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 7
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Chris Hughton revealed that this weekend will come too soon for Dale Stephens [hamstring], while Pascal Groß [ankle] is also ruled out;
“Dale felt his hamstring and came off fairly early in the Tottenham game. The good news is it’s very minor but not quite enough to be fit for this one. We’re hopeful for the next game. The same goes for Pascal.”
Puel confirms that Demarai Gray’s injury is not as bad as first feared;
“He is better this morning but I think he will remain for between three and six weeks out of the squad. We will see if he can recover quicker or not. It’s not a serious injury but he needs a rest and rehabilitation. He will not be available for us for a minimum of three weeks.”
There are no other fresh concerns for Leicester. Matty James [Achilles] remains a long-term absentee while Wes Morgan is back following his ban.
Çaglar Söyüncü may be ready to step in soon;
“Çağlar is ready and he is improving his English, which is important to communicate with his team-mates and to share ideas. He’s ready to give good service, but we also have experienced players with [Wes] Morgan, [Harry] Maguire and [Jonny] Evans.
It’s important to know that he is a young player and he can wait at times but he is close to the team and is available if we have a problem in the team.”
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Christian Eriksen will miss the Premier League match at Huddersfield Town on Saturday. The Danish playmaker is undergoing rehabilitation for an abdominal problem and is unavailable.
Serge Aurier is also a doubt after picking up a thigh injury late in our Carabao Cup tie against Watford on Wednesday night – he is being assessed.
Meanwhile, goalkeepers Hugo Lloris [thigh] and Michel Vorm [knee] remain sidelined. Hugo is continuing his on-field conditioning and Michel continues his rehab.
Jokanovic reports on the state of his squad ahead of this weekend’s clash with Everton;
“Neeskens Kebano’s still outside of the squad and Alfie Mawson has a back problem. Tim Ream is in a good way. He has started working with us and played an hour against Millwall. He needs a little more time to be at his best level, but he’ll be available soon. The rest are ready. “
Tom Cairney returned to training this week but Jokanovic was coy on the skipper’s involvement at EFC;
“I cannot answer you. He started working with us, which was positive, but we must assess him and make a decision when is the right moment to give him the opportunity to play.”
Shang Long is the only doubt for Southampton, confirms Hughes;
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“We’ve only got a doubt on Shane Long who has got a problem with his toe again. Shane hasn’t trained today or at all with the group this week. It’s not settling down as well as we would like so it needs a bit of further investigation. As it stands now he, unfortunately, will miss out.”
Hughes praises Danny Ings, who’s set to return this week after being ineligible to face Liverpool last week, and suggests that with uninterrupted training under his belt, he could get even better;
“It was a loss last week without Danny, he has brought an edge to what we can offer at the top end of the pitch. His ball retention and ability in possession brings people into the game and you will always miss someone of his quality.
He’s had two weeks of solid work having had a bit of a fragmented schedule beforehand. It’s been the best fortnight leading into a game that he’s had since he joined. The continuity of his work at the training ground is good and it’s promising to think that he’s been scoring without that so far.”
Charlie Daniels is close to his return from injury after completing a couple of days in training, while late decisions will be made on Diego Rico’s hamstring injury and Dan Gosling’s calf problem ahead of the Palace game.
Kyle Taylor is yet to return to training with the first team, but Howe said that there are no major injury concerns among the squad ahead of Monday night’s Premier League game at Vitality Stadium;
“We have a few injury concerns, but nothing major, they’re injuries that have been lingering the last couple of weeks.”
Neil Warnock confirms Lee Peltier will not have surgery after dislocating his shoulder;
“But it’s still going to be between 2-3 months. Obviously it came out of the joint – the surgeon thinks he doesn’t need a plate and he’s got more of a chance of healing naturally.”
Aron Gunnarsson [knee] “has trained and looked well” this week but Neil Warnock doesn’t think the midfielder will be anywhere near fit for Sunday.
Mendez-Laing [posterior cruciate] has had his knee brace taken off this week but the winger won’t be ready until December.
In terms of the rest of the squad;
“There are one or two little niggles but that’s all.”
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Virgil van Dijk has not trained this week and will face a late fitness test, whilst Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum are available;
“Trent trained yesterday completely normal. It was not a knock, Trent was a bit ill, but yesterday that looked pretty good. Virgil we have to wait, he didn’t train with the team so far but I can’t say anything more about that. Gini trained as well, so all good.
