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 12
Huddersfield will hopefully be back with their main striker, as Wagner confirmed that Steve Mounié is back in contention for a place in the starting 11;
“He had a full week with us so he isn’t a worry.”
Swansea have no new injuries to report, as Renato Sanches, Wilfried Bony, Martin Olsson and Angel Rangel are all available for the trip to Turf Moor ahead of an important game against Burnley.
Those worrying about Bony coming back and how that affects Abraham needn’t worry, as Clement has utilised both Abraham and Bony up front at the same time previously.
Burnley’s main striker Chris Wood will be assessed on his return from international duties. He’s expected back on Friday [today]. Burnley are hopeful that he can play, but he has been hampered in recent weeks because of a niggling, ongoing hamstring issue.
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A tough blow for Tottenham, as Pochettino reveals a hamstring problem might keep Alderweireld out until after Christmas. This was much longer than initially thought with Pochettino stating the following on it;
“With this type of injury we must be cautious.”
Despite a return to full training, Pochettino remains cautious on Alli, Kane, Lloris and Winks;
“I hope we can count on them for the game but still we need to decide, between the medical staff and us.”
A injury blow for Crystal Palace, as Hodgson confirms Loftus-Cheek [back spasm] did not train today;
“We’re assessing Ruben, that’s the main thing. There’s a hope that he will get better.”
Christian Benteke [knee] has been back on the training pitches this week, but Van Aanholt [hamstring] is yet to make his return.
Hodgson hints to us that Benteke is in line for a recall after recovering from injury however;
“I don’t think it’ll be a risk playing Christian.”
This could have important implications for Zaha, who has been looking like a great option playing as an out of position striker in Benteke’s absence. A keen eye will need to be cast to observe how Benteke re-integrates into the current Palace system and what effect that has on Zaha, as a result.
Mustafi will have a final check [on Friday], as will Welbeck;
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“I’ll make decisions on all of them [on Friday]”
Wenger comments on Koscielny’s availability, saying that if he had played midweek, he would not have available for Saturday. The signs for him starting this weekend look good as a result, which perhaps doesn’t bode all too well for Kane’s chances;
“It was needed for him. We couldn’t use him for a number of games, he just came back against City because he had an Achilles tendon injury. If he had played in midweek, he certainly would not have been available for Saturday”
Giroud will most likely not available to start on the weekend after succumbing to injury;
“Olivier Giroud picked up an injury, and I don’t think he will be available for Saturday. It is short term and he should start [training] on Monday, we will have to assess him then but I don’t think he will be available this weekend.”
Defender, Geoff Cameron, was ruled out after failing to recover from injury;
“It’s taken a little bit longer than we anticipated for him to return. You have to be careful with head injuries and need to do the correct things.”
Hughes says Jack Butland won’t be available for the next few weeks after breaking his finger;
“We are hopeful his injury will resolve itself as quickly as possible. Mark Bowen suggested at the very worst, around 6 weeks, but if it manages to knit itself together, possibly 3 or 4 weeks.”
The Liverpool squad has been boosted by the return of Sadio Mané to full training. The winger rejoined his teammates after injuring his hamstring while on international duty with Senegal however, Klopp remained cautious on his availability for this weekend’s clash;
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“With Sadio, we have to wait, we will see today.”
Lallana has finally returned to full training and Klopp had the following to say on his progress;
“Adam is in training now since three days or four days [ago]. It was a really long [time], it is fantastic that he is back. He lost nothing, no skills or anything. He trained really well but in the next few weeks we have games every three days and we will need him for that.
There is no rush in it even when everyone who knows Adam can imagine how ready he is to be part of the squad again, so we will see what we do in this case.”
Defender, Craig Dawson won’t be back until Christmas and James Morrison will most likely miss the next 4-6 weeks after undergoing minor achilles surgery during the break.
Nacer Chadli also picked up a muscular injury in training on Thursday;
“We’re disappointed, he’ll be out for the foreseeable future.”
Howe was pleased with the progress of Callum Wilson in his return from a long term injury;
“Callum has had a couple of serious injuries but what he showed against Newcastle is that he’s physically very good.”
Teammate, Afobe is back in contention to start and there will be a late call on Josh King, who was reported to have not trained during the week after picking up an injury;
“Benik Afobe is back in contention after an injury, but there will be a late call on Joshua King. He missed international duty and hasn’t trained this week so it will be a late decision for him.”
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all in contention to play in their clash against Newcastle on the weekend.
Again, this brings into question, for us FPL managers, with Ibrahimovic coming in, how this will effect Lukaku. Mourinho has mentioned Zlatan in the whole behind Lukaku before, so it might be a case of this, with Mkhitaryan being pushed to the right hand side.
When asked specifically about which players with long-term injuries are set to play Newcastle, Mourinho replied with;
“Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.”
Nothing further was mentioned by Mourinho about Phil Jones, after this came out on Wednesday;
Barkley is running again, he’s back in the gym and is “coming along nicely” according to Unsworth.
Seamus Coleman is in the rehabilitation process of his long-term injury after the horrific leg-break, with David Unsworth confirming the full-back is kicking a ball again.
Mirallas and Schneiderlin are both available for their clash against Crystal Palace;
“I can assure Everton fans they’re both fully committed.”
An ankle injury rules Michy Batshuayi out of Saturday’s game against West Brom. Victor Moses is expected back next week after failing to recover from his hamstring injury.
Bakayoko is also available after suffering a slight injury scare in training.
Conte confirms David Luiz will be in the squad tomorrow after he was omitted from the side in week 11 for ‘tactical reasons’.
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There are no doubts over the fitness of Sergio Agüero, as he has been assessed by the club’s doctors for their weekend clash;
“The doctor says he’s perfect. He was conscious all the time in Argentina and he’s okay. Nothing to be worried about.”
Pep says he thought about Otamendi’s replacement and could be either of Mangala or Kompany or possibly even Walker;
“Yeah, I have something in mind to replace Otamendi. We have Mangala, maybe Kompany can come back. Kyle can play there.”
Raheem Sterling has recovered from his back injury after playing through some pain in the games against Arsenal and Napoli;
“Raz played the last two games with pain in his back and made a huge effort to play but he is much, much better and hopefully he can play.”
Defender, Paul Dummett is edging towards a return after a long term injury. Lascelles and Atsu have both been ruled out of their weekend fixture;
“Paul Dummett is getting closer. Lascelles and Atsu are injured and will not be available. Atsu will be out a couple of weeks, we’ll see next week how Lascelles feels.”
Lukaku owners will be licking their lips at the thought of Newcastle now being without their leader at the back for this one.
There are no new injury concerns for Leicester following the international break however, Robert Huth [foot] and Matty James [Achilles] “still need a little more [time].”