Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 32

In the latest of our weekly series, I’ll be bringing you the important news from every Premier League press conference that impacts your Fantasy Premier League team selection for the upcoming gameweek 32

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Thanks for reading everyone (and Alex) and all the best for gameweek 32!

Arsenal:

Wenger reports that Lacazette, Ramsey and Wilshere have all been involved in full training, while the club also confirm that Kolasinac did not injure his knee on international duty and is therefore available for the visit of Stoke on Sunday.

Jack Wilshere is fine, and has been training well.

“Jack trained yesterday so he’s OK. Everybody else has come back as far as we’re aware. We’ll find out a bit more this morning, but Jack was OK yesterday.”

Alexandre trained yesterday, and may be involved this weekend.

“That, I don’t know.  He trained yesterday but whether he’ll be involved at the weekend or not, I’m not entirely sure.

It’s important for him to have as much training and match time as we give him. I’m not entirely sure [whether he’ll be involved on Sunday], so I can’t give you an answer. Sorry!”

The Arsenal team won’t get rotated heavily in preparation for their Europa league games. 

“I don’t think so, no. I think we’ll be playing our best team at the best times to suit. We need to win games, we want to win games. We’ll be as strong as we can at most times.”

Tottenham:

Harry Winks (ankle) is undergoing further investigation and a period of rehabilitation.

Harry Kane (ankle) is continuing to step up rehabilitation.

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Pochettino on Kane:

“He is doing very well. Every day he is improving. We need to assess him, it is still a few days until the game. I think it is difficult now to say yes or no. If not this weekend, maybe next but the most important is we are so positive about his recovery.”

Huddersfield:

Here’s what David Wagner had to say about their the state of their teams fitness:

Aaron Mooy and Philip Billing are back on the grass today with the fitness coaches and will be back with the group tomorrow; they’re both in contention for Saturday.”

Kongolo Terence has been back in training since the international break; he is in contention as well. It’s a big boost for all of us because he played very well before his injury.”

“Injury wise we are in a good place. Only Michael Hefele and Danny Williams are out until the end of the season. Jon Stanković is now in competition for a squad place.”

Burnley:

Here’s what Dyche said on Burnley’s keeper situation:

Heaton is really close now, but I want to be in that position where I have to make a choice.”

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Gudmundsson is expected to be okay after picking up a minor knock. He trained with the squad as normal.

Leicester:

Puel reports that Kelechi Iheanacho has broken his hand;

“Iheanacho has a broken hand. We will see if he can play with this injury. He fell, but it’s not a bad injury.”

A heel injury also rules Matty James out of the game.

Apart from these two, there are no other injury concerns for the Leicester team.

Crystal Palace:

There are many injury doubts for Crystal Palace ahead of their clash against Liverpool.

Here’s what Hodgson had to say:

“We were very disappointed to lose Jeffrey Schlupp in the last game, as he was out for a long time after the Brighton injury and did so well to get back so we are disappointed to lose him again.

We still have have doubts on James Tomkins and Alexander Sorloth, so will check them tomorrow but they are very much doubts. Luckily all others reported back. 

Zaha hasn’t been training to any great extent as we’re nursing his knee problem that he has. We will have a look at him tomorrow and hope the knee will be ok but we’ve had to be very cautious after the Huddersfield Town game as he came back from injury much earlier than he should have done.”

Connor Wickham made his first start for the Under 23 side but Hodgson was disappointed to see him having to leave Thursday morning’s training session early;

“Connor unfortunately today picked up a minor groin strain and we hope it is not going to be serious. It sometimes happens when you are protecting a knee when you have been out for a long time you pick up a soft tissue injury. .”

Southampton:

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Mark Hughes confirms Charlie Austin is in contention to return, ahead of their match against West Ham;

“We’re hopeful on Charlie Austin and he is very keen to be involved against West Ham. It was a significant injury and he’s done magnificently to recover.”

