Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Double Gameweek 34

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 34

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West Ham:

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Jack Wilshere is closing in on a return to full first team training after featuring for the U23s at the weekend:

“Jack Wilshere is almost ready. He played one game for the U23s last week and hopefully he’ll play another one. Next week, I think that he’ll be working 100 per cent with our squad.”

Ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United, Pellegrini said that while long-term absentees Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid are still out with injury, the first two could work with the first team before the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Samir Nasri has picked up a calf injury, while the manager also confirmed that striker Andy Carroll has undergone surgery:

“Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez are continuing with their recovery. Both of them are very good so I hope that, in a couple of weeks they can be ready to work with the first team squad.

Winston Reid also has a long injury. Andy Carroll has had surgery on his ankle and Samir Nasri has a minor injury on his calf. We knew when Samir came here that there was a risk of him having some muscle injuries, because he was more than one year without playing. We’ll see how he is.”

Spurs:

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On Harry Kane’s ankle injury:

“It’s a tough moment for Kane, the team and us. We need to assess him every day but [we need] to have proper answers to see when he possibly can start training. Today it is impossible to give a date. He suffered a similar injury last time and that took five weeks.”

Dele Alli also sustained a hand injury and is likely to be out:

“He broke his hand and we need to assess today and see if he can be involved. I am not optimistic but we’ll see. We cannot say today if he is going to be available in the squad tomorrow.”

Pochettino on rotation:

“Tomorrow is not to rest players but to take the best decision after the big victory over Manchester City. We have a lot of players that played 90 minutes who are maybe not in a condition to play for different reasons. We have a strong squad, rather than rest tomorrow we want to provide the team good energy and fresh legs to be sure that we can approach the game in the best condition.

Of course, with our decision, we need to help the team to put the right players with fresh legs in. We have a strong squad and I think we need to rotate because it’s so important because we are at the end of the season.”

Huddersfield:

Isaac Mbenza is one of those that has fallen ill:

“At the moment Isaac (Mbenza) is a bit ill. “I need to see how his body reacts. “He didn’t train today.”

Siewart confirms that Ben Hamer will continue to start in goal:

“I have to look at every player. Ben Hamer had a good game against Crystal Palace and I still need to see him. He will start against Spurs.” 

Laurent Depoitre (foot) has been training for over a week and will come under consideration. Adama Diakhaby (hamstring) is targeting a return to action next week as he continues to build his ‘endurance’.

Newcastle:

Rafa reports that only Florian Lejeune and Sean Longstaff are out for his side:

“We have Lejeune injured, Longstaff too, and the rest of the players are available.”

Brighton:

On the team news, Hughton reports everyone has trained and Pascal Groß has now recovered and is available:

“Everybody trained today and we’ll make decisions tomorrow. Pascal Gross trained this morning and the injury is now fine, which is a positive.”

Solly March will be assessed ahead of the game.

Chelsea: 

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Sarri didn’t want to use Eden Hazard in Prague:

“At the beginning of the match I wanted him on the bench, because I thought the [game] would be very difficult and probably I would need to use him. But if we were 1-0 up at the end of the first half I wouldn’t have used him.”

Sarri has not decided if Hudson-Odoi will start at Anfield:

“In my opinion he needed to rest. In this match he was out. Emerson was also out. Of course he is in my mind for the next match, but I have to see the last two training sessions.”

Burnley:

Sean Dyche confirms Peter Crouch (appendectomy) is still unavailable while Phil Bardsley is rated as “touch and go” following a ‘freak’ training ground incident which left him with a deep laceration on his thigh:

“They were messing around playing head tennis, and he caught the edge of the table, where it was quite sharp. Unfortunately he cut his leg quite badly, so he’s touch and go. We’ll make a decision probably tomorrow on him.”

Aaron Lennon is getting closer to a return:

“Aaron Lennon is coming along well and feeling good about himself and his injury. He has a chance, depending on the next week, 10 days, he’s not trained with us, but he’s out there running, not just trotting around, and usually that’s a strong sign.”

Southampton:

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Ralph Hasenhüttl confirms Mario Lemina (abdominal) and Michael Obafemi are out of the squad, whilst Danny Ings is back in contention:

“We have Ings back, or he is allowed to play [ineligible last weekend]. Mario Lemina is still injured and can’t train with the team. Vestergaard made a good step in the game against Liverpool and doesn’t have any problems so far.”

“[Obafemi’s rehab] is going in the right way I think. We don’t see him at the moment training with the group, he’s just running and building up. Still a way to go for him, so this season maybe, I don’t know if he’s playing again. We have to be careful.”

Everton: 

Michael Keane has recovered from illness and he will be fit for Saturday’s trip to Fulham.

Morgan Schneiderlin (ankle) has resumed training but Yerry Mina (hamstring) faces a race against time to play again this season.

Fulham: 

Floyd Ayité returned to training but is unlikely to be ready for the weekend, whilst Alfie Mawson has played a some u23 games but again, will likely miss this weekend:

“Floyd Ayité has been back training, today was his first day back. Alfie Mawson’s come through a couple of Under-23s games. He’s probably still a little bit short in the sense of being ready for the weekend, but he’s getting closer which is pleasing.”

Scott Parker confirms the absence of Lazar Marković is due to injury:

“I’m not sure [if he’ll play again this season]. He’s still [sidelined and] struggling with a calf injury. He had a bit of a setback, so we’ll gauge that one week by week, but he’s a little way off at the moment.”

