Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 3

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 Gameweek 3

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Thanks for reading everyone and all the best for Gameweek 3 – let’s do this!

West Ham:

Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid the only players unavailable for selection for their clash this weekend. Mark Noble faces a late test to see if he can play this weekend;

“In this week, we just have the three players who will continue to be injured for a couple of months more and Mark Noble has a problem with his back that means he couldn’t work.”

Defenders Issa Diop and Aaron Cresswell are in contention to return after the pair missed out at the start of the season.

New signings, Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez are also pushing to make their first starts of the season;

“We will see, not only with Diop but we also have Cresswell that missed part of the pre-season with injury and just played 45 minutes of the last game in pre-season. We have Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez who have only been here for two weeks, so we have a good squad and it’s impossible, when all of them are fit, to play them all.”

Spurs:

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Heung-Min Son remains on international duty and Vincent Janssen could be out until Xmas after undergoing foot surgery.

According to TalkSport, Hugo Lloris has been charged with drink driving. News broke too late for Pochettino to be asked about it in his presser though (Source = Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard).

Arsenal:

On asked whether he could start with two up front, Emery said no. Aubameyang remains the favourite to start:

“At the moment, no. At the moment, I think we need to have the control with the possession, with the positioning on the pitch, with more players inside. And after this possession, to do the attacking moments and defending moments with this balance. But, it is one possibility to continue in our progress and in one moment to try also to play with two scorers.”

Laurent Koscielny has returned to the squad, but will not feature for a few months;

“He’s working very hard. First he was in France. He came back to us last Sunday. We need to be patient with him because the injury was an important injury. It’s clear that it’s very important to stay with us, working here and showing us that he wants to help us.”

Maitland-Niles will be out for 6-8 weeks after suffering a fractured fibula.

Leicester:

Leicester are in good shape, with no fresh injuries. There is also a possibility of Okazaki playing this weekend;

“There are no new injuries. We will see with Okazaki, perhaps he is match fit. We will see. We have a training session tomorrow.”

Midfielder Matty James remains injured and will not feature this weekend. Jamie Vardy also remains on the sidelines as he begins a 3 match ban.

New signing Söyüncü remains injured and is still recovering from his injury;

“Söyüncü had an injury before he came here. We will see when he can play and he can start [to regain fitness] with the Under-23s.”

Brighton:

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Brighton will be without Dunk, Andone, Bruno and Izquierdio this weekend, with the players all out due to different injuries;

“Lewis Dunk hasn’t trained this week but it’s not as bad as we first feared – Florin Andone, Bruno and Jose Izquierdo will all miss the weekend.”

Defender Leon Balogun is expected to replace Dunk and make his first PL start against Liverpool:

“He has made a good impression from the first day, he’s played at a good level and Sunday wouldn’t have fazed him. He’s taken it in his stride and it’s the reason we brought him in.”

Southampton:

Mark Hughes is hopeful that Mohamed Elyounoussi will be available this weekend;

“Elyounoussi has trained today, so we’re hopeful he could be an option.”

Jannik Vestergaard is also available after missing out last weekend with a virus;

“Jannik’s ok. He was just 24 hours away really. By Monday he was perfectly free from the virus that he had and he’s had a good week.”

Fulham:

Fulham will still be without Floyd Ayité and Tim Ream, who still remain injured. However, the rest of the team is available for selection;

“The rest of the team is available for the game. We improved a little bit, but still Floyd Ayité and Tim Ream are out of the squad,”

Defender, Alfie Mawson is improving, but will not feature this weekend. He hopes to make his return against Exeter City;

“Alfie Mawson started working with us after a long period without being active on the field. Now he’s been with us for the last two training sessions. He is going to need time to build his fitness.”

Wolves: 

Ivan Cavaleiro remains out with a long term back injury and Matt Doherty was pictured in their final training session.

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Adama Traore is in line to start against the Champions after impressing from the bench last time out.

Deadline day signing Leander Dendoncker is closing in on full fitness but Nuno Espirito Santo would not confirm his availability this weekend, stating that he ‘could be’ in the squad.

Helder Costa, in his preview of Manchester City, revealed no specific extra defensive tactical set-up against the champions

 “We won’t change anything, we’re here to compete.”

Everton:

Morgan Schneiderlin is not available this weekend due to injury;

“Of course, this is not good news for us, as he has started the season well but it is a small issue.”

Everton will also be without Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes due to injury, and Phil Jagielka who has to serve the remainder of his three match ban.

Marco Silva confirms that Lucas Digne and Kurt Zouma are available to play this weekend after recovering from minor injuries.

Bournemouth:

Kyle Taylor and Junior Stanislas remain injured and will not feature this weekend;

“Kyle Taylor and Junior Stanislas are still out. Junior is progressing well but isn’t ready yet and Kyle hasn’t trained.”

Eddie Howe lists Jefferson as a ‘wait and see’ and is hopeful that he will feature this weekend;

“I thought Jefferson [Lerma] did well, his fitness levels were very good and his attitude was spot on. In terms of the weekend, we’ll have to wait and see with him.”

Jefferson Lerma, Diego Rico, Tyrone Mings, Marc Pugh and Jack Simpson all played the full 90 in an U-21 match, coming through unscathed;

“The five players that played on Tuesday all came though fine, which is pleasing,” 

Chelsea: 

In terms of injuries, only Fabregas is out with a knee injury that’s keeping him out until roughly the end of this month.

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Sarri reports that Eden Hazard is ready for 50 or 60 minutes on Sunday, although he does not know if he can manage 90 minutes.

He added that Matteo Kovacic and Hazard played very well together in the last 30 minutes of the Arsenal game and that Kovacic is now also ready for 60 minutes.

