a lot of noise, but he got on with his job really well. It's his first season in the Premier League, and we want to help him as well as we can."
Frank Lampard will be without a trio of new signings as Chelsea head to the south coast in the opener. Hakim Ziyech suffered a "little twist" in his knee at the Amex last month, and he may not return until game week three or four. Ben Chilwell (plantar fasciitis) is improving, but after missing the previous eight weeks, the full-back needs to improve his fitness and Monday comes too soon. Thiago Silva will join the group for the first time this weekend and won't be considered just yet. However, there was better news regarding Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta who both come into contention after their successful integration into full training. Billy Gilmour (knee) remains out long-term and Mateo Kovacic will serve a one-match ban following his dismissal in the FA Cup final.
Roy Hodgson confirms Eberechi Eze is available for selection "in theory" after limping off with a groin problem two weeks ago. However, the summer signing has only played 45 minutes for Palace since arriving "so still isn't quite match fit." Mamadou Sakho had his first session on Friday, and the Frenchman is targeting a quick return to action. Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke remain out "as well as defenders (Gary Cahill / Patrick van Aanholt / James Tomkins / Nathan Ferguson)" although the Eagles could welcome one or two back this month.
Mason Holgate (toe) has been ruled out of Sundays' game; fortunately, it looks as though Yerry Mina will be fit and the Colombian could be paired alongside Michael Keane. Carlo Ancelotti reveals Fabian Delph is closing in on a return to full training with the medical team due to decide on Friday. 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 while new signing James Rodriguez is determined to "achieve big things" having signed from Real Madrid. Jonjoe Kenny will not be shipped out with the defender remaining at Goodison to compete with Seamus Coleman at right-back.
Scott Parker should have a full squad at his disposal for the arrival of Arsenal in the early kick-off. Jean Michael Seri and Andre Zambo Anguissa, who return following season-long loan spells at Galatasaray and Villareal respectively, will be given every opportunity to "stake a claim in this team". However, fitness might be an issue for this game. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola arrives from Paris Saint-Germain, and the Frenchman will be vying for the Number One jersey with Marek Rodak after Marcus Bettinelli joined Championship outfit Middlesbrough.