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 38
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Manuel Pellegrini will head into Sunday’s Premier League season finale at Watford with a near-fully fit squad to choose from. Only long-term absentees Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Andriy Yarmolenko are out for the trip to Vicarage Road – a position the boss has not had too often this campaign:
“For the last game now, except Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Andriy Yarmolenko, all the players are fit. Yarmolenko is already working with the squad now. He can’t play but is working 100%. Samir Nasri is fit. He doesn’t have any problems as is the case for most part of the squad.”
As well as Nasri, another player who will be pushing to start is Jack Wilshere, who impressed off the bench against Southampton last time out:
“Jack is ready to start, and he will be involved on the squad list this game exactly as he was for the last one. For the minutes he played, he did very well.”
Eddie Howe has confirmed that David Brooks, Dan Gosling and Dominic Solanke will all miss the Cherries’ final game of the season against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park:
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“David Brooks will miss out. Dan Gosling and Dom Solanke are also missing. Those lads who missed out last week won’t make it for this weekend.”
Young Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Mark Travers could retain his spot between the sticks, following his recent impressive debut against Spurs:
“We decided to play Mark at the weekend and we were delighted with his performance. He’s a very level-headed lad so we haven’t really had to say too much to him this week.
The decision was made to rest Asmir, and he’s now been given some time off to spend with his family. There’s nothing more to it then that really. He’s a top professional and is still very much our player.”
Warnock is hoping Victor Camarasa can recover in time for Sunday:
“It’s a nasty dead leg. I was gutted when he went off last week. He just looked back to himself [in] that first 10 minutes. Whatever will be, will be and I’m sure he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”
It looks like Harry Arter may have played his last game for the club. The Bournemouth loanee has been struggling with a calf injury in recent weeks:
“We thank Harry for all of his efforts this season. Both of them [Camarasa] have been really good signings.”
Nothing new to report on the injury front for Burnley.
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Ole has pledged to inject some youth into his line-up for the visit of Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds with several youngsters involved in first-team training this week. James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Arnau Puigmal, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood were all working with the senior group on Thursday.
Ole was asked whether Sunday could be a final match in the red shirt for some of his players and replied:
“Well, you never know in football. It might be your last game, but it might be the start of some careers as well, of course.We’ve had some young players knocking on the door all season really and we’ll start with one or two of the kids as well.”
There is also a chance Antonio Valencia could make a farewell appearance if he can prove he is match fit. The club captain is out of contract in the summer:
“I spoke to Antonio yesterday.He’s not been fit the five or six months I’ve been here unfortunately. He’s really struggled but he feels that he could play a part and I would hope that he gets through today and tomorrow and we could give him a nice send off, because he’s been a fantastic servant to the club.He’s been Player of the Year, he’s been captain at the club and I think that’s only fair.”
Jesse Lingard could return after being absent through injury while there are doubts over Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial.
Eric Bailly is definitely sidelined with a knee problem, sustained in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Ralph Hasenhüttl reveals he is likely to make changes to the side which lost at West Ham. Angus Gunn is poised to return in goal on Sunday.
When a reporter asked for more team news, Hasenhüttl responded:
“I could but I don’t want to. Because we want to win the last game against Huddersfield; it would be everything about finding the right shape and the right players to fit the shape,”
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Jürgen Klopp is hopeful Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah will be available for Liverpool’s Premier League finale against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, but confirmed Roberto Firmino will miss the Anfield clash:
“The famous three words of this week in the dressing room: ‘It’s only pain.’ Very important for all the young lads to learn, I’ve said that already to the boys. Hendo said, ‘It’s only pain’, Robbo said, ‘It’s only pain’ – but it was real pain, wow!
Unfortunately, Robbo could deal with the pain but only the rest of his body couldn’t because he couldn’t really activate the muscle anymore, some nerve hit or whatever. They should be fine [for Sunday].
Bobby not [available] for the weekend, but we have time [before the Champions League final] and that should be enough. Mo looked good around the celebrations after the game, to be honest! The day before yesterday and yesterday he was running outside and will be part of training today.”
Only Daniel Amartey is unavailable for Leicester’s final game of the season against Chelsea.
