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 17
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Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Sam Byram and Ryan Fredericks are all nursing long-term injuries, while Marko Arnautovic and Jack Wilshere will be unavailable as they continue to receive treatment for hamstring and ankle problems respectively:
“I think one of the merits of this team is having six or seven injuries and winning the last three games. We continue with the same amount of players and we know we have to play a lot of games during December and January so I hope that we continue with the same spirit with the players who are able to do it.
Jack Wilshere continues his treatment with his ankle. He will not be involved in this game.”
Lucas Perez will face a late fitness test:
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“Lucas Perez has a pain in his instep [after being injured during the first half of last Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace]. We are reviewing it. Tomorrow we will know exactly who will be in the squad.”
Andy Carroll, who replaced Lucas Perez at half-time last weekend, is back and in contention for a starting spot:
“He first played in the friendly game we had against Brentford [on 15 November] and now he played 45 minutes and [won the free-kick] that allowed us to score the second goal [against Crystal Palace]. He did a lot of good work for our team and we will see what happens with him this week.”
The latest team news sees Serge Aurier (groin) and Mousa Dembele (ankle) both commencing on-field rehabilitation.
Victor Wanyama (knee) continues his rehabilitation while Kieran Trippier (groin) continues his individual preventative and conditioning programme.
Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth (both hamstring) have both entered the late stages of conditioning work.
“We need to assess a few players tomorrow. We’ll see, I cannot say if they will be available or not.”
Sean Dyche says Steven Defour (knee) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring) chances of being fit for Saturday are “touch and go”. Neither injury is believed to be serious:
“Both are making forms of progress but I’m not sure if they’ll make it.”
Stephen Ward (knee surgery) is progressing:
“He’s not there yet but he’s back on the grass working with the physios. He’s joining in the warm-ups with the main first team groups and then going off on his own at the minute.”
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Claude Puel confirmed Ben Chilwell is a doubt for the fixture, but revealed striker Jamie Vardy could return to action following a groin problem:
“We will see tomorrow about Ben Chilwell. He felt a pain in his knee, so we will see this week whether he can play.
“Jamie Vardy came back with the squad this morning (Thursday) and I think he will be in the squad this weekend. Harry Maguire was in the squad for the last game [against Tottenham Hotspur].”
Puel says midfielder Matty James, meanwhile, has made a significant improvement to his fitness following an Achilles problem, and is ready to challenge for a spot in the squad:
“I think he has improved his physical fitness. He has a good feeling about his body, this is the most important. It’s a good feeling with him, after a long period out he came back with the squad. He needs intensity to compete with his team-mates.”
The Head Coach confirmed he will be without Andre Gray (leg), Will Hughes (hip), Adalberto Peñaranda (foot), Sebastian Prödl (knee) and Étienne Capoue (suspended) for the match at Vicarage Road with the Bluebirds.
Gracia is not cursing his luck on the injury front though, preferring instead to focus on the opportunity it provides for others:
“I like to have all my players available, but in this case, even with two, three, four players out, we have enough players to play in the next game. The squad is ready and some of them have been waiting for their chance for a long time. Maybe in the next games they will get their chances. We have to play a lot of games, so we must be patient and trust our players.”
Chelsea (post-match EL presser):
Alvaro Morata picked up a knock and had to go off for Olivier Giroud just before half time:
“The first impression of the doctor maybe it is not a serious injury. But of course with this situation we have to wait until tomorrow.”
Aside from this, Sarri reported no other injury concerns.
Howe gives updates on Lewis Cook, Adam Smith and Dan Gosling:
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“We’ve got a few injury concerns. Lewis Cook and Adam Smith (both knee) are obviously long term. Dan Gosling has had an operation, but that shouldn’t keep him out for too long.”
Callum Wilson pulled up in training prior to the game and missed his first Premier League fixture of the campaign so far. Howe wants to err on the side of caution with Wilson’s injury, but is hopeful he will play this weekend:
“Callum Wilson has recovered well, so we’re hopeful he’ll be OK. You need your best players fit and available, physically he’s been good as this is the first problem he’s had. We’re going to be careful with the problem and wait and see.”
Warnock reports that Ken Zohore is close to a return:
“He is training. He joined in with some ball work and then did extra physical stuff. I’m not sure [if he’s available for selection] as he hasn’t had any game time. He’s running about so it’s whether I think he could do half an hour.”
No mention of Danny Ward (knee) or Jazz Richards (hamstring) although the latter is almost certain to miss out. Greg Cunningham began some light work almost two weeks ago, so should be close.
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Chris Hughton confirms that Glenn Murray is back and available:
“Glenn [Murray] is fine now and has made a full recovery from his shoulder knock.”
Back up Goalkeeper David Button is also available for selection:
“It’s good to have David Button back too ahead of next month. We knew his injury would only be a short period of time. We have good level of competition in the goalkeeping department now.”
Jose Izquierdo (knee) is hoping to train today while Alireza Jahanbakhsh “is also available for this weekend” after recovering from a recent hamstring problem.
Shane Duffy serves the second game of a three-match ban following his dismissal at Crystal Palace.
