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Injuries and suspensions update ahead of Game Week 2 – Thiago out for “4-6 weeks”

Dream Team brings you all the latest injury, suspension and selection updates ahead of Game Week 2 in one easily digestible dose.

The issue of Cristiano Ronaldo’s (£6.3m) status in the pecking order under Erik ten Hag remains one of great interest.

When asked about the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Man United’s new gaffer told reporters: “He had a good training week. The starting XI, we will see tomorrow. I, of course, have made my decision but I [will] keep it.”

Ten Hag also confirmed that Anthony Martial (£3m) and Victor Lindelof (£2m) remain sidelined and won’t travel to Brentford this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Bees’ new Danish midfielder, Mikkel Damsgaard (£2.5m), is ‘not ready’ to start but may be named on the bench.

Brentford’s new signing is not ready to start just yet

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Brentford’s new signing is not ready to start just yet

Marcos Alonso (£4m) and Mateo Kovacic (£2.5m) are Chelsea’s only absentees for Sunday’s most-anticipated fixture.

The former is not training while he tries to finalise a transfer away from Stamford Bridge while the latter is yet to recover from injury.

As for Spurs, Clement Lenglet (£2.9m) has a ‘little problem’ with his adductor and will miss the London derby while Oliver Skipp (£1.5m) is still approximately two weeks away from a full recovery.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Thiago Alcantara (£2.4m) will be out for ‘four to six weeks’ following his premature withdrawal from Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Fulham last weekend.

However, the German tactician revealed that Naby Keita (£2m) and Kostas Tsimikas (£3m) are likely to be available for selection against Crystal Palace.

Diogo Jota (£4.5m) still needs more time.

From the Eagles’ perspective, Michael Olise (£2.5m) has trained with his team-mates all week and therefore has a good chance of being involved in some capacity at Anfield on Monday night.

Liverpool will be without Thiago for at least a month

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Liverpool will be without Thiago for at least a month

Brendan Rodgers was unable to give a timescale on Harvey Barnes’ (£4m) recovery but was happy to confirm Leicester had no other fresh injury concerns ahead of his side’s trip to Arsenal.

He also stated his belief that Wesley Fofana (£3m) would remain a King Power resident at least until January after the Foxes recently rejected two bids for the 21-year-old centre-back.

Leeds’ bench is unlikely to feature as many youngsters as it did in Game Week 1 with senior players Adam Forshaw (£1.5m), Luis Sinisterra (£2.5m) and Liam Cooper (£2m) all eligible for selection.

Dan James (£2m) is also available for the Whites’ trip to Southampton having completed his suspension that carried over from last season.

It’s unclear when Barnes will return

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It’s unclear when Barnes will return

ARSENAL

Injuries: Reiss Nelson, Fabio Vieira (doubt), Takehiro Tomiyasu (doubt), Emile Smith Rowe (doubt)

Suspensions: None

ASTON VILLA

Injuries: Keinan Davis, Kortney Hause

Suspensions: None

BOURNEMOUTH

Injuries: Ryan Fredericks, David Brooks, Joe Rothwell

Suspensions: None

BRENTFORD

Injuries: Ethan Pinnock, Sergi Canos, Kristoffer Ajer

Suspensions: None

BRIGHTON

Injuries: Jakub Moder

Suspensions: None

CHELSEA

Injuries: Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso

Suspensions: None

CRYSTAL PALACE

Injuries: James Tomkins, Nathan Ferguson, James McArthur, Michael Olise (doubt)

Suspensions: None

EVERTON

Injuries: Ben Godfrey, Yerry Mina, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes, Seamus Coleman (doubt), Andros Townsend

Suspensions: None

FULHAM

Injuries: Harry Wilson, Joey Bryan (doubt), Manor Solomon

Suspensions: None

LEEDS

Injuries: Junior Firpo, Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling

Suspensions: None

LEICESTER

Injuries: Ryan Bertrand, Ricardo Pereira, Harvey Barnes, Hamza Choudhury

Suspensions: None

LIVERPOOL

Injuries: Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, Ibrahima Konate, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kostas Tsimikas (doubt), Caoimhin Kelleher

Suspensions: None

MAN CITY

Injuries: Aymeric Laporte, Cole Palmer (doubt), Kalvin Phillips (doubt)

Suspensions: None

MAN UNITED

Injuries: Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial, Facundo Pellistri

Suspensions: None

NEWCASTLE

Injuries: Emil Krath, Jamal Lewis, Federico Fernandez, Jonjo Shelvey, Jamaal Lascelles (doubt)

Suspensions: None

NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Injuries: Ryan Yates, Omar Richards

Suspensions: None

SOUTHAMPTON

Injuries: Tino Livramento, Theo Walcott, Lyanco

Suspensions: None

SPURS

Injuries: Clement Lenglet, Oliver Skipp

Suspensions: None

WEST HAM

Injuries: Angelo Ogbonna, Nayef Aguerd, Lukasz Fabianski (doubt), Craig Dawson (doubt)

WOLVES

Injuries: Joao Moutinho, Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore (doubt), Nelson Semedo (doubt), Chiquinho

Suspensions: None