Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 10

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 10

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All the best for Gameweek 10 everyone – let’s do this.

Sheffield United

Blades manager Chris Wilder has confirmed that he has a fully fit squad to choose from for the away trip to West Ham:

“We came through a tough evening [v Arsenal], we covered a lot of distance. There were a lot of tired bodies and tired minds out there on Monday but a couple of days rest and back into work today, getting set for West Ham at the weekend.”

The manager was asked if he would stick with his eight ever-presents, including John Lundstram, all season and he had this to say:

We could do if we felt that was the right thing to do but we’ve assembled a squad if we need to change it round. The hardest thing to do is to change a winning side but sometimes that’s the right thing to do.

I’ve got to look at the players, of course they will look for continuity and some people will think that’s the right thing to do but I don’t think it always is. We have to pick the right side for every individual game and if it means us changing it round, we have the ability to do that.”


Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that Moussa Djenepo and Cedric Soares remain out ahead of Southampton’s match against Leicester:

Moussa is back on the pitch, but for a game it is too early, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel, I hope in one or two weeks we can count on him again.”

Hasenhuttl also spoke about the formation and how having a back five could see the wing backs get more chances to score:

“When we play in a back five, our wingers have chances to come in the box and to score. In the last game, Ryan [Bertrand] had a big chance to score. Yan Valery can come there more often, like in the last game.”

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On the goal scoring form of Danny Ings:

“This is a result of very hard work and also changing a few habits, taking less touches, running more deep, coming more in the position where he can score. I think that a good pre-season and the games in the last weeks helped him massively. Self-confidence with the goals is high at the moment.”

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he has no injury concerns ahead of Friday night’s away trip to Southampton. James Maddison has been training and likely to feature:

“He’s fine, he’s been good in training. He didn’t do much after Tottenham. He only had a few days, so he lasted the game (vs. Burnley) very well. He wasn’t quite up to match fitness, but he’ll be fit and ready for Friday.

Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has confirmed that Andy Carroll and Fabian Schar are ruled out for this weekend’s game against Wolves, while Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie are back in training but not likely to feature this weekend:

The good news is that Flo [Lejeune] is close to a return and so is Matt Ritchie as well. He’s bounced around the training ground all week. The big thing with Flo was it’s been an [ACL] and I would like to see him get something behind closed doors. I’ve set a target of maybe after the international break. He’s made great progress.

Matt did a week’s intensive course [in the Middle East to improve fitness levels]. He’s trained for two days but we mustn’t forget he’s been out for two months, as well. The weekend might be a little too early”

On Andy Carroll and Fabian Schar:

They’ll both miss tomorrow. They could be in contention for next week, we expect them not to be long-term. They’re not serious at all. Andy unfortunately picked up a groin strain last Saturday. Schar has had a bit of a sore knee which he’s playing with for the last two/three weeks and last Saturday become too uncomfortable for him “

West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Aaron Cresswell has been training all week and is available for Saturday’s home game against Sheffield United. Michail Antonio is still out while Winston Reid could get a game with the U23s:

“Compared with last weekend, Winston Reid has completed a full week and will probably will play the next game with the U23s on Wednesday, and Antonio hasn’t recovered – he has a long injury at the moment.”

On Roberto Jimenez:

“I don’t need him to make so many saves to demonstrate that he’s a good goalkeeper. He has a good career behind him. I said before that I knew he was good.”

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On Sebastien Haller:

“I think he’s not doing bad, but he can do better also. It’s always difficult for players who come from another league. Now he must be used to making other movements inside the box and the way we play, because we need to score more goals.”

Aston Villa

Dean Smith has confirmed that he has a fully fit squad except for Jota, who recently had a hernia surgery:

“We’ve got a fully-fit squad with the exception of Jota. We’ve got a three-game week now, with the Carabao Cup against Wolves at home and then Liverpool at home the following week. It’s certainly a week where the squad will get tested.

Jota had an operation nearly two weeks ago. He’s not yet joined us for training. We’ve had players who played for the under-23s in midweek, Jonathan Kodjia, James Chester and Kortney Hause. They’ve all got minutes under their belt.”

On Jack Grealish:

“His productivity is getting better and better. He looks like he’s enjoying the responsibility of being the Aston Villa captain, and his performances are showing that His productivity is getting better and better. He looks like he’s enjoying the responsibility of being the Aston Villa captain, and his performances are showing that.”


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Sean Dyche has mentioned that Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes have “every chance” of being involved against Chelsea. A late decision will be made on Chris Wood‘s (tight hamstring) fitness, however Johann Berg Gudmundsson is ruled out.

“Barnesy and Corky have trained today so we’ll make sure there’s no reaction tomorrow. Johann is still going to be a while. Woody has got a tight hamstring and we have to make a judgement call on that. We will know further tomorrow.

Drinky has still got a bit to go. A couple in, a couple out. We’ll see if people do pull through their injuries in time.”


Marco Silva has confirmed that Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin are back in training and available for selection, while Yerry Mina could be doubt for this weekend. Mason Holgate could possibly start if Mina isn’t passed fit.

On Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin:

“They work until now full session with their teammates and they are both ready.”

On Yerry Mina:

“Not so good news. We have two more days till the game, let’s see how he will be. It’s not a serious, serious injury but it’s something until now, we didn’t put Mina ready to work with the team in a full session.”

On Mason Holgate:

“He’s prepared, he’s ready. He’s working hard to get his chance, he already did in two Carabao Cup matches. I’m 100% sure if he has the chance he will be ready to perform in his level.”


Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed that Etienne Capoue, Sebastian Prodl and Isaac Success are back in training and Daryl Janmaat has overcome a minor knock, but Jose Holebas is suspended after collecting his fifth yellow of the season at Tottenham:

“They are training, they came from some injuries, so little by little, training day by day. Just checking at the moment, really could be [available], so we need to wait a little bit more.

About Troy Deeney, we are very happy, he’s on the pitch, not with us but alone, and working with the medical staff. I hope he is recovering quickly. He is