Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 23

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 23

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Swansea:

Angel Rangel [calf] will miss their game against Newcastle along with the suspended Kyle Naughton.

Otherwise, Carvalhal believes “the others, will be fit, all of them”.

This includes Renato Sanches [hamstring] who limped off against Wolves.

Leroy Fer will be available after his red card was overturned while Tammy Abraham is expected to join Leon Britton and Ki Sung-Yeung in training this week.

Huddersfield:

Philip Billing and Michael Hefele are improving in terms of their fitness.

Collin Quaner [hamstring], Chris Löwe [foot] and Martin Cranie [ankle] will miss the match.”

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The hamstring injury suffered by Collin Quaner last weekend “isn’t as serious as we thought” and the forward will return to training ahead of the Stoke game.

Jon Stankovic [ACL] will return later this month while Elias Kachunga [MCL] most likely will not be back until early March.

Burnley:

Chris Wood and Stephen Ward [both knee] are “making progress” but neither will play this weekend.

Scott Arfield [hamstring] is close to a return and is 50/50 for the weekend.

Ben Mee, Kevin Long and James Tarkowski are in contention to face Crystal Palace.

Leicester:

Claude Puel confirms Jamie Vardy [groin] has “trained well this week”, and will be available.

Danny Simpson has started light jogging “not fast, but he can run”, however, Puel wouldn’t give a timeline on his return.

Christian Fuchs is over his recent illness. Adrien Silva has recovered from the ankle injury and Vicente Iborra [hamstring] is also in contention.

Wes Morgan suffered a hamstring injury after slipping against Huddersfield on New Years Day;

“I don’t know for the moment how long Wes [Morgan] will be out.” 

Southampton:

Mauricio Pellegrino will make a late call on injured pair Cedric Soares and Jeremy Pied.

Wesley Hoedt will also be checked after suffering concussion after his clash with Romelu Lukaku.

Everton:

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Allardyce confirms Cenk Tosun will be in the squad, but Michael Keane is ruled out due to a “nasty gash on the top of his foot”.

Allardyce confirms his interest in Theo Walcott;

 “If [we] could get that sorted, he would be a great addition.”

Allardyce plans to help Seamus Coleman regain his match fitness by arranging some friendlies;

“Coleman is a considerable amount of time away because of his long standing injury. He’s been introduced to [full] training on a regular basis and we monitor that training on a daily basis to see how, not just the injured part of his body, but his body in total.”

Brighton:

Chris Hughton reveals Steve Sidwell has suffered an ankle problem whilst on his recovery from a back injury;

“Not expected to be available in the next few months.”

Izzy Brown has returned to his parent club – Chelsea – after rupturing his ACL in the FA Cup on Monday night.

Stoke:

Erik Pieters [hamstring] and Bruno Martins Indi [groin] came back into training today;

“but whether they will be fit for Monday, we will have to wait and see. Hopefully Ryan Shawcross [calf] with join in later in the week.”

Arsenal:

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Arsene Wenger had his word on the ongoing saga of Alexis Sánchez;

“Nothing is really concrete at the moment and nothing is decided one way or another. Normally he would stay at the club until the end of the season but we’ll see.”

Wilshere’s injury [ankle] is not as bad as initially thought and he could still make the game at Bournemouth. Ramsey will be back and there’s uncertainty around Özil;

“From Wednesday night, we had of course Jack, who was injured. We had very good news yesterday morning. I saw him walking normally and his scan was good. He’s not out of the game on Sunday yet, so that is positive news.

We’ll have Ramsey back in the squad.

We have an uncertainty over Ozil, who will have a test earliest tomorrow. That at the moment is a bit 50:50. All the other players will still be out for Bournemouth.”

Giroud could be out for another fortnight.

Kolasinac “has a little chance” but Monreal and Koscielny remain out.

Bournemouth:

Howe will have to make a late decision on Josh King and Junior Stanislas;

“Both Josh [King] and Junior [Stanislas] are making really good progress. They’re both back for us on the training pitch so we’re pleased with that, but we’ll have to make a late decision on whether they will play.”

Jermain Defoe remains out but is making steady progress;

“Jermain [Defoe] is good at the moment [fractured ankle], but he’s restricted to wearing a protected boot so there’s no massive update on him but we’re expecting him to progress in the time frame we have set.”

Federici and Smith returned to the squad for their FA Cup tie last weekend, whilst Tyrone Mings’ situation remains complicated;

“We’ve got Mings who has a complicated [back] injury. We thought a period of rest would solve it, unfortunately, he’ll have to have a longer period before he returns.”

West Ham:

Moyes reveals  that there are “doubts” over the fitness of Winston Reid and Andy Carroll.

James Collins is back with the group, as are Aaron Cresswell, Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini;

“We’ve had quite a lot of injuries. There’s a few that will make it [Lanzini, Cresswell, Arnautovic] but a few we still have doubts about [Carroll, Reid, Antonio]. We can’t be quite sure. “

Fonte is on his way back but remains out.