Scott Parker has been appointed full time head coach on a 2 year contract and the press conference was mainly centred around that.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah has returned to Man United, whilst Lazar Markovic and Denis Odoi are both unavailable with longer term injuries.
Jan Vertonghen will miss Sunday’s game against Everton after he picked up an ankle injury against Ajax and the defender continues to be assessed by the club’s medical staff.
Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama are both being assessed ahead of the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Erik Lamela returned as a second half substitute midweek following a recent hamstring problem and Serge Aurier is back in contention after re-joining the group in training
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Meanwhile, Juan Foyth and Heung-min Son will begin the first of their three-game bans after their dismissals in the 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth last weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham are struggling to wake up from their “dream” after Wednesday’s remarkable comeback victory against Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals:
“We are living a dream and it’s difficult to be in reality. But Sunday is an important day for us and to be ready is our priority, and to finish in the right way in front of our fans. It was an amazing moment to live altogether after five years. Our responsibility is to be ready. We are in a good position but it is almost; it’s not done.
To finish in a good way would be a massive boost for to prepare the final in Madrid against Liverpool in the Champions League.”
Will report any team news as and when it becomes available, but nothing was stated, team news wise, in the Post-match Europa press conference.
Nuno will have a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of their clash against Liverpool.
Chris Hughton confirms that Davy Propper and Jose Izquierdo are the only players set to miss out this weekend:
“Davy Propper (hamstring) and Jose Izquierdo (knee) will miss the game this weekend – they’re our only two absentees,”
Sarri confirms Ruben Loftus-Cheek was withdrawn last night due to the “usual cramp” after 86 minutes:
“It’s not serious.”
Andreas Christensen will also be assessed after picking up an injury.
On how they will recover for Leicester after playing 120 minutes and penalties last night against Frankfurt, Sarri said:
“It is not easy to recover after a match like this, especially mentally. Physically I think that we can recover, not 100%, but we can recover. Mentally it will be very difficult. For sure it will be very difficult for Sunday but we need to consider that our best match, in my opinion, was against Tottenham, three days after 120 minutes in the cup final against Man City. Now it’s more difficult because we played 61 matches.
We need to rest. Unfortunately, we have to go to the United States to play a [friendly] match and then we have ten days to prepare the match.”
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin is injured and will not travel to Tottenham this weekend:
“Dominic is injured at this moment, he will not play this match but he will be in good condition to play in June,”
Andre Gomes is back in contention after serving a three match ban. Silva confirms that Richarlison (rib) won’t play either whilst Seamus Coleman (groin) faces a late fitness test.
Roy Hodgson reports the team news is as it was last week:
“It’s the same injuries as last week (Souare / Tomkins / Sakho / Schlupp / Benteke) . We are monitoring Scott Dann as he felt something in training but that’s it.”
Jan Siewert says that “nearly the same squad” will travel to Southampton this weekend. Erik Durm is unavailable, while Zanka hasn’t been able to train properly and Chris Löwe had a “small problem”.
Jan Siewert confirms back-up goalkeeper Joel Coleman will face Southampton on Sunday:
“I am glad we have this last game, it’s a chance for him to play. We spoke with him and Jonas – I have to look at Joel, he will start.”
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Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring) has taken part in aspects of full training over the past two days and Pep says “He could,” be involved this weekend.
Fernandinho (knee) “is not able” for this weekend and his availability for the FA Cup final is yet to be determined.
Étienne Capoue has managed to shrug off the minor groin complaint that kept him out last weekend and he is set to return on Sunday:
“He will be available. Everybody knows he’s an amazing player but I think this season he was able to keep consistent.”
Sebastian Prödl (knee) and Domingos Quina (shoulder) remain out. Miguel Britos (wisdom teeth) is back in contention.
Gracia won’t consider resting players ahead of the Cup Final:
“You can’t think like that. It doesn’t help. Players get injured all the time but what can I do? We have to do the same behaviour as we have always done. There is no other way to prepare, no better way. It is to play well in this game [vs West Ham].”
Rafael Benitez reports that Ki Sung-Yeung’s knee injury wasn’t that serious but confirms he will miss out at the weekend:
“We have more or less the same problems as before. The kind of injuries they have, they will not be ready. We have also lost Ki, who has a knee problem. It is not very serious but we don’t want to take the risk.”