Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 13

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 13

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All the best for Gameweek 13 everyone – let’s do this!

West Ham:

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed both Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are in line to feature in Saturday’s clash with Manchester City:

“Both of them worked this week every day with the squad,” 

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West Ham are giving Samir Nasri every chance at returning to top flight football:

“We will see. Samir Nasri is working with us after a long time with his ban, but we are giving him a hand to return to football. We are hoping, from now until the end of the year, he will be fit and if that is the case, we will try to keep him here with West Ham.”

Manuel Pellegrini is also not concerned about Marko Arnautovic wanting to move teams:

“Marko is a West Ham player because he has a contract here and he is happy here. Every player wants to play in the biggest team but I don’t think in the head of Marko he is thinking about that. He is thinking about West Ham and he tries to make his best performance in every game.”

Fulham:

Fulham have a new manager as former Leicester man Claudio Ranieri replaces the sacked Jokanovic.

Claudio Ranieri confirms that Joe Bryan is back available, after missing 2 months with a hamstring injury, but Raneirei doesn’t know if he is ready yet:

“He has trained every day and has trained very well. He’s a very good and ambitious player, and I believe in this guy. I don’t know if he’s ready for 90 minutes.”

Kevin McDonald and Andre Anguissa have been ruled out and are unavailable to play this weekend.

Leicester:

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Harry Maguire, has been ruled out for Leicester ahead of their clash against Brighton, whilst James Maddison hopes to return from a knee injury:

“Maddison came back in a training session and we’ll see tomorrow if he can be in the squad. For Maguire, it’s too early, we will see next week.”

Rachid Ghezzal  and Jamie Vardy are also potential doubts ahead of their fixture this weekend:

“With Ghezzal, we will see tomorrow, and with Jamie also, he had a pain in the last game, he came back today in the training session, we will see all this tomorrow.”

Daniel Amartey has been confirmed out for the next 4 months, and will return next year.

Huddersfield:

Chris Löwe is injured and won’t feature this weekend – Wagner hopes he will return in the near future:

“We are very happy that the news about Chris Löwe isn’t as serious as we thought. He was in great form and very reliable. He will miss the next weeks but now it’s time for someone to fill this gap.”

Danny Williams has trained for the last two weeks, whilst Lossl has recovered from a knock during the international break.

Burnley:

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is fit and available to play against Newcastle, after withdrawing from the Iceland squad during the international break.

Steven Defour has recovered from the knee injury which forced him off at Leicester.

Sean Dyche hopes James Tarkowski will return in the immediate future for the Clarets:

“He’s going nicely on the grass. He’s not quite with us yet, so Monday’s probably going to come too early for him, but he’s making good progress. We’re very hopeful on a quick return.”

Southampton:

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Danny Ings is a major concern ahead of Southampton’s clash against Fulham:

“Danny is the big doubt at the moment. He’s only just got out on the grass so maybe tomorrow we might be able to integrate him into the group. As we stand at the moment, he has to be a doubt.”

Late decisions will be made on Moi Elyounoussi and Mario Lemina: 

“We’ve got a few niggles; Moi Elyounoussi has a bit of tightness in his hamstring and Mario Lemina has an issue with his thigh which we’ve been managing for a number of weeks now and we’ve just got to keep an eye on it. Those two should be okay but Danny is our main concern.”

Matt Targett will fill in for Bertrand this weekend, replacing the suspended full back:

“We’re fortunate that we have someone of the quality of Matt to come in. It’s an obvious choice and one that I’ll make as long as he comes through training unscathed.”

Brighton:

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After a long injury break, Pascal Groß is an almost certainty to start this weekend against Leicester:

“Pascal is a very fit lad – he’s clear of the injury now and he’s fit to start. “He’s ready to start against Leicester and that’s a decision I have to make.”

In other news, Davy Propper and David Button are ready to return, but Alireza Jahanbakhsh remains injured, and Dale Stephens begins his first match of a 3 game suspension.

Watford:

Javi Gracia has confirmed that Venezuelan, Adalberto Peñaranda is available to play against Liverpool this weekend. Gracia admits that he’ll merge Peñaranda into English football, but insists that he has a ‘bright future’:

“Peñaranda is available. I think he needs time. He will train hard in the next weeks to be in the best condition.”

Tom Cleverley is close to returning, after a long stretch on the sidelines:

“Tom is coming from a long period out, but he is training really well the last weeks. We’ll see in the next days how he is feeling. I think he is close to coming back.”

Daryl Janmaat is also close to returning and Gracia hopes he will be available during this hectic Christmas period:

“Janmaat maybe plays with the Under-23s in the next game tomorrow [against Coventry]. After that he will be ready. He is very close. I’m happy with that as in the next month we will need all of them.”

Gracia will also be with Etienne Capoue, who returns from suspension, Will Hughes, who is free of his hip problem and Sebastian Prödl who trained this week.

Spurs:

Jan Vertonghen has returned to full training, but after an extended break, Pochettino will decide on his availability before kick off.

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Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier and Davinson Sanchez all remain out with injury and are currently undergoing rehabilitation.

