Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 14

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 14

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All the best for Gameweek 14 everyone – let’s do this!

West Ham:

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Marko Arnautovic has been confirmed fit to face Newcastle this weekend:

“Marko Arnautovic worked the whole week without any problems. He has one day more to recover for the game, but he’s OK and he worked without any problems. Marko is ready to play.”

Manuel Pellegrini also announced that Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere could be back, after recovering from their ankle injuries:

“Andy Carroll is maybe one step further forward than Jack Wilshere because he played 45 minutes in the friendly game against Brentford and he was on the bench last week. Both of them worked without problems this week so may be on the squad list for Saturday.”

Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez and Ryan Fredericks remain out with long term injuries:

“The rest of the injuries are all long injuries so, at the moment, we have no new news about Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez or Ryan Fredericks, as all of them are long injuries.”


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Jamie Vardy has fully recovered from a niggling groin problem and the striker is poised to lead the attack against Watford after changing the game from the bench last time out.

Vicente Iborra [knee] has been passed fit, but Harry Maguire isn’t due to re-join the group until next week. Rachid Ghezzal will also begin training around the same time.

Matty James [Achilles] made his comeback for the U23s on Thursday evening, but Claude Puel doesn’t know if the injury-plagued midfielder can feature for the first-team this month.

James Maddison also returns to the Leicester City squad after missing the Carabao Cup penalty shootout win over Southampton because of suspension.


There are no new injuries for Wolverhampton as they hope to recover from their slump. Jonny remains injured with a knee injury and here is what the staff had to say about him:

“The first two weeks have been focused on reducing inflammation around the knee and maintaining strength as much as possible. It’s difficult to put a timescale on his return, but we’ll progress him as quickly as possible.”

According to the Spanish national team doctor, he will be back in 5-6 weeks.


Johann Berg Gudmundsson is back in contention for the weekend, following a calf injury and illness, and hopes to play against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Ben Gibson and James Tarkowski have played in a behind-closed doors training game on Tuesday, and are on their road to making it back into the starting line up.


Brighton have no new injuries, as Dale Stephens remains sidelined with a suspension and Jahanbakhsh remains out with an injury:

“We have no additional injury concerns at the moment, Jahanbakhsh is still out and Dale Stephens is still suspended.”

Mat Ryan and Glenn Murray are available to face Huddersfield this weekend.

Chelsea (Europa League presser): 

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On Eden Hazard, Sarri stated the following on Wednesday:

“Hazard is not a serious injury, I think. He will not be able to play tomorrow [v PAOK], but I think that we will be able to recover him for the next Premier League match. 25 days ago he had a back injury, now the ankle, so he has lost a lot of training. So it is normal that he isn’t at the top of his physical condition. He needs to have one week of training and a couple of matches to [recover] his best level. I think that this week it’s useful for him to have [only] training [and not play v PAOK]. Of course, I think that he cannot play ten matches in 29/30 days. So sometimes he has to rest.”

Hazard has been confirmed as training this week with the main group.

No other fresh injury concerns for Chelsea following their Europa League match.


Wagner hopes Zanka will be fit for the weekend, and will return to the starting eleven if deemed so:

“I gave him some rest after playing for Denmark. He looks good and sharp.”

Terrence Kongolo and Laurent Depoitre are doubts for the weekend, and look unlikely to feature:

“Unfortunately, Terrence Kongolo is a doubt at the minute after picking up a knock in the Wolves game. Laurent Depoitre has a groin problem as well.”

Chris Löwe is the only confirmed out for the Terriers against Brighton:

“The only play to 100% miss the game though is Chris Löwe.”


Jose Holebas is available, as the defender returned from a calf injury:

“José is ready. He didn’t train the first day of this week, but the second he did and he is available.”

Watford has almost a full list of available players, as only Adalberto Peñaranda is definitely ruled out against Leicester. Tom Cleverley and Daryl Janmaat have been in full training, but Gracia doesn’t want to rush them in, ahead of this chaotic Christmas period:

“At this moment only Peñaranda is maybe not available. He had a little pain in his foot. Maybe one, two or three days he will be available. The rest of the players are fit and available for the next game. Maybe they [Tom Cleverley and Daryl Janmaat] need to be in the best condition, but they are training with the team every day.”

Manchester United:

Alexis Sánchez is expected to be sidelined for up to 6 weeks, as Mourinho doesn’t see him starting before January:

“He has an important injury. I don’t want to risk by saying for how long, but from the top of my experience, I would say he’s not playing this year.”

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Diogo Dalot is expected to start this weekend, as Mourinho sees him as being ready:

“This weekend will be the first call for Dalot. He’s ready now.”

Victor Lindelöf will be out for around 3-4 weeks, whilst Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian are still sidelined, and will not feature this weekend.

Luke Shaw should also be back after serving his one-match ban.


Eddie Howe states that Dan Gosling is a doubt for Cherries after picking up a minor injury against Arsenal last weekend:

“He took a bang on his knee against Arsenal, we hope it’s just a bruise so we’ll wait and see.”

