Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 29

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 29

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Aaron Mooy [knee] is set to miss out again;

“He is better and on the grass with the fitness coaches. He’ll rejoin the training group next week.”

Philip Billing returns after missing out last weekend due to illness, whilst long-term injury Kachunga and Stankovic will be unavailable again but are progressing well;

“Some of the longer-term injuries are getting nearer [Kachunga and Stankovic], so we’re in a better position now.”

Crystal Palace:

Martin Kelly [hamstring] and Jeffrey Schlupp [knee] have trained and Roy Hodgson is “counting” on them being available.

Wilfried Zaha is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee injury;

“But, he’s still mainly doing straight running. He’s not doing the more complicated twisting, turning and contact with other players yet.”

Fosu-Mensah is ineligible to face his parent club on Monday. Cabaye [groin] is ruled out but Tomkins is fine after he went off with “severe cramp” against Spurs.

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Loftus-Cheek is closing in on a return to action;

“The good news was that the injury which has kept him out for a long period of time – the ankle – that seems to be much better and he seems to be on the mend from that.”


Captain Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch [both ankle] have trained today. Reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant will be checked as he has a minor problem with his wrist.

Aside from that, Paul Lambert states that:

“Everyone else is okay.”


James Tarkowski [groin] has a chance of being back in the squad for the weekend.

Chris Wood may start after completing 90 minutes in a closed session this week.

Tom Heaton is “very, very close” to a return. He’s coming back into contention but is not guaranteed an instant recall given the form of Nick Pope.

With regard to the weather, the club report the following;

“In anticipation of the weekend Premier League game against Everton, the club’s contingency plan has been in operation since Monday, to clear snow both inside and within the surrounding footprint of the stadium.

The club has been liaising with local authorities and league officials and every effort is being made to ensure the match goes ahead as planned. Fans will be kept informed on a timely basis on our usual channels.” 


Shinji Okazaki rejoined the group this week following his recovery from a knee injury;

“We will see tomorrow if he can come in the squad for the next game. I will see if he is fit for the match.”

Puel reports no other injury concerns for Leicester.

The club report that their game against Bournemouth is set to go on as scheduled.


Allardyce confirms it’s “highly likely” that Mangala will miss the remainder of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery;

“His injury’s going to be a bit more length-wise than first thought.”

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Leighton Baines [calf] and Seamus Coleman [thigh] are back in the squad.

Funes Mori was expected to come in but the defender is likely to feature for the U23s again.

Allardyce is hoping McCarthy can rejoin the group for pre-season;

“It is down to the specialist and them saying if and when James can start moving forward. But the wounds haven’t even healed correctly and he is walking so that’s a good sign.”


Swansea have no new injury concerns going into the West Ham clash.

Andy King and Andre Ayew return to the squad after missing the win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Britton played for the first time in over 4 months midweek and he is progressing;

“Leon is not young anymore, so when he doesn’t play for a long time it can be difficult. But he is a fit player, he is doing well in training and is available for the next game.”

Renato Sanches [hamstring] is close to a return while Angel Rangel isn’t far behind. Leroy Fer [Achilles] and Wilfried Bony [ACL knee] are out for the season.

West Ham:

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Manuel Lanzini is “feeling good” following his return to action last weekend;

“The recovery was very smooth and I think I’m ready to train hard and am 100 per cent fit.”

“We’re okay,” says Moyes in terms of injuries;

“We’ve got a few people with knocks and bruises as all clubs, but overall we’re fine.”

Patrice Evra is fine after he sustained a gash on his shin at Anfield which required stitches.

Moyes talks about weather concerns;

“The Met Office is saying people shouldn’t travel, especially through Cardiff and down the M4. It’s a concern at the moment and I’m guessing it shouldn’t be any different for football teams and fans. I think the PL may need to look at that.”


Javi Gracia has been handed an injury boost with news that Will Hughes is in contention for the game against West Brom on Saturday;

“He is training with the team, full training. He is available for selection for the next game.”

Craig Cathcart is also on the verge of resuming full training;

“We have good news — not only bad. We are improving, we are recovering many players. We now have more options.”

