Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Double Gameweek 34

In the latest of our weekly series, we’ll be bringing you the important news from every Premier League press conference that impacts your Fantasy Premier League team selection for the upcoming Double Gameweek 34

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Thanks for reading everyone and all the best for Double Gameweek 34 – we hope to see plenty of triple-figure scores!


Elias Kachunga [ankle] and Danny Williams [ankle] are both ruled out for the season. Hefele will not be able to play this weekend either [knee].

Stankovic is ready and is available to play this weekend.

Midfielder, Jonathan Hogg, returned to full training on Wednesday and comes into contention to play this weekend.


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Sean Dyche confirms that Ben Mee may miss several weeks with a shin injury, leaving Kevin Long (£4.0m) a prime option for any managers who haven’t already committed to a Burnley defender;

“It could possibly be a number of weeks to let it settle down, which is a shame as he’s had such a good season. It’s basically a deep bone bruise, which he has had before on the other shin.”

Scott Arfield and Nkoudo are both doubtful for the weekend, but there’s better news on Gudmundsson, who comes back into the thinking for their match against Liverpool having been involved in first team training in the week.

Jon Walters [knee] is also a doubt for this week.


Carlos Carvalhal is “optimistic” that Clucas and defender Mike van der Hoorn will be back to face the Blues. There were concerns over van der Hoorn, with fear that he may face a spell out after he came off with a shoulder problem at West Brom last weekend;

“Mike came back into training yesterday with some limitations, but today he trained normally. Clucas got a kick and didn’t train today. He didn’t train as a precaution and we must wait to see, but we expect he can recover.”

Angel Rangel may play having returned to training at the end of last week after groin surgery;

“Angel is back training normally and now it’s just about his physical condition improving,”

Renato Sanches will not play, as he continues his rehabilitation after suffering a hamstring injury.


Kieran Trippier will return to the main squad after he was rested last week due to fatigue;

“He was overloaded and was a little bit tired. He’s okay, he’s fit and everything but if in this type of situation, we can look to avoid taking risks.”

Scans confirm that Danny Rose has suffered a minor calf injury. He could be available for Tuesday, but it depends on how he responds to the specific treatment.

Toby Alderweireld needs to wait for his time to come:

“I am sure he is going to play before the end of the season. He is doing well, training, he just needs to wait for his opportunity.”

Pochettino confirms Harry Winks is in Qatar, due to rehabilitation after suffering an injury to his ankle;

“We will see what happens. We hope after that period he can come back fixing his problem and try again to be in the group training. Yes, of course, we are a little bit concerned about his situation.”

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In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Harry Kane responded with the following after being asked if he could catch Mohammed Salah in the golden boot race;

“We will see. He has done great, he has had an amazing season and has gone ahead, so we will see. Because we are battling against Liverpool for the top four as well it’s a bit of excitement. He scores four, let’s see what I can come back with. Whatever happens at the end of the season both of us will have had good seasons and we both enjoy it. It’s just the competition and trying to win, that’s what I enjoy.” 


Younès Kaboul is back in training but not yet ready for a return. Christian Kabasele is also in full training and closer to a comeback.

Nathaniel Chalobah and Gerard Deulofeu are training away from the team but progressing well in their rehabilitation, while Tom Cleverley is also working individually, but is further behind in his recovery.

“There were a lot of injured players when I arrived and now I have more options to choose from, and I think it’s the best news for the team because every player competes to play in the next game.”

Gracia was asked whether Kabasele and the recently returned Craig Cathcart are available to start in defence against Huddersfield on Saturday and his response was;

“It’s a possibility. Both are in full training so then I have to make a decision and see if it’s the best moment for them to play, what the team needs in this moment and try to balance and make a good decision.”


Attacker, Anthony Knockaert returns after his ban but Davy Propper begins a 3-match suspension.

“Apart from that [Knockaert back, Propper suspended], with one in and one out, there are no other injuries. We’re in good shape at the moment.”

This is excluding Steve Sidwell, who is out with a long-term injury.


No fresh injury concerns for Southampton ahead of their game against Chelsea.

