Premier League Press Conferences: GW7

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 7



Serge Aurier (suspended) – serving one-game ban following red card against West Ham United.

This makes Trippier the first choice right back for their trip north to Huddersfield – he could be a good one week punt for those wildcarding over the international break.

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Christian Eriksen (illness) – returned to training (pictured above) and is available for selection;

Pochettino – “We hope that tomorrow he’ll be available to select, if we want.”

Mousa Dembele (ankle), Erik Lamela (hips), Danny Rose (knee), Victor Wanyama (knee) – remain sidelined as they continue their rehabilitation.


Shakespeare provided the following updates on key figures of his squad;

Iborra is fit to start. He’s trained fully for the past two weeks and we’re pleased with the way he’s progressing.” 

Shakespeare continued: “[Robert Huth] is not ready. As I’ve said before, it is a case of one step forward and two back. He was really ahead of schedule.

“He has had setbacks along the way so we need to be mindful of where we tread with Robert.”

Jamie Vardy, meanwhile, has a hip problem and the Club’s medical team are monitoring his situation, confirmed by the ever reliable Ben Dinnery;

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Clement reported a relatively clean bill of health, with only the following updates on Ki and Dyer;

“Ki and Nathan Dyer will both play for SwansU23s against Celtic next week.”

Perhaps more interestingly to us FPL managers, he mentioned the following on Abraham and Bony playing up front together;

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If the Swans can improve their output in front of goal, then both Bony [6.0] and Tammy [5.6] could become good third striker options for those that aren’t for the all-out premium striker route.


The club announced earlier this week that Chalobah will undergo surgery to his knee after he sustained an injury in training;

“It is difficult news for us. It’s a pity to us as a team and most of all a pity for the boy. But this is football. Now is the moment we need to support him and put him in good condition to help him return as soon as possible.

It’s a difficult situation. We need to find a solution, to be strong and be strong in our way. 

We expect that [he’ll be back in 2017] but we’ll see. You never know what can happen. We’ll see after the surgery.” –  Silva.

Britos has served the final game of his three-match suspension following his dismissal against Brighton and he comes firmly into contention to feature against West Bromwich Albion.

With Prödl, Kaboul and Cathcart all still injured, Silva must decide whether to keep faith with Mariappa and Kabasele, or whether Britos and Waguè come into his thinking, especially if he opts for a remodelled three-man defence again;

“I am really happy with the performance of Mariappa and Kabasele last week. 

I am happy with how they react to the defeat we had against City. We now have four centre-backs ready and we haven’t repeated the same centre-backs often. 

I hope we can do that in some games in a row. It helps our defensive process if you have some stability there.” – Silva.


West Ham: 

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Slaven Bilic has revealed that the Hammers will have both Lanzini and Antonio available for Saturday’s Premier League contest with Swansea City;

“Manuel Lanzini is back in the squad. He will be in the squad against Swansea.”

“His [Antonio] injury wasn’t that bad and there was always a chance he would be available for the game with Swansea.

He trained with us today and he will be in the squad for Saturday’s game.”

It appears to be good news all round for West Ham going into Saturday’s match with Swansea, with Bilic only naming Pedro Obiang as an absentee;

“There’s only basically Pedro Obiang, who still feels it a bit after the West Brom game – the rest are okay.” 


David Wagner confirmed the following on team news;

“We will have the same group with us from Burnley – no new injuries & no-one has returned from their rehabilitation.”

Before adding this on Mounié;

“I’m pretty confident that Steve Mounié will be back for the game against Swansea.”

Crystal Palace: 

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Benteke, Loftus-Cheek and Tomkins are all missing for this weekend;

“Benteke will be sidelined for around six weeks due to a knee ligament injury. No Loftus-Cheek this weekend because of a thigh strain. Tomkins is still out through illness.”

On where that leaves them up front;

“Freddie Ladapo has been training with the group whilst I have been here. He is in the frame for a place in our situation.

Bakary is a powerful player but doesn’t have much experience of playing as a striker, but I have seen what he is capable of doing.”

Saturday comes too soon for Zaha who is targeting a return after the break.

Manchester City: 

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Worrying news for Manchester City this morning as it was revealed that Agüero was involved in a car crash after visiting a concert in Amsterdam. Here’s what the Argentine has had to say himself;

“I broke my rib in last nights car crash. Now I’m resting. It hurts me badly. I’ll be discharged in a little while.” 

The official word from Pep;

“Aguero has had an accident in Amsterdam – he will be back after that. I’m not a doctor. He will recover ASAP. I will speak to him today. First impression is he has broken his rib.”

It’s been confirmed that he will miss tomorrow’s game against Chelsea and is out of the Argentina World Cup qualifiers at the very least.

It’s also been confirmed that Mendy has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and Pep has given the following estimate on a return date;

“Mendy will be operated on this afternoon in Barcelona and will be out until the time of the semi-final of UCL.”

Kompany isn’t ready for a return yet with Pep stating the following on the Belgium international;

“Kompany didn’t make one training session with us for one month. He will meet with Belgium doctors and come back. He won’t play.” 


Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana continue to make positive progress in their injury recoveries but are not yet ready to re-join their teammates in training.

“The update is that both are doing really well but are not in team training tomorrow. But both are on a really good way.”

Klopp also reported that Liverpool have no fresh injury worries ahead of Sunday’s Premier League fixture at St James’ Park;

“We have no concerns but it was quite an intense game [against Spartak Moscow on Tuesday]. We had a few knocks and we will see, but in this moment no concerns. I’ll know finally tomorrow probably.”


Koeman only had the following new injury updates;

“We will make a decision tomorrow on Keane and Jagielka. They are still doubtful for Sunday.”

He also added this statement on Niasse, the phantom FPL player that never existed until he played and scored two goals for Everton in their 2-1 win against Bournemouth last gameweek;

“He will be part of the team on Sunday. He’s playing out of confidence and scoring goals.”

With their fixtures looking good for the foreseeable future, Niasse [5.0] may have just arrived at the right time for managers to give us another third striker option to think about – lets see if he can back it up this weekend when Everton face Burnley at Goodison.

Manchester United:

Mourinho has given an update on Pogba and considers the Frenchman to be among the long-term absentees in his squad;

“[Pogba’s] injured, he cannot play tomorrow. His injury is not one that I can have the hope like I can have with Valencia or Jones. With them, I have the hope to see them training and to have a positive answer [on their availability soon]. But with long-term injuries, I don’t speak about them, so Ibra, Pogba, Rojo and these players, I don’t think about them.”

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He also revealed Michael Carrick and Phil Jones are still not in contention for Saturday’s clash;

“They are out. They were out [on Wednesday] and tomorrow some [players] will be out [too].” 



Morata was reported as picking up a knock in Madrid, but Conte has confirmed there are no new injuries and only Drinkwater would miss out through injury;

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Mark Hughes confirmed that they are still struggling for injuries in defence, with Wimmer, Shawcross and Martins Indi all confirmed out of this weekends clash. Cameron is a doubt but Huges remains hopeful;

“We are hopeful on Geoff Cameron, which would be a big positive for us. In terms of the defensive injuries we have, he is realistically the only one who has a genuine chance of taking part.

Kevin Wimmer hasn’t trained yet, so it would be a risk to include him at this stage, especially with the injury only occurring nine or 10 days ago.

“Bruno is out for a number of weeks, unfortunately. He injured his groin during the last 15 minutes at the weekend so we are going to be without him this weekend.”







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