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 6
Stoke are in a defensive crisis as four of their centre-halves are most likely unable to play during the weekend. Wimmer (4.4), Zouma (5.5), Cameron (4.5) and Shawcross (5.0) will most likely not play this weekend with Hughes stating the following;
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed Wimmer will be OK. He’s got damage to his hamstring. I am hoping it won’t stop him playing.”
“As it stands, of the senior centre-halves that I’ve got, I’ve only got one.”
“Ryan Shawcross [back] won’t be available. Geoff Cameron [hamstring] won’t be available and Kurt Zouma [ineligible] isn’t available.”
Eddie Howe confirms Tyrone Mings (4.4) is set for for a period of around 2 months out because of a back problem.
Junior Stanislas (5.9) should be fit for their clash against Everton this weekend and might be ready to come back into the starting 11;
“Apart from Mings we’re OK. Junior came through the game on Tuesday OK which is a big boost. We don’t have any other injury problems.”
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Manuel Lanzini (6.9) is working hard on his fitness and isn’t far off a return;
“Lanzini has started training with us, with the team,” continued Bilic. “But Saturday is way too early for him.”
Charlie Austin (6.3) has returned to full training and comes into contention for the visit of Man United.
Mauricio Pellegrino says he will make a late decision on whether centre-back Virgil van Dijk (5.4) will be in contention to start this weekend.
Both Coleman (6.5) and Bolasie (6.5) are ahead of schedule;
“I think it will be November, instead of October. Both are working hard.” confirms Koeman.
Oxlade-Chamberlain (5.9) supposedly has a little problem with his calf, but should be fine for the weekend;
“Oxlade-Chamberlain had a little problem with the calf, not an injury. We need to get used to this and manage it a little bit better.”
Emre Can (5.0) and Joel Matip (5.5) are also carrying minor knocks from the 1-1 draw with Burnley, with Dejan Lovren (5.4) also struggling due to a back problem and remains a doubt for the trip to Leicester
“Hopefully [Can and Matip] can be back in training today, but I’m not sure yet.
He’s [Lovren] not in training.”
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Clement comments on how minutes midweek helped Wilfried Bony (6.0) improve his fitness and all round game;
“His physical condition is good. He’s definitely in contention for a start this weekend.”
Wagner confirms Mounié (6.0) [heel] has been ruled out of their match against Burnley;
“We hope he’s back next weekend.”
Ben Davies (5.7) is back in contention after being placed on the bench against Swansea last weekend with Pochettino confirming he’d picked up a knock in the win against Dortmund, but he went on to state that there were no new injury concerns for Tottenham.
Rose (6.4), Wanyama (4.9) and Lamela (6.4) remain on the sidelines.
Welbeck (7.5) [groin] is injured for the next 3 weeks with Wenger stating;
“He has a groin injury, he will be back for Watford.”
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Wenger confirms that Alexis Sanchez (11.9) is ready to start in the Premier League after overcoming his injuries and coming through 90 minutes against Doncaster in mid-week.
Wenger dismisses Walcott (7.2) injury fears
“It looks to me he got a kick, not more than that.”
Craig Shakespeare remains hopeful that Jamie Vardy (8.5) will be fit for Liverpool;
“Jamie Vardy trained this morning so hopefully there will be no reaction. We’ll see in the morning.”
Fuchs (5.0) has been given the all-clear from the eye specialist and will play in their game against Liverpool.
Shakespeare says Iheanacho (6.9) “is looking a lot fitter.” He may be in contention for a starting place against Liverpool.
There is still no definitive timeline for the return date of Paul Pogba (8.0);
“No idea,” said Mourinho. “But, it’s a great opportunity for other players to play.”
There are no new injury concerns for Manchester United.
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Conte says that he’s pleased with Eden Hazard (10.5) because he played very well and with good intensity in their last game and had this to say on his overall condition;
“His injury is overcome.”
Antonio Conte also reports that Danny Drinkwater (4.9) is the only injured player ruled out for tomorrows match against Stoke.
Vincent Kompany (6.0) will be available for their next game against Crystal Palace;
“Injury situation is ok. Vinny has come back.”
Guardiola will see if Gundogan (5.4) can train today. He has not been ruled out of tomorrows game just yet.
“Gundogan we’ll see”
Mamadou Sakho (4.9) is in contention to start in their upcoming game against City. This will definitely improve their defence;
“Sakho is fit to start and will do on Saturday.”
Roy Hodgson also commented that Zaha (6.8) will return to training in October. He has no chance of starting in their two upcoming fixtures however.
“The medical people are hoping [he can] join training [around the break].”
Lejeune (4.4) is still having treatment and Dummett (4.3) is still not available after they are both healing from their respective injuries. Neither of them will start in their upcoming game against Brighton.
Watford confirm that defender Sebastian Prödl (4.5) is progressing quicker than expected;
“He is now at the introductory stage of field rehabilitation and will move from field rehabilitation to re-integrating with the team in the near future.”