Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 16

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 16

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All the best for Gameweek 16 everyone – lets do this!

Huddersfield:

Terrence Kongolo is available, and is back in training. Chris Löwe has returned to full training and could feature for Huddersfield this weekend:

“Chris Löwe trained the whole week with the team and could be back in the squad on Saturday.”

Abdelhamid Sabiri suffered a broken collar bone midweek, and will consequently be out for 8 weeks.

Everyone else is available for Huddersfield excluding Phillip Billing and Steve Mounié, who are out with suspension.

West Ham:

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In his press conference, Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that Marko Arnautovic suffered a muscle injury in their clash against Cardiff, and is expected to miss the next month:

“Arnautovic has a muscle injury and he will probably be out for around a month,”

Jack Wilshere will not be involved this weekend, but Pellegrini hopes he can be fit for their match against Fulham:

“Wilshere, with his ankle, is not 100 per cent comfortable, and he will not be involved in this game. I think it will just be this game. I hope he will be okay next week.”

Pellegrini also hopes that fullback, Aaron Cresswell will be ready for their match against Fulham.

Striker, Andy Carroll, could feature this weekend, after coming on as a substitute in their midweek game:

“We hope he will now continue playing games. Those few minutes the other day, I think were very useful minutes for him. He worked today without problem.”

Burnley:

Following their mid-week fixture against Liverpool, Sean Dyche has reported a clean bill of health, with no additional injuries.

Steven Defour is still under assessment with a knee injury.

Fulham:

Claudio Ranieri has also reported a clean bill of health after their mid-week match against Leicester:

“Everyone is in good condition.”

Both, Zambo Anguissa and Andre Schurrle returned to the squad against Leicester, however both remained unused, as they hope to regain full fitness in the coming weeks.

Kevin McDonald is working his way back to full fitness, after missing a stretch of games through a hamstring injury, and hopes to return in the near future.

Brighton:

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In his press conference, Hughton stated that both Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo will be assessed ahead of their match against Burnley. Murray was forced off with a shoulder injury, whilst Izquierdo suffered a knee injury against Crystal Palace:

“He [Glenn Murray] went over on his shoulder but it’s not dislocated or anything – it’s a bit sore but better than what it could have been. Jose Izquierdo is the same – both him and Glenn should train tomorrow (Friday) and we’ll go from there.”

Hughton reports that Florin Andone could replace Glenn Murray as striker in their upcoming fixtures:

“Florin Andone has come in and got two goals in his first two starts – we’re really pleased for him because he’s put a lot of work – we have good competition there now.”

Alireza Jahanbakhsh has returned to training, but Hughton believes that Saturday will come too soon, and a return against Chelsea in the following week is more likely.

Shane Duffy will face a suspension after receiving a red card against Crystal Palace midweek. Hughton states that Leon Balogun could prove a suitable replacement for Duffy:

“We’ll be without Shane Duffy now, but Leon Balogun proved on Tuesday that he’s more than capable of stepping into the side.”

Dale Stephens will return to the squad, after completing his 3 match suspension.

Crystal Palace:

Roy Hodgson will have the same squad as he did midweek, after reporting no new injuries:

“We’re luckier than West Ham, we don’t have any injuries to report. I have the same squad to choose from as I did from the past two games. So unless anything happens tomorrow, which I hope it won’t, I’ll have those squads to pick from.”

Only Christian Benteke is absent, and is sidelined with a knee injury, hoping to return in 3 weeks time.

Arsenal:

Mesut Özil will be assessed ahead of their fixture against Huddersfield, after struggling with a back complaint:

“He had backache and now he’s working with the physio. We are going to look at when he can come back with us. This morning he worked with the physiotherapist on the pitch, running and touching the ball. Tomorrow will be the decision.”

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Aaron Ramsey is also a concern, after not being able to feature recently with a right ankle injury:

“Tomorrow we’ll train before the game on Saturday and that’s the moment you can know if the players will be OK or not for Saturday.”