Hughes confirms Steven Davis is the Saints’ only expected injury absentee on Saturday;

“He had a late fitness test on the Saturday but unfortunately he hasn’t progressed at any kind of rate so he hasn’t been back with the group yet.”

Starting this week, Jack Stephens begins his three-game suspension. Long [ankle] and Lemina [illness] should recover in time for their next game;

“Shane (Long) is okay, even if he hasn’t been with the group until today. If he doesn’t get a reaction later on and trains well tomorrow then he’ll be in the squad.”

Crystal Palace:

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Christian Benteke and Alexander Sørloth have returned to training and may be avaialable to play this weekend;

“Alexander Sørloth trained for the first time today and came through the session well whilst Christian Benteke has made enormous progress. He joined in the initial part of our session before going back to our sports science staff to make 100% certain it is not going to be too early to get back to action. If he can train tomorrow, as we hope he will, then he will be available.”

The manager also gave news on Jeffrey Schlupp;

“Schlupp won’t be out for too much longer. He is closer than he should be after the nasty injury he picked up at Huddersfield Town. There were thoughts that it might take as long as eight weeks to recover but its now only 4-5 since we played that game and he is already showing signs of being back on the field with us soon but I’m in the hands of the medical people.”

Stoke City:

Lambert doesn’t respond to questions regarding Berahino and Jese after reports that the two players failed to turn up to training;

“Sorry, but today I only want to talk about players in my squad.”

Charlie Adam is suspended while Choupo-Moting [groin] is still not ready. Stafylidis [ribs] and Lee Grant [wrist] are both expected to miss out again.

West Brom:

Daniel Sturridge is set for a return to action ahead of their match against Manchester United, whilst Sam Field and Nacer Chadli both stepped up their recoveries and are bidding for returns this weekend;

“Daniel, Nacer and Sam are now back in training which is excellent for us. We’re delighted to have them back. We’ll see how they train over the next few days. It’s possible that they could be part of the squad.”

Hal Robson-Kanu [concussion] is in contention to play next weekend whilst teammate Jonny Evans [knee] continues to progress from the injury that kept him out of the Swansea game.


Eddie Howe has confirmed that Adam Smith will miss out on the weekend’s Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield.

Apart from Junior Stanislas and Tyrone Mings, who will both likely miss the rest of the season, though Mings has a better chance than Stanislas, Bournemouth have a fully fit squad to choose from after Jordan Ibe returned from illness;

“Adam smith will definitely miss out, as will Junior Stanislas. We’re obviously missing Junior for the remainder of the season.

Adam is making good progress and we’re continuing to monitor his progress to see where he’s at. We’re hopeful that we’ll see him before end of season.”

Manchester City: 

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Ashley Young’s challenge in the derby aggravated Sergio Agüero’s knee injury and the Argentine will not feature this weekend, nor will Benjamin Mendy, John Stones or Fernandinho [suspended];

“Agüero is injured, Mendy is out, John Stones is not ready and Fernandinho is suspended. He [Agüero] made huge effort on Tuesday but couldn’t play from the beginning.”


Big Sam confirms that Idrissa Gueye will be fit to face Swansea on Saturday. Phil Jagielka has been receiving treatment, but should be available.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is “touch and go” whether he’ll able to play again before the end of the season.

Allardyce insists there is no problem with Wayne Rooney following his angry reaction at being withdrawn early in the second half (57th minute) in the Merseyside derby.


Antonio Conte confirms there is no new injury news to report.

He goes on to mention that Andreas Christensen is;

“still a young player who is playing at this level for the first time, so it’s understandable that he could be tired”

When asked about Danny Drinkwater, Conte says he’s having an “unlucky season” due to injuries, but he is a good midfielder who he fully trusts.


Rafa Benitez has good news on the injury front;

“Everybody has been training, so it’s good news. It’s always important to have competition, but then you have to leave some players out of the squad.”

Speaking to the media, Rafa lays down the law in terms of squad focus;

“Forty points is the mark. We are closer than before, but still, two points will be the key and the mark we are aiming for. If any players has any doubt, I will put another player on the pitch.”


