Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 10

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 10

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All the best for Gameweek 10 everyone – let’s do this!

West Ham:

Manuel Pellegrini has indicated that Andy Carroll and Pedro Obiang are both nearing a return to action, although this Saturday’s match with Leicester City will come too soon for the duo:

“I hope Pedro Obiang will be ready for Wednesday for the Carabao Cup game.

Andy Carroll is sometimes working with the squad and the other times he is working with the physio in the gym. He is improving. I hope that [he will play] after the international break, to be 100 per cent sure. Maybe it will be the last game before the international break.”

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Pellegrini also admitted that the loss of Andriy Yarmolenko is a blow to the Hammers, after the Ukrainian underwent successful surgery on an Achilles injury picked up against Spurs last weekend:

“Yarmolenko has had surgery and he will be out for around five months. It’s very disappointing. He’s an important player for us. 

He’s one of the players who arrived this season, so we could have more technical players. We also have Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere out so the three players in the same position are out. It’s a real pity and it’s really difficult for the team.”

Fulham:

Joe Bryan is the only player that remains injured for Fulham, as Tom Cairney returned to training. However, Jokanovic still insists that Cairney needs more time before he is to return to the starting lineup:

“Right now I am only without Joe in the team. Joe is not available to work with us, but the good news is that Tom Cairney started working with us and I am close to working with a complete team and approaching games without any kind of these problems. Now he (Cairney) needs a little bit of time to catch his best level.”

Southampton:

Aside from Mario Lemina, Mark Hughes has the benefit of picking from a fully fit Saints squad:

“We’re okay, Mario Lemina came off against Bournemouth and was sore early in the week. But we’re pleased as it doesn’t look like he’s sustained any significant damage,” the boss said.

It was jarring of the knee and a bit of hyper-extension. But it looks like he’ll be fit as long as he doesn’t have any reaction to the work we’ve done today. Other than him, we have nobody unavailable.”

Leicester:

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Puel confirms that Jamie Vardy [illness] and Demarai Gray are both back training with the team:

“Two days later [Vardy] was not well – he had a stomach problem. He came back to training today. He could not finish the game on Monday but we will see if he can start this game. I think [Gray] can come back with the team. I hope he can be in the squad on Saturday.

Except [Wes] Morgan, who is still suspended, and Matty James, all the players are available.”

Watford:

Sebastian Prödl is definitely out following his brief cameo at Wolves. Troy Deeney [hamstring] and Nathaniel Chalobah [knee] have trained away from the main group this week, but Javi Gracia will make a late call after the session on Friday:

“We don’t know at this moment. In the first session [after Int’ duty] he [Chalobah] felt a little pain in his knee – a ligament problem. It is small, I am confident if he is not available for this game, he will be for the next week or the one after that.”

Regarding Deeney, Gracia added:

“We thought maybe he would be ready for the Wolverhampton game, but at the end he wasn’t available and now this week he is working out of the team again. He is working and we’ll see as we have another day.”

Christian Kabasele and Jose Holebas are expected to return to the matchday squad after missing the win at Wolves through suspension.

Daryl Janmaat and Tom Cleverly are both confirmed out.

Chelsea:

Due to Europa League participation, there was no Premier League press conference scheduled today (likely tomorrow).

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Sarri gave no updates on Eden Hazard’s back injury in his post-match Europa League presser however, this is what we already know Sarri to have stated about his situation in the pre-match UEL presser:

“[Thursday] he is out for sure, he has a back problem. We are trying to solve the problem for Sunday. It is not very easy.”

According to the ever reliable Ben Dinnery, Sarri will have to make a late call on him.

Aside from that, no other problems have been reported.

Cardiff:

Joe Ralls [knee], Lee Peltier [shoulder], Danny Ward and Mendez-Laing [knee] are ruled out through injury:

“We’ve had a couple of problems this week, we’re definitely going to have to make one change,”

Aron Gunnarsson isn’t fully match fit following a lengthy knee injury, but the midfielder is expected to start once again on Saturday:

“He’s been very good for me. We don’t expect him to be finishing a game [but] if he can give us another 65 to 70 mins, I’d be delighted.”

Harry Arter and Josh Murphy have also picked up knocks and the pair are considered doubts for the trip to Anfield. Gary Madine should be available after recovering from illness.

Spurs:

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Dele Alli [hamstring] has returned to training but Poch remains cautious on throwing him straight back in:

“Yes, I think it’s good news, but we need to be careful. He started today with the group. Sure we hope he will be available for Monday, but I’m not sure if we’re going to put him in the squad or not.”

Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose are progressing with their rehab, but neither player will feature on Monday.

