Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 11

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 11

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All the best for Gameweek 11 everyone – let’s do this!

Brighton:

Key players, Pascal Groß and Davy Propper will both not feature this weekend, but remain hopeful to start in the near future. Here’s what Chris Hughton had to say about the pair:

“Pascal Groß will miss Saturday but we’re confident he’ll be back after the international break. He’s close but he’s not back in training yet – he’s done some really good rehab.

Davy Propper is the same as Pascal – he’ll miss Saturday but he’s close. I’m confident both of them will be available after the international break.”

Apart from the duo, there is no new team news ahead of their clash against Everton.

Man United: 

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Bad news for Diogo Dalot, Maraoune Fellaini and Antonio Valencia as they’re still confirmed out, but both Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sánchez are back in the picture:

“Dalot and Fellaini, they are still out. The only one that went one step behind was Antonio Valencia with some problem in his knee. But Lingard and Alexis, now I can say ‘ready’.”

Aside from that, there are no other injury concerns for Mourinho, who insists that the mood is positive:

“The mood is very positive. We are fine. The second half against Newcastle and the match against Chelsea. The team fought hard against Juventus, so a part of the result wasn’t negative, and we had a very positive game against Everton.”

Watford:

Javi Gracia has revealed Nathaniel Chalobah is fit enough to return and play for Watford:

“This week he has trained with the team and is fit and ready to play. We have lots of good players and Chalobah is one of them.”

Sebastian Prödl [leg] is definitely out, and joins Daryl Janmaat and Tom Cleverley who are both sidelined with injury:

“They are players in a different process and I don’t know when they are going to come back,” 

Troy Deeney looks set to be sidelined as well because of a hamstring problem that has left him unavailable to play for the third consecutive week:

“We are at the same point, the same situation with Troy. Troy is training but out of the team at this moment. We’ll see tomorrow [if he is fit], but it’s difficult for him to be available for the next game.”

Chelsea: 

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Sarri reports that he does not know whether Eden Hazard is fit to play for 90 minutes on Sunday:

“He trained for a large part of the session yesterday. He can probably play for 40 to 45 minutes.”

On the back of recent impressive performances from England Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Sarri says they have “improved” tactically but they need to strengthen further in the “defensive phase”.

Olivier Giroud [muscular fatigue] is expected to return to the matchday squad.

Leicester:

After the horrific injury last Gameweek, Daniel Amartey will not be available for the next four months:

“Daniel has had surgery and it was a success. He will normally not be available for four months. I had sadness towards Daniel after the game, to sacrifice himself for the team like that.”

Captain, Wes Morgan also returns after a 2 match ban for the foxes.

The tragic death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has left the group numb with sadness and shock. Leicester hope to honour the man this weekend against Cardiff:

“Playing football has not been at the front of our minds this week but for this weekend, and all the matches thereafter, we will play to honour and remember a man that did so much for our club.”

Burnley:

Sean Dyche confirms that there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of the weekend trip to West Ham.

Dyche reports that Aaron Lennon is over his illness, and that Ben Gibson will not feature against the Hammers.

Jack Cork [ankle] is okay after limping off in their match against Chelsea, whilst Nick Pope and Stephen Ward remain sidelined with long term injuries.

Bournemouth: 

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Eddie Howe confirms that Joshua King will miss out again and that Simon Francis needs a late fitness test:

“We’re okay for team news. Josh King will definitely miss out, which is a blow. We’ll also have to make a late call on Simon Francis, but we’re quietly confident he may make the game. 

He’s had a scan on the injury and it’s not a pull, so we’re quietly confident he’ll make the game but we can’t say definitely until we’ve seen him train as he hasn’t since Tuesday.”

There are no other injury concerns.

Cardiff City: 

Warnock reports that Harry Arter and Aron Gunnarsson are both back meanwhile, Jazz Richards will miss out again:

“We’ve only got a couple of injury problems, Harry Arter is back, Jazz Richards isn’t going to make it this week, but Aron Gunnarsson is back. We’ve got a decent squad with Harry back – fortunately this week he hasn’t got booked in training!”

Lee Peltier [shoulder], Mendez-Laing [knee], Joe Ralls [suspended] and Danny Ward are still missing for Cardiff.

Warnock on the Leicester game:

“Originally I didn’t think the game will go ahead, and if I’m honest, I didn’t want it to, it was so emotional. But now I agree with the decision, it’s good to get back to normality.”

Liverpool: 

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Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are set to miss Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal on Saturday as they continue their recovery from injury, but there are no fitness concerns relating to Mohamed Salah:

“Hendo feels really good but it will be probably the start of the week when he will be back in training.

Naby [will be the] end of this week. It doesn’t make a big difference match-wise, but that’s how it looks.

Mo, it is nothing really serious; it’s a kind of inflammation of the tendon. That’s pretty much all, it [the support] was only for protection – the pictures you saw were only protection and it has no influence.”

