Premier League Press Conference Round Up: Gameweek 24

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 24

I will release the rest when/if they are completed tomorrow before the deadline.

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Manchester United: 

Marouane Fellaini is still ruled out through injury and defender Chris Smalling is closing in on a return to action, even if Marcos Rojo is understood to still be unavailable:

”Chris has trained for a week now, so he’s looking good.”

Solskjaer believes it is easy to rotate the forwards at his disposal at the moment because the schedule is such a busy one:

“So far, it’s been no problem. We’ve got so many games. As soon as it becomes one game a week, it might be a problem. We rotate even during games. When we can put Anthony [Martial] and ‘Rashy’ [Marcus Rashford] on for Alexis and Rom, who did a fantastic job [at Arsenal], it is only going to help us. The players have been very, very good at staying ready and being ready when they get on.”

West Ham:

Lucas Perez is the only fresh concern for Manuel Pellegrini:

“We have the same players except Lucas Perez, who got a kick in the game against Wimbledon so he will be not be available for Tuesday’s game.”

Ryan Fredericks came through Saturday unscathed while Pellegrini says Manuel Lanzini could be available in around 3-4 weeks.

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Sounds like Marko Arnautovic could be back in the side on Tuesday:

“I am happy for us that Marko has finished his issue and he will stay here. I hope he will be the player we know he can be in the next game.”

Brighton: 

Hughton reports that Jose Izquierdo and Bernado are out, whilst Matty Ryan returns:

“Jose Izquierdo is still out, as is Bernardo. Matty Ryan is back and with us now.

Bernardo is very close to being back fit – we anticipate he’ll train on Thursday. He’s done good rehab work and made a good recovery – it’s about when we feel he’s ready for matches.”

With their regular number 1 goalkeeper now back from the Asian games, Hughton now has a difficult decision to make in goal:

“I haven’t named the team for tomorrow yet, and I have a decision to make now in the goalkeeping position. “Maty Ryan trained yesterday and he will do again today – he’s fine and fit. “David Button has come in and done very well and taken his chance.”

Burnley: 

Phil Bardsley has been nursing a knock and was among those left out of the Clarets’ FA Cup exit at Manchester City on Saturday and the right-back – who has started Burnley’s last four games during their unbeaten Premier League run – will be assessed ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Old Trafford along with wingers Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady: 

“We are waiting on Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Phil Bardsley. I’ll also find out more about Robbie Brady’s injury today.

There are a number of situations in the balance. We’ll see if those bodies are back tomorrow. It will be helpful if they are.”

Matt Lowton (toe) will be assessed ahead of the game. Aaron Lennon (knee) and Jon Walters (Achilles) remain out long-term

Everton:

Silva reports no fresh injury concerns other than Yerry Mina who is having tests on his left foot after picking up an injury against Millwall.

Huddersfield: 

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On the possibility of Aaron Mooy playing, new boss Jan Siewert stated:

“I don’t want to give the details of my line-up but he is close to a return.”

Philip Billing is still struggling with a knee problem. The midfielder won’t be ready for Everton but he should return to full training later this week.

Fulham:

Ranieri reports the team news, including updates on Alfie Mawson and Frank Anguissa:

“Mawson has a check in six weeks. He’s not finished for the season. Anguissa has come back to train with the first team, but he is not ready yet.”

Ranieri confirms Aboubakar Kamara is unavailable due to an internal disciplinary matter. He was arrested recently at the clubs’ training ground on suspicion of actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

Wolves:

Nuno Espirito Santo reports a clean bill of health.

Willy Boly returns after serving the final game of his three-match ban.

Manchester City:

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Benjamin Mendy suffered a setback after getting a run out against Burton, but Pep reports he’s much better. Vincent Kompany remains out:

“Mendy is much better but Kompany is still out.”

Newcastle:

Rafa reports the team news:

“The midfielders are still very close, but not ready for this game so it’s more or less the same. The only one we have lost is Joselu, with a twisted ankle. No (Jonjo) Shelvey, no Ki (Sung-yueng), no (Mohamed) Diamé.”

Arsenal: 

Arsenal’s medical team report the team news:

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Source: www.arsenal.com

Southampton: 

Hasenhüttl reports that he has largely the same group of players to work with. Ryan Bertrand is working hard to come back and fellow full-back Matt Targett has chance whilst Mario Lemina has a problem with his stomach:

“Ryan is a part of training at the moment and he is getting closer. For now, it is a pity that Mario Lemina is not as well since he has a few problems with his stomach. Matt Targett’s knee injury wasn’t as bad as we first feared in the beginning so he has been training since Saturday so has a good chance to play this week.”

