Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 6

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 6

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All the best for Gameweek 6 everyone – let’s do this!

Manchester United

Paul Pogba (ankle) and Anthony Martial (thigh) are expected to miss out at West Ham:

“They’ve not been training yet so I don’t think so.”

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Luke Shaw (hamstring) has already been ruled out, whilst Ole is “hoping” Daniel James can recover:

“We’ll have a recovery day [on Friday] and we’ll see on Saturday.”

Burnley

Johann Berg Gudmundsson has recovered from injury and is in contention to feature against Norwich City in the Premier League this weekend:

“Johann we’ll make a decision on, he’s fit but hasn’t trained a lot.” 

Burnley have got a near fully fit squad for the game with midfielder Danny Drinkwater the only certain absentee. Robbie Brady, who has not featured yet this season following a rib injury, made his comeback to the squad at Brighton last week when he was an unused substitute.

When questioned on making changes to his starting XI,  Sean Dyche had this to say:

“This is a competitive group. Any given weekend, the margins are tight for who we pick. Last week was slightly different because it was a tactical change. We’re looking for everyone to be ready and I think they are. I mentioned about change and everyone thinks you’re going to change. It doesn’t mean I’m going to change it. Historically I don’t change the team that often, as everyone knows, but, when I think it’s right to change it, I will do.”

Tottenham Hotspur

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Mauricio Pochettino defended Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli when questioned about their performance against Olympiakos: 

No I am happy with his performance, maybe yesterday wasn’t his best game, like the team, I think the quality of the performance wasn’t the best from us, but I am happy with the commitment of Christian. He ran a lot.

Dele is a different situation than Christian. He got injured from the beginning of the season. I think it was his first start of the season. He needs time to recover his best feeling. I am happy with him, too.

Kyle Walker-Peters was part of the bench for the mid-week Champions League game against Olympiakos while Juan Foyth (ankle) could return for the Carabao Cup game at Colchester next Tuesday.

Ryan Sessegnon is being monitored over his hamstring problem ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Leicester City. The summer signing from Fulham earlier this week reported irritation with his previous hamstring injury and didn’t travel to Olympiacos as a result.

Fellow new arrival Giovani Lo Celso, meanwhile, is continuing on-field rehabilitation after sustaining a hip injury on international duty with Argentina earlier this month.

Bournemouth

Eddie Howe has confirmed that Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly are working their way back to full fitness ahead of the Southampton clash this Friday:

“We’re pretty much in the same place but added by the returns of Francis and Kelly in the week, it’s great to see them back after so long. The squad is getting stronger.” 

Francis and Kelly played 61 minutes of football on Tuesday night in their first appearances back since their respective injuries. The pair featured in the under-21’s victory over Basingstoke Town in the Hampshire Senior Cup, where Kelly managed to bag two assists and a goal on his first start back.

Summer signing Arnaut Danjuma is back on the grass training but not expected to return yet, while Brooks and Gosling are working towards recovery. Howe also added that there is no expected timeline for Adam Smith’s return:

“Adam has got a hamstring problem. We first thought it was going to be a long-term absence, but we’re now hopeful it’s not going to be. But with hamstring injuries, it’s difficult to tell exactly what he’ll miss. We hope to get him back soon.”

Leicester City

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Leicester City have a fully-fit squad to face Tottenham this weekend despite Ben Chilwell training away from the group on Thursday. Brendan Rodgers confirmed that the left-back had not joined his team-mates on the training pitch but worked indoors instead:

“We’re good, all the players are all fit and well. (Chilwell) is okay. He had a little bit of recovery inside, he worked inside rather than being out, but he is fine.”

Rodgers also added that he wouldn’t swap Jamie Vardy for any other striker:

“He has so much to his game, the ability [and] the hunger to score. I love a striker that has the pace to get in behind”

Brighton

Martin Montoya has recovered from illness and will be available for selection for Brighton’s trip to Newcastle this Saturday. Montoya had previously played in every Premier League match but missed the 1-1 home draw against Burnley due to tonsillitis.

If Montoya plays, Shane Duffy will likely battle it out with £20m summer signing Adam Webster for a starting role on the right side of the defensive three. Duffy was dropped for Manchester City but re-called for Burnley. 

