Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Double Gameweek 25

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 Double Gameweek 25

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All the best for Double Gameweek 25 everyone – let’s see some massive scores!

Southampton:

The only new injury concern for Southampton this week is Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, as he is fighting to overcome a head injury ahead of their match against Burnley:

“I don’t know how Pierre is with his head, it was a hard hit. The cut is not so important, but you always have to pay attention [with those injuries]. He [Hojbjerg] is a strong guy and I think he can handle this. Otherwise, I don’t know of any new injuries.”

Existing absentees Ryan Bertrand, Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi are all set to remain sidelined for the game.

Fulham:

Ranieri never mentioned Joe Bryan, who looked to have picked up an injury during the win over Brighton.

It also looked as though Andre Schürrle came off at the break with a knock, but there was no mention of him either.

Alfie Mawson remains sidelined with a knee injury and Frank Zambo Anguissa is still not match fit.

Liverpool: 

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Jürgen Klopp is hopeful Trent Alexander-Arnold will return to full training next week. Joe Gomez is still not yet ready to return to full training as he continues his recovery from a lower leg fracture:

“No, both not [available]. [There’s] no return date for Joe. Trent is getting better and better and better. He is really close and I hope he is in full training next week, but not for Monday.”

Huddersfield:

Jan Siewert confirms Philip Billing (knee) began training with the squad again on Wednesday:

“Hopefully he will be in the squad.”

Aaron Mooy is available again and Siewert says he’s “developing” again after a long-term injury:

“He’s developing more and more in each training session, it’s not easy to come straight back in after a long injury.”

Alex Pritchard could return to the starting XI having been struggling with his back:

“He couldn’t join many sessions because of his back before the Everton game. I had to be careful with that because we need him.”

Siewert believes new signing Karlan Grant can help Huddersfield add more goals to their game:

“He is hungry to score goals. He’s showed he can score consistently and he did so in training yesterday. He wants the play off the shoulder.”

Brighton:

Hughton confirmed that Alireza Jahanbakhsh is back from the Asian Cup and will train on Friday, as he comes back into contention for the Seagulls.

Bernardo has already returned to training, but a decision will be made on the fitness of the Brazilian, while Jose Izquierdo (knee) remains sidelined through injury.

Manchester United: 

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Ole is optimistic that Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial will both be available for Sunday’s test against Claude Puel’s men:

“We’ve not had a proper session since the game, so hopefully both of them can get through that. I don’t think there’s anything with Paul. Anthony has done some rehab work, so he will try a session today, so I would imagine he would be available to be involved. He seemed happy yesterday.”

Marcos Rojo remains sidelined but fellow centre-back Chris Smalling was fit enough to be on the bench on Tuesday, following his lay-off with a toe problem.

Burnley:

Sean Dyche confirms that Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both back in contention to face Southampton this weekend. Steven Defour and Matt Lowton unlikely to feature.

Sam Vokes has moved to Stoke and in a swap deal, Peter Crouch returns to the Premier League for Burnley.

Watford:

Tom Cleverley was withdrawn just after the hour mark at Wembley Stadium after feeling the effects of what Gracia said was “a very demanding first half”:

“We will take a decision on Tom. Maybe it will be tough for him to play more minutes, but in two or three days he will be ready.”

The game on the south coast will come too soon in the recovery process of Abdoulaye Doucouré:

“I don’t think so. I want him to recover as soon as possible as he is an important player for us. He will be ready soon but in this moment, I don’t know when.”

Christian Kabasele is fit and available for the game against Tottenham however, not yet ready are Kiko Femenía (hamstring) and Sebastian Prödl (knee):

“The players who were injured before the game are in the same situation. We’ll see in the next hours their evolution.”

Javi Gracia saw Troy Deeney run off an early blow to his ankle and pondered taking off Roberto Pereyra at Wembley as the Argentine was troubled by an issue, but both lasted the distance and are expected to travel to the Amex Community Stadium.

Bournemouth: 

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Eddie Howe has said there will be a late call made on Jefferson Lerma for the away trip to Cardiff, while Callum Wilson will miss out again due to a knee problem.

“Callum will be out. With Jefferson we will see how he is today and make a late call on him. Other than that I think we’re as we were.”

January signing Dominic Solanke was on the bench against Chelsea and Howe said he feels his new frontman is getting closer to his debut for the club:

“Dominic Solanke was on the bench for Chelsea, so is available to play. I wouldn’t say he is 100% ready to play, and it’s difficult to get there when you have so many games to play, but we’re pleased with his progress.”