Convincing victories over Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff City in their last two matches have seen the Reds start with two deeper-lying midfielders, as opposed to one. Jürgen Klopp has explained the thinking behind the tactical flexibility Liverpool have shown in recent weeks:

“A system is there to bring the players in their most comfortable position, but if they stay in that position it’s quite a boring game so they have to move, they have to do different things. You need to train a formation for defending where everybody knows what to do and for offensive things you need to find a formation where they really are in their best area on the pitch. 

We can do that in different ways, obviously, but we have a squad: if you think about the number of midfielders when they’re all fit, for example, then it makes sense to bring a few more midfielders with different offensive jobs to do.  We are not that stubborn system-wise, we were never. Even without you maybe seeing it, we played already diamonds in this season and nobody spoke about it afterwards.

For us it was a diamond, but it obviously was not that obvious afterwards otherwise there would have been big stories about that! So we try to use the players in the best way and give them the position where they can shine.”

Tottenham: 

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Fulham: 

A hamstring injury will keep Joe Bryan on the side-lines and Kevin McDonald returns to the fold after serving his one-match ban in the Carabao Cup, aside from that, Jokanovic confirmed no other problems from Thursday.

Tom Cairney might be feeling a little jaded after completing the first 90 minutes since August.

Jokanovic insists he is still the right man for the job:

“This kind of situation is part of football. I am not here three days, I am here three years and the board must have some kind of opinion about my work.

From my side, I have the confidence, and believe in my job. People around me are professional and we don’t try to make some crazy things. We know it’s not an easy job ahead of us, we must be brave and encourage the team not to stop, never give up.”

Wolves: 

Diogo Jota has been ruled out of Saturdays’ clash with Tottenham due to an unspecified injury. Aside from that, Nuno confirms the rest of his squad are all okay.

Arsenal: 

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Crystal Palace: 

After coming back from his injury and returning to some action as well as first team training, Connor Wickham is ruled out again:

“Connor Wickham has picked up a thigh strain which stopped him from taking part on Wednesday night [against Middlesbrough]. It’s a shame and it’s disappointing because he’d been training on a regular basis and we’d been harbouring the notion that he’d be available but he isn’t.”

With regards to the rest of the squad, Hodgson said:

“Three players who suffered minor knocks on Saturday weren’t able to travel to Middlesbrough with us. They were James McArthur, Cheikhou Kouyate and Wilfried Zaha. They’ve recovered which I thought they would.”

Christian Benteke and Joel Ward are still out, but both making good progress:

Christian Benteke is making good progress, continuing his programme of rehabilitation and Joel Ward is too.”

West Ham: 

Pellegrini reports on the team news for the Hammers:

“First of all, I think Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll will be 100 per cent fit and working with the squad fully during the international break so they will be available in the first game after the break.

We have four other players with long injuries – Reid, Lanzini, Sanchez and Yarmolenko – and they will not be able to play for four or five months more, at least.

Aaron Cresswell recovered from a small injury that caused him to miss the last game, but all the other players are fit.”

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On Marko Arnautovic, following the defeat by Spurs, Pellegrini stated the following:

“He is OK. Marko just worked one day during the week so it was too risky to play more than 30 mins. He has no problem – he always has some sort of disturbance with his knee, but it is not an injury.”

Huddersfield: 

Good news for Huddersfield on the team news front as everyone apart from Danny Williams is in contention:

“Apart from Danny Williams [knee] everyone is in contention for the squad. Van la Parra and Hamid Sabiri had illnesses but are back in training. I have 22 players in training and all are in contention.”

Wagner confirms that Danny Williams will be back in contention after the break.

Man City: 

Kevin de Bruyne, after coming back from a lengthy injury, has suffered another injury. Here’s what Pep had to say about it:

“De Bruyne is out and we are sad for him, nobody likes to have injured players but he will come back to the player he is and he will be fine. It is what it is but fortunately it is not surgery and he will be back.”

The ever-reliable Ben Dinnery estimates around 5-6 weeks for KDB.

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In terms of other team news, Ilkay Gündogan is back training, but Nicolas Otamendi is not:

“Gundo is training with the team but he is still not 100%. Otamendi still has a little problem. He’s not training but he is strong and maybe tomorrow he’ll tell me he’s ready.”

Newcastle: 

Rafa reports the team news:

Lejeune is doing some rehabilitation – he is getting closer. Sterry and the rest are available, and that is good news. Ciaran Clark has been training the last two days and he is fine, but he is not in the squad.”

Everton: 

Phil Jagielka and Jonjoe Kenny have “small problems” which will keep them out of this weekends game, but Silva confirms that “they’ll be okay for training next week.”

Aside from that, there are no other injury concerns for Silva.

Meanwhile, Yerry Mina may make his debut for the Toffees:

“We know that Kurt Zouma can’t play against Chelsea [GW12]. Yerry Mina is ready to play if I make the decision.”

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Silva also spoke about Richarlison as a striker:

“There are some things to improve, which is normal in our process as well. If he scores it will boost his confidence. He’s an important player for us playing in that position but can play in other positions.”

Southampton: 

Mark Hughes confirms Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is fit for the trip to the Etihad after missing the 0-0 bore-draw with Newcastle through illness, meaning that:

“We’ve got a clean bill of health.”

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