Leandro Trossard, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Leon Balogun will miss out due to injuries. Bernardo has an outside chance of featuring at St James’ Park, and although Ezequiel Schelotto is making good progress, Saturday comes too soon for the full-back:

Potter on Bernardo: “Bernardo, he had a kick last week [that] we’re just getting to the bottom of. Shouldn’t be too bad. There’s an outside chance he’ll be available for the game but probably more so next week unless we get some different news.”

Graham Potter on Ezequiel Schelotto: “He’s training with the group but too soon for him to be on the pitch.”

Southampton

Ralph Hasenhüttl says he will make a late decision on the fitness of Nathan Redmond ahead of Friday night’s meeting with AFC Bournemouth while Moussa Djenepo is ruled out;

“Nathan could train this week with the team. This is a good message how far he is and if he really can play tomorrow, I haven’t decided so far. It’s good that he could play because Moussa is out for tomorrow and cannot play.

After a few sessions this week, he felt a little bit more in his muscles so we don’t want to take this risk and we will keep him out tomorrow. I don’t know if I can grab Nathan for his position. I haven’t decided so far but we have one session tomorrow in the morning and then I will decide.”

Defender Kevin Danso is available after suspension while Ryan Bertrand is also an option. 

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder mentioned that Callum Robinson could feature this weekend after having missed last week’s match against Southampton because of a hamstring issue:

“Callum Robinson missed out on Saturday. He had a few issues coming back from international duty but he’s raring to go, he’s trained really well.”

Billy Sharp (dismissal vs Saints) and Mo Besic (ineligible to face his parent club) will miss the away trip to Goodison Park. 

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Chris Wilder also added that John Lundstram was one of the team’s outstanding performers so far and backed striker David McGoldrick, who missed a succession of chances as the Blades lost 1-0 against Southampton last weekend:

On Lundstram: “He’s been one of our outstanding performers in the first five games of the season.”

On McGoldrick: “David had those same questions last year when his start to the season was similar but he was superb. He’ll be alright. I’d be more concerned if he wasn’t getting in that position, or shying away. Or if the team weren’t creating, but we are, and he does. I’ve got a whole load of forwards who can score.”

Watford

Watford will be without Craig Cathcart for the match at the Etihad Stadium but Quique Sanchez Flores expects the key defender to return to training next week.

Isaac Success will be out for a bit longer after injuring his groin this week and Troy Deeney also remains side-lined following knee surgery.

Flores also had this to say on Ismaila Sarr:

“He’s still really young so we need to be patient. But he’s really fast and skilled and a very modern forward. Little by little with him, he needs to understand. Even with the language, he’s just [speaking] French.”

Newcastle United

Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin are both doubts for Saturday’s match, while Fabian Schar, Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin could feature after short-term injuries.  Dwight Gayle and Florian Lejeune both remained sidelined with long-term injuries.

Steve Bruce confirmed that barring any last minute hitches, Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin could feature against Brighton:

“At the top end of the pitch, without him (Carroll) and Allan Saint-Maximin we have been a little bit short – Dwight Gayle is another one – so we have had limited options up top, and certainly the return of Andy and Allan will give us something that can only benefit us.

We all know that if Andy stays fit, he’s a wonderful, wonderful centre forward. A bit old school, if you like to say that, but certainly in his time I don’t think there has been anybody better in the last eight or ten years, when he’s been playing, of that certain type of centre forward as Andy Carroll. It’s going to be huge and it will be great for us going forward, that’s for sure.”

Bruce also confirmed that the game has come too soon for Sean Longstaff.

Liverpool: 

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Naby Keita will resume full training at Melwood on Friday, while Alisson Becker and Divock Origi are making positive progress in their rehabilitation programmes: 

“Naby Keita is back in training at last, with the team. Today for the first time with the team. Ali is making big progress, but is still away. He had a proper session yesterday with John Achterberg (GK Coach), but is not in team training yet.

Div, we have to see day by day, that’s how it was from the first day – how can he deal with the pain and stuff like that. We will see. It is pretty early, so I don’t know exactly what the medical department will tell me [today] about that case. I think it’s unlikely [he will be fit for Chelsea].”

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Liverpool’s record of one clean sheet in their eight games so far this season is not a result of a change in their defensive approach, according to Jürgen Klopp:

“No, there is no difference. We didn’t focus more on offensive things and forget the defensive things. The goals happened completely strangely; there would have been a second clean sheet against Southampton if we don’t concede that goal, there could have been different clean sheets in other games.

