Premier League Press Conferences – GW3 Preview

In the latest of our weekly series, I’ll be bringing you the news from every Premier League Press Conference that impacts your FPL team selection 

Arsenal:

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Alexis Sanchez (11.9) looks like he will make his first start of this season against Liverpool, with his manager commenting that he looks fit and ready. This provides great news for Arsenal fans but for FPL managers, it could prove to be a bit of a headache, as fitting in such an expensive player is very difficult.

Wenger on Sanchez;

“I will have to make that decision. It is Thursday today and we play on Sunday and he looks in good shape, he has worked very hard.”

Arsenal will also be with key defender Laurent Koscielny (6.0) after he returns from suspension.

Leicester:

Defender, Wes Morgan (4.5), will be back for Leicester’s game against Manchester United;

“Wes Morgan will be involved on Saturday. He’s trained the last couple of days. I expect him to be fit.”

Shakespeare also gave us an update on Kelechi Iheanacho (6.9);

“Kelechi is another one who has trained, which is pleasing. We just have to be mindful of how we push him.”

It looks unlikely that Iheanacho will start, as Shakespeare will most likely go with Vardy and Okazaki who have been superb so far this year.

Watford:

Watford have signed Andre Carrillo, a winger/striker, from Benfica on a season long loan. Perhaps bad news for those looking at Richarlison with greater competition now for those wing roles.

Watford will be without Pereyra (5.9), Kaboul (4.5) and Janmaat (5.0) for their game against Brighton. These three will hopefully be back by the end of the international break for the Hornets.

Performance Director Gavin Benjafield reported the following;

“Daryl Janmaat, Younès Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra have all undertaken outdoor based sessions already, and they will progress through this week with accelerated field based rehabilitation really trying to stress the system into very specific football drills outside.”

Brighton:

Chris Houghton reveals that Brighton’a record signing Jose Izquierdo (6.0) will be involved in the squad for Saturday’s game against Watford.

He plays as winger and will look to improve Brighton’s attacking potential. At 6.0, he could be a good budget pick, but is one to avoid for the time being until we have more information.

Bournemouth:

Bournemouth will be without duo Simon Francis (4.9) and Junior Stanislas (6.0) after they were confirmed out with a hamstring and groin injury respectively.

Howe could play Jermain Defoe (7.9) after he completed the game in mid week;

“We left him (Defoe) on for the full game on Tuesday and he did very well, so he’s in contention to start.”

However, Howe went on to say the following on him;

“He (Defoe) picked up a groin strain and as I’ve said, we have to ensure he’s available for the entire season. We don’t want to risk him this early.”

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West Brom:

West Brom will be without Gareth McAuley (5.0) after he was declared unfit by Tony Pulis.

They will also assess James Morrison (5.5), after their Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday.

“We will reassess James Morrison after he played on Tuesday. Gareth McAuley won’t be fit again.”

Newcastle:

Newcastle will be without two of their defenders, Lejeune (4.5) and Yedlin (4.5) who both won’t be ready for the game on Saturday confirmed by Benítez;

“Lejeune and Yedline are still not ready.”

Dwight Gayle (6.5) will be assessed. The striker missed the home defeat to Forrest due to illness.

Crystal Palace:

Crystal Palace will be without key men, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (4.5) and Zaha (6.9) as they are both out through injury. Frank de Boer stated the following;

“Ruben (Loftus- Cheek) has a groin injury and is out for this week. Wilf (Zaha) is improving, but he’s still in recovery.”

Chelsea:

Conte says everyone bar Hazard (10.5) is fit and available for Everton on Sunday;

“The only player not fully fit is Hazard. He is improving and today he is playing with the Under-23s against Everton.”

“I see him every day. It’s very important to give him the right time to recover very well. He’s an important player for us.”

Conte admitted he was a little surprised to see Hazard named amongst the Belgium team selection for the internationals but says he respects the decision.

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Manchester United:

Ashley Young “is closer to full fitness than Luke Shaw” according to Jose Mourinho. The pair returned to action for the U23s on Monday but will both not feature in their match against Leicester on the weekend.

Mourinho on Mkhitaryan;

“I think Henrikh [Mkhitaryan] understands me, and to be honest, I understand him because in the beginning of the season if he understands me better, he would have started better,” Jose continued. “But at the same time, if I understand him better, I would probably help him in a faster way than I did. But, we spent our time together, working together, learning about each other. The second part of last season was good for him and I believe, with his talent, that this season is going to be even better.”

And on Zlatan coming back and when he might be fit;

“I don’t want to think about it,” Jose said. “I just think he will be an extra man for us in the second part of the season.”

So at least for now, Lukaku is fine, but one to keep an eye on in the second part of the season when Zlatan is back and becomes in involved again.

Manchester City:

Danilo (5.5) is expected to start at right-back due to Kyle Walker’s suspension and Mendy’s lack of fitness.

He also commented on Gundogan (5.5), saying that he is definitely improving but will play with the second team

“Mendy is travelling with us, I don’t know if he is going to play. Kyle cannot play. Gundogan is going to play with the second team today to get his rhythm but he is much, much better.”

Perhaps meaning that Sané might just be deployed at LWB, having used him a few times there in pre-season.

Liverpool:

Can (5.0) and Alexander-Arnold (4.5) sustained minor issues during Wednesday’s won  over Hoffenheim, but Jurgen Klopp believes they will both be ready for their clash against Arsenal this weekend.

“Only small things, nothing major. Trent has a dead leg, Emre had a little twist – shouldn’t be too serious.”

Liverpool will also be without Coutinho (8.9) as he continues his recovery from a back complaint. Coutinho has also asked to not be included in Liverpool’s squad for the Champions League.

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Tottenham:

Tottenham will still be without Danny Rose (6.5) as he continues to recover from a knee injury. This will be music to Davies (5.6) owners ears as this means he’s safe, for now at least.

Regarding transfers, Pochettino hinted at further players to arrive, but would not draw links with Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier.

With Aurier’s background and ill-mannered behaviour, Pochettino could slowly integrate Aurier into the Spurs dressing room, as they have arguably one of the closest knit group of players and Poch won’t wanna do anything to disrupt the team morale.

Pochettino on Aurier;

“That is rumour. We cannot confirm nothing until something happens. There are many, many players like always in the media. But you know I can confirm nothing. I never speak about rumour. Always my full respect always to other clubs or players that are in maybe in negotiations with us or other clubs.”

Trippier is safe for now but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on. Even if he does sign, I think Trippier will be safe for a while, as it will take time for Aurier to get used to the premier league and his new team.

Everton 

Koeman has confirmed the following on injuries;

“We will have to wait on Gueye (5.0)Davy Klaassen (7.4) is out. Sandro (7.4) is doubtful.” 

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