Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 28

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 28

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Man United:

Mourinho says Herrera may have picked up a long term injury to add to their list of injury woes;

“The way he was playing, he showed the intensity that is only possible when you are fit. He pressed a lot, really high. Then it was a back-heel that created a contraction in the muscular area where he had the previous problem.

Herrera had a small injury that stopped him for the last couple of matches but the medical team said he was 100 per cent ready for the last Saturday. It didn’t look like he was fully fit.

I don’t know how long for – two, three, four, five, six weeks – I don’t know, but a few weeks for sure.”

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Fellaini, Ibrahimovic, Blind, Rojo and Jones remain in the United treatment room.

Huddersfield:

Laurent Depoitre has returned to training and Chris Lowe should be back with the group on Friday. Elias Kachunga [knee] and Aaron Mooy [knee] are confirmed out.

David Wagner is hoping Aaron Mooy will be back for the game at Tottenham, taking place in GW29, following a deep cut in his knee which became infected. Mooy is targeting a return to training by the middle of next week.

Alex Pritchard will be involved after missing the FA Cup tie versus Man United;

“Now it’s up-to him, with our support, to show comparable performances away from home. We know he is a very good player and a big talent with the desire to improve.”

Michael Hefele returns following illness.

Sean Scannell [shoulder] remains on the sidelines.

Stoke:

Paul Lambert says Stoke have one or two small knocks, which will be checked ahead of the game at Leicester, but remained quiet on specific names;

“If they don’t come through we have a big enough squad to deal with it.”

Peter Crouch hasn’t recovered from an ankle injury. This weekend also comes too soon for Stephen Ireland who is struggling due to an ongoing calf complaint.

Bruno Martins Indi returns to the Stoke squad.

Swansea:

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Alfie Mawson will be available for Swansea. The defender was a late withdrawal last weekend after his knee locked during the warm-up.

Leon Britton [groin] will not take part in their clash against Brighton.

Leroy Fer [Achilles], Angel Rangel [groin] and Wilfried Bony [knee] miss out after all undergoing surgery. Renato Sanches [hamstring] will not play either.

West Brom:

Jake Livermore and Robson-Kanu [hamstring] are back in contention.

Kieran Gibbs, who has recovered from illness, is also in contention to play.

Chadli, Morrison and Sturridge are set to miss out this weekend.

Southampton:

Sofiane Boufal has trained all week and should be fit for the game at Turf Moor, but Shane Long and Steven Davis remain in the Southampton treatment room.

Pellegrino confirms Maya Yoshida will be sidelined for at least a month.

Bournemouth:

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Eddie Howe confirms Jermain Defoe is “not too far away” following his return to full training this week, but replied cheekily with his response to questions asking if he’d feature this weekend;

“It’s a big lift for everyone to get Jermain back. He’s trained and I’m pleased with what we’ve seen, he’s a natural goalscorer. Will he be in the 18? You’ll find out tomorrow!”

On the general state of the team;

“We’re in pretty good shape ahead of the game on Saturday. We’ve picked up a couple of knocks in the two week window since our last game.”

Tyrone Mings is still out long-term and won’t feature. He’s currently abroad working hard on a return.

Brighton:

Hughton confirms Tim Krul will return to the Seagulls bench on Saturday. The goalkeeper was forced off in the FA Cup weekend due to a neck injury.

Steve Sidwell [ankle] and Jiri Skalak [ankle] are the only players missing through injury for Brighton this week.

Leicester:

Wes Morgan is back in contention after returning from a hamstring strain. The captain came through the FA Cup tie versus Sheff United unscathed.

Shinji Okazaki is expected to rejoin the group in training from next week.

Burnley:

Chris Wood and Dean Marney [both knee] could play after playing behind closed doors this week.

Scott Arfield is a doubt due to a calf injury.

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Tom Heaton also played 90 minutes in a friendly game this week, but Sean Dyche said the goalkeeper is still multiple games away from being considered for a return to the Burnley squad, halting any transfer action on Nick Pope for the time being.

Jon Walters, Robbie Brady and Steve Defour [all knee] remain on the sidelines. Phil Bardsley [hamstring] may play this weekend after returning to training.

James Tarkowski has “a chance” of returning against the Saints after missing three games with a groin problem.

Watford:

Gomes, Britos, Will Hughes and Femenía returned to full training during the two-week break between games and the four players are being considered for selection;

“All of them [Gomes, Britos, Will Hughes and Femenía] have the possibility to come back. The team need them. Tomorrow we will decide. It is possible they will be available to participate in the match. They are not 100% but they trained with the team.”

The boss also said Okaka is available for selection and that Deeney is fitter than he was against West Ham, where he was hindered by an ankle problem.