Laurent Koscielny has made a comeback to the under-23’s an Unai Emery states that his next step is to return to the main group. It looks very unlikely that Koscielny will feature this weekend:

“We are on a gradual way with him.  He’s working with us with very big performances every day in training. He’s playing for the under-23s with a good feeling. The next step is for him to be with us.”

Rob Holding may possibly have a season ending injury, after injuring his left knee. Unai admits that the first news is not good:

“We are waiting. The club can give us communication about this. The best news for me is [being] calm, but the doctors are looking at him and they are going to communicate with us.”

Nacho Monreal is being assessed ahead of their clash against Huddersfield – Unai is hopeful he will overcome his thigh injury.

Dinos Mavropanos [Groin] and Danny Welbeck [right ankle] are recovering from long term injuries and will not feature against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Everton:

Marco Silva reported that they have no new injuries, following their match against Newcastle.

He commented on their squad depth, and how it is vital during this busy period. He talked about their good defensive depth, and how Kurt Zouma easily replace Michael Keane:

“We will do everything we can to manage the squad, giving some rest to some players, too, if I feel it doesn’t take away too much from our team. Before Newcastle, we played three days before, in an intense match. That’s why I took the decision because I know what Zouma can give us and he performed well, as I expected.”

Man United: 

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Mourinho on whether his injured players (Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly) will return:

“I don’t know. The training session is at 11am – that will give us some answers. Smalling, Jones, Martial & Bailly. Of course, Lindelof & Sanchez, we don’t even speak about them. 

For sure we are going to play with players who are not in the maximum of their potential. But players will put themselves available for the team., like Smalling did in the last match and Jones did against Southampton.”

Mourinho commented further on Martial stating:

“He doesn’t think it is an injury, he thinks it was a pre-injury, it was feeling tight,”

Ashley Young is back in contention after missing the Arsenal match. The 33-year-old has served a one game ban having accumulated five yellow cards.

No mention of Antonio Valencia or Luke Shaw as part of Mourinho’s update.

Southampton:

As there has been a new appointment in Ralph Hasenhuttl, he has undertaken interviews and hasn’t commented on the team news. However, courtesy of Ben Dinnery we were given the following information:

Kelvin Davis is ‘hopeful’ that Danny Ings & Ryan Bertrand could recover, suggesting that the duo could return against Cardiff.

Lemina is available after facing his suspension whilst Obafemi is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

Leicester: 

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Claude Puel confirms that Harry Maguire, Rachid Ghezzal and Jonny Evans have all overcome injuries and will be available for the visit of Spurs. Jamie Vardy however, will not be available:

“Harry [Maguire] has come back in the training sessions this week. I think he’ll be in the squad on Saturday. [Jonny] Evans had a pain but now he’s available. Jamie [Vardy] will not be available.”

Puel hopes to have Vardy back for the trip to Palace:

“We will see. I don’t want to push him too much. We have a lot of games and we need to be careful.”

Bournemouth: 

Eddie Howe has confirmed he has a number of injury concerns ahead of the weekend’s Premier League game against Liverpool at Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries were dealt a blow on Thursday afternoon when it was confirmed Lewis Cook would miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. The boss also revealed that Dan Gosling would miss the game against Liverpool:

“Losing any player at this moment is a big blow. Rotation at this stage of the season is important. We’ve got a good squad and it’s at these kinds of moments when we’ll need to make full use of that. Whilst the injuries are a blow and obviously not what we wanted, it’s a chance for someone else to step in to the side.

“Dan [Gosling] is still out at this moment. We’re waiting for a diagnosis on his knee problem, so he’ll definitely miss the weekend’s game. It’s never an ideal time of year to lose any players, but certainly not two players in the same position.

