Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 4

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 4

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Thanks for reading everyone and all the best for Gameweek 4 – let’s do this!

West Ham:

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Manuel Pellegrini states that Marko Arnautovic has been cleared and could feature this weekend:

“Marko had a small problem behind his knee in the last game. He was not comfortable and not able to play those last few minutes. But he’s had an examination with the doctor and he’s worked this week with us.”

Marko is a strong man and he wants to recover as soon as he can, and he did. Since Tuesday, he’s been working.”

In other news for the Hammers, Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Lanzini remain out long-term.

Captain Mark Noble has also returned after not featuring last weekend.

Cresswell played 90 minutes midweek and has a chance of featuring this weekend after missing the start of the season.


Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo remain sidelined but should be available after the international break.

Bruno has trained this week and Hughton will make a late decision on his availability.

Lewis Dunk could also train and be available this weekend, however a return looks unlikely.


No fresh injury concerns for the Foxes ahead of their match against Liverpool.

Matty James is the only player injured in their squad with an achilles injury;

“It is just Matty James who will not be available and all the other players are fit.”

Jamie Vardy remains suspended and won’t feature this weekend.

Çağlar Söyüncü hopes to make his debut for Leicester this weekend.


Tim Ream and Floyd Ayité will both not be available this weekend;

“Tim Ream is not available, neither is Floyd Ayité.”

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Jokanovic also confirms that Tom Cairney will not feature against Brighton;

“Tom Cairney isn’t going to be available for the Brighton game. Tom has a foot injury.”

Neeskens Kebano is also sidelined with an ankle injury and won’t play this weekend.


Danny Ings has been injured this week with a foot injury and Hughes has been cautious of him this week;

“We’ve got a slight concern with Danny [Ings], he’s got a sore foot. We’re going to have to settle that down, he hasn’t been on his feet too much this week.”

Danny Ings is the only concern for Southampton with the rest of his squad fit for their match against Crystal Palace.


Jefferson and Diego Rico have been labelled as ‘fit’ ahead of the weekend, and both could feature;

“I was very pleased with Jefferson and Diego. I think they’ve fitted in well with the team and their fitness levels were good as well.”

Junior Stanislas remains injured, but should return in the coming weeks.

Mousset and Pugh are both injured and won’t feature this weekend.


Idrissa Gueye is currently injured with a knee strain and it doesn’t look like he will feature this weekend.

New player, Andre Gomes, has suffered a minor hamstring injury and is expected to return after the international break.

Ademola Lookman – slight groin injury – did train on Friday morning and comes into the managers thinking, whilst Bernard picked up a muscle strain and most probably won’t feature.

Kurt Zouma will play alongside Mason Holgate tomorrow. Phil Jagielka [knee] and Michael Keane [fractured skull] are ruled out. Yerry Mina [foot] is hoping to return after the break.

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Richarlison begins his suspension that will see him miss 2 Premier League matches. The rules on yellow cards changed, but the rules on red cards did not, so he was not allowed to play the Carabao Cup tie and then it will be the next 2 Premier League games for Everton that make up the 3 total match suspension.


Warnock is ‘dreading going into the physio room today;

“We’ve got one or two little niggles. There’s two or three quite doubtful so it’s a bit up in the air, I’m dreading going into the physio room today,”

Aaron Gunnarrson is training, but won’t be available this weekend;

“He’s training but he won’t be playing. He’s got to get this right and knows he won’t be going [to play with Iceland during the international break].”

Junior Hoilett has a chance of featuring this weekend, but Warnock is keen to exercise caution;

“We’re not sure about [Hoilett]. I’m hoping he’ll train. If he’s anywhere near, he’ll play, but I won’t risk him.”

Mendez-Laing will be side-lined for around three months after damaging his PCL last weekend.


Victor Wanyama has returned to full training following his recent knee injury.

Erik Lamela [muscular] faces a late fitness test but Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko [hamstring] join Juan Foyth on the side-lines. Kieran Trippier is available.

On the injury to Hugo Lloris, Pochettino said:

“Of course he is going to miss the game against Watford, but we hope he will be ready to play against Liverpool. It is not a big issue.”

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Pochettino says he is desperate for South Korea to win gold at the Asian Games on Sunday, as it would allow Heung-min Son to avoid national service. The result could have huge implications for Lucas Moura;

“It’s a subject that we talk about a lot, he was worried and he wanted to deliver the victory and win as he wanted to avoid [national service]. It’s not in our hands now what is going to happen, we’ll see what happens.

But it’s our player and we look after him and care about him but we are positive and hope he can score and win, that is important, and he can be happy and ensure his career here with us.”


Joe Gomez looks set to continue alongside van Dijk as Dejan Lovren [pelvis] will miss out once again. Joel Matip may have to settle for a place on the bench following his recovery from a hip flexor strain.

Klopp has named an unchanged side for the 3 consecutive matches, but he states that it’s fine in August, but it’s unlikely to remain that way from this point onwards:

“I am pretty open to everybody. I want to see who proves to me. That’s one part and what fits to the opponent. Quality of training needs to be at a high level and that’s a good thing.

It was always clear that August would be a bit different because we’ve started three times in a row with the same starting line-up. That will not happen too often from now on in the future, it’s probably not possible.

