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 16
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.
Mark Hughes reports no fresh injury concerns for tonight’s game against Burnley;
“We didn’t pick up any injuries from the weekend so everyone is available for tomorrow. Glen Johnson has taken a bang on his knee. Jese is still back at home.”
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Alvaro Morata is not available for the game at Huddersfield Town and David Luiz remains out injured whilst Danny Drinkwater is set for a return, Antonio Conte has reported;
“Drinkwater started to train on Sunday after his fever, he’s come with us, but for sure after three or four days with a fever, his physical condition is not at the top level.
David Luiz is continuing to recover from his knee problem. And Morata is out. He is a bit tired and he has a problem in his back.”
Mamadou Sakho is set for a period out of action with the injury sustained in Saturday’s draw. The defender left the game against Bournemouth with a calf injury and the manager cannot put a return date on the player during these early days of recovery;
“He’ll be out a long time, how long a time ?, I don’t know, they won’t put a time on it, but it’s a serious muscle tear in his calf so I don’t know, but it’s weeks not days, I couldn’t say if it was months.”
Joel Ward was out injured from the match against The Cherries with a groin injury but has now suffered a tweak to his calf and is now ruled out of Tuesday’s game.
Yohan Cabaye, like Sakho, came off against Bournemouth but Hodgson was pleased to report that the midfielder is available for the visit of Marco Silva’s side;
“He took a knock didn’t he? He was doing well, as he always does and he took a nasty kick, was limping a little bit, plus we had worked hard, it was getting late in the game, so we thought it was a good moment to give Yohan a breather and get fresh legs onto the field. He’s perfectly ok though, it was a kick, nothing more.”
Bolasie came through an under 23’s match unscathed, with 30 minutes of pitch time. Sam won’t rush him back but he did mention in last Friday’s press conference that he could be back in he first team in “a number of weeks”.
No new fresh injuries from derby on Sunday, Baines, Funes Mori, Barkley, McCarthy and Coleman remain unavailable.
Puel reports no new injuries, but Huth and James are both on the comeback trail;
“Starting back with us is Robert Huth and Matty James on the pitch. It was great to see them and to start to make training sessions with the squad.”
The appeal for Zeegelaar’s red card was rejected, meaning he will serve a 3-match suspension and José Holebas looks poised to start at left-back for the first time since Everton away, and Molla Wagué looks set to come onto the bench.
Miguel Britos and Kiko Femenía are struggling to make the match at Selhurst Park;
“We’ll try with them. Britos is more difficult to play tomorrow but we’ll see what happens. Kiko is a matter of days. His injury is nothing special, he has some fatigue as well. We need to be 100 per cent sure they can play.”
Apart from that, Silva reports a clean bill of health from the players involved at Turf Moor on Saturday;
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“Nothing new after the last match. We are still in recovery with the players and we will work again today with them. We’ll see how they are but there is nothing special, no big problems.
Silva was asked by the press yesterday morning about whether Richarlison needed a rest. The electrifying winger from Brazil has only missed 21 minutes of the last 15 league and cup games and arrived at Watford on the back of a full season for Fluminense;
“We need to manage him if we feel he’s too tired. He doesn’t look tired but he cannot play a high level every time. We expect a player with his skills to play at a high level all the time but it is not possible. We need to take care of him, as he’s 20 years old.”
Pellegrino has confirmed that Portugese defender Cédric has resumed first-team training, whilst the remainder of his squad are fighting fit ahead of the Foxes’ visit;
“Everybody is okay,” the manager asserted. Today Cédric was training with the team – 100 per cent.
We will decide tomorrow, though. Most of them, or all of them, are ready to compete.”
Fernandez missed the games against Bournemouth, Chelsea and Stoke following the death of his father before returning to the bench for the West Brom win.
He played an hour for the Swans’ under-23s last Thursday night and could now face City;
“Fede is fit and available. I have to consider what I am going to do with the shape of the team and whether I decide to bring in another defender.
If I go with a back four, I have to decide whether I want to continue with the partnership that was part of a winning team on Saturday or if I want to put Fede back in.”
Klopp reports on the current state of Moreno, Lallana and Matip‘s injuries/fitness;
“He’s [Moreno] not ready, for certain. We send him to different doctors to know a little bit more but it’s possible it’s not that long. It’s not decided.
Adam is back in training, completely normal, we have to see what we do with him. Joel is not training. He’s running but he needs a bit longer.”
A little more on it from Ben Dinnery;
Pochettino says Erik Lamela has a “chance” of starting against Brighton on Wednesday. – it’s been 417 days since the Argentine was last named in the starting XI for a Premier League game.
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On the overall state of the team, Wenger reports the following with Mustafi and Ramsey both ruled out of contention for the mid-week clash against West Ham;
“Mustafi will not be back. We lost Ramsey against Southampton. He will not be available for tomorrow’s game. Everybody else, apart from the long-term injury [to Santi Cazorla], looks available. We have tests this morning to see how they have recovered.”
With regard to Mustafi, Wenger went on to state the following;
“[He will be out] a little bit longer. He’s out in training, running. The medical staff have decided that he’s not completely ready. Will he be ready for Saturday against Newcastle? Yes.”
A little more on Ramsey;
“It’s a hamstring injury, but normally [he’ll be out for] a short period. It’s not a big one.”
When asked about rotation for the trip to West Ham;
“I have not made that decision completely so I will have to look first of all at how some players have recovered. We look at how much energy they spent, how they recover and after I make my decisions, adding to that the balance of the team.”
Craig Dawson and Morrison are not expected to be back until around Christmas.
Moyes reports on the current state of Kouyate, Hernandez, Carrol, Fernandes and Collins;
“Kouyate has returned to training a little bit so we’re hoping to get him back quite quickly. Hernandez and Carroll were back on the bench, but Collins is not ready. We’re pretty much as we were, aside from Edi Fernandes hurting his ankle in training.”
Moyes on the keeper situation between Hart and Adrian;
“I hope Adrian keeps playing well, but there will be games for Joe. I’m really pleased I have two good goalkeepers. Joe is here and if I’m correct I don’t think his loan contract allows him to go back. My job is to pick the West Ham team and not the England team.”
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Manchester City will be without Vincent Kompany for the midweek trip to Swansea. The Belgian was withdrawn at half-time in Sunday’s Manchester derby and will now miss City’s visit to South Wales, but Pep Guardiola is hopeful he will not be without his captain for too long;
“He [Kompany] can’t play at Swansea. Hopefully he is not far away [from a return]. He has a muscular injury.”
Paul Dummett is “getting better” but will continue to build fitness with the U23s.
Benitez says Jamaal Lascelles was “nearly there” in terms of starting against Leicester and looks to be in contention for a return to the starting 11 tomorrow against Everton.
Mourinho says he doesn’t yet know if Marcos Rojo can face the Cherries, after the defender suffered a head wound against Manchester City, but is boosted by the return to fitness of Phil Jones.
“He’s [Rojo] a brave guy. I don’t know – let’s see if he can be ready for the match, but if he’s not ready, we have other alternatives to play.
Phil Jones was already on the bench [at the weekend]. The injury is behind [him] and hopefully he can stay fit.”
Hopefully being the operative word there…