Manchester United:

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Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are both suspended. Shaw starts a two-game domestic ban for accumulating 10 yellow cards over the course of the season, while Young is sidelined following his sending off in our last league outing, the 2-1 defeat at Wolves:

“We don’t have full-backs this week. Not too many as we’ve lost Luke and Ashley through suspension. Antonio [Valencia] is still not fit. Maybe Matteo [Darmian] will be available for the bench and [Marcos] Rojo has been training for a while.

He’s available and we’ve got Jonah [Phil Jones], who could also play there. Rojo needed to get out on the big pitch [in the Under-23s, against West Brom last Friday] so he could have that game but we’ve had a couple of practice matches so let’s see what we decide.”

Alexis Sánchez is set for a return:

“He has done lots of injury work and is now injury free. Now he’ll step up and train with the team. He will probably be in the squad for West Ham on Saturday and let’s see how much, and if he plays.”

Nemanja Matic has trained individually, but Solskjaer doubts his inclusion:

“I doubt Nemanja is available because of his illness, [he] wants to join in and help his teammates. Le’ts see after today. He trained individually yesterday.”

Ander Herrera is also ruled out of the game too:

“Maybe the future might be worrying him and maybe that’s part of the reason that he’s injured. Who knows?”

Cardiff: 

Aside from long-term injuries Sol BambaCallum Paterson and Alex Smithies, Warnock reports that team will be largely as it was

“We got one or two knocks in the week. One or two scares, but I think the selection will be pretty much from everyone [apart from] the long-term injuries.

Smithies is still injured. He has struggled the past six-eight weeks with his knee. He might play for the Under-23s on Monday just to see if he can get through a game.”

Leicester: 

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Brendan Rodgers reports no new injury news for his side and plays down the niggle to Jamie Vardy:

“He’s absolutely fine. He felt a slight niggle in his groin at the end of the game. Rather than risk it we took him off, but he’s fine and as sharp as normal. He’ll be fine for Friday.”

Marc Albrighton is lacking match-fitness but is training well and is close, whilst Daniel Amartey remains out with a long-term leg injury:

“Daniel is with the medical & sports science team so we’ll see how that goes between now & the end of the season. Marc has been training as well over the last week, so that’s very, very good.”

Bournemouth: 

Charlie Daniels, who last week dislocated his kneecap in training, was joined on the sidelines by Diego Rico after he sustained an ankle injury during the Cherries’ 3-1 defeat by Burnley six days ago, but boss Howe also backed the versatility of his squad to help cope with the absence of the club’s two recognised left-backs:

“We have a few long-term injured and added to the list last week were Charlie Daniels and Diego Rico, two big blows for us. Charlie will be missing for a long period of time. He is such a consistent performer and shows such a great attitude every day so he will be a big miss.

Unfortunately, Diego rolled his ankle at the end of last week’s game and we will miss him for the rest of the season. It is another big blow because, potentially, he had good opportunities to play between now and the end of the season.”

Arsenal: 

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Regarding the fitness of his players after the Napoli game, Emery stated:

“I think we’re OK. The players finished tired because they worked a lot. But I prefer to finish like that and not finish matches with the possibility to continue playing.”

Arsenal will be without the suspended Sokratis Papastathopoulos for Monday’s trip to Watford after picking up his 10th booking of the campaign against Everton.

Wolves: 

No new injuries to report for Wolves.

Nuno wants to put the FA Cup semi-final defeat swiftly behind them:

“It’s the same process over and over again. We are a squad that wants to compete so the result doesn’t change our approach. We just want to move forward.”

Crystal Palace: 

James Tomkins will now miss the remainder of the season, meaning that Martin Kelly and Scott Dann will step into the centre of defence for the Eagles:

“We lost James Tomkins in the game against Newcastle (United), he has been operated on, so he will miss the remainder of the season which is a major blow, coming on top of Mamadou Sakho’s injury five or six games ago.

Those two have been such important pillars in the centre of our defence and helped us get where we are. It is a big ask for Scott Dann and Martin Kelly, they’re going to have to step into some quite big shoes but I am confident that they can do that, and they will get their first chance on Sunday.”

Max Meyer will return to the squad after missing out on Tyneside due to illness.

Liverpool:

Jurgen Klopp states that Joe Gomez not yet ready to start games:

“Joe is a wonderful footballer but he needs time and we have to make sure he is 100 per cent fit. As long as others are fit we can give him time to train and get some match practice. We will need him in the last part of the season.”

Aside from that, there was no other specific mentions from Klopp regarding any injury worries.

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Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders explains why full backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are essential to Liverpool:

“‘Full-back’ is just not the right description! We have a team of 11 at a time – each of whom is a forward and a defender [and], in specific moments, everyone has to feel like a striker. Our dream team goal is that Trent comes through and Robbo scores. They know how to speed up in the right situations.

Crossing is a by-product of constant movement on the wings. We have this spirit where we want to have the ball, search for wing attacks, take initiative to overlap or underlap. Here lies their strengths, that’s why they play for us.”  

Manchester City: 

On the team news, Bernado Silva and Oleksandr Zinchenko are both available:

“Bernado can play tomorrow. He and Zinchenko are feeling better and they are fit for Sunday.”

Pep on Palace test:

“Selhurst Park is always difficult. For the players they have they are well organised and they have quality to do well in one on one situations. There are six games left of the Premier League which we are playing for and we hope to do well.”

Watford: 

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