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 FPL Gameweek 37
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Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that he is getting closer to having almost a full house of West Ham United players to choose from when his side take on Southampton this weekend – only Andriy Yarmolenko and Andy Carroll are confirmed out:
“About the team news. We have injuries for just two players this week – Yarmolenko and Andy Carroll. Everyone else is fit,”
It means that Manuel Lanzini, Samir Nasri and Aaron Cresswell, who missed out on last weekend’s win at Tottenham Hotspur, could be in contention for Saturday’s match:
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“Lanzini, Cresswell and Nasri are all ready. We will see tomorrow about the starting XI and who will go on the bench, but for the first week of the season maybe, we have different options for starting and on the bench.”
The Chilean is anticipating even more from Felipe Anderson next season as he begins to prepare for the new campaign:
“I think Felipe has been a very good signing for our club. He is a young player that makes a difference in games. He had a good season but I think he will improve a lot after one year in the Premier League. I’m sure next season we will see another Felipe Anderson; he did it well this season, but he will do it better next season.”
There are no fresh injury concerns for Leicester this weekend. Daniel Amartey (ankle) is the only expected absentee.
Yerry Mina and Theo Walcott are back in full training ahead of Friday nights’ game against Burnley:
“They are OK. They are working with the team and they are fit,”
Andre Gomes will serve the final game of his three-match ban tomorrow night. Morgan Scheniderlin could deputise once again alongside Idrissa Gueye.
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Jan Vertonghen sustained a head injury during Tottenham’s Champions League semi-final first leg defeat against Ajax on Tuesday and spoke about his recovery and his potential to start against Bournemouth this weekend:
“Today he had an appointment with a specialist. We still haven’t received the report, but after the game he was good. I think he was more relaxed and he felt better. But we need to receive the report from the specialist.
We don’t know. That is going to be a decision for the medical staff. We can’t guess now. We hope it is not a big issue and he can be available as soon as possible.”
Elsewhere, Serge Aurier (hamstring) is in the final stages of his conditioning, Harry Kane (ankle) continues his rehab while Erik Lamela (hamstring) is working on the training pitches. Harry Winks is recovering from a groin surgery but hasn’t ruled out a return this season.
Christian Benteke picked up a knock during the 0-0 draw with Everton, Hodgson confirms:
“He is a doubt for [Saturday at Cardiff] but we haven’t ruled him out [the final game versus Bournemouth]. Unfortunately he took a nasty blow to the head 10/15 minutes before the end of the game so he’s suffering from that blow. We’ll see how it goes but he’s very unlikely for Saturday. He’s damaged his cheekbone which has needed treatment that has kept him out of training.”
Benteke is the only fresh injury, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Pape Souare have been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Scott Parker reveals that Denis Odoi is the only one confirmed unavailable for this weekends fixture:
“The only one out is Denis [Odoi], who has a concussion from the weekend. He’s on a protocol now to try and get back for our last game,”
Alfie Mawson returned to the squad (vs Cardiff) for the first time this year. Andre Schurrle is available after his wife gave birth last week. Timothy Fosu-Mensah is back at United following knee surgery.
Lazar Markovic and Marcus Bettinelli are still out to long-term injuries.
No pre-match Premier League presser scheduled.
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Eden Hazard came on in the 61st minute for Willian so should be fresh for this weekend’s clash against Watford at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri revealed his decision to leave Hazard on the bench in the post-match press conference:
“This match was number 59 I think and Hazard also played eight matches in the national team. For a player it’s impossible to play 70, 75 matches in a season. Sometimes Hazard, like all the other players, needs to not play for 90 minutes. This is the first reason. The second is that Eden is usually able to change the match from the bench. For me it was better to start with Willian and try in the last 30 minutes with Eden.”
Saints will be without Maya Yoshida and Jannik Vestergaard for the trip to West Ham:
“Maya [Yoshida] is not able to play. Jannik Vestergaard’s season is over because he has a small [groin] issue.”
Michael Obafemi (hamstring) remains a long-term absentee.
Now that Southampton are safe Ralph Hasenhüttl says there maybe an opportunity for one/two of the fringe players to be involved from the start on Saturday:
“And that means we must change the team a little bit like we did in the last game. We have a few players that show in the moment that they want to play in the last two games. It is not necessary to rotate 5/6 players because now we are safe, but for one/two maybe it’s a chance.”
There was some encouragement on Eric Bailly’s situation, even if the Ivory Coast international is out of the final two games and also his country’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in the summer.
Academy youngster Mason Greenwood would have been an option in attack. However, the 17-year-old is unavailable for this weekend, even though he may be fit for the visit of Cardiff City on the final day.