Ryan Bertrand and Steven Davis are also back in contention for their clash.

Brighton:

Chris Hughton gives a fitness update on his squad;

“The only doubts had been Gaetan Bong – who will be fit for this weekend. We still have to make a late decision on Dale Stephens ahead of Saturday.

We’ll be without Anthony Knockaert and Leo Ulloa this weekend. We have players like Jurgen Locadia and others who are also pushing to play and that is great for us. These are the reasons we have a strong squad.”

Watford:

Javi Gracia hopes to welcome Christian Kabasele back to full training next week;

“He has been training progressively with the team. We’ll see. Now, he’s out of the team but maybe next week Kabasele will be able to train with the team more progressively, warming up. We’ll see how the reaction of the player is.”

Craig Cathcart, will be pushing Miguel Britos, Sebastian Prödl and Adrian Mariappa for a start in their defence;

“In the next seven games we will see Craig playing with the team,”

Tom Cleverley, Younès Kaboul, Nathaniel Chalobah and Gerard Deulofeu remain out;

“Cleverley is out of the team and needs time. He’s still not fit. 

Kaboul is not in the best condition for the next game. Others like Chalobah we must wait to see when they can play. These players are working now out of the team. I wish these players can help us at the end of the season, but I can’t say anything else at this moment.”

Gracia claims the rest of the team are fit and healthy;

“We are working the same way as other weeks. The rest of the team is in good condition and a good mentality for the next game.”

Manchester City: 

John Stones picked up a concussion on International duty with England, but aside from that, Pep reports that everyone else is OK;

“Apart from John Stones who has a concussion from his last international game, everyone is ok. He feels good but the rules say he needs seven days off.”

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On another positive note, Guardiola states that Agüero is much better;

“Agüero is much much better but we will see tomorrow if he will be involved.”

Pep isn’t taking anything for granted;

“We are almost there, we are in an ideal situation but it isn’t done. Especially in this league… Goodison Park is a good ground and of course the Derby will be very very difficult and we all know how good Spurs are at Wembley so it is not done.”

Swansea:

In his interview, Carvahal confirmed there were no new injury concerns for the Swansea team, as all of the players involved on international duty have returned fit and injury-free.

Sanchez, Rangel, Fer and Bony remain on the sidelines and Jordon Ayew is still suspended.

Bournemouth: 

Lys Mousset picked up a nasty illness away with France, but Howe reports that the rest of his squad are OK for this weekend’s clash;

“Everyone has come back from international duty. The majority have come back fit which is really pleasing, and we’re delighted for the guys that did very well. There are one or two players we will have to check before the Watford game.

Lys Mousset had a nasty illness away with France and that’s why he didn’t play. Apart from that we look OK heading into the weekend, we’ve had good preparation for the game.”

Everton: 

Allardyce says Idrissa Gueye will be assessed tomorrow to see if he is fit to face Man City.

Big Sam also adds that Gylfi Sigurdsson is now walking without a brace, but no timeframe was reported.

James McCarthy, Eliaquim Mangala, Mason Holgate and Maarten Stekelenburg remain out, whilst Ashley Williams misses out through suspension.

Chelsea:

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Conte says Thibaut Courtois and Andreas Christensen will need to be assesed to find out their physical condition and whether they can play on Sunday;

“At the moment, it’s very difficult to tell you with accuracy which is my choice for Sunday. We have to check these situations first.”

He says Ross Barkley will play for their development squad on Saturday as he continues his recovery from injury.

David Luiz is out for at least another three weeks as he continues his recovery from a knee problem.

He also says Gary Cahill is an option in central defence if Christensen is not fit.

Conte also mentions that the last couple of weeks have been very important for Alvaro Morata;

“He has been working very well, and he needed to work hard. Now he is really fit and is ready to have an important end to the season for Chelsea.”