Huddersfield: 

Danny Williams is the only one “sure” to miss the game. Tommy Smith and Terence Kongolo are back in training with the group, the latter is well ahead of schedule:

“They are ready for sure to be in contention for the Fulham game.”

Van La Parra will face a late test after falling ill yesterday:

“Van La Parra felt ill yesterday, but we will see how he looks today.”

Ramadan Sobhi is confirmed fit by Wagner:

“He is fit; he was close to making the squad for Liverpool but I wanted to give him another week of training. If everything goes to plan in training today, he will be back in the squad. He looks sharp in training.”

Burnley: 

Sean Dyche confirms that Robbie Brady comes into contention for the weekend game v Chelsea. Aaron Lennon is currently down with a bug and Ben Gibson will play another behind-closed-doors game next week as he closes in on a return.

Stephen Ward [Knee] and Nick Pope [shoulder dislocation] remain long-term absentees.

Man United:

Mourinho confirms that Jesse Lingard [groin] and Scott McTominay [knee] “could” play a part at Everton, but that Diogo Dalot, Marouane Fellaini and Alexis Sánchez remain side-lined:

“At the moment, we are not in the best situation to think about resting players. The solution now is to play with the players we have.”

On Lingard:

“He came from the World Cup with that problem. Can he help us in the next match? That’s the question we have to answer tomorrow. Or if we wait and give one more week of stability to the work. So, he’s almost there. He’s almost there.”

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More on Sánchez:

“In this moment he’s struggling, because he’s injured and because he come to Chelsea to help the team. But, his physical condition was not good and then he had to stop. He was not available for Juventus and he is not available for tomorrow again.”

Crystal Palace: 

Roy Hodgson confirmed that Max Meyer and Alexander Sørloth are both available for selection, following their absence for the trip to Everton last weekend.

Christian Benteke and Joel Ward are making good progress, but will not feature versus Arsenal.

With regards Connor Wickham, he said:

“Connor is doing OK. Naturally we are a little bit reticent. It’s right from his side and our side that we are careful with him. But to be honest, he’s come through every training session, so there’s no reason for me to have any fears about him.”

Hodgson also said that Jonny Williams will train tomorrow, and Scott Dann and Pape Souare featured for the Under 23s last Monday and are making good progress with their fitness levels.

Everton: 

Marco Silva confirms Everton have no injury worries ahead of this weekend.

Yerry Mina was an unused sub last time out and is available. Andre Gomes and  Seamus Coleman came through the win over Palace unscathed. James McCarthy is back in full training.

Arsenal: 

Due to Europa League participation, there was no Premier League press conference scheduled today (likely tomorrow) however, an update has been provided by Arsenal’s medical staff on their latest team news (excuse the unfortunately placed advert):

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Bournemouth:

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Eddie Howe says he expects striker Joshua King to be fit for the weekend’s Premier League game against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Howe confirmed he had no new injury concerns and that his side were raring to go:

“We’re in a pretty good position. A couple of players have picked up little knocks but they should be okay. Joshua King had a knock previously but for Fulham he should be okay.”

Manchester City:

There is no new injury news for Man City.

Ilkay Gundogan remains out. Pep reported last week it would be 2-3 weeks, but no mention of his progression was stated in today’s press conference.

Pep says it is “tough” to select a starting XI:

“When my players train bad they are out. If a player shows disappointment when they don’t play, I don’t like it.”

Liverpool: 

Apart from Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson, both of whom have minor hamstring issues, as well as long-term absentees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster, the Reds have no new injury issues to consider in their planning for the visit of the Bluebirds.

“[Keita and Henderson] will not work out for tomorrow, for sure not. Both are in a good way but will not be ready for then. I think that’s it pretty much. The rest – apart from Ox and Rhian – should be available.”

Brighton:

Davy Propper and Pascal Groß [both ankle] will miss the game at home to Wolves:

“Our hopes are that he [Groß] will be available for Newcastle.”

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A late decision will made on the inclusion of Glenn Murray following the nasty head collision last week:

“We’ll make a decision on Glenn Murray today having gone through the correct protocol since last week.”

Bruno Saltor is fit again after shaking off a minor back issue.

Newcastle: 

Both Salomon Rondon and Ceiran Clark have returned to training this week. Rafa confirms that Rondon will be in the squad:

“Rondón is available. He is in the squad.”

Benítez confirms that Jamie Sterry and Florian Lejeune will remain on the sidelines as they continue to work towards full fitness.

Wolves: 

No new injury concerns for Nuno, but he hints that he may make changes at Brighton on Saturday following last weekend’s disappointing loss to Watford. Wolves made it eight unchanged last time out.

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