Ole also suggested during his press conference that Sergio Romero tweaked his knee during the week:
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“Eric [Bailly] has probably been the one smiling the most out of all of us because you fear the worst.You fear the cruciate. You’re always worried that it might be nine or 12 months out, but we think he’ll be back for pre-season, so that’s positive.
There are a few little niggles, so let’s count the numbers on Sunday morning, I reckon. Mason [Greenwood] started off this week training but then he’s out injured again, unfortunately.We were looking at bringing him into the squad for the last two games – maybe he’ll make the last one [against Cardiff].
Sergio was injured yesterday so didn’t train, tweaked his knee, so David’s been training well this week.”
Romelu Lukaku may not play again this season after aggravating a hamstring problem last weekend. Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia have trained as normal. Jesse Lingard (knee inflammation), Chris Smalling and Marcus Rashford (shoulder) are among those who will be assessed:
“We’ve got a few niggles and injuries, still got two days – today and tomorrow to see who gets on the pitch. It’s been a strange week – no midweek games, no midweek press conference, but it’s a week we needed because we were disappointed after the result v Chelsea,”
Dan Gosling, David Brooks, Adam Smith and Dominic Solanke are all doubts as the Cherries prepare to bring down the curtain on their home campaign against the Champions’ League semi-finalists:
“We have doubts over Dan Gosling, David Brooks, Adam Smith and Dominic Solanke so we have stretched resources at the moment, but we are trying to look at that as a positive in the respect that we have given opportunities to other players to see how they perform at this level. We are unsure who is going to be fit out of that group.”
Lewis Cook and Simon Francis have been joined in the treatment room by fellow long-term casualties Junior Stanislas, Charlie Daniels and Andrew Surman, all of whom will not feature again this season.
Warnock reports on the team news:
“We’ve got quite a number of injured players. So we have to look at where we can put players in to give us more impetus,”
Harry Arter looks like he will miss out again:
“I don’t think he’ll make it. He’s done some training this week. Unless there’s quite an improvement today. We’ve got a couple of knocks and we’ll see how they are in general.”
Aron Gunnarsson is among those who face a late test, but Joe Ralls, Callum Paterson and Sol Bamba have all suffered season-ending injuries.
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Jürgen Klopp confirmed Naby Keita is set to miss the remainder of the season after sustaining what he described as a ‘very serious’ injury against FC Barcelona on Wednesday evening:
“It was really unlucky. Bad news, he has a high-grade adductor injury; the tendon is ruptured, which keeps him out for at least two months. Bad news for us obviously, but bad news for Guinea as well because the Africa Cup of Nations is coming up.
He was in a really good moment – a really, really good moment – but it happened, that’s how football and life sometimes are. It’s not too nice, but it’s very serious.”
On the possibility of Roberto Firmino returning to the starting line-up at St James’ Park:
“…… we’ll see.”
Jurgen Klopp says it is “perfect” that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in full training, but the Liverpool boss wouldn’t be drawn on whether the England international would start following his long lay-off:
“We will see. For sure he will be in the squad and we will decide who starts.”
No scheduled press conference.
Here’s the latest report from the medical team at Arsenal:
Laurent Koscielny is not listed above, but Emery did say the following in the post-match Europa League press conference:
“I hope that he is going to be OK for Sunday and the [UEL] second leg away, but I don’t know. Laurent was very tired. He ran back with the transitions – 50 metres for a sprint [2nd half] – it’s normal that he can be tired or struggling.”
Jan Siewert confirms Aaron Mooy (hip) is back in training. Mathias Jorgensen and Matt Daly are confirmed out:
“Mathias Jørgensen has a cold and Matt Daly is unavailable, but everyone else is available.”
Ben Hamer is training, but won’t be considered just yet after missing the last two games.
Yet another fully fit squad for Wolves this weekend. Nuno suggested that back-up goalkeeper Will Norris will “hopefully” get minutes in the remaining two fixtures.
Davy Propper (hamstring) is “back out and running again” but he won’t be risked on Sunday.
Jose Izquierdo is the only other player expected to miss out because of a knee problem, which suggests that Beram Kayal is available despite being forced off with a hamstring-related issue vs Newcastle.
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Pep confirms Kevin De Bruyne is out of Monday’s match against Leicester, but regarding Fernandinho, he remained coy:
“I don’t know (whether he will play again this season) – next Monday he’s not available.
“I don’t know. I didn’t speak with the doctors because when they start to go to the training pitch and run, that’s when you realise they are coming back soon. But they are still in the gym.”
Rafa confirms that Ayoze Perez and Jamal Lascelles are available, but DeAndre Yedlin is set to miss out:
“Ayoze is fine, Lascelles is fine. Yedlin has a groin problem but the rest of the players (who played last week) are fine.”
Updates provided after 5pm.