Leicester are currently without 4 of their central midfielders, following news that Vicente Iborra is likely out of for the rest of the season due to a hamstring injury;

“Iborra has a hamstring injury. I don’t think he will be available for the rest of the season. We are unlucky about our midfielders at this moment, with Vicente, James and Ndidi.” 

Daniel Amartey [hamstring] is recovering slowly. Possibility of a return next week against Crystal Palace.

This paves the way for U23s captain Hamza Choudhury (£4.4m) to make a first-team start;

“It will be a good opportunity for him. He is a good player and is confident with all his team-mates.”


Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Ragnar Klavan and Nathaniel Clyne are ruled out of Liverpool’s meeting with Bournemouth on Saturday due to injury.

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But the German expects Roberto Firmino to be available after the striker felt discomfort in his neck earlier in the week;

“It’s quite difficult at the moment, we must wait pretty much [every] five minutes for some news. At the moment it looks OK. Unfortunately, I think, not 100 per cent sure, that Raggy felt a little something muscle-wise. And Clyney is, probably, out. He felt an injury in training the day after the game.

Bobby had a little [issue] with his neck but should be OK, I think.”

Klopp has ‘a little bit of hope’ of Adam Lallana and Emre Can returning to action this season, but no risks will be taken with the fitness of both. Joel Matip however, will certainly miss the rest of the season;

“It will be close. He [Lallana] can come back again, no rush though, because it makes no sense, but if Adam is available then we will see. How I said, I don’t want to close the door for the season, how can I? 

It’s not good. Joel Matip is for sure out – I saw him walking around here and he will not come back [this season], but with the other two [Lallana and Emre Can] there is at least a little bit of hope.”

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When asked about his selection going forward, Klopp has insisted that Bournemouth’s quality will be his sole concern when he selects the team;

“Who is available is available and will play. It’s a longer part of the week we had now from Tuesday to Saturday, that’s good, it’s not Wednesday then Saturday at 12.30pm – that’s a big difference.

We have to make a completely normal line-up and if somebody expects that from now on we make these kind of selections because I have always Roma in the background – or even Kiev – then that would make my life really difficult because the only way to go and win football games is to be completely focused on what you are doing.”

Manchester United:

Mourinho, aside from Sergio Romero, reports a clean bill of health for United;

“Everyone is perfect, apart from Romero. All the few players [who were injured] are ready to play.”

Mourinho talks about how he battles complacency within the squad, following an excellent derby day win that puts them firmly in the driving seat to finish in second place;

“I am not complacent, because I have been working really hard, trying to build motivational sessions with new exercises, with things that could motivate the players. I’ve tried to raise the levels of training.”

West Ham: 

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Moyes has been handed a triple boost, with Andy Carroll, James Collins and Manuel Lanzini all potentially fit to face Stoke City on Monday evening;

“Andy is back in training. We got him back at the start of the week and we will keep monitoring him. He’s trained for a few days, so we’ll see how he is. He’s obviously not played for eleven weeks, and I’ve got that in my mind as well. He’s chomping at the bit, but that’s the same for the other players we’ve had out like Manuel Lanzini and James Collins who have only been out for four or five weeks.

If we get Andy back it’s a big plus to us, as we know what he can do and how good he can be and what he can give us. The quicker we can get him back the better but is he going to be ready? I’m not sure yet.”

Moyes was also asked if he could be tempted to hand Chicharito a start alongside Marko Arnautovic, after the Mexican scored West Ham’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea last weekend;

“It’s great that we have competition, as it’s not something we’ve had an awful lot of, so it’s good to have competition for places, options and choices. We’ve played them in games together where it’s not been so good and games together when they have been good, so we’ll make our decision and decide if this is a game for both of them or one of them.”

West Ham will definitely be without the injured Michail Antonio (hamstring), Pedro Obiang (knee), Sam Byram (ankle) and Winston Reid (knee).


Due to their travelling back from Moscow, Arsenal haven’t had a press conference, but updates will be provided as and when they become available (subject to the 11:30am deadline tomorrow).

One last word before you go! 

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