Premier League Press Conferences: FPL GW13

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 13

Quick note for those eagle-eyed folks among you who have spotted that we don’t cover every single team in these round-ups; we only report what we feel is necessary to report from an FPL perspective. Thanks again for reading and feel free to give myself (FPL Connect) or our writer Aussie (FPL Aussie) a tweet if you find there are any problems with this article.

Man United:

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Pogba will start in their clash against Brighton but won’t play much more than an hour according to Mourinho;

“Paul is still on this process where he cannot reach the fatigue limit, he cannot go more than 65 to 70 mins because that’s when fatigue normally arrives. With so many matches consecutively we need to protect [him].”

Mourinho confirms Phil Jones will not play once again. Mourinho was hoping Eric Bailly could return to face Brighton, but Saturday comes too soon. Lindelof, Smalling and Rojo are all vying for a place at centre-back now.

Mourinho says Ibrahimovic “needs time” to get back to full fitness;

“We managed to give him 15/20 minutes in both matches, he needs more of that, so hopefully tomorrow we play him again.”


Puel reports no new injuries for his side other than Robert Huth, who is the only absentee for Leicester’s match against West Ham tonight;

“No [new] injuries.  Huth is not available, but all the other players are ok for this game.”


Howe confirms that Stanislas [groin] and Defoe [calf] will both miss out for the Cherries this weekend in their clash against Swansea;

“Junior Stanislas will miss out again and his injury is lasting a little longer than we first hoped.

Also, Jermain Defoe will still be out with his calf problem so both Junior and Jermain will be missing.

Apart from that we’re pretty much as we are.”

West Brom:

Craig Dawson [knee], James Morrison [Achilles] and Nacer Chadli [hamstring] remain injured for Megson’s first game following the departure of Tony Pulis;

“Nobody is coming back for Spurs. It’s too early for James Morrison and Chadli. The good news is that we have no further injuries.”


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Paul Clement comments on how Abraham is a 50-50 to start this weekend, but says that Bony is ready for action having made his comeback at Burnley;

“I would prefer to have Tammy available, of course, because he has shown he can score goals for us. But we have Wilfried back fit and he is ready to start. He is motivated, he is hungry to play and perform.

He (Abraham) hasn’t trained yet. We’ll have to see how he responds to the treatment he’s had today and see if he trains tomorrow, but he’s a doubt. I would say 50-50 at this point. There’s only one training session left.”

From the following, it looks fairly likely that Tammy will miss out on a start and that Bony will get his chance.


Xherdan Shaqiri had a “little bit of tightness before the game on Monday”, which was the reason behind his withdrawal at Brighton;

“But he is fine. We have a strong period coming up and [I wanted] to protect him.”

There are no fresh injury concerns for Stoke.

Lee Grant will continue in goal in the absence of Jack Butland [broken finger] and Geoff Cameron [concussion] are both unavailable as they are both recovering from injuries.


Kiko Feminía has recovered from leg injury that forced him off against West Ham and the defender is ready to face Newcastle this weekend;

“Kiko Femenia is okay, he has done all the sessions with us this week.”

One player who is ready is Marvin Zeegelaar, the left-back priced at £4.4m showed us a cheaper alternative to Femenía, who started ahead of Holebas in last week’s 2-0 win against West Ham where he picked up 2 bonus and was a regular threat down the left;

“He was good. It was not easy to play like he did with this problem. He gave a good answer, like everyone expected as we know how he works. It was a good debut for him.”

West Ham:

Chicharito Hernandez [hamstring], Jose Fonte [foot] and Sam Byram [thigh] remain side-lined and will take no part in their match against Leicester.

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Michail Antonio and James Collins are close but Moyes is being cautious with their return;

“James is back training. We need him back [but] I don’t think rushing him or Antonio is the right thing to do with so many matches coming up.” 

Michail Antonio is also training with the squad but he’s short of match-fitness, so he won’t be with us for the game.”

Arnautovic should be fine for their clash after training well during the week;

“Arnautovic looked really serious when he came off against Watford. Thankfully, there’s no breaks but it was badly swollen. He’s fine and he’s trained with a good plaster on. He’s okay.”


Wanyama [knee] continues to work outdoors while Alderweireld [hamstring] is not expected back until the new year.

Mauricio Pochettino “hopes” Victor Wanyama will be back before the end of the year, but at the moment he is “not sure”.

Crystal Palace:

Patrick van Aanholt is back in contention after recovering from injury. Roy Hodgson also commented on how their injury situation was very good, with Connor Wickham and Lee Chung-Yong the only two players injured in their squad.


Joel Matip [thigh] should be able to feature against Chelsea tomorrow but Klopp admits Emre Can is “struggling a bit [and] he’s a doubt.”

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Alberto Moreno is still favoured by Klopp after making costly mistakes in Liverpool’s UCL tie at Sevilla, which saw them drop a 3-0 lead and the coach still has utmost faith in him;

“I told him I still trust him 100 per cent.”


No fresh injury concerns for Arsenal who travel to Turf Moor. Welbeck is back in match contention however Walcott is set to miss out;

“He’s back in training now, so he should be okay for next week. He has been ill.”

Man City:

There were no new injury concerns to report from Pep;


“Everybody is okay. Yesterday was a day off. Today I want to see how everyone is.”

John Stones [hamstring] is not available to play after picking up long term injury and will be available in January.

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Otamendi returns after serving a one-match ban, while Vincent Kompany is expected to play after he was rested against Feyenoord on Wednesday.

Earlier in the week, Pep said the following, confirming what I’ve been arguing for a while now in how important Sané is to them in the 433 system;

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Isaac Hayden will miss the game through suspension.

Paul Dummett [hamstring], Christian Atsu [thigh] and Jamaal Lascelles [ankle] are still recovering and won’t be ready for their match against Watford.


Sean Dyche confirms star striker Chris Wood is available for selection following a good week of training.

Tom Heaton and Jon Walters are still recovering.

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