In the latest of our weekly series, I’ll be bringing you the news from every Premier League press conference that impacts your Fantasy Premier League team selection for the upcoming gameweek 10
Wenger confirms no new absentees for the visit of Swansea to the Emirates and stated the following on those coming back from injuries;
“The only players who are not completely back are Mustafi and Welbeck. Calum Chambers is back in full training on Monday and Ospina has a chance to be available against Belgrade. He will not be available for Saturday.”
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed that Joshua King is a doubt for the weekend’s Premier League game against Chelsea.
King has missed the last two games with illness, but the manager revealed that the striker is a doubt with injury.
Elsewhere, Jermain Defoe should be available for the Cherries against the Premier League champions;
“We’ve still got the long-term injuries not available.
Joshua King is a doubt and we’ll have to make a late call on him. He’s missed the last two games with illness, but now has a back problem. He was feeling it in pre-season and he’ll be seeing a specialist this week. We don’t think it’s anything serious, but it’s resurfaced and leaves him a doubt for this game.
“Ryan Fraser also took a knock in midweek – but Jermain should be fine for the game.”
Klopp had the following to say about the potentially availability of Lallana and Mané;
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“After the international break, I think Adam and Sadio will be back.”
The main news however coming out of Liverpool is that Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho is a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Huddersfield Town.
The Liverpool No.10 is set to be assessed ahead of the meeting with David Wagner’s side on Saturday because of an adductor issue sustained in training at Melwood this week;
“It’s not clear in the moment. Last week he had some back problems before the Tottenham game, but then during the week it settled with treatment and all that stuff, so he was fit for the game.
This week he had a little bit of problem with the adductor. It’s not clear so far if he is out for tomorrow. We will make the decision today after training.
He didn’t train yesterday, that’s true, but that’s all for the moment. There are no other new things [injury problems].”
Antonio Conte says Moses and Kante are still unavailable for tomorrow’s game. He hopes to have Kante back for Roma.
This is good news for FPL managers, as Chelsea have been awful defensively in Kante’s absence from the team – with him back in the team soon, Chelsea defenders might just be okay to go near again.
Conte says he is happy with the way both Morata and Batshuayi are working for the team.
Pep has only 1 new injury concern and provided an update on their captain Vincent Company’s status;
“Kompany just travelled so we’ll see how his injury is. In the next ten days, he will be coming back. It’s a muscular injury.
“We need all the squad, Gundogan finished with some problems – I don’t know (how serious) – we’ll see tomorrow.”
Guess this means that the rotations aren’t going to stop then Pep? It’s almost like he doesn’t care that so many FPL managers rely on sure starters for their teams… selfish Pep, just selfish!
A relative clean bill of health for Stoke, with the following the only concerns;
“We have a slight doubt with Peter Crouch at the moment. Bruno Martins Indi is unavailable for tomorrow.” – Mark Hughes.
Olsson is today undergoing a scan on the hamstring injury he picked up during Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester United.
Striker Bony (hamstring) and midfielder Sanches (thigh) have already been ruled out of the trip to the Emirates.
“Martin is being scanned today, but the initial indication is that he has a small injury in the hamstring,” said boss Paul Clement. We will wait for the results, but almost certainly he will not be available for the weekend.
Wilfried is rehabbing. He is clear of the injury now but he needs to get his fitness up and it’s a matter of how long that will take. He will not be available for the weekend, but we will see for the Brighton game.
Renato is not available and I also think next weekend will be a push for him, but he is showing signs of improvement.
“We don’t have a recognised left-back at first-team level who can go straight in because as everybody knows, Stephen Kingsley went to Hull, but we do have players with versatility. Sam Clucas is an obvious one. Kyle Naughton can go across and Angel Rangel can play there, so they are the things I am considering.”
A fully fit and firing Sánchez potentially up against Rangel… Hmmm.
The main and huge news coming out of Spurs today is that it looks Harry Kane will be missing for their trip to Old Trafford tomorrow, with the club making this official announcement on Twitter earlier today;
Pochettino also had the following to say on the matter, reported by Ben Pearce – a sports journalist that has been covering Spurs for ESPN and YahooSportsUk for 8 years;
Roberto Pereyra is out of Saturday’s match with Stoke City but Marco Silva has allayed fears the playmaker could be out for a prolonged period.
“We had a problem with Roberto in the last match. He’s out for Saturday. I can’t say to you 100 per cent sure [he will be fit to face Everton] but we hope.”
The loss of Pereyra could well lead to a recall to the starting XI for André Carrillo, while Will Hughes will be pushing hard to make the bench for the third time this season.
Sebastian Prödl and Younès Kaboul, meanwhile, are still sidelined, potentially promoting the cheaper Mariappa into our considerations at just £4.0m;
“We believe in the next few days and even a week that they will start to do full training with the team”
Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah and Craig Cathcart remain long-term absentees with knee injuries.
Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Michail Antonio has returned to first team training and could be involved in West Ham United’s Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Here’s what he said I response to being asked about injuries;
“It’s only Collins [who will miss out]. Michail Antonio had that bruise on his rib and he only trained yesterday since the Brighton game, and even yesterday was without contact. Antonio will train today and based on that training we will see what shape he is in for tomorrow’s game.
We are going to see today. As you know we played a couple of days ago and the players who played had regeneration. We are going to see today with training this afternoon, but nobody said yesterday that they felt this or that or were tired.
The situation is that most of the squad is fit and we have to consider a few things before we decide who will start tomorrow.”
When speaking to MUTV at the Aon Training Complex on Friday, Mourinho was asked for an injury update. He replied;
“Nobody is back. Jones was on the bench the other day and is okay. Bailly is a possibility. I think we are fine, I think we are strong and I think we are ready.”
Mourinho was also reluctant to talk about Tottenham Hotspur being without their star player Harry Kane because, as he was keen to point out, United are also missing several key men due to injuries;
“We have no Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no Paul Pogba, no Marouane Fellaini, no Marcos Rojo, no Michael Carrick, so don’t speak to me about Harry Kane.”
According to sources such as The Sun and Manchester Evening News, Pogba has been pictured back training with the first team at Carrington and is looking close to a return for the Red Devils, way ahead of schedule.
This was the last thing Mourinho said specifically about Pogba’s potential return however;
“If you ask if he can play next week against Tottenham then I don’t know, I’m not telling you no, then he plays, and then you say I lied. I really don’t know. I expect Eric Bailly to be back next week. I cannot tell you about Fellaini or Pogba.”