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 15
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 always cover every single team in these round-ups; 1. we only report what we feel is necessary to report from an FPL perspective and 2. because sometimes not every team will have a press conference.
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Arsene Wenger confirms that Alexandre Lacazette is set for a period on the sidelines due to a groin injury;
“It is an injury, it looked like a groin injury so he might be out for a while.”
Wenger confirms Alexis Sánchez was replaced as a precaution against Huddersfield due to “a little hamstring problem,”.
Alexis is expected to be fine for Saturday and;
“Everybody else looks to be OK.”
Clement confirms Sanches was subbed off after a shocker of a first-half and that there was no injury;
“He’s struggling for confidence [and] form.”
Tammy Abraham is available again. The loan striker was ineligible against his parent club, Chelsea. Tammy has also recovered from the back spasm that kept him on the bench against Bournemouth.
Frederico Fernandez is not expected to rejoin the group in training until after the Stoke game. The Swansea defender returned home following the news that his father had passed last week.
Andy Carroll, Chicharito, Winston Reid are all doubts for their clash against Man City on the weekend due to injuries.
Jose Fonte has also been ruled out long term due to his injury;
“Andy Carroll and Chicharito aren’t back. We’ve got a few missing just now. Winston Reid – we will check him out tomorrow. Jose Fonte is a long-term injury.”
Conte is unsure when Luiz will return;
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“Now it is very difficult. He had liquid in his knee and we have to assess his recovery on the time. I hope to not lose him for a lot of time and I need to have all my players.”
This could be important for Christensen, who has seamlessly slotted in at CB in Luiz’s absence and has since done very well, making him a viable option at just £5.5m.
Musonda [both knee] is still out with injury and has not started rehab. Batshuayi [ankle] and Kenedy [muscle] “have just started to work with us” but the pair need more time to get up-to speed.
Harry Winks is back after recovering from illness. Alderweireld and Wanyama remain sidelined.
No new injury concerns for Leicester who are full with confidence after their win over Tottenham.
Robert Huth [foot] remains sidelined with injury.
Christian Fuchs will return to the match-day squad after missing out on Tuesday to attend the birth of his daughter.
Iheanacho was a late withdrawal due to illness on Tuesday, but the striker will be back in the squad for the weekend.
Sakho will skipper the side at West Brom;
“A captain needs that status within the group. Puncheon, Dann and Mamadou all have that, along with a few others who could be brought in if needed.”
Scott Dann, Jeffrey Schlupp, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic failed to train on Thursday but Hodgson admits it’s too soon to tell if any are “massive” concerns.
Christian Benteke came through 90 minutes uninjured;
“He’s fit and ready to play, that’s for sure.”
Steve Sidwell [back] is the only expected injury absentee for Brighton. Chris Hughton reveals there are no new concerns ahead of the Liverpool game.
Gaetan Bong is back in contention after missing out on Tuesday due to injury.
Lowton is expected to miss out against Leicester;
“He’s got a very minor medial ligament [injury],” confirmed Dyche. “It flared up on Tuesday, so we will have to keep an eye on that one, so I doubt he will be fit for the weekend.”
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Maxim Choupo-Moting injured his ankle midweek but generally the rest of the squad are okay confirms Hughes;
“Maxim suffered a bang on his ankle late on, but we don’t anticipate that compromising him at all, so we will be strong. The rest are just bumps and bruises.”
Stoke are still without Jack Butland through injury, whilst Geoff Cameron remains absent despite being given clearance to resume training following a head injury.
Hughes did however indicate in his press conference that he could be inclined to revert to four at the back after abandoning the wing-back formation he has favoured this season just 20 minutes in to Wednesday clash with Liverpool;
“There was obviously an improvement on Wednesday after we switched things around a little bit, so that comes into my thinking.
That said, I am not sure our results recently have been about shape, because we used that same formation against Arsenal and Manchester and picked up two good results.
People seem to have a perception that it has affected our ability to defend, but I actually think our goals against column has been skewed by a couple of matches – Manchester City and Chelsea, and possibly Liverpool.”
Eddie Howe says Junior Stanislas is a “50/50” for the game against Southampton. The midfielder has trained with the squad, but lacks match fitness having missed the previous few weeks;
“We’ll make a late decision, he might come into the matchday squad.”
Tyrone Mings [back] is edging closer to a return, although there is no definitive timeline on when that will be. Brad Smith and Adam Federici remain out long-term.
Mourinho has announced that Nemanja Matic will travel with the squad however, he has also said that he doesn’t know if he will feature.
Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are ruled out once again and a knee injury also rules Fellaini out.
No fresh injury concerns for Huddersfield confirmed Wagner.
He did however state the following on the re-couperation of Mounié;
“Game time is crucial for Steve Mounié; he had a very good training week and I think he played on a high level against Arsenal for 60-70 minutes. It’s important that this continues.”
For those potentially eyeing up Quaner as a cheap, starting striker, he may well not be in the fold for long.
Matt Phillips [hamstring] “is struggling.” and Kieran Gibbs is also a doubt, but Pardew remains hopeful of a return;
“Hopefully they will be fit.”
Joel Matip will not play against Brighton on the weekend. He “felt something muscle wise” and will miss the game at Brighton. The centre-back recently returned from a thigh injury.
Adam Lallana is unlikely to start, but the midfielder could be named on the bench after a large stint on the sidelines due to injury.
Ragnar Klavan, who recovered from the illness which kept him out on Wednesday night, is expected to pair with Lovren in the middle of defence.
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Pep confirms that Sané was ill and not rested for the mid-week clash against Southampton;
“Sané was sick with fever the day of the game against Southampton. Yesterday he was in training. It’s okay, he’s good.”
Guardiola says he is yet to decide his team to face West Ham and will use Saturday’s training session to make his final preparation – but admitted with such a packed December schedule, he needs to keep the side fresh;
“We will see tomorrow. Tomorrow we train and we will see what we can do.
Vincent was two months injured, Fernandinho has played a lot of minutes – but the most important thing is West Ham.”
Sané, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho are all one booking away from a one-game suspension that would mean them missing next weekend’s derby against Manchester United and when a journalist pushed Pep for an answer, he replied;
“Of course I am worried about the bookings, United is an important game, but West Ham is as well.”
Benitez says Elliot “has been training well” but won’t reveal his goalkeeper for the early kick-off at Stamford Bridge;
“The competition is crucial for us.”
Atsu, Lascelles and Dummett are all “very close” to a return, but won’t feature against Chelsea;
“Other players are doing well and it makes no sense to take any risks.”
Charlie Austin is fully expected to start against Bournemouth.
Mauricio Pellegrino reveals Shane Long is a doubt for Sunday due to a calf problem.
Cedric Soares has been ruled out with a “minor hamstring strain”.
A calf injury will keep Leighton Baines on the bench against Huddersfield.
Michael Keane has recovered from a knock to the head and should be fine to play.
Oumar Niasse comes back into contention after serving his two-game ban for diving.