If Virgil is fit and can play, he will play. But if not, we have options and that’s good.”
Wagner confirms that only Danny Williams and Ramadan Sobhi won’t be available for selection for this weekend’s clash against Spurs;
“Apart from Danny Williams and Ramadan Sobhi, we have everyone in full contention for tomorrow’s game [against Tottenham]. Danny Williams had swelling on his knee; it looks like he’ll be back with the group during the international break. Ramadan Sobhi looks better but it looks like he’ll be back in the international break as well.”
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Pellegrini reports that Marko Arnautovic has trained with the squad and is ready;
“Marko worked on Wednesday. He worked with the squad, so I think he is 100 per cent fit for tomorrow.”
Nothing on Carlos Sanchez [currently] who limped off with a suspected knee injury after 9 minutes on Wednesday. Javier Hernandez is working his way back to full fitness following glandular fever. Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, Manuel LanziniMand Winston Reid remain side-lined.
No fresh injury concerns for Wolves ahead of their game with Southampton. Following the return of Ivan Cavaleiro in the Carabao Cup – Nunes has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Sean Dyche confirms that Robbie Brady will not feature at Cardiff City this weekend. The winger will get one more game next week before being considered for the first team. Steven Defour will be in the squad after playing mid-week.
No fresh injury concerns for Burnley.
Andreas Christensen had a stomach ache at Anfield but wasn’t injured.
Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were both involved in the last part of yesterday’s session and they are almost ready.
Toni Rudiger trained with the team for the second part of yesterday’s session and there is a possibility he will be able to recover from the injury he picked up against West Ham.
On tomorrow’s game, Sarri says both teams play to win so it may be an open match.
Guardiola reports that Kevin de Bruyne will return to training soon;
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“Kevin is making the last steps (to recovery). He could start training in the next few days. Everything is going well.”
When asked about Benjamin Mendy, Pep replied;
“Same process – he is going well.”
Further reports from Manchester City correspondent, Sam Lee, suggest that Pep isn’t pleased with Mendy after turning up 3 hours late for treatment;
Jairo Riedewald picked up an injury mid-week whilst Christian Benteke is still out with a knee injury;
“We picked up an injury from the West Brom game with Jairo Riedewald. He has had a scan. He is out of the game this weekend, but he could be back in training next week. We are monitoring Christian Benteke day to day.”
Wilfried Zaha has trained all week with no problems.
Yerry Mina suffers a set back in training;
“Two days ago he suffered a stamp on his foot in a moment with Bernard. It was painful yesterday and today but we hope next week he will be training. It’s nothing serious.”
Seamus Coleman will not return this weekend against Fulham. Marco Silva hopes the full-back will train, along with Andre Gomes, ahead the international break.
Phil Jagielka comes back into contention following a return to full training on Monday.
Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero are the only players out for United;
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“Only Marcos Rojo is still out. And obviously Romero now with a one-match suspension. Apart from that, in a 26-player squad, everybody is available.”
Mourinho says he’s pleased with Paul Pogba and that their relationship is good;
“I am really happy with his work this week, he trained really well. The team needs good players. He is a good player. The team needs the personality to play. He has. He plays tomorrow.
Our player-manager relationship is good. Nobody trained better than Paul on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – they trained as well [as him] – but not better. He plays tomorrow.”
Aside from long term absentee Florian Lejeune [knee], the only other injury concern is Salomon Rondon;
“Rondón cannot play. We have to assess him next week, and see how he is getting on. He felt something in the warm-up (against Crystal Palace). He wanted to impress, but he couldn’t. Now, he is injured and we have to manage with the rest of the players.”
Javi Gracia confirms that Gerard Deulofeu, Stefan Okaka and Sebastian Prodl are all back training with the team but Miguel Britos is still out;
“Gerard is training with the team and maybe we will see him before the international break. He needs time but we will see his evolution in the next days. Okaka and Prödl are training with the team, and Britos is out but maybe in the next week he will come back with the team. We will see how long they need when they come back.”
Daryl Janmaat is also unavailable;
“I am always sad when I have injured players. In this case we have lost Janmaat and he is an important player for us.”
Gracia also allayed fears that captain Troy Deeney might be a doubt for the trip to the Emirates Stadium with a toe complaint:
“He is available and he has trained very, very well this week. He is fit.”
Christian Kabasele is available after his red card was rescinded after Watford’s appeal.