Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 21

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 21

UPDATE: There will be NO press conferences for GW22 down to the games being so close together and it being New Year’s eve and day.

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Thanks again for reading and we hope you all have a brilliant New Years Eve with your families/friends. Happy New Year from everyone at Team FPL Connect!


Isaac Hayden has a chance of returning for the Brighton game but Lejeune [foot] will miss out again this weekend following a kick to the foot in training. Mitrovic and Jesus Gamez will not be available to play either;

“[Aleksandar] Mitrovic no, [Jesus] Gamez no. I think that maybe Hayden will have a chance.”

Karl Darlow is set to return in goal for Newcastle to replace Elliot, who is ruled out of tomorrow’s game with Brighton after suffering a thigh injury on Wednesday night.


Jordan Henderson could remain on the sidelines next month after tests reveal he injured his hamstring at Arsenal.

When asked about the return of Sturridge, Klopp replied with:

“He was ill and now [has] a little muscle thing. It’s not a big deal, to be honest, but in this period all these things keep you away from games.”

Alberto Moreno is targeting a return against Manchester City on January 14;

“He’s quickest healer in the squad – after the next three games he could be back.”


Sean Dyche says Chris Wood is “touch-and-go” for the trip to Huddersfield. The Claret suffered a knock to the knee after a clash with Hugo Lloris in GW19.

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Tom Heaton is said to be “making good progress” in his recovery from a shoulder injury;

“He’s on course. He’s getting stronger all the time.”

Ward [knee] will be close, but the Liverpool match is more realistic for a return.

Tarkowski serves the final game of his ban and could return on New Years day. “His hand settling down well [after a minor Operation]” which required pins. “The specialist is happy.”

Marney and Walters are in contention and have a chance of playing.


Danny Simpson [hamstring] and Robert Huth [foot] remain injured;

“There are some who are perhaps not match fit, like Matty James, but all the players are in a good way.”

Claude Puel confirms a hamstring injury is likely to keep Danny Simpson out for 4-5 weeks. Dragovic provided cover on Boxing Day, but Daniel Amartey is available after serving a one-match ban

Robert Huth will be looking to build fitness with the under-23s over the next few weeks but a realistic return would be towards the end of January.


Izzy Brown is available for selection while Steve Sidwell [back] remains the injured player in an otherwise full-strength squad for Brighton.


Cedric Soares [ankle] will not play this weekend but Ryan Bertrand [hamstring] has returned to training.  Charlie Austin [injury / suspension] might possibly be out until February;

“Charlie [Austin], Cédric [Soares] and Ryan [Bertrand] are the players who will not be involved against Man United. Maybe Ryan is the closest to a return, I hope against Crystal Palace he’d be ready to play.”


There’s a defensive crisis for Stoke this weekend as injuries mount.

“We are missing a few,” said Hughes.

Martins Indi [groin] is still 2/3 weeks away. Shawcross is out until mid-January with a calf injury. Pieters may have a chance and Kurt Zouma is ineligible. Glen Johnson [knee] is also unavailable.


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Wayne Rooney has recovered from illness and is in line to face Bournemouth. Idrissa Gueye has a chance of returning for the game against Man United on New Years Day.

Seamus Coleman has been “making progress” but is “still a way off,” according to Allardyce.

Ross Barkley [hamstring] is training with the first team on a “regular basis” and should be back in time for the FA Cup.

Allardyce confirms Leighton Baines [calf] suffered a setback during his recovery “which is a concern.”


Junior Stanislas [hamstring] will be absent once again;

“I will have to make quite a few late calls on a number of players ahead of this one [Daniels / Arter / Surman], [But] whether they return for this game, the next game or in two games time [I’m unsure]. I don’t think any injury is serious.”

Jermain Defoe [ankle] and Tyrone Mings [back] are still out long term but the rest of those currently sidelined will be back “pretty soon.”


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Kane is struggling due to illness but Pochettino is hopeful he can recover in time for Tuesday. Wanyama is back in full team training but lacks fitness. Alderweireld is sidelined until Feb.

Pochettino confirms Mousa Dembele suffered hip and groin problems;

“He asked to come off. Now we are assessing him. He’s a doubt for Tuesday.”


No new injury concerns for Huddersfield. Wagner praises Collin Quaner during his interview;

“He’s the fittest he’s been since arriving at the club. He’s full of confidence, a threat offensively and works hard defensively. He’s in very good form.”


No new injury concerns for Chelsea.

David Luiz [knee] and Charly Musonda [groin] are targeting a return in the FA Cup.

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Christensen has trained ahead of tomorrow’s game and should be ready.

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Man City:

Kompany suffered a calf strain at Newcastle on Wednesday;

“Not as bad as we thought, it’s not a big issue. He will be ready for the next fixtures. We will know exactly tomorrow.”

John Stones makes a well timed return from injury;

“He made his first complete training session [on Thursday]. He’s not ready for 90 minutes yet but the next game he will be fit. Huge news for us.”

Pep remains uncertain on the availability of David Silva – “We will see in the next days.”

West Brom:

Salomon Rondon will “probably” miss the next two games after tweaking his hamstring on Boxing Day.

Nacer Chadli is “really disappointed, and we think he will be out for two months.”

James Morrison [Achilles] is getting closer.

West Ham:

Mark Noble and Michail Antonio are doubts for West Ham;

“Mark Noble is making progress. He hasn’t joined us for full training yet but he is making progress. It’s probably a bit too soon to see if Michail Antonio will make the game. He hasn’t joined us for training yet.”

Man United:

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Mourinho admits that Lukaku is suffering from fatigue but says that he is unable to rest him;

“Now, it is 20 [consecutive] matches in the Premier League [for him]. I think for a striker, for any player, it’s absolutely incredible. The guy is fantastic for me and the team.”

Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian have trained ahead of the Southampton game

There’s no timescale for Marouane Fellaini who has been sidelined since November due to a knee.

Mourinho is uncertain on potential returns for Antonio Valencia [hamstring] and Chris Smalling [groin] and expects neither to feature.

Michael Carrick [heart] is ruled out.

Crystal Palace:

Yohan Cabaye is a doubt after suffering a knock in the 3-2 defeat by Arsenal. If he is not fit enough to start, then James McArthur is expected to replace him.


Swansea have signed a new manager – Carlos Carvalhal – to take over the reigns of the Welsh club.

Carlos Carvalhal could have Wilfried Bony back from a hamstring injury which has kept him out for two matches.

But Ki Sung-yueng and Kyle Bartley may miss out again with respective calf and knee injuries.


No press conference scheduled, but the following has been reported by BBC Sport.

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Nacho Monreal is absent with an ankle injury, while Olivier Giroud is expected to be out until mid-January with a hamstring problem.

The Gunners remain without midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is also sidelined by a hamstring injury.


Marco Silva reports the following on Roberto Pereyra, who was forced off with a minor injury against Leicester;

“After the last match the situation with Pereyra is we will see. Yesterday he started again to work with the team. The injury is nothing special. We’ll take care with him and see how he is but he looks in a good condition to play tomorrow.”

Will Hughes and Kiko Femenía remain unavailable, while captain Troy Deeney is halfway through his four-match suspension.

Long-term absentees Nathaniel Chalobah, Miguel Britos, Younès Kaboul and Craig Cathcart continue their rehabilitation programmes.





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