FPL Gameweek 8 team news: Live updates from Friday’s pressers

We’ve got all the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) injury updates, team news and key manager quotes from the Premier League press conferences being held today.

There are eight of them happening in all, including Pep Guardiola’s at 1.30pm BST.

Six more managers faced journalists on Wednesday and Thursday, and you can read the headline updates from those pressers here.




Eddie Howe gave nothing away in his pre-match presser regarding the fitness of Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimaraes, all of whom have been absent lately with muscular issues.

Not one of those players was sighted in ‘official’ training ground images on Wednesday but Guimaraes has reportedly been on the grass all this week.

 “Everyone has improved. But I will leave my team news to the time we get it. It has been a slightly difficult period for us but hopefully we are coming out of that. They are big players we need them back quickly.” – Eddie Howe

Jonjo Shelvey is still sidelined but ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hamstring issue, while Emil Krafth (knee) won’t be seen until 2023 and Karl Darlow (ankle) is now unavailable for the next 6-8 weeks.


David Moyes reported no fresh fitness concerns from the match against Silkeborg last night, with the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Craig Dawson and Tomas Soucek all featuring after recent injuries.

Nayef Aguerd (ankle) and Ben Johnson (hamstring) remain out, however.


Caretaker Bournemouth boss Gary O’Neil revealed that David Brooks has had a setback in his recovery, after the Welsh international picked up a hamstring strain during his comeback game with the development squad.

Brooks has been sidelined for the best part of the year after successfully fighting off cancer.

Ben Pearson (knee) and Joe Rothwell (thigh) are also still unavailable in Gameweek 8 but Junior Stanislas (groin) is back in training and could come into contention.

“The game comes too soon for Joe Rothwell, Ben Pearson, they’ll still be missing.

“David Brooks suffered a slight setback in the development game that he played. Just a slight awareness in his hamstring, some pain in his hamstring, which is obviously initially disappointing for him, but not unusual for any player that’s been off the grass for that long with long-term injury, or whatever it may be.

“So, yeah, not a huge surprise, although disappointing, especially for Brooksy. But, we were never planning to rush him back anyway. It was always David’s best interests, so, we’ll see how he recovers from that.

“Junior’s trained well. He’s been on the grass with us for a good few days now, maybe from late last week. So good to have Junior back, obviously has big quality, that can help us, no doubt.” – Gary O’Neil