Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 27

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 27

First of all, 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.

As usual, feel free to give myself (FPL Connect) or our writer (FPL_Aussie) a tweet if you find there are any problems with this article.

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

Arsenal:

Wenger reveals Petr Cech [calf] hasn’t been involved, but still has a chance of making the North London Derby;

“I don’t know if he will be available.”

Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck are back in full training – both are in contention for the North London derby. Petr Cech hasn’t been involved, but “still has a chance” of making the game.

Spurs:

Pochettino won’t be drawn on whether Toby Alderweireld will feature in the North London derby following his involvement against Newport [FA Cup].

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Lucas Moura is in contention to face Arsenal;

“I think he will be ready, maybe to be in contention for Saturday. He is doing well, training so hard and I think we need to assess him tomorrow (Friday), but after the last training session tomorrow, I hope that he is still doing well and we can put him in contention.”

Burnley:

Matt Lowton is set for a recall after Dyche confirms that Phil Bardsley [hamstring] will miss the game against Swansea.

Stephen Ward returns to the squad following his run in the U23s and will be included in the squad, although he lacks match-fitness;

“If we need him, he’s available.”

Tom Heaton is back in full training, although there is no date set on his return to the squad.

James Tarkowski [groin], Chris Wood and Dean Marney [both knee] “are going well.”

Crystal Palace:

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Hodgson confirms Wilfried Zaha will miss the game after picking up a first half knee injury against Newcastle;

“It’s amazing Wilf was able to play so much of the game. He’s a very quick healer and we’ll be working to get him back as soon as possible. Won’t play vs Everton though.”

Hodgson said it would be “great” if Zaha could recover in a week or two, but realistically the winger is expected to miss around a month;

“It’s not certain. He’ll be pushing the medical staff to come back as soon as possible.”

New signing Alexander Sørloth is ready to play and will be involved in the squad again this weekend. Hodgson may consider 4-4-2, alongside Benteke, in the absence of Zaha.

Martin Kelly is ruled out of the trip to Goodison;

“We don’t know [how long he’ll be out], the doctors won’t put timescales on. I think they’re working hard to get Martin fit for the Tottenham game and it’s certainly not out of the question.”

Leicester:

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Riyad Mahrez is set to train with his Leicester City teammates for the first time since his proposed January move to Manchester City fell through. Puel said in Thursdays press-conference that the winger would not be available this weekend however;

“I hope Riyad can get his head right and to come back with us. The best way is to come back and enjoy his football,” 

A knee injury is expected to keep Shinji Okazaki out for around two weeks. Meanwhile, captain Wes Morgan [hamstring] isn’t match fit;

“He [Okazaki] received a kick on his knee and I think he won’t be available for two weeks.”

Stoke:

Lambert confirms the Stoke squad isn’t “too bad” in terms of injuries at the moment.

Jese Rodriguez will be “back in contention” after he played in the U23s match on Monday.

Lambert heaps praise on new signing Badou Ndiaye who was “excellent” on his debut last weekend;

“For a lad who had only come in on the Friday and not really knowing his teammates, he was first class.”

Brighton:

Chris Hughton confirms new signing Jurgen Locadia has recovered from a hamstring strain and he will be in the squad for this weekend’s game at Stoke.

Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak [both ankle] remain out for the Seagulls.

“Everyone else is fine.”

Swansea: 

Carvalhal says Andy King and Andre Ayew are training very well;

“They are very good players and they can be involved for the first time [on Saturday].”

On the nature of the squads general fitness, Carlos had the following to say;

Sanches [hamstring] is out medium term [around a month]. Britton [groin] will have an injection and [should] be training [with the squad] soon. Rangel has a similar problem which may require surgery.”

Leroy Fer is scheduled for surgery on his ruptured achilles today and Wilfried Bony [ACL] has been pencilled in for next week.

West Ham:

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Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio have returned to training this week, whilst Winston Reid has fallen ill;

“We’re getting people back and closer to fitness. Michail [Antonio] and Marko [Arnautovic] have done a bit of training this week. Hopefully we’re getting closer to getting those players back. Winston Reid has had a bit of a throat infection.”

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Moyes on whether new signing Patrice Evra could feature this weekend;

“There is a chance he can feature this weekend. He’s not far away. He played in November for Marseille and has been training, so sometimes getting players in as quickly as possible is the best thing you can do.”

Pedro Obiang likely to miss the remainder of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery;

“Hopefully it won’t be the whole season, but he’s had a repair to his medial ligament. We might get him back before the end, but probably not.”