Adam Smith also remains sidelined, whilst Jefferson Lerma has a one week suspension:

“We’ve got Adam Smith out of course, Jefferson Lerma is suspended and Dan Gosling hasn’t trained this week so we’ll make a late call on him, we’re not sure on his availability yet.”


Danny Ings has been confirmed out and will not feature this weekend:

“We’re still missing Danny unfortunately, who hasn’t been on the grass yet. We’d hoped to get him back at some point this week but it hasn’t been possible. He had a slight setback, nothing too great, and he wasn’t quite ready so we’ve given him a little bit more time.”

Ryan Bertrand is a doubt for the weekend, as he hasn’t trained because of a back problem:

“Ryan Bertrand is struggling a little bit as he’s got an issue with his back that has flared up again. We’ve managed it in the past but it’s giving him a bit of anxiety at the moment so he hasn’t trained for a number of days.”


Mousa Dembele (ankle) and Davison Sanchez (hamstring) are continuing rehabilitation. Erik Lamela (thigh) is being assessed after sustaining an injury against Inter Milan,

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Kieran Trippier is in his final stages of rehabilitation and conditioning, whilst Wanyama is continuing to receive treatment.


Andre-Frank Anguissa trained with the squad today, but Claudio Ranieri confirms he and Kevin McDonald [hamstring] will not be ready for Sunday:

“Frank trained with us today, but won’t be available. McDonald continues to train and is slowly getting better, but also won’t be available.”


Klopp confirmed the Reds were left nursing a couple of minor knocks and niggles following their exertions against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek:

“We had an intense game, and we have a lot of knocks. We have to see.

It’s good we have this one day more and it is not Wednesday – Saturday because that would be really difficult. Wednesday – Sunday will be enough to have a nearly full squad then, but I don’t know exactly how the situation will be tomorrow for training.”

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Sadio Mané is fine after overcoming illness mid-week to play PSG, but Sunday is likely to come too soon for Adam Lallana who only returned to full training on Thursday. Dominic Solanke is struggling with a groin injury and Divock Origi is also doubtful.

Crystal Palace: 

The Palace manager announced that his squad have been bolstered by the return of two experienced first-team players, Scott Dann and Connor Wickham (Roy’s words not mine):

“Scott and Connor can both play, they’ve been in training all week. Both are making good strides. Both have been out of top-class competitive football for some time. Connor is now back, I think it might be his first full week, but Scott has been training with us for the past two or three weeks.”

Hodgson also restated what he said in last week’s press conference on forward Christian Benteke, who has returned to the gym following an operation in October:

“We don’t have any injuries other than the one to Christian, which everyone knows about. He’s making very good progress so we’re happy with that. Fortunately, everyone else can be considered. We don’t think Christian’s return is months away, [it’s] more like weeks.”


Silva reports there are no fresh injury concerns for Everton ahead of Sundays’ Merseyside derby.

Man City: 

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Pep doesn’t know on the fitness of Bernado Silva, Ilkay Gündogan and Gabriel Jesus but will assess them in training:

“We have training in a few hours and we will assess how Jesus, Gundo and Bernado are. I think Kevin is still not ready, but soon, he will be ready.”

Kevin De Bruyne could miss the next three Premier League fixtures as he continues his recovery from a knee ligament injury. A return against Hoffenheim in the UCL [Dec 12] would see the Belgian back within his initial RTP timeline of 5/6 weeks.

The club doctor has reported that Jesus is “much, much better” and Pep also states that he is important and will get plenty of minutes over the busy Christmas period.


Rafa has updates on Dummett, Lejeune, Sterry, Lascelles, Shelvey and Muto:

“Paul Dummett is very close but not enough for this game. The others – Lejeune, Sterry, Lascelles, Shelvey, Mutō – have all been training at least once. I have to decide the squad because I have almost everybody available.”


Kenneth Zohore is expected to miss out again due to an ongoing calf injury, Warnock reports:

“He has not responded really, we’re disappointed. It seems to be taking an eternity to get right.”

Warnock says Mendez-Laing must bide his time:

“He’s doing well. When you’ve had a bad injury, you have to listen to the experts. When you see him in training, you wonder why he isn’t with us but you have to take your time.”

He also anticipates changes ahead of a busy upcoming schedule:

“I imagine there’ll be changes given there’s three games. I think it’s a reflection that I’m playing Paterson up front. I know what he gives and he never lets me down. We can never play 5/6 strikers because we’re not good enough defensively.”


The following is the news from the pre-match Europa League presser. Will update if more news becomes available before the deadline.

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Alexandre Lacazette was assessed ahead of Arsenal’s tie against Vorskla on Thursday and wasn’t included in the match day squad. Stephan Lichtsteiner is back in full training, while Laurent Koscielny played 45 minutes of the under-23s’ match against Derby County on Monday.







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