Gracia thinks Gerard Deulofeu has suffered a stress fracture of the foot;

“I am optimistic he will recover as soon as possible, but I don’t know how long he will be out. It depends on many things. I think he will come back with us before we finish the season.”

Gracia did not give any returns dates for Tom Cleverley, Christian Kabasele, Nathaniel Chalobah and Younès Kaboul.


How comments all the overall state of his squad;

“Touch wood, we’re okay. We’ve still got Tyrone Mings who is long-term absentee. Everyone should be okay.”

Charlie Daniels is available as his withdrawal against Newcastle last weekend was tactical.

Jordon Ibe, is back in contention to play this weekend following a run out for the development side this week.

Tyrone Mings is expected to miss the remainder of the season as he continues his recovery from a niggling back problem.

West Brom:

Alan Pardew says he would be foolish not to make changes after last weekends disappointing home defeat to Huddersfield.

Daniel Sturridge will miss the next two matches and he hopes to be back by GW31 at Bournemouth.

Nacer Chadli is still working away from the main group;

“We need to be careful with him after he broke down the last time he came back from injury. He’ll miss the next couple of games.”


Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie have been passed fit but Jonjo Shelvey is “not available”.

The midfielder picked up a knee injury at Bournemouth and has been receiving injections for a groin problem recently.

Newcastle are waiting on the result of a scan which will help determine the extent of Shelvey’s knee injury.

Islam Slimani continues to work with the fitness coach. The forward may miss out again this weekend.


Toby Alderweireld [hamstring] continues his rehabilitation.

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Jan Vertonghen [ankle] is back with the first-team.

No other injury concerns for Pochettino.


Steve Sidwell [ankle] is the only Brighton player currently sidelined through injury after the return of Jiri Skalak this week.

The match looks set to go ahead with the club reporting that Southern Rail will be operating a full match day service.


No new injury concerns for Chelsea.

David Luiz, Bakayoko and Ampadu remain out for Cheslea.

Ross Barkley has trained this week.

Conte confirms Ross Barkley has fully recovered [hamstring] and he will be in the squad for Sunday.

Conte says Morata has to work hard to recover his “best form” after his back injury – the Chelsea foward has not scored in ten games since Boxing Day against Brighton.

Manchester United:

Fellaini is expected to play again in a “couple of weeks,” confirms Mourinho;

“If we proceed beyond Sevilla, I think he will be ready for the hypothetical quarter-final, and a hypothetical FA Cup semi-final, and the last couple of months of our Premier League fight.”

Mourinho says Ibrahimovic “doesn’t feel ready to play yet” and says that he expects this to be his last season at the club.

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Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Daley Blind will all miss out on Monday night.

Herrera is still working his way back from a hamstring strain.


Ben Woodburn and Gini Wijnaldum have been ill for over a week now;

“It’s more than a cold.”

No big injuries for Liverpool before their match against Newcastle.

Ings is available again.

Clyne will continue to build fitness with the U23s after returning from back surgery.

Henderson and Milner are both fine. Milner picked up a knock during the win over West Ham.


Wenger is hoping Jack Wilshere can train on Saturday.

If he does, then the Arsenal midfielder could come back into contention for their game against Brighton;

“We will have to analyse the players medically and see if they need rest or not. I have until Sunday to make that decision, but of course we gave a lot in the final and on Thursday night. I have to decide who I rest and who I keep going.”

Nacho Monreal [back] is still missing and may Europa League in Milan on Thursday.

Lacazette nor Santa Cazorla will feature this weekend.

Man City:

Mendy is hoping to return slightly ahead of schedule;

“When I started my recovery, I had in mind the semi-finals of the Champions League. That was my goal, but I am coming back a bit quicker than expected originally.”

Fernandinho remains sidelined with a muscle injury and Raheem Sterling, who trained on Friday, is in contention to retrurn.

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Kyle Walker picked up a knock against Arsenal and will be assessed by the medical team.

Fabian Delph serves the final match of his three-game ban.


Press conference today was cancelled due to weather and travel conditions.

Following heavy snowfall in the region, the club has been consulting with Hampshire Police, Southampton City Council, the Premier League and Stoke, and has announced that the game is set to go ahead.

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