Of course it’s not exactly what we wanted but we don’t collect clean sheets. We want to win football games and we are still early in the season. We have to improve and develop and that’s what we want to do. But it’s not because we have a different approach to last year.”

Crystal Palace: 

Roy Hodgson has revealed that he has a near-fully fit squad to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, saying that only Connor Wickham is unavailable:

“We’re looking good at the moment. Connor Wickham will return to training tomorrow or Monday. Everybody else is now with us so we have a full complement. The mood in the squad is good and we have players now returning from long injuries.”

West Ham: 

Manuel Pellegrini has suggested that Aaron Cresswell is in line to start for West Ham United this weekend when the Irons take on Manchester United at London Stadium. 

With Arthur Masuaku suspended after his sending off at Aston Villa on Monday, the manager has challenged Cresswell to take his opportunity back in the starting XI:

“Aaron started this season and he played last season with me. He played around 50 per cent of the games with Arthur playing the others. For a manager, the best way to get the best performances out of your players is when there is competition behind them. Aaron was not playing because Arthur was doing well, but now is the moment for Aaron to demonstrate that he has the same level of performance.”

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Apart from Masuaku, West Ham will also be without Michail Antonio and Winston Reid this Sunday, with the New Zealand international hoping to return to training with the first team next week. Pellegrini also reveals Manuel Lanzini has a small problem: 

“Winston Reid is recovering from his injury. I hope, next week, he will start working with the squad. His first game he will play will probably be with the U23s. I don’t know if it will be next week. If not, it will be one week more. 

Manuel Lanzini also has a little problem and we will review him before the game. We must wait for tomorrow. The other players are fit.”

Aston Villa: 

On the injury front, Smith confirms that Jonathan Kodjia (fractured cheekbone) is involved in non-contact training which will continue for the next 2-3 weeks, but won’t return before the break.

Matt Targett is back in contention for Sunday but James Chester needs to build fitness before being considered.

Aside from the above, “Everyone else is fit.”

In addition, Trezeguet returns after his one-match ban. 

Chelsea

N’Golo Kante (ankle) is fit (injury-free) but he isn’t fully match fit having faced a lengthy spell on the sidelines:

“It’s a boost with N’Golo. We all know the importance of him for the team with the attributes that he brings. The only question for me is how fit he is because he’s had a long time out now since the back end of last season.”

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says Mason Mount has a chance of being fit for Sunday’s game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge despite forced off early on in their midweek defeat to Valencia in the Champions League:

“He has got a chance (of facing Liverpool), we saw the image of the tackle afterwards and it made it look really bad. We are trying to get him moving today. It is one I have to call later on.”

Wolves:

With Matt Doherty returning to the starting XI last night, Wolves have a fully fit squad again.

Norwich: 

Grant Hanley is fit enough to start this week while Kenny McLean is expected to shake off a minor knee injury which resulted in him missing a day of training.

Moritz Leitner (calf) has trained for the past few days and will travel to Burnley. Patrick Roberts – ineligible against City – is back in contention but a leg injury will keep Ralf Fahrmann out for 7 to 10 days.

Saturday will also come too soon for Mario Vrancic (calf):

“No chance for tomorrow. He could return to team training next week.”

Arsenal: 

Emery confirms Kieran Tierney will feature for the U23 side at Wolves on Friday. The Scotland international is yet to play for the club having arrived from Celtic following surgery to remedy a groin complaint.

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Hector Bellerin is also in line to return after recovering from an ACL rupture.

Unai Emery on Sead Kolasinac:

“He played on Sunday, tonight and he felt a small problem but I think he’s fine.”

Alex Lacazette continues to rehabilitate the injury to his left ankle and is likely to be back in action in October.

Everton: 

Silva reports that Andre Gomes and JP Gbamin are out, but everyone else is fit and available: 

“Andre Gomes and JP Gbamin are out. Andre’s situation we have to see day by day, he’s getting better but not in full training.”

Manchester City: 

Pep sheds more light on the extent of injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones. No other new concerns were reported:

“Aymeric Laporte is out for five, six months. Stones hopefully one month, maybe more, and he will be back. No other concerns. we will see how the players feel before making the selection tomorrow.”

On choosing to leave Sergio Aguero on the bench midweek:

“To sub Sergio you have to have a top player [to come in]. I am so delighted with the strikers. When Gabriel Jesus plays, he does absolutely everything. Like he did in Ukraine, not just for the goal, he fights and plays.”

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