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With Fantasy Premier League’s second gameweek on the horizon, managers will be starting to sweat over the fitness of players in their squad as they deliberate on their final team ahead of the weekend.
Given there is no Friday night game this week, managers will be given an extra nights’ sleep to worry about transfers, squad picks and captains before the deadline hits before noon on Saturday.
More importantly, though, knowing which players are fit and injured can make a huge difference to securing those vital points needed to achieving FPL glory.
So, with that said, we take a look at teams in the Premier League who could potentially be without key players for their fixtures ahead of Gameweek 2.
Next match: Chelsea (h)
Doubts: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Mahalhaes, Eddie Nketiah, Thomas Partey, William Saliba
Aston Villa will again be without the services of Trezeguet and Morgan Sanson through injury, but Douglas Luiz could be available, as the midfielder returned to training following his involvement for Brazil at the Olympics.
Next match: Newcastle United (h)
Doubts: Trezeguet, Morgan Sanson
In a big boost for Brentford, Thomas Frank confirmed to the media that all of the players who were in their squad for their 2-0 win over Arsenal will be available this weekend.
Next match: Crystal Palace (a)
Doubts: Josh Da Silva, Mathias Jensen
Next match: Watford (h)
Doubts: Tariq Lamptey, Danny Welbeck, Dan Burn, Joel Veltman
Next match: Liverpool (a)
Doubts: Kevin Long, Dale Stephens
Next match: Arsenal (a)
Doubts: N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hakim Ziyech
Next match: Brentford (h)
Doubts: Luka Milivojevic, Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise, Nathan Ferguson
Next match: Leeds United (a)
Doubts: Jarrad Branthwaite, James Rodriguez
Diego Llorente remains out ahead of the visit of Everton, but Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Kalvin Phillips, who was an unused substitute in the 5-1 defeat to Manchester United, is closer to being back in the team.
Next match: Everton (h)
Doubts: Kiko Casilla, Diego Llorente
Next match: West Ham United (a)
Doubts: Jonny Evans, Ryan Bertrand, James Justin, Wesley Fofana, Nampalys Mendy
Next match: Burnley (h)
Doubts: Andy Robertson
Manchester City will be grateful that the shoulder injury that Ilkay Gundogan suffered against Tottenham Hotspur is not serious, however, they will still be without Phil Foden, who is still nursing a foot injury.
Next match: Norwich City (h)
Doubts: Phil Foden
Manchester United are still without Marcus Rashford and Alex Telles, though goalkeeper Dean Henderson - who, like Jesse Lingard, has been recovering after testing positive for coronavirus - could return to contention this weekend.
Next match: Southampton (a)
Doubts: Marcus Rashford, Alex Telles
Next match: Aston Villa (a)
Doubts: Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett
Next match: Manchester City (a)
Doubts: Sam Byram, Onel Hernandez, Jordan Hugill, Przemyslaw Placheta
Southampton are set to remain without academy graduates Sam McQueen and Will Smallbone, who are both sidelined with knee injuries.
Next match: Manchester United (h)
Doubts: Sam McQueen, Will Smallbone
Next match: Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Doubts: Harry Kane
Joshua King and Kiko Femenia are both now available for selection, but Joao Pedro and Nathaniel Chalobah will miss the trip to Brighton, while Juraj Kucka is a fesh doubt with a minor thigh problem.
Next match: Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Doubts: Joao Pedro, Nathaniel Chalobah, Juraj Kucka
West Ham United’s only injury doubt for their home fixture against Leicester on Monday is left-back Arthur Masuaka, who is unlikely to be fit enough to play.
Next match: Leicester City (h)
Doubts: Arthur Masuaka
Next match: Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Doubts: Jonny, Willy Bolly, Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence, Yerson Mosquera, Owen Otasowie
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