Tottenham:

Harry Winks fails to recover from an ankle injury. He continues to recover along with Danny Rose [knee] and Toby Alderweireld [hamstring].

No fresh injury concerns for Pochettino.

Liverpool:

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Mo Salah has returned to training following his recovery from a minor groin strain and will be fine for the showdown against Manchester City;

“If nothing happens in this moment, Mo is back, he is training completely normally.”

Jordan Henderson, Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge have taken positive steps in their injury rehabilitations, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.

“[Sturridge] is back in training, healthy and on the way to be fit again,” the manager told reporters at Melwood.

Hendo is in this moment out on the pitch and is training. It looks good – he wears football boots, that is always a good sign. He was not in team training so far.

Alberto Moreno was in team training yesterday, the first full session. He is a little bit early but after that he should be ready. He needs time for proper training of course.

The boys really do a lot in their rehab situation and, if we have time, we bring them a little bit later into team training so that they can do a little bit more specific physical work. But still they need time to adapt to the intensity of a football game. It looks really good, cool.”

Klopp also drops a subtle hint about Van Dijk and his team sheet that could be a potential warning sign for future suitors;

“Virgil was quite impressive against Everton, you have to say that. But the City game is a completely different game. The team’s tactics should be as tuned as possible and I haven’t made a decision so far [on who starts].”

Chelsea:

Conte reports that Ross Barkley is working “very hard” and the new signing could be ready for the next game [Norwich].

There are no new injury concerns for Chelsea.

 

West Brom:

Jonny Evans has recovered from the foot injury he sustained in training prior to the match against Exeter [FA Cup] and will be involved tomorrow.

Pardew expects Morrison [Achilles] and Chadli [hamstring] to be, at least, out for another month;

“It’s a blow. They’re two creative forces. It’s weakened our squad. Everybody else is fit. There are no excuses going into the Brighton game.”

Kieran Gibbs [thigh], Craig Dawson [fatigue] and Matt Phillips [hamstring] are all in contention after shaking off minor problems.

Crystal Palace:

Jeffrey Schlupp will go under the knife following the injury he picked up at Brighton on Monday night, whereas Sakho and Ward are both making progress;

Mamadou Sakho is moving in the right direction. Joel Ward is getting closer, but is not ready yet.”

Andros Townsend is on crutches at the moment;

“He doesn’t need an operation, we hope he will be closer to one month rather than months.”

The website reports that RLC remains out, but Hodgson didn’t specifically mention him in the press conference, suggesting that it’s likely not that serious.

Man City:

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Gabriel Jesus [knee] is said to be targeting a return in the UCL (2/3 weeks) against FC Basel;

“He was (this week) in Barcelona and the news is quite good. I think two or three weeks, against Basel in the Champions League, he could be ready.”

This could be bad news for those who moved quick to bring in the services of Agüero, who would have been nailed on without Jesus around.

The news for Vincent Kompany however, was not so positive;

“I think Vincent Kompany is not ready for the match against Liverpool, but the others are doing quite well.”

Pep remains coy on the Sánchez rumours;

“I am focused on our next match. If I was my players I wouldn’t want my manager talking about other things.”

Newcastle:

Elliot is back in contention after recovering from a thigh injury.

Lascelles [groin], withdrawn as a precaution vs Luton, but is available.

Mitrovic has started to run and Rafa says “he is closer”, but this weekend comes too soon.

Jesus Gamez and Florian Lejeune will miss out again.

Manchester United: 

Jose Mourinho has provided an update on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, revealing the Manchester United striker is expected to return to training at the end of January or beginning of February;

“Zlatan is injured, or is not totally happy with his condition. He fought like a tiger, like he likes to say, to be back, which he did. He was starting having minutes here and there, he had a start, he had 60 minutes of one game and started another one, and had 45 [minutes], and he was not happy with his feelings.

He consulted other doctors and other opinions, and we all made the decision to stop treatment. When he’s feeling really good, he can come back to work. The date for him to be back to training with the team was around the end of January or beginning of February, so let’s hope his feelings are better and we have him as soon as possible.”

United are currently preparing to face Stoke City at Old Trafford on Monday night at Old Trafford, fresh from the warm-weather training camp in Dubai. Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick were both pictured training all week in the Middle East, but it remains to be seen if they are available.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly is still injured and is definitely unavailable to face Stoke but could be back around the end of the month.

Mourinho also had his say on the Sánchez rumours;

“At the general level, I can say I told you myself, the Manchester United owners don’t believe in the January market. We don’t believe in signing a player just to do something. What we believe really is some players in football world, if you have a chance to sign them – it doesn’t matter if it is in January, March or July – you have to try. But in relation to Alexis Sanchez, I don’t say a word. The only word I can say is the same that everybody says – he’s a phenomenal player.”

Watford: 

Watford captain Troy Deeney is available in the league for the first time since serving a four-match ban.

Marco Silva remains without Younes Kaboul, Craig Cathcart, Isaac Success, Miguel Britos, Kiko Femenia, Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah.

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