Everton:

Allardyce says the injury situation is the best it’s been since he arrived at the club;

“The injury situation is definitely the best since I’ve been here. Stekelenburg [groin surgery] is almost training and Leighton Baines is running and we would expect by Watford he will be clear of the injuries. James McCarthy is out long term but there are less than a handful of others out.”

Manchester City: 

Guardiola says he would like to rest Sergio Agüero, “but he’s the only striker we have”.

Gabriel Jesus is closing in on a return and will be back soon, as is Leroy Sané;

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Pep says it could be a few weeks before Leroy Sané [ankle] is back. He doesn’t expect to see the winger in action before the UCL tie against FC Basel.

David Silva remains out whilst Pep confirms John Stones is back available for the game against Leicester.

Bournemouth:

Steve Cook [hamstring] has a chance for the game at Huddersfield while Howe also confirmed Adam Smith [thigh] isn’t too far away;

“At this moment [both players] are in contention for Sunday, we have a couple of training sessions to go before the game so we’ll see where both are at.”

Man United:

Mourinho reports no fresh injury concerns for United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is training with the first-team, but Mourinho confirms the striker is not yet ready for a return to action.

Eric Bailly remains unavailable, while Phil Jones has recovered from illness.

No Daley Blind [ankle] this weekend. Mourinho confirms the defender will miss the game at Newcastle.

Huddersfield:

Tommy Smith suffered concussion at Birmingham midweek and won’t be available for selection.

Christopher Schindler and Laurent Depoitre [both foot] are doubts, whilst Danny Williams is available again;

“They’re back on the grass but we will have to make the final decision tomorrow. Danny Williams [hip] is back with the squad.”

David Wagner will hopefully have Elias Kachunga [MCL knee] available again in March.

Liverpool:

Jurgen Klopp says Adam Lallana is an option for Sunday. The Liverpool midfielder was sent-off for the development side this week, but his 3-game ban only covers ‘Premier League 2’ matches.

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Ragnar Klavan has trained the last 2 days, while Joe Gomez started running outside;

“He [Gomez] was running outside but not with the team but that means he’s close. I don’t think he has a chance for Sunday if they don’t come in and say the running was good! We can have him this afternoon as well but then Porto, there’s a chance. We will see.”

Alberto Moreno has returned to training after picking up a knock. Klopp had been keen to involve the full-back on Monday [with the U23s].

Newcastle:

Rafa reports that Islam Slimani took part in some training, but Sunday’s match comes too soon for Jesus Gamez;

“Islam did part of the training and we will see how he is tomorrow. We have Jesus Gamez getting better but it is too soon for him.”

Southampton: 

Mauricio Pellegrino confirms there are no new injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s game with Liverpool. Charlie Austin [hamstring] remains a long-term absentee.

West Brom:

Pardew has his say on the charge on Jay Rodriguez for alleged racial abused toward Brighton defender Bong;

“It’s a situation that isn’t ideal for Jay. He denies the allegations and as a club we will support him. He’s upset about it. Hopefully he can concentrate on his football and not worry too much about that situation.”

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Pardew is hoping to have Kieran Gibbs, Jonny Evans and Grzegorz Krychowiak back for the Chelsea game.

Chelsea:

No fresh injury concerns for Chelsea, who don’t play until Monday.

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Conte confirms those that out of the players currently sidelined, [Marcos Alonso / Andreas Christensen / Pedro] will be “assessed over the next two days.”

Alvaro Morata is not available for Monday and Conte does not know how long his recovery – from a persistent back problem – will take. Olivier Giroud is in contention for the game.

Conte admits he is a “bit worried” about Morata’s ongoing back problem;

“We are facing a serious situation. [Important] players are missing for a long time. We are trying to find a solution to solve the pain.”

 Watford:

Miguel Britos is back in training, although this the weekend will come too early for the Uruguayan, who has been out since the away game with Newcastle in December.

Britos joins Christian Kabasele, Craig Cathcart, Younes Kaboul, Tom Cleverley, Heurelho Gomes, Will Hughes, Kiko Feminia, Jerome Sinclair and Nathaniel Chalobah on the list of players unavailable to Javi Gracia;

“I think we are in the same situation as the last game.”

Gracia hopes some players can complete a session with the team soon;

“In the next sessions, maybe other players come back. I hope Kiko, Hughes and Gomes is training next week maybe.”

Troy Deeney had to be monitored this week after picking up a slight ankle problem;

“He had a problem with his ankle this week and today he trains with the team.”

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