That’s why we did it [strengthened the squad] – we didn’t do it for August, we did it for pretty much all the other months of the season. For the moment it is absolutely good, but we have to prove it as well on the pitch.

It is not about knowing who is available, it’s about the guy who is available can perform at the highest level – that’s very important. We try to help with all we can – with training, meetings and stuff like that – but in the end the boys have to deliver.”

Manchester United:

Marcos Rojo has returned to the training pitches “but is not yet ready for match action.”

Eric Bailly is expected to be back in the matchday squad following Phil Jones’ hamstring injury, which will keep him out of the game at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Diogo Dalot and Sergio Romero will step up their recovery from injury by playing for the under-23s tonight.

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Mourinho has been full of praise for Luke Shaw despite United’s poor start;

“He has played three very good matches and it is not easy to play three very good matches when your team loses two of them. He had that balance, that consistency, that even when the team didn’t win and especially the game against Brighton where the team didn’t play well, he kept that consistency. That is very important.

In this moment he is feeling really the good results of hard work and the good results of many people that work with him at different levels to try to make him a proper football player. For me a proper football player is player of consistency.

He is physically stronger and mentally stronger. Tactically he has a better understanding of the game and I think to go to the national team after three Premier League matches is for him an extraordinary feeling.”


Aside from Ivan Cavaleiro [back] who’s hoping to train with the squad during the break, Wolves remain injury free.

Adama Traore started his first game in a Wolves shirt on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup, but despite the 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, manager Nuno Espírito Santo may stick with the same side which drew 1-1 with Manchester City.


Rafa Benitez on injuries:

“In terms of injuries, there’s still [Jonjo] Shelvey and [Matt] Ritchie unavailable. [Javier] Manquillo was training but is not in the squad. [Jamaal] Lascelles was training and is available.

He’s an important player for us. When you miss some players in important games, you know it will be even more difficult, but we have players coming back – it’s a boost for the confidence. Hopefully it can be the difference.”

Manchester City: 

Apart from Kevin de Bruyne [knee] and Claudio Bravo [achilles] who remain out long-term, Pep reports no other injury concerns;

“Everybody’s okay, everybody’s fit,”

Pep on Sergio Agüero smoking shisha:

“I didn’t speak with him, it doesn’t bother me.”


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Emery denies reports of a bust-up and confirms that Mesut Özil is back training normally and is in contention for the weekend;

“He’s training normally with the group in every session this week. We started on Tuesday and he’s been with the group, he’s okay. Also, he’s looking well.”

Elsewhere, Sead Kolasinac [knee] hoping to rejoin the group in October. Maitland-Niles [fibula fracture] still around 2/3 months away. Laurent Koscielny [Achilles] about the same.

Crystal Palace: 

Roy Hodgson opted to remain coy on team news and selection;

“We’ve got most of our players available. I think I’ll keep the team news close to my chest for now, you’ll find out tomorrow…

The competition for places is good. We’ve a small squad, but it’s a good squad. They’re all capable of coming in and playing.”

James Tomkins [calf] is the biggest concern.

Max Meyer is pushing for his first PL start;

“Max did well against Swansea, but he wasn’t the only one. If you had to twist my arm into naming the best player for us that night I’d say Jason Puncheon. Lots of players did well.”


Jonathan Hogg begins a three-game ban. Saturday comes too soon for Ben Hamer and Ramadan Sobhi [both knee], but the pair should be back after the international break.

Wagner states that Erik Durm could feature soon;

“Erik Durm played very well on Tuesday night but will need the international break. He will be in full contention after then.”


Sarri reports no fresh injury concerns for Chelsea, with Cesc Fabregas still out with a knee injury;

“The situation is the same as last week. Cesc is still out, he is working in water. We hope that next week he will be able to walk on the pitch. I am sure that the injury is not the serious but he has pain in his knee. It is strange but nothing serious.”

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Asked about N’Golo Kante’s role, Sarri says he is a great midfielder who is capable of playing in every position across the midfield. He adds he was surprised about Kante’s technical qualities.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks set to feature more for Chelsea, with Sarri reporting that he has improved a lot in the last 10 days. He thinks the midfielder will be very important when they start playing two games per week.

Sarri admits, whilst Marcos Alonso is brilliant offensively, there are defensive issues that he can work on;

“He has played very well in three matches. He is a very good player but can improve in the defensive phase. I am not worried. He has physical qualities at the top level, but he can do more defensively. He is very good offensively, but I think he can do more.”


No press conference again down to Europa League involvement.


Javi Gracia has the luxury of a near fully-fit squad to choose from when Tottenham Hotspur visit Vicarage Road on Sunday in a tasty battle between two of the four sides with 100 per cent records.

While some players are short of match practise to be considered for what is likely to be a high-octane encounter with Spurs, only Tom Cleverley is unavailable to Gracia because of injury;

“It is good news because we only have Tom Cleverley injured. The rest of the players are available. Some of them need more training sessions, but all players are training with the team at the moment.”

Gerard Deulofeu also returned to full training this week but, again, Gracia is able to take the longer-term view with the Spain international and not rush him back because the team is performing so well. Gracia said “we’ll see” when asked if the summer signing from Barcelona could make the bench against Spurs.



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