Premier League Press Conferences: FPL GW14

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 14

With the schedule now picking up pace and us having day jobs as well to contend with, it’s going to be very difficult to get all the pressers out for every GW, but we will endeavour to do our best, but please bear with us if it takes us a little while to sort it out.

Also, 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.

West Brom:

James Morrison [Achilles], Craig Dawson [knee] and Nacer Chadli [hamstring] remain long-term absentees. Meanwhile, Chris Brunt [calf] is expected to miss out again for the Baggies.

Spurs:

Pochettino is hoping Wanyama can return before the end of the year. Alderweireld likely to be in early 2018. Harry Winks [illness] will be assessed ahead of the trip to Leicester.

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Pochettino says Erik Lamela “is in contention” for the game on Tuesday;

“Always in a very busy schedule you need everyone fit to help and that is very good news for the team.”

Swansea:

Tammy Abraham is the only new unavailable player due to his ineligibility under the terms of his loan agreement.

Clement reports the following on the injury front;

“No fresh injury concerns following the 0-0 draw against Bournemouth. After Saturday, everyone is okay. 

Kyle Bartley is not far off training and hopefully he will be back in the next couple of weeks.”

Newcastle: 

Rafa only had the following to say on the availability of his players;

“Merino is obviously available now. Lascelles, Dummett and Atsu will not be ready.”

Man City:

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Pep Guardiola says his City squad have recovered well from Sunday’s late victory over Huddersfield and have no new injury concerns ahead of their game against Southampton;

“We have made a good recovery and there is no new problems. We are preparing for a mentally tough game against Southampton.”

Stoke: 

Hughes reports no new injury concerns ahead of their tie with Liverpool;

“We’ve had everyone in today and there doesn’t seem to be any doubts from the weekend. There’s a few bumps and bruises but we’ll have a clearer idea tomorrow. Ramadan is fine. Geoff Cameron won’t be involved this week.”

West Ham: 

David Moyes will not be rushing injured players back into the West Ham United first team for this week’s clash with Everton as the manager keeps one eye on a busy festive fixture list. Moyes indicates that the Chicharito did not train on Monday while suggesting the latter duo [Antonio and Collins] are still working their way back.

“We have a couple of knocks and niggles but nothing to be overly concerned about, I’ll wait until tomorrow to see for sure.

Chicharito has not trained today, so he’s going to be a few days or a bit longer at this rate. But we want him back fit, because we have so many games coming up.

It’s the same for James Collins and even Michail Antonio. We have to be really careful because our squad isn’t the biggest. It’s important to get these boys fit and ready to play.”

Man United

There was no pre-match press conference yesterday and one hasn’t been scheduled today. Only the following on their team news ahead of Watford is available.

Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all now back in the frame, of course, and Michael Carrick has revealed he is close to a return following a heart procedure.

There could be a hope Eric Bailly is available soon with Phil Jones also on the road to recovery after aggravating an injury on international duty with England.

There may be some changes with Mourinho expressing some concern at the space allowed to Newcastle and Brighton, with commenting after the game;

“It was difficult for Pobga and [Nemanja] Matic to press. Marcus [Rashford] and [Anthony] Martial, [are] without the tactical knowledge that another player has to close the spaces in between the full-back and winger so, even with Paul, we were a little bit in trouble.”

Bournemouth:

Junior Stanislas is “unlikely” to recover from a groin problem in time for the match against Burnley on tomorrow.

However, Jermain Defoe is in contention to play following his recovery from a minor calf strain.

Liverpool:

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Klopp stayed coy when asked about Mané and Firmino starting, giving us only the following on it;

“It’s not completely unlikely they will start.”

Emre Can is now fit for the trip to Stoke and a very late decision will be made on centre-back Dejan Lovren, who is said to be ‘close’.

Klopp was also asked about rotation;

“We don’t rest our players, we use our players. Maybe thought against Chelsea he needs a rest, no, it was really that we needed fresh legs.”

Burnley:

Matt Lowton faces a late fitness test after picking up a knock during the 1-0 defeat by Arsenal.

Sean Dyche also confirms that Jon Walters trained with the first team today for the first time since his injury.

Chelsea:

David Luiz has a knee problem and won’t play at Stamford Bridge, with Conte stating that he doesn’t know how long he expects Luiz to be out for. Musonda, Batshuayi and Kenedy are also out with injury.

This means Christensen should start at the middle centre back role again and could prove to be a good option at only £5.4m.

Conte says Victor Moses is ‘in contention’ for tomorrow’s game.

Conte says it will be important to rotate, during this Christmas period, to keep his players’ concentration high, and to keep them physically fresh too.

Arsenal:

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Özil could rejoin the group in training today. The German maestro was sent home [from Burnley] by the club-doctor on Sunday morning.

Özil’s replacement at Turf Moor (Iwobi), picked up a knock and “may not be available.”

Everton:

Unsworth confirms Leighton Baines [calf], Michael Keane [head] are both doubtful for West Ham.

Mason Holgate [groin] will probably not be fit to play either;

“We’ll see how Mason Holgate [groin] is when we train tonight.”

Watford: 

Marco Silva will give Miguel Britos until tomorrow’s final training session to prove his fitness for the visit of Manchester United.

Britos limped off in the 52nd minute of Saturday’s thumping 3-0 win at Newcastle after failing to shake off the knock he picked up to his left leg following a heavy first-half challenge from Jonjo Shelvey.

“The situation with Britos we will keep open, he is still in doubt. We’ll see. I’m not sure if he’s able to play. We have one more session tomorrow, one more session to prepare for the match and then we will take the decision.”

If Britos fails to make it then Sebastian Prödl is standing by and ready to make his first start since August 26. He slotted in seamlessly to the heart of the defence on Saturday and the Hornets have not conceded a league goal when the giant Austrian has been on the field this season.

“He’s improving his physical condition. It’s been two months without competition, two months without training with the team. It’s hard. He’s improving and played almost 45 minutes [against Newcastle]. That’s good for him.”

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