Cardiff: 

Victor Camarasa and Josh Murphy were both absent from the match day squad last time out and Warnock admits there are still some issues with his team:

“[We have] one or two little niggles, so it’ll be interesting what team we play tomorrow. I’d like to think we can keep a few lads fit. Victor has been struggling, Murphy has been struggling, so we’ve got to get these lads firing.”

Harry Arter will miss out whilst Sean Morrison is still out but is recovering well ahead of schedule.

Spurs:

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On Heung-Min Son after the win over Watford, Poch stated:

“He [was] very tired. We’ll see if he can recover for the next game. If he’s okay maybe he’s going to be in the starting XI, if not, [then] on the bench. For sure if we need him, he’s going to help the team.”

Pochettino confirms Vincent Janssen will be involved with the first team from Friday. Following the departures of Mousa Dembele and Georges-Kevin N’koudou the striker has now been added to the PL squad list.

West Ham:

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Pellegrini says it’s up to the doctor as to whether Marko Arnautovic will be ready to play:

“We are not sure about Marko. We need to see the development and the pain in his foot. We have 72 hours more to see if he will be able to play. It’s more a question for the doctor. We will see on Saturday and if he can kick the ball.” 

Lukasz Fabianski looks to be fine whilst Aaron Cresswell and Samir Nasri both need a little longer to recover:

“Fabianski will be OK. He didn’t work today 100 per cent but I think he will be able to work normally tomorrow. Aaron Cresswell is getting better, but Samir Nasri needs one week more.”

Arsenal:

The medical team have provided an update on the team news:

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Chelsea: 

There are no new injuries to report.

Sarri expects Gonzalo Higuain to improve a “great deal” over the next few weeks as his fitness improves:

“At this moment, he is not in good shape, probably because he has played very little recently between transfer market distractions and back pain.”

Wolves: 

There are no fresh injury concerns for Nuno who will welcome Willy Boly back into the matchday squad. The central defender has completed his three-match ban.

Crystal Palace: 

Cheikhou Kouyate will miss tomorrow’s match and Wilfried Zaha will be unavailable after receiving two bookings in the game against Southampton:

“We’ve got a couple of players we’ll need to test tomorrow morning, but it’s not looking too bad. The one player who will miss tomorrow is Cheikhou Kouyate, who twisted his ankle in the first half. We’re hoping it won’t be that serious but it will keep him out tomorrow. There is the Zaha suspension but otherwise we’ve got a full squad.”

When asked about the fitness of James Tomkins, Hodgson replied:

“James Tomkins trained this morning and we don’t think there will be any problems there. The training was quite light though so we need to check him tomorrow.”

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Hodgson was also asked if new signing Michy Batshuayi will be involved tomorrow:

“I think so [Batshuayi will be fit to play], I will see him this afternoon. I’ll wait here to meet him and speak with him, he was fit enough for Valencia so there’s no reason not to play for us. But I need to speak to him to find out how he feels and make a decision.”

Everton: 

Marco Silva has ruled out both Phil Jagielka and Yerry Mina of playing any part against Wolves.

Leighton Baines will have a late test and a late call will be made on Idrissa Gueye (groin) as well.

Lucas Digne will be unavailable after receiving a straight red card after being substituted on in their last game.

Leicester: 

Claude Puel reports no new injuries for his side. Daniel Amartey is coming back step by step. All the other players are “match fit.”

Manchester City: 

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Benjamin Mendy has returned to training following a reaction to his injury in the substitute appearance against Burton in the Carabao Cup, but Pep insists he doesn’t know whether he can return to the starting XI:

“Really I don’t know, after the minutes he played, he had minutes in training. He has had two training sessions – really it is day by day.”

Elsewhere, Pep confirms only Vincent Kompany is not training. He also suggests that Ederson is fine after picking up a slight knee injury at St James’ Park.

Newcastle: 

Mo Diamé is out, but Rafa hopes Paul Dummett, Ki Sung-Yueng, Rob Elliot and Jonjo Shelvey will return:

“Diamé has been training but he is not ready for the game. Dummett, Ki, Elliot and Shelvey are very close – hopefully they will be available against Wolves.”

Miguel Almiron is awaiting international clearance but Antonio Barreca will be in the matchday squad.

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