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 30
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Phil Jagielka, Funes Mori and Leighton Baines are all fit for the visit of Brighton on Saturday. Ashley Williams begins a 3-game ban following his dismissal at Turf Moor last weekend.
The Toffees are missing James McCarthy and Eliaquim Mangala who are ruled out for the remainder of the campaign. Maarten Stekelenburg is said to be close to a return following groin surgery.
Stoke are not “too bad” in terms of injuries at the moment;
“We are not too bad in terms of injuries. The only one is Mame Diouf [dislocated shoulder] from the weekend. There is no time scale on his injury at the moment.”
Lee Grant [broken wrist] remains on the sidelines.
Sean Dyche reports there are “no changes” in the injury situation.
Scott Arfield [calf] won’t be ready for this weekend’s clash with West Ham.Embed from Getty Images
Nick Pope owners might have to prepare their farewells as Tom Heaton has been pencilled in for a return after the international break. The goalkeeper has stepped up his recovery from a dislocated shoulder in recent weeks by playing in a couple of behind-closed-doors friendlies.
Jonathan Walters, Robbie Brady and Steven Defour are still long-term injuries with no return date.
In terms of injuries, it’s positive news for Brighton, Hughton reports;
“We’ve been fortunate and have good competition.”
Steve Sidwell [back and ankle] is out long-term. Skalak has returned to full training, while Schelotto is fine following his collision with Kolasinac last weekend.
Carlos Carvahal reports that there’s nothing new on the injury front.
Leon Britton felt a small problem in his back on Thursday, but the manager insists it’s “nothing serious,” and the midfielder should be able to train as normal tomorrow.
Leroy Fer, Wilfried Bony, Angel Rangel and Renato Sanches remain out with long-term injuries.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is available again after missing the match against Manchester United due to his loan agreement.
Both Wilfried Zaha and Mamadou Sakho have taken part in “modified” training sessions, and Hodgson has admitted he’ll have to evaulate whether they’re ready to play a part at Stamford Bridge.
Hodgson on Zaha’s potential involvement at the weekend;
“We will see how he feels. He will be with us tomorrow in another light session – it has been a remarkable recovery – but can’t think after two light sessions he can be the Wilfried we have seen before the injury.”
Joel Ward and Yohan Cabaye are both doubts, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ineligible for the match but is apparently progressing well in his efforts to return to action.
Scott Dann, Bakary Sako, Julian Speroni, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham remain sidelined.
Steven Davis and Maya Yoshida will not be travelling with the Saints squad to Newcastle this weekend, Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed.
Long-term absentee Charlie Austin is also making progress, but again won’t feature;
“Davo continues with his treatment. Last week he felt something more in his hamstring, so he will be unavailable for another week. Also Charlie [Austin] and Maya [Yoshida], will be the other players that are out this weekend.”
Claude Puel has confirmed that Daniel Amartey may be sidelined for a month while Shinji Okazaki is available for Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion.
“Amartey will be injured. It is a hamstring injury. Other players, like Shinji, are available and fit to come back into the squad.
[It will be] one month [for Amartey]. He can come back after this injury. There is an interesting competition in the squad and players show spirit to fight for their places.”
Winston Reid confirms on Instagram that he’s out for the remainder of the season;
David Moyes confirms he has had surgery to repair his medial collateral ligament after he was knocked unconscious and landed awkwardly at Swansea last weekend.
A decision on James Collins [tight hamstring] will be made in training today. Angelo Ogbonna [illness] is expected to return to the matchday squad. Sam Byram [ankle] is also a serious doubt for the season run-in.
Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt have been ill this week. The Baggies skipper is the biggest doubt for the game against Leicester. Both will face late fitness tests.
Saturday will come too soon for Gareth Barry [knee] and Daniel Sturridge [hamstring], James Morrison [achilles] and Nacer Chadli [thigh] are all missing.
Only Robson-Kanu is expected back for the visit of Leicester.
Toby Alderweireld [hamstring] is in the early stages of integrating in parts of First Team training – suggest a return after the international – barring another setback.
Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum are in contention for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United. All three have trained ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.
Nathaniel Clyne will not be considered as he continues to build up fitness, according to Jürgen Klopp;
“Robbo is clear. Clyney is still on a very good way, with no further injury since he has been back. Hendo, dead leg, looked OK yesterday. Gini is also on the way back and looked good. Him and Ben [Woodburn] lost one or two kilos [due to illness], but should be OK again. It was normal in training.”
Asked specifically when Clyne might be considered for a first-team return, Klopp reiterated the intention to be patient with the No.2’s rehabilitation;
“Clyney is back but has absolutely no rhythm. Why should I make changes now? Trent is doing really well. For Clyney it is very important that he can still build up, so if there is the moment when we really need him he is ready for that. That’s the situation. He is close to match fitness, of course.”