Lewis is okay, but naturally disappointed. He’s already planning and plotting his comeback. The first step for Lewis is to get the operation out of the way this weekend. We of course will be with him every step of the way and wish him well as he begins his journey back.”

Cardiff: 

In terms of Injuries, Warnock reports the following, including updates on Danny Ward, Ken Zohore, Gary Madine and Jazz Richards:

“Gary Madine has had a problem, Danny Ward is injured and Ken Zohore has had one day’s training. The striking problems don’t go away – we’ve still got Jazz [Richards] and Ken [Zohore] unavailable.”

Chelsea:

Sarri reports no serious injuries and that every player is available, but there is still one more training session to go for the Blues ahead of their crunch match against the Champions.

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Sarri plays down speculation that Marcos Alonso is looking tired: “He has only played league games this season.” He goes on to state that the left-back was better in the first half at Wolves but “had difficulties in the second half.” He will make a decision on selection after training today.

Emerson is the other option, here’s what Sarri had to say on Emerson as a replacement for Alonso:

“Emerson is a good option. I have to consider some details. For example, without Alonso, we could have problems at set pieces.”

Spurs:

Kieran Trippier (groin) will miss out on Saturday. The full-back is being assessed to determine the extent of his injury. Juan Foyth (hamstring) is also added to the Tottenham treatment room. Otherwise, it’s as you were.

Tottenham will rotate their squad for Saturday’s match at Leicester, but Mauricio Pochettino insists it is not motivated by their midweek clash with Barcelona:

“It is not easy of course, because to play every three days is so tough for the players and the staff. But we are going to try to take the best decision, to put [out] a very fresh team with fresh legs and fresh minds, and try to compete in the best way.

The focus for us is to try to win the three points against Leicester – that is the most important game. Next is Barcelona, and we are going to maybe rotate some players, because they need rest, not because we are going to play in Barcelona Tuesday. That is why.

The decision we take is always to try and provide the best for the players. If we detect some players are tired, then maybe [it is best] to rest, but we are thinking always about winning the game against Leicester, not the game after.”

Liverpool: 

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Sadio Mané is a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth. The Liverpool forward missed the midweek victory at Burnley and the trip to the south coast may come too soon:

“Sadio is now out [at Melwood] and tries to run [for the] first time. That doesn’t sound like he will be ready for tomorrow. Hopefully he can finish the programme today we did for him.”

The Reds will have Andy Robertson and Georginio Wijnaldum back however:

“Gini is nothing – he did his own programme [this week] and is fine.

“Robbo played pretty much most of the games, in a very intense position. That’s why we decided to give him eight hours off. That was actually the only thing, he was not in Burnley. He trained in the morning and went home. He couldn’t watch the game [on TV]; he was sitting in front of the radio or whatever and came back. He is fine.”

Meanwhile, Dejan Lovren remains unavailable. The Liverpool centre-back missed the win over Burnley, too, where the Reds also lost fellow defender Joe Gomez to injury. Lovren will not recover in time for the clash with the Cherries at Vitality Stadium, confirmed Klopp:

“No, he will not be available. He got a knock last week and got a concussion. He is still not able to play.”

Wolves: 

No fresh injury concerns for Wolves who take on the Magpies at St James’ Park this weekend.

Ruben Neves returns following his ban, but Jonny Otto [MCL knee] remains in the treatment room.

Man City: 

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Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City will be without Sergio Agüero and Kevin De Bruyne for Saturday’s tip to Chelsea:

“Agüero and Kevin cannot play tomorrow. Soon both will be back.”

Aside from that, everyone aside from long term absentees Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy are available for selection.

Newcastle:

Kenedy is hoping to face Wolves following a minor toe injury:

“He is fine, he has been training… hopefully he can train tomorrow, and then he will be available.”

Defender Paul Dummett took part in training after recovering from a hamstring problem and could come back into contention for the weekend:

“If (Dummett) trains tomorrow without any problem, he is another option.”

Watford: 

Updates available from 5pm. 

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