Jose Mourinho is hopeful that several Manchester United players can be added to his squad for Sunday’s meeting with Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Only Nemanja Matic and David De Gea were rested for the trip to Valencia earlier this week, with Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian and Diogo Dalot all omitted due to injury complaints. Alexis Sanchez, Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw were also left in Manchester, after missing recent games:
“I hope that between now and tomorrow’s training session we can have some positive news. But the situation is not easy. The latest is to tell you that in Valencia only De Gea and Matic were available to play and didn’t travel by decision. Apart from that, the players that didn’t travel they were not fit to play in Valencia. All of them, they had injuries and they were not ready. All of them, they didn’t train yesterday again.
Today there will be a little – I don’t want to say test – but a little introduction to training to see the answer, to see the adaptation and to see that we can increase a little bit tomorrow to have them available for Sunday. It’s better not to say for sure but I hope that some will be… let’s say available. But for sure, some will not be.”
Terence Kongolo (knee) and Jonathan Hogg (groin) “look fine” for Saturday. Unfortunately, Danny Williams suffered a knee injury in training – medial ligament – and is expected “to be out for 10 weeks”.
Aaron Mooy (MCL knee) is expected to be sidelined until February with a grade 2 tear. Club-captain Tommy Smith (hamstring) suffered a tear and will miss the entire festive fixture programme. It is hoped he will return in January.
Abdelhamid Sabiri has undergone a successful operation to repair a broken collarbone and he is targeting a return to full fitness by February.
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Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are definitely ruled out of the encounter with Jose Mourinho’s men. Trent Alexander-Arnold is looking likely to miss out:
“With Trent it’s not as serious as it is with the other two boys, but of course it is absolutely not top-class news, that’s clear.
We have to see. For him, it is day by day how we judge it. It’s not cool but as long as we still have enough players, it is our job to always find a solution for it – and we will have a solution for the weekend, but of course it is not perfect.”
On the prospect of Nathaniel Clyne starting, here’s what Klopp said:
“Clyney was unfortunately injured in the last two or three weeks. It was nothing serious but serious enough that he couldn’t be a part of training. Luckily, for four days he is in full training again – so that’s good. Is he ready for 90 minutes? I don’t know. Is he ready? Yes.”
Caludio Ranieri reports relatively good news on the injury front:
“Maxime Le Marchand and Frank Anguissa are out. The others are all available.”
On tactics, Ranieri admits that his players will need time to adjust:
“The players are improving a lot, with my tactics. It’s normal they need time to understand everything.”
Aside from Christian Benteke, Hodgson reports having a full squad to choose from:
“It’s too soon for Benteke, he’s out there training away, making good progress but more likely the end of the month. The others are all fit.”
On the possibility of Connor Wickham starting:
“We’ll see about Connor [starting]. I’m not going to give you the team, that will have to wait for tomorrow. He’s played 45 and 65 mins for the Under 23 side [so still needs more minutes].”
Patrick Van Aanholt (shoulder) returned to training on Thursday. The Palace full-back was forced off before the hour mark last weekend, but tests revealed the problem was nothing serious.
Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins will miss out after collecting their fifth cautions of the campaign during the 3-2 loss at West Ham.
Pep confirms that Sergio Agüero has completed the last two training sessions but is remaining coy on his inclusion this weekend:
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“Agüero did the last two training sessions with the team. He has no pain but after we are going to decide.”
Pep was also coy about the availability of Kevin De Bruyne:
“Kevin [De Bruyne] is the same as Agüero. No pain. So we will see (if he plays tomorrow).”
David Silva (muscular) will miss the festive period and is targeting a return in early January.
John Stones (knee) will be assessed in training today. He received treatment on Thursday after picking up an injury in the Champions League:
“Today he is training. We will see how [he] feels because when you have just 60 hours of recovery [it is difficult].”
Paul Dummett is available, but Rafa reports that Federico Fernandez, Karl Darlow and Jonjo Shelvey aren’t yet ready:
“Dummett – who was on the bench (v Wolves) – is available. Fernández has a knock in his calf – he is progressing and doing well, but he is not available. Darlow has a problem but hopefully next week he will be fully fit. We’ll assess how Shelvey is doing in ten days.”
He also gave an update on Florian Lejeune:
“He is not available for this game, but he is getting closer. For Florian, it is good news. Normally with a cruciate ligament injury, it is six or nine months (out). In four months, he is back playing and that is good news for us.”
DeAndre Yedlin also serves a 1 match ban.
Hasenhüttl confirms Cedric Soares (calf), Danny Ings (hamstring) and Shane Long (ankle) have all been involved in full training and could be included on Sunday against Arsenal.
Ryan Bertrand is out. The full back has had a minor surgical procedure on his back and faces a race against time to feature over Christmas.
Hasenhüttl also mentions about how the players are coping with the work on their new philosophy:
“The guys have invested a lot this week; we are talking about a style that has many new things for some of them and it is a process that doesn’t change just from one day to another.”
Idrissa Gueye (groin) faces a late fitness test after limping off versus Watford due to a small problem:
“We need to assess him this afternoon.”
Aside from this, Marco Silva reports no other problems.
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo must decide whether to recall regular starters Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez, who were both substitutes against Newcastle last weekend.
Jonny Castro Otto is training after a knee injury and could be involved.
Aside from that, there are no other injury concerns for Nuno.