Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek GW26

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 26

Let me explain, that not every club will feature every week, based on the fact that sometimes we’ll feel that the news isn’t of any importance from an FPL perspective and secondly, that sometimes, clubs don’t announce press conferences for whatever reason.

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Thanks again for reading and we hope you all have a brilliant gameweek!

Burnley:

Steven Defour may not play again this season after a scan confirmed that the midfielder has a cartilage problem in his knee;

“I don’t know yet,” said Dyche regarding the prospect of surgery. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Stephen Ward [knee] is “making good progress” but Dyche admits the defender needs “some match time” after almost two months out.

Dyche isn’t sure on whether Tarkowski will recover in time to face Man City on Saturday;

“We’re hoping his will settle down sooner rather than later. It’s a groin situation.”

Southampton:

Manolo Gabbiadini may not feature on the weekend after facing a hip problem.

Pellegrino confirms his big money signing, Guido Carrillo, could start on Saturday;

“He showed with his energy he wants to help the team.”

Charlie Austin [hamstring] remains out. Apart from Austin and Gabbiadini [hip], the Saints have no other injuries.

Brighton:

Chris Hughton says Leonardo Ulloa is “hungry and desperate for minutes” following his new move from Leicester;

“Everyone here knows him well and he’s a player who has played in the Premier League over the last few seasons.”

New player Jurgen Locadia [hamstring] trained on Thursday but this weekend will come too soon after his extended stay on the sidelines.

An ankle injury rules Jiri Skalak out whilst Steve Sidwell remains sidelined.

West Brom:

Grzegorz Krychowiak [thigh] will be assessed following Fernandinho’s challenge from their game against Manchester City.

Chadli and Morrison have been ruled out.

Leicester:

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No Riyad Mayhez in the Leicester squad this weekend. The winger missed training again after the failed move to Manchester City and it has not been confirmed yet whether he was given permission to be absent from these training sessions;

“I will assess Riyad when he clears his head. The business [side] of the transfer window is difficult for us to manage but I think it is time now to move on and keep our focus.

I hope Riyad can clear his head and come back with us because he’s a valuable player for us. We need to stay united after all this.”

Wes Morgan [hamstring] joined in a “little training session” on Friday morning;

“That’s good news. He’ll be available for games later [in the season] because he needs training sessions to get match fit.”

 Stoke:

Lambert will make a decision on Badou Ndiaye tomorrow when the midfielder trains;

“He will give us something different that we don’t have and will be a big player for us. We’ll assess him ahead of Saturday.”

No new injury concerns following the 0-0 draw with Watford;

“Everyone came through yesterday fine.”

Swansea:

Carvalhal will most likely name an unchanged side on the back of victories over Liverpool and Arsenal.

Renato Sanches [hamstring] will miss the trip to Leicester this weekend.

Sanches set for further tests on his hamstring;

“He will have the scan on Friday and then we will know exactly what the problem is,”

Andre Ayew was not involved in full training on Thursday and faces a late fitness test.

Andy King is ineligible to play.

Arsenal:

Wenger confirms that Wilshere was out with illness on Tuesday and will have to assess him ahead of this weekend’s match against Everton;

 

“We had Jack who was sick – I still have to assess him today. I hope he will be capable of being in the squad. He’s better. He’ll train with the team today and we’ll see how he feels.”

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New man Aubameyang also needs assessing after not feeling 100% yesterday in his 1 on 1 training with Wenger, whilst Welbeck is confirmed out;

“Aubameyang was sick as well so we have to assess him today. Apart from that, Welbeck is not completely back from injury. He’s not ready.”

Wenger also confirms that Mkhitaryan is ready for his debut, but remains unsure on whether Aubameyang will also make his debut;

“Certainly Mkhitaryan will start. That’s a possibility, yes. Aubameyang, I have to assess how well he feels.”

Following this morning’s press conference, both Wilshere and Aubameyang have been pictured in training;

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Everton:

Allardyce on the arrival of Mangala from Man City;

“He’s naturally left-footed which we haven’t got apart from Leighton Baines [currently injured].”

Coleman will be assessed today. Allardyce insists he is fine after completing 90 minutes on Wednesday evening. This is Colemans first competitive appearance in over 10 months.

Allardyce provides a word on Leighton Baines’ potential return;

“It is difficult to say exactly, because there have been that many times he has been due to come back, and that has not happened. I would have thought… end of this month, with any luck. Then you have to get game time and training time.”

Liverpool:

Klopp provides an update on Lallana;

“He’s maybe available for Tottenham, and if not then he’ll have missed three games. That’s really OK but of course it’s not cool. The body needs to adapt again to the intensity.”

Klopp is pleased with how van Dijk has settled and is progressing, however he feels Liverpool won’t see the best of him until next season;

“The defending style is different to Southampton and Holland so it makes sense you get used to it.”

Klopp says Nathaniel Clyne [back] is still not training with the group despite his inclusion in the the Champions League squad.

Adam Lallana will return to training today. He most likely won’t be involved this weekend as it is better to wait until next Sunday ahead of  Liverpool’s game agaisnt Southampton.