The First Team Manager also provided an update on Charlie Austin and Kayne Ramsay, both of whom face an uphill battle to be ready for Wednesday night:

“Charlie Austin has a swollen ankle so he could be a problem for Wednesday and Kayne Ramsay was ill today; if he trains well tomorrow then we will see about him too. It has been a strange week for our schedule not having a fixture at the weekend but we trained very intensively in that time and had a good opportunity to look at the whole squad.”

Leicester: 

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Claude Puel reports that Harry Maguire is back, but Daniel Amartey is still out:

“Harry [Maguire] is match fit. There are no other injuries other than Daniel Amartey.”

Puel suggests Adrien Silva will play a greater role in the second half of the season:

“I am happy because he can give other possibilities for the team. Sometimes we can play with three midfielders and I think there will be an opportunity for Adrien to have game time.”

Cardiff: 

Warnock admits recent events will have a bearing on his team selection at Arsenal:

 “Three or four lads have been really poor in training and we decided tomorrow we’ve got to go with who we feel will get more out of it.”

Watford: 

Gracia will have the same group of players to select when choosing his 18 to face Spurs, as Kiko Femenía, Abdoulaye Doucouré and Sebastian Prödl are still out:

“We are in the same situation as last week. Prödl, Kiko and Doucouré are not training with the team at this moment. We are waiting for them to come back. We are trying to help Doucouré recover as soon as possible because he is an important player for us. He has a little problem in his knee, but he feels better day by day but in this moment not enough to train and play with the team. One week ago, I thought he will be ready quicker but it wasn’t possible. I’m sure in the next days he will be ready.”

Bournemouth: 

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Striker Callum Wilson is likely to face a late fitness test ahead of AFC Bournemouth’s Premier League showdown with Chelsea on Wednesday:

“Callum is going to be a doubt for the game. It’s a knee problem but we’re going to wait and see. We’re going to give him all the time he needs to try to get fit for this game.”

Meanwhile, Howe reported new signing Dominic Solanke was making good progress with his recovery from a hamstring problem:

“Dominic has done well. He’s been back on the grass with us and I’ve been pleased with his progress. I think I said he would be ready in February when he first signed. We will wait and see whether that’s going to be any earlier.”

Howe was also asked whether fellow new recruit Chris Mepham may feature against the Blues:

“He’s a very talented young lad. We’re really excited by what he can deliver for us, now and in the future. He fits our mould of what we’re after in a young defender. He’s very good on the ball, composed and he has leadership qualities. He’s started very well in his first few training sessions. Whether or not he will play a part against Chelsea, we will wait and see.”

Spurs:

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Pochettino reports that Son Heung-Min was very disappointed with South Korea being knocked out of the Asian Cup, but hints that despite that, he may start versus Watford:

“Today was good, the training. Maybe after the game, and between Dubai and Kuwait, he fell empty, because he was so disappointed, but of course, he is happy, and today was very good energy. We’re going to decide if he’s going to play from the start or from the bench but I am very optimistic because today he showed very good energy in the training session.” 

Chelsea:

No new injuries for Chelsea.

Gonzalo Higuain made his Chelsea debut in their FA Cup victory against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday and Sarri has revealed the Argentine found the match more physical than he expected:

“It is not easy, of course. It is not easy to adapt. In this championship it is difficult, Higuain said ‘it was so aggressive’, but I told him it was normal. He is a great player and he needs to adapt. He has to do everything in less than one month, otherwise he is late.”

The striker could have marked the match with a goal but opted to let Willian take penalty taking duties and Sarri admits he was slightly surprised by that decision:

“A little bit, he wants to score in every game. He gave the ball to Willian and this was a wonderful start because he is available to the team-mates and I appreciate that very much.”

Liverpool: 

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Jurgen Klopp confirms that Virgil van Dijk has resumed training following illness, while Georginio Wijnaldum is also back in contention after a knee issue.

Elsewhere, Fabinho is set to join his teammates in Tuesday evening’s workout at Melwood; however, Trent Alexander-Arnold will not be ready to face the Foxes:

“Virg was a little bit ill, but he trained yesterday and will train today, so we will see. Dejan [Lovren] is fine, Gini trained [and] Fabinho will train today.

Trent is getting closer and closer and it all looks very positive, but he will not be ready for tomorrow.”

Crystal Palace: 

Roy Hodgson has said that he will have a decision to make regarding the starting goalkeeper ahead of Wednesday’s game at Southampton.

All three senior stoppers are available for the game, with Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita returning from injuries to join Sunday’s Man of the Match Julian Speroni in the conversation for the starting spot.

Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke have returned to fitness, and are available alongside Jordan Ayew as options up top.

The re-signing of Bakary Sako at the weekend also adds to the Eagles’ arsenal.

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