Cardiff:

Kenneth Zohore has not responded positively to treatment during this international break:

“We’re disappointed. It seems to be taking an eternity to get [his calf] right.”

Jazz Richards has survived the international break without any problems.

Warnock is also likely to rest Mendez-Laing this weekend:

“I don’t think [he’ll be involved at Goodison Park]. We’ve got to be a bit careful with him at the minute, especially with this busy period.”

Liverpool: 

Klopp states that Adam Lallana will miss this weekend, but that everyone came back fit from international duty. Jordan Henderson is also fit and ready to take part this weekend:

“[Jordan] is ready to play, that is all. In the moment it looks like we have pretty much a full squad – [although] there are the long-term injuries, of course.

Adam Lallana has a minor thing that makes him unavailable for the weekend, but all the rest came back healthy from the internationals, which is brilliant. So, we have to make a few decisions.”

Whilst Klopp reports everyone coming back fit from International duty, he also mentioned that Naby Keita was tired on his return from international duty [Thursday].

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Andrew Robertson will train with the group for the first time today after “two very intensive games for Scotland.”

Bournemouth: 

Manager Eddie Howe reports that the team is in much better shape at the minute:

“We’re a lot better than we were after the Newcastle game, when we had a number of players with knocks. The break has given us the chance to nurse our players and we’ll look at them all and assess their fitness ahead of Sunday.”

In terms of specific names, Howe says striker Joshua King has returned to training and will be assessed ahead of Sunday afternoon’s match with Arsenal:

“Joshua King has improved and trained with the group and we’ll be excited if he is fit,”

One confirmed absentee, is Adam Smith who is out for an estimated 2-3 months with a knee injury. Jefferson Lerma is has returned to full training and is available.

Man United:

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The news looks positive on Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku: 

“It’s been two weeks waiting for news, good or bad, from the boys playing for their national teams. Martial stayed with us, he didn’t go with the [France] national team. He worked really hard. He was in a pre-injury situation, but worked really hard and he’s going to play tomorrow. Fellaini is going to play.

Rashford came back [from England duty] with a little problem but he is ready. Lukaku is ready, with a little bit of a risk, but ready and Paul [Pogba], we knew in this break he would recover so I don’t think we have players who I can say are out of the game tomorrow.”

Arsenal:

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Both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have returned to full training.

Wolves: 

Nuno confirms that Matt Doherty has recovered from a facial injury and he will be available to face Huddersfield on Sunday. Jonny Otto does not require knee surgery, but he is expected to miss six weeks of action.

Chelsea: 

Good news on the injury front for Sarri, as he reports that all his players have come back relatively unscathed from International duty:

“As usual after the national teams there are some little problems, someone with a little injury, somebody a little bit tired, but fortunately at the moment we have not big problems.”

Metteo Kovacic is recovering well from an ankle injury – the Madrid loanee took part in a full session on Thursday.

Everton: 

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes have been cleared fit for Everton after the pair train ahead of their match versus Cardiff.

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Kurt Zouma is back in contention after missing the draw at Stamford Bridge due to the terms of his loan agreement:

“For sure it gives me a headache. Before the last match, was doing a fantastic performance every time. Tomorrow I have to take the decision but it is a good headache.”

Crystal Palace: 

Hodgson reports that Connor Wickham, Christian Benteke and Scott Dann are working well, with Dann expected to return to training on Monday:

“The team news is pretty much positive. We still have the longer term concerns but Connor Wickham took part in his first training session today which is a positive. Christian Benteke is making exceptionally good progress, the medical staff are very happy with the way he’s applying himself and how hard he’s working to come back as soon as possible. Scott Dann we think will be back with us on Monday.”

There were worries about Wilfried Zaha, James Tomkins and Mama Sakho, who had picked up injuries over the course of the international break or around the Tottenham Hotspur home game, but Hodgson explained that almost everyone has returned to fitness:

“Players who played internationally over the past week are okay. Mamadou Sakho is fit so it’s a positive on that front. We have everyone available who I was expecting to be available. Zaha is over the injury and has been training all week, it’s the same with James Tomkins. They were both out for a time due to knocks but both have recovered.”

No specific mention made of Wan-Bissaka, but he was training with the main group today so the assumption is that he is fit and available.

Man City: 

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On the injury front, Pep had some news about Bernado Silva and Benjamin Mendy:

“Bernado cannot play this weekend. The injury is not a big one but he cannot play this weekend. Benjamin will be out for 10-12 weeks.”

This weekend comes too soon for Kevin De Bruyne who is targeting a return in early December.

Newcastle: 

Paul Dummett has been ruled out of the trip to Turf Moor with a hamstring injury:

“He has been treated. We’ll see how it goes during the next week. No date [on a potential return to play].”

Additional recovery days will help Jamaal Lascelles [shoulder] and Jonjo Shelvey [calf]:

“They have two more training sessions to prove their fitness.”

Florian Lejeune is taking part in training, but Rafa Benitez insists he won’t take risks. The defender is only 4-months post-op ACL reconstructive surgery.

Yoshinori Muto will be assessed in the lead up to the Burnley game.

 

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