When asked about potentially moving back to a back 5, in light of obvious defensive frailties highlighted in their last game, Sarri says he is not able to select a back-five defence with the way he wants his teams to play.

Cardiff:

Aaron Gunnarsson is improving, but it doesn’t look like he’ll feature this weekend;

“Aaron Gunnarsson is doing ever so well, we’re just trying to build him up, he’ll probably be available for next weekend but we might leave him until after the international break.”

There was no mention of Junior Hoilett who limped off against Newcastle. Warnock hoped it was a ‘fatigue thing’ after the winger ‘felt his groin stretch’. Should be available for the trip to Huddersfield.

Huddersfield: 

It looks like David Wagner will have a full team to select from this weekend and plans to use all of them;

“Everyone is back in training; injury-wise we are in a perfect situation! Today, I have 23 available players and I’m pretty sure before the international break, we will use all of them.”

Hogg [hip], Jorgensen [muscular] and Mooy [personal] are all back in contention to play.

Erik Durm and Danny Williams are expected to feature against Stoke in the Carabao Cup.

Crystal Palace: 

Scott Dann remains out with a long term knee injury, whilst Wan-Bissaka will serve his 1 match suspension. Aside from that, Hodgson reports a healthy squad:

“We are fortunate that we don’t have too many injury problems. We can’t play Wan-Bissaka but we have good alternatives in Joel Ward and Martin Kelly.” 

On the new signings taking part:

“Max Meyer is ready to start. Max, Kouyate, Ayew and Guaita are all ready and can probably count themselves unlucky that they haven’t yet.”

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More praise from Hodgson, as he states he’s noticed a difference in ‘intensity’ when it comes to Wilfried Zaha and goalscoring:

“Wilf is an enthusiastic trainer. He is working hard on his goal scoring this year. I have noticed a big difference in intensity when he has goal scoring chances.”

Newcastle: 

DeAndre Yedlin has now returned to training, whilst Javier Manquillo will need to be assessed;

“Yedlin has been training – he is fine. Manquillo is better than expected, but we have to assess him.”

There are one or two other niggles which will be checked in the final session. No Isaac Hayden [suspended] or Kenedy [ineligible] available for the visit of Chelsea.

Solomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto are in contention as they approach full-fitness:

“The new signings are closer to starting now, because they are fitter.”

Liverpool: 

Centre-back Dejan Lovren missed the Reds’ opening two Premier League matches due to a pelvic issue and Jürgen Klopp expects the Croatia international to miss this weekend’s match and next Saturday’s trip to Leicester City;

“Dejan is coming closer but he is not really around team training in the moment. I’m not 100 per cent sure what he is doing today because we are the day before the game, so he will not be involved in that [the Brighton] game. 

I’m pretty sure no chance for the Leicester game and then hopefully after the international break he will be ready to go, that would be nice. That was actually the target from the first day when he was in and we knew about his problems, and we always thought if we can give him that time, if he could come through that time, that would be cool.”

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Klopp heaps praise on Sadio Mané after a blistering start to the season, stating that he has found ‘his level’, but now needs to learn to get used to it:

“Sadio did start pretty well last year. He was in fantastic shape then came the City game and an unlucky situation [with the red card]. That was not good. I think he had an injury then as well, a little one. Now he’s much more secure that this is his level. The players surprise themselves sometimes. ‘Wow, really? That’s how good I am?’ We all need to show our best and get used to it.

Sadio is a very consistent player for us. His work rate is great. We have a very strange 4-5-1 formation with Sadio as a midfielder, Bobby [Firmino] being a midfielder more or less and Mo [Salah] being a striker, even though he plays in a little different position.”

On the possibility of naming an unchanged XI for the Brighton match Klopp states the following;

“We will see. That must always be an option and we’ve had enough sessions. I don’t think it makes sense to only stick to a team because we won, [although] that’s the most important thing. We have quality in the squad and there can be different reasons to change the line-up, so that’s possible of course.”

Watford: 

Stefano Okaka has returned to full training:

“We are recovering players. The last one is Okaka, this week he started to train with the team.”

Javi Gracia is playing the long game with Nathaniel Chalobah and Gerard Deulofeu will not be considered for the game against Crystal Palace:

“I think players like Gerard, maybe next week will be ready. Chalobah is training but we are being careful with his recovery. We need to take care of Chalobah and be calm. He has been out for a long period. I would like in the next weeks he enjoys some minutes to play.”

Miguel Britos is also unavailable for selection;

“Britos had a little problem this week. He will be ready next week,”

Manchester United: 

Jose reports that Antonio Valencia, Diego Dalot, Alexis Sánchez and Nemanja Matic have all returned to training and that his medical staff are nearly free;

“There are decisions to be made, but they are training with the team. Dalot is also with the team this week, so in terms of the medical department, they are almost free.”

On Luke Shaw, there was no specific mention from Jose Mourinho, however Ben Dinnery reports:

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Mourinho seemed a bit tetchy on the subject of Paul Pogba’s admission that his attitude was not right in the loss at Brighton;

“Paul told that, Paul has to answer by his words. If you want any explanation about Paul’s words you must get him and ask him.”

Manchester City: 

Guardiola says Fernandinho had a “little problem with regeneration” after the Huddersfield game but he says, given the lack of pre-season, that that is normal.

Claudio Bravo had surgery on his Achilles yesterday. The procedure went well, but there is no timeline on a potential return. Average RTP around 220 days.

As a result, Pep said he had ‘no option’ but to recall Aro Muric from NAC Breda following the injury to Claudio Bravo.

Burnley: 

Once again, because of Europa League, Burnley have no press conference scheduled today. 

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