Newcastle: 

Islam Slimani could finally make his Newcastle debut this weekend;

“We had a plan (with Slimani). He had to progress and was following the plan and we were talking with the Algerian federation. The idea that he could play some minutes in the second game (for Algeria) was good. He is in the squad tomorrow.”

Elsewhere, Rafa reports that the only problem was Joselu and that Matt Richie has recovered from his niggle;

“The only player with a problem with Joselu twisting his ankle. He will be out maybe a week.

Matt Ritchie had a little problem. He had a test and is fine.”

Liverpool: 

Klopp had the following to say about the injury Joe Gomez sustained whilst on international duty for England;

“At the moment, it’s serious – and serious enough to rule him out for the next couple of games,”

Emre Can was withdrawn during the 5-0 win over Watford before the international break due to a back injury and won’t feature this weekend against Palace;

“Emre is out for the weekend. He is getting better and better and better, much better. Hopefully he can have a normal session with us on Sunday morning and then should be fine again.”

There was a positive update on Nathaniel Clyne;

“One or two games more would be nice but the situation is like it is. He has been back for a few weeks already but he has come closer and closer.”

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Andy Robertson Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominic Solanke are all fine.

West Ham:

David Moyes will welcome Arthur Masuaku and Edimilson Fernandes back into his matchday squad for Saturday’s match against Southampton.

Moyes also conceded that Manuel Lanzini will be a game-time decision after suffering a minor knee injury in Argentina’s friendly win over Italy, while James Collins is also facing a race against time to recover from the hamstring problem he suffered at Dagenham & Redbridge;

“We’ve got a problem with Lanzini, who took a knock and didn’t play in the second game for Argentina [in Spain]. He’s got a problem with his knee so we’re assessing it. He’s done a good bit of running, so we’re hoping he’s got a chance.

Ginge had a bit of a hamstring injury and we’re going to have to assess it as well. After that, people are improving. Andy Carroll is improving and getting closer to being ready to play, so we’ve got one or two coming back.

Edi Fernandes is back and Arthur is back after it seems like the eternity of his ban, but he deserved it. He’s back now. We’ve got a couple back and are getting closer to having two more back.”

West Brom:

Sam Field, Nacer Chadli, Daniel Sturridge and Gareth Barry will all miss out this weekend;

“We have a few knocks. Sam Field won’t be involved – he picked up an injury while away with England. Chadli and Sturridge will be held back and need a little bit more work. Gareth Barry still has a problem with his knee.”

Manchester United: 

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that defenders Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo have both regained full fitness and are available for this weekend’s Premier League clash against Swansea City.

The Man United boss also confirmed that Daley Blind has returned to training with the first team, but is not yet ready for this weekend’s match.

However, Sergio Romero, who was hurt on international duty during Argentina’s 6-1 defeat to Spain, will miss the Swansea match as he bids to recover from the injury.

Ashley Young also picked up a problem during the final stages of England’s game against Italy on Tuesday, but the United manager declared there was a chance he could shrug the knock off in time for the weekend;

“Apart from Daley, who is training with us, but obviously not available after a couple of months out, we recovered all the other problems we had. That includes Phil Jones, of course Marcos Rojo, who played already with Argentina, so the picture improved a lot for us in that aspect.

Romero is injured and I think he will be for a few weeks. I think in general he was lucky because it was a strong contact, a strong contusion, and he will take a little bit of time to recover.

Ashley Young had a problem in the last part of the game against Italy, but we think there is a chance for him to recover.”

Stoke: 

Paul Lambert says everyone is okay coming back from International break;

“Hopefully they will all be ok – we expect them to be because the word we have from them all right now is that they are ok.”

Mame Diouf could be in-line to make a return to Premier League action after being ruled out of the Everton fixture last time out through injury;

“Mame has been a miss for us, but he played for his country over the break so hopefully he is ok now. Obviously, we are going to have to take a look at him, just as we are with all of the other lads who have been away from the Club for a while.”

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