Premier League Press Conferences: GW5 Round Up

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 for the upcoming gameweek 5


Roberto Pereyra (5.9) is back in full team training and is edging closer to a return to first-team action.

Prödl (4.5) is progressing ahead of schedule following an injury suffered on international duty but will not feature during the weekend.


Conte says Hazard (10.5) is improving and is close to 100% match fitness. He reiterates that he has to make the best decision for the team;

“Eden Hazard is improving. To have this type of patience with him is paying off. He’s very close to being totally fit.”

Conte says Gary Cahill (6.3) played very well against Qarabag on his return to the side. He has another day to make a decision for Arsenal.

Man United:

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Pogba (8.2) is struggling to be fit for the PL clash after the injury he suffered in the mid week Champions League clash against Basel. Mourinho said the following;

“He is injured and cannot play on Sunday. It is an opportunity for others and they are ready.”

The boss added during that they will be without Pogba for, “a few matches.”


Junior Stanislas (5.9) [groin] trained with the first-team this week, which proves to be a good sign as he continues to work back to full fitness.

Howe had the following to say on the injury plagued Callum Wilson (6.0);

“Callum isn’t close. But he’s looking good, we haven’t seen him back in training yet so there’s still a way to go.”


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Iheanacho (6.8) may feature in their clash this weekend, as he has been recorded to have a clean bill of health.

Christian Fuchs (5.0) will meet with a specialist today after suffering a “nasty, freak [eye] accident with a pole in training”.

Robert Huth (4.9) could return this weekend after coming through the U23s game on Monday unscathed.


Burnley will be without Tom Heaton (5.0) for 3-4 months, who has undergone successful surgery on his dislocated shoulder;

“We’re happy the surgery went well but we won’t rush Tom back. He has to be right. He’ll be fine.”

This potentially promotes the cheaper Pope (4.5) as an alternative 4.5 option to Foster, as Burnley still have some good upcoming home games in which they could dig a few more clean sheets out of.

West Ham:

Lanzini (6.9) [knee] is still 1/2 weeks away but he is improving as he is running and training with the ball.

Bilic praised Andy Carroll (5.9) during his press conference, saying that he lifts the whole team;

“He lifts the whole team. We have been saying that for two years now. He’s the player that everybody knows.”


Virgil Van Dijk (5.4) will need to be assessed if he is to play on the weekend;

“Virgil was training well, he played 90 minutes in the reserve game but tomorrow we will decide.”


Geoff Cameron (4.5) is out for their clash against Newcastle on the weekend;

“Geoff’s not available, probably be missing for a couple of weeks. He’ll most likely be back after the Chelsea”

Hughes waiting on Shawcross (5.0) as he is recovering from a back injury;

“We will have to check on him nearer to game time but he’s still a doubt unfortunately.”


Victor Wanyama (4.9) [cartilage] and Danny Rose (6.4) [MCL] are both confirmed as out, as they fail to recover from their respective injuries.

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This is good news for Davies (5.7) owners, who should see Davies start for the foreseeable future at the very least.


Danny Ings (5.4) is back in training, but Nathaniel Clyne (5.4) is still a long way off and they both will definitely not feature during the weekend.

Adam Lallana (7.4) is hoping to start running next week as he returns from injury;

Klopp: “Adam could start running this week, or the beginning of next week. Clyney is improving a lot but I’m not sure when he can [return].”

Phillipe Coutinho (8.8) should start against Burnley this weekend after missing their first 4 games;

“[Phil Coutinho] trained outstanding in the few sessions we had together. For sure, he’s ready to think about [as a starter].”

Mignolet (5.0) will be back in goal on Saturday.

Klopp will also consider other changes ahead of Burnley, potentially sounding the rotation alarm;

“We need freshness in this game.”

Crystal Palace:

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (4.5) and James Tomkins (4.4) [both groin] are available for selection after recovering from their injuries.

Zaha (6.8) is not ready just yet as, “he has more rehab to do.”

Mamadou Sakho (4.9) “looks good, he’s training every day but lacks sharpness.”

Man City:

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Kompany (6.0) has trained with the group and Pep had the following to say on him;

“I think for the next days he will be able to play again. We are okay.”

Pep also commented on how he needs Yaya Toure (6.3) and obviously still considers him a big part of their plans;

“I need him. He is so important, I admire what he has done and in his career. He is an exceptional player.”


Early reports suggesting Mbemba (4.0) could be sidelined for up-to three months look to be off the mark, as current reports suggest optimism about thursday’s prognosis with Mbemba and Newcastle looking to get more information today, after club doctor Paul Catterson has assessed him.

Paul Dummett (4.4) remains injured and will not feature during this weekend.




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