Kaboul, Kabasele, Cleverley and Chalobah remain sidelined and will not play this weekend.

Gracia is unsure whether Nathaniel Chalobah will play again this season;

“He is injured and he will be injured for a long period. I am concentrating more on the players who will be able to come back in the next days or weeks. I don’t know how long he will be out for.”

Arsenal:

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Wenger says Aaron Ramsey “looks to be available” but the Welshman faces a fitness test today. 

Mesut Özil trained well on Thursday and should be okay.

No injuries from the Europa League game. Wenger will have a better idea of his squad after the players have been fully assessed.

Everton:

Allardyce has heaped praise on Niasse;

“His position at Everton has never been as good as it is at the moment. He has made it difficult for me to replace him.”

A serious knee injury rules Eliaquim Mangala out and Seamus Coleman looks to be ruled out too;

“It looks like Seamus Coleman will be struggling as well.”

Leighton Baines has a chance of being in the matchday squad versus Watford.

Morgan Schneiderlin missed the warm-weather training camp in Dubai because he had to attend a family matter in France.

Allardyce isn’t able to confirm at this stage if the knee injury sustained by Mangala will end his season however;

“It can be 8, 10 or 12 weeks. Each person has a different healing process. We shouldn’t put a figure on it.”

Funes Mori will play for the U23s this week, but then, the Toffees defender will be back in contention for the first-team.

Spurs: 

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Pochettino had the following to say on it;

“Toby yesterday couldn’t finish the training session. He suffered a small incident in the same leg. We’ll assess today and tomorrow & see if he’s available for training & if it’s possible for him to be selected this w/e. But I think & hope it’s not a big issue.”

West Ham:

Moyes reports good news on the team fitness front;

“It’s good news, we’ve got a lot of players back training. We’re without the long termers Carroll, Obiang, and Fernandes, but in the main, we’re close to getting the players back. 

Reid is also back in the squad.”

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Manuel Lanzini is back in business;

“Lanzini is back in training, he’s running around and hopefully that’s him fit for the rest of the season.”

Jose Fonte is said to be on the brink of leaving the club, with Moyes reporting the following on the matter;

“I can confirm that he is close to going to China. He wants to get into the Portuguese squad for the World Cup and I wish him good luck. He’s a good professional.”

Newcastle: 

Islam Slimani could be facing up to 2 weeks out after suffering a set back;

“Slimani had a set back so he will not be available and will be (out for) at least a couple of weeks. He had an injury when he came, a set back in training and we will have to deal with that.”

Aside from the longer-term Jesus Gamez (due ankle surgery) and Slimani, Rafa reports that Newcastle have a fully fit squad, after Cieran Clark returns after recovering from a knee injury.

Chelsea: 

Conte reports that David Luiz, Bakayoko and Barkley remain out for Sunday’s game, but reports no other injury worries.

Conte says Andreas Christensen has been excellent this season and adds he can be a defender for Chelsea for many years, and a future captain, too – I’m betting not many FPL managers think of him this fondly.

Manchester City: 

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Pep had some potentially worrying news for Raheem Sterling owners;

“Raz has a muscle problem. He had it against Basel. I don’t know if he will be ready.”

Managers must remember with regard to this, that they don’t play their GW28 fixture against Arsenal until Thursday – they play Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final on the weekend. Pep’s response is in regard to the final, not the Premier League match on Thursday.

In terms of the rest of the squad, Pep reports good news, including an update on Gabriel Jesus; 

“Everyone is okay. We will see about Gabriel tomorrow. He made the third training session and every day he is better.”

 Liverpool: 

Klopp reports the teams fitness is good and that he should have a fully fit squad to choose from against West Ham;

“Little things always; little stomach [problem] here and there, but should be OK. Nobody said today to me that they are still out, but we had one or two players with little issues. Stomach-wise, they should be OK, hopefully. Nobody is a real doubt in the moment, no.”

Crystal Palace:

Hodgson states that things aren’t much better on the injury front at Palace;

“No returns, but a few more out. We have 12 players out now, 6 or 7 of them first team regulars. Schlupp, Kelly and maybe Ward could be back in the next week or two.”

However, Wilfried Zaha is recovering well, but is still potentially a few weeks off a return;

“Wilf is progressing well, but is still weeks away. It looks as if he’s much further forward in his recovery than he medically should be at this point. Great credit to the medical team and Wilf himself.”

Mamadou Sakho is still out with a calf injury, with Hodgson keen not to push it;

“Mama’s still feeling this calf injury, so we’ll have to wait and see. We have to wait for him to let us know when he’s ready.”

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