Jose Mourinho says Marouane Fellaini could be back in the squad for Saturday’s crunch Premier League clash with Liverpool.Embed from Getty Images
Mourinho also confirmed that defender Eric Bailly is fully fit after making only two substitute appearances since returning to the fold after three months out with a knee injury.
“It’s basically the same squad. The people injured are recovering step by step and a few of them are very, very close to a return – but not yet. We are fine, we have a squad ready for everything. The number we choose – 23 – was to protect them and we are coping with that.”
Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Ander Herrera remain out for United.
Conte confirms N’Golo Kante is back;
“He trained the whole week, he is okay.”
David Luiz [ankle] remains out while Ross Barkley [hamstring] has suffered a setback in training. Conte says he has a “couple of other situations” to check on between now and the match.
Olivier Giroud is in “good physical condition” while Alvaro Morata is still working his way back to full fitness after a “strange injury” to his back. Both players are in the managers thinking.
Third-choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot is not available while Jesus Gamez is still recovering from ankle surgery. Benitez will make a late call on Jonjo Shelvey [knee and groin] who has trained this week.
Islam Slimani is doing better;
“He is improving, but we have to see if he can be ready for Huddersfield.”
Rafa confirms he will take his squad to Spain for 4-days during the their enforced break. Newcastle don’t play for another three weeks after Southampton.
Wagner had updates about Aaron Mooy, Elias Kachunga and Terence Kongolo ahead of their match against Swansea;
“Aaron Mooy [knee laceration] has been in full training this week as has Elias Kachunga [MCL knee] although he won’t be ready for this weekend. Terence Kongolo picked up a knock against Tottenham which will keep him out until after the international break.”
Michael Hefele has undergone a second surgical procedure on his Achilles which is likely to mean between 6-8 weeks on the sidelines. Sean Scannell is still out due to a shoulder injury.
Pep reports that “some of the players are better”, but only named Fernandinho. Pep has “one or two training sessions” to decide on their involvement at Stoke;
“We are going to decide on Sunday. The players are off today, so I don’t know the exact situation.”
Fabian Delph is “like this, like that” [50/50].
Unless there have been any complications since, which would have been reported by Pep in the conference, Raheem Sterling can be expected to feature against Stoke on Monday with him having returned to first-team training on Monday 5th March.
Wenger reports that Sead Kolašinac [ankle] and Callum Chambers [cramps] both have problems, but both have a chance for Sunday’s game against Watford;
“Sead Kolasinac has an ankle problem, but we don’t rule him out for Sunday yet. Calum Chambers had cramps, because he played in a position which he is not used to for a centre back. He should be OK though.”
Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette however, won’t be available for the weekend;
“Nacho Monreal is on a good way, he could be available again for next Thursday. Hector Bellerin we don’t know yet, we have to see. He is not available for the weekend though.
Alexandre Lacazette has his first run today, but won’t be back until after the international break.”
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed that Jordon Ibe, Marc Pugh and Ryan Fraser could miss Sunday’s match with Tottenham Hotspur. The trio of wingers have picked up knocks and will be monitored ahead of the Vitality Stadium clash.
Howe also reports that Jermain Defoe is in his mind for selection against his former club;
“We have a couple of concerns. I think Marc Pugh will miss the game, but we also have problems with Jordon Ibe and Ryan Fraser. We’ll check them close to the game, maybe we’ll have a better idea on if they’ll make it the day before the game. They are doubts before the game.
Jermain has looked good since he’s returned from his ankle injury, he made a difference in the Newcastle game and he’s certainly in my mind for selection.”
Callum Wilson owners will be hoping that Howe goes with two up front and drops Josh King, rather than dropping Wilson to get Defoe back in the starting 11. With no goals or assists in his last 4 PL games however, it’s not an ideal situation for owners.
José Holebas has recovered sufficiently from the knock sustained against West Brom to be available for this weekend’s trip to the Emirates Stadium;
“Holebas is okay. He trained for two days away from the team and two days with the team. He will train tomorrow and I think he will be fit for the next match.”
Gracia also confirms that Kiko Femenía should also return to the Hornets’ matchday squad after missing the West Brom game due to sickness.
In further good news, Craig Cathcart has trained with the first-team this week as he steps up his return from a knee injury, however Sunday’s game will come too soon for the Northern Ireland international.
Asked about Tom Cleverley’s progress, Gracia said:
“At the moment he’s doing some light training away from the team. We will see in the next weeks if it is possible he can come back with the team.”
Christian Kabasele, Gerard Deulofeu, Younès Kaboul, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tommie Hoban and Molla Wagué remain absent for the Hornets.