Bournemouth:

Howe confirms Adam Smith remains sidelined, but reports aside from that and long-term absentees Mings and Defoe, that the team is ok with no fresh injury concerns;

“He sat out against Chelsea in midweek after picking up a thigh problem away at West Ham. We don’t think it’s very serious and he should be in contention very soon.

Everyone else is OK – bar the long-term absentees Tyrone Mings and Jermain DefoeWe’re pretty much as we were ahead of the Stoke City game.”

There was also an update on the progression of Defoe;

“Jermain is building up his strength and fitness and hasn’t trained with us yet. It will be great to have him back after some time away.”

Spurs:

Serge Aurier [calf] and Harry Winks [ankle] have re-joined the main group following injury. Now, Tottenham have their full squad out on the training pitches.

Lucas Moura is hoping to join the team in training on Saturday, but the game against Liverpool will come too soon.

Rose and Alderweireld are being assessed every day. They are involved in full training, but neither are ready to start just yet.

Chelsea:

 

Morata remains out. Conte is hoping the medical department can solve the problem soon;

“It is not a good situation for me or for the team.”

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Giroud is likely to feature in some way against Watford but Conte has a slightly difficult decision to make on whether he should start or come on from the bench, as he has just finished recovering from his recent hamstring injury.

Emerson has played just one game (15 minutes) since recovering from a ruptured ACL, so it’s unlikely he will be involved this weekend.

Christensen will miss the game against Watford, despite the first examination of him being “positive”.

David Luiz [ankle] is back in contention. Rudiger likely to replace Christensen [hamstring] while the Brazilian returns to the bench.

Sky Sports report that Willian could return to face Watford on Monday.

Man United:

Mourinho confirms Fellaini has a knee injury and will be out for around 2 weeks;

“It’s not an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament], it’s not a complete rupture of any structure of the knee, so we are not going as far as that. But we are probably going to lose him for a few weeks, but I cannot say exactly how long at the moment.”

He hopes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly can return at the end of the month;

“They are working on the pitch but not yet with us as a group so they are not very close to a return. I want to believe that by Champions League time, around the end of the month, they will be back.”

Crystal Palace:

Hodgson says Sako damaged ligaments in his ankle;

“He certainly won’t play again this season and may be a doubt to be fit for the start of next.”

Hodgson needs new signing Alexander Sørloth to start off positively after Bakary Sako has been confirmed out with a bad ankle injury at West Ham;

“He was a target for the whole window, so we’re happy we managed to persuade him to join. We hope he’s going to be very good.”

Roy also comments on the unfortunate and unusual nature of their current injury situation;

“Our injury situation is unusual. A lot of clubs can get a number of muscle injuries, but we’re in a situation where we’ve lost five for the season and Benteke, Zaha, and Sakho all spent at least 6 weeks out earlier in the season.”

West Ham:

“We hope Antonio will have a chance of being available. Winston Reid is coming on a bit. Jose Fonte could do with a couple of reserve games, but he’s training, and we need all the numbers we can.

“I’m hoping Jordan Hugill can have as a big an impact as Antonio and Cresswell. I think he’s ready. I think it’ll take him a bit of time to get used to his new surroundings, but he won’t let us down.”

Man City:

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Pep reports that David Silva couldn’t train on Thursday;

“He was recovering. He has a painful kick in the side. We will see today how he feels.”

Pep expects Benjamin Mendy [ACL] to rejoin the group in March.

Gabriel Jesus will be out for another month. The Brazilian was targeting a return vs FC Basel in the Champions League originally.

Newcastle:

New goalkeeper signing Dúbruvka is set to compete with Elliot and Darlow for a starting spot with Rafa giving no indication who it might be;

“Martin Dúbravka has been training normally and the goalkeepers will have chances. They have to compete. I was really pleased to see the three ‘keepers training well today.”

New striker Islam Slimani has been training on the pitch but this weekend might come too soon, with Rafa stating he needs to be checked in tomorrow’s training session;

“Islam Slimani has been working with the physio. He has a small problem with his thigh but it’s not as bad as people thought. He has been on the pitch. Will he be available? We’ll see tomorrow when we train.”

Huddersfield:

Wagner confirms that Williams, Kachunga, Stankovic and Löwe are out, but Kongolo is available;

“Danny Williams will be out with his dead leg and Chris Löwe has some slight groin problems. Kachunga and Jon Stanković are also out. Kongolo is available, he will train with us today.

Sean Scannell was back early in the window, which covered Joe Lolley leaving. Michael Hefele and Jon Stanković are back in training and we signed Kongolo so that covers Martin Cranie. I am happy with my squad.”

Watford:

A late decision will be made on the availability of Tom Cleverley ahead of Monday night’s televised fixture against Chelsea.

Javi Gracia also confirmed that Heurelho Gomes, Craig Cathcart and Younès Kaboul are not yet ready to return;

“They are not yet ready but I hope like the other players who are injured that they will be back soon. I think with the players we do have we can still do some good work.”

New signing Didier Ndong will serve the final game of a three-match suspension incurred at Sunderland, while Miguel Britos, Kiko Femenía and Will Hughes remain sidelined.

 

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