Premier League Press Conferences: FPL GW11

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 11

Tottenham:

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Only the following has been stated by the club on the injury front; Hugo Lloris (groin strain) and Toby Alderweireld (hamstring strain) have both been confirmed as unavailable and continue to undergo assessment.

Not great news for Tottenham’s clean sheet chances.

Stoke:

Hughes confirms that there are still some problems, but that most are starting to return;

Geoff Cameron is still out with concussion. Peter Crouch is OK and returned to training yesterday. Glen Johnson is OK too.”

Shawcross is struggling due to a thigh issue we are hoping will be resolved. Martins Indi should be OK following a return to training.”

Interestingly, he also had the following to say on Diouf;

“Mame Diouf is playing well. He would still like to play down the middle but it’s needs must at the moment with him in a wide position.”

This could mean that Choupo-Moting continues to play up front for the foreseeable future, which is good news for his owners.

West Brom:

Craig Dawson [knee] is ruled out – the Baggies defender is hoping for a return around Christmas.

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has provided updates on Danny Welbeck, Shkodran Mustafi, David Ospina and Calum Chambers – and this is what he said;

“They are not far, Danny is not far and David is in training as well but the Man City game will come too early for them.

City is too early as well for him [Mustafi], we have to be a bit more patient with him. Normally all three should be available after the international break.

He [Chambers] is back in full training and available after the international break as well.”

Manchester United

On United’s injury situation, Mourinho said;

“We have to wait a little bit. Normally the press conference is a bit later in the week – we still have Friday and Saturday. I’m not very optimistic, but I don’t want to lie by saying there’s no chance of recovering, so I prefer just to say two more days to confirm my expectation.”

Cheers for the clarification José.

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Huddersfield:

Wagner had some half decent news regarding Mounié; 

“We are happy that Steve Mounié is back but he isn’t at the fitness level he was at before. The international break will help him.”

Chelsea

Regarding injuries, Conte confirms that Kante is progressing well and after tomorrow, the decision will be made on his involvement versus Man United.

Victor Moses however, has been ruled out of this weekend’s showdown.

Conte adds that Gary Cahill will definitely play on Sunday despite having looked extremely shaky in defence recently.

Liverpool:

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Klopp had the following update on their Brazilian playmaker Coutinho;

“I don’t think in the moment that he can play.”

Klopp on Sadio Mané;

“We will see how he reacts [to training]. He could be ready for 20/25 minutes.”

With Mané now down to just 6.6% ownership, he could be a very powerful differential in the lead up to Christmas with Liverpool’s very kind run of fixtures and is a welcome return for FPL managers.

Bournemouth

“Both Benik Afobe and Junior Stanislas will miss this weekend,” Eddie Howe confirmed.

King [back] is rated as touch and go following a return to training. Fraser should be OK.

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Crystal Palace

Hodgson had the following updates on Benteke, Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho, McArthur and Van Aanholt;

“We’re hoping Christian will be able to train almost-fully with us over the international break.

We have to be careful with James, as it’s an ankle ligament complaint. We’ll see how he’s feeling after today’s session.

Mama Sakho trained today, as did McArthur. Good to see those two back. Van Aanholt may train tomorrow, he’s making progress.”

It will be interesting to see how Benteke fits back into the team and what that means for Zaha, perhaps something we should look out for before bringing the tricky winger in.

Everton 

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Here’s what David Unsworth had to say on the current state of affairs regarding their injuries;

“Jagielka, Baines and Rooney will all be available. Senior players are always important. Those three are all top players, with many, many appearances under their belts.

Michael Keane trained yesterday and he’s going to train with us [on Friday afternoon] and we’ll see how he comes through that session but fingers crossed, he should be okay.

He’s [Martina] fine . He had his x-rays and his scans and they all came back clear. He was a little bit dizzy, tired and concussed on the way home, but he’s fine. We managed to get him back to us and he travelled back with us [on Thursday night]. He’ll probably be out for a couple of weeks now as a precaution.”

Leicester 

Puel confirms that Chilwell suffered an injury in training;

“He has picked up a little injury in the training session. It is his knee. We will see tomorrow if he can participate in training on Friday or not. It is not too bad.”

Puel played Ben Chilwell on the left wing interestingly in Sunday’s 2-0 win against Everton, even with Albrighton fit and available, which is certainly an eyebrow raiser if he’s going to continue to operate there given his £4.3m price tag. Something to monitor.

Puel added further on injuries;

“Huth, James and Yohan are getting better but still away from fitness.”

Manchester City

Pep, again, only really had the following to report on Kompany regarding injuries, with Mendy’s injury being long-term;

“He cannot be with the national team. He is two months injured. He will stay here and hopefully start training.”

Guardiola also briefly mentioned the tactics and how his two strikers fit in to it all;

“They [Agüero and Jesus] can play together. To have space, sometimes it’s better to have two wide players.”

I think he’s referring to the two formations they’ve played mainly this season; the 352 where Agüero and Jesus play up front together and the current 433 where one of them plays through the middle with two wingers either side. Saying that, the back end of last year they played the 433 and it was Jesus who was operating from the right with Agüero through the middle, so he has in that in the locker too, but I expect the 433 to continue with Jesus and Agüero rotating as the ST for the most part.

 

Southampton 

Pellegrino had the following updates on Austin and Lemina;

“Mario continues in his treatment. I would expect after the international break maybe Mario can train with the team.

But Charlie is training with us, yesterday and today. He was training well, but it’s just Mario that is the only one that is out of the squad.”

Swansea

Clement reports no real change from last week regarding injuries with Olson, Bartley, Rangel, Britton and Sanches all still out of action, aside from Bony who isn’t far off a return;

“Out of all the players injured we are as we were. Bony is the closest. It’s 50/50 for him.”

West Ham

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It doesn’t look pretty on the West Ham injury front ahead of a visit from Klopp’s Liverpool.

The Irons will be without four players due to injury and one due to suspension. Pablo Zabaleta collected his fifth yellow card of the season against Palace and will serve a one-game ban, while James Collins is still out.

Jose Fonte limped off against Palace and will play no part of the match versus Liverpool while Bilic also revealed Antonio and Byram would also be absent due to muscle injuries the pair sustained in training.

“In training, we had two injuries for players that won’t make it for Palace – Antonio and Sam Byram. They are both muscle injuries. Sam will be out for four or five weeks. Antonio should be fit for the game against Watford after the international break.

Obviously Zabaleta is suspended and can’t play. Then we have Collins, who has been injured for a few weeks now. Then in the game against Palace, Fonte picked up an injury.”

However, there was a tiny portion of good news as far as injuries go for West Ham;

“Reid was injured, that’s why he didn’t play against Palace, Cresswell also, who went out in the game against Palace because of a dead leg. They are fit and they trained today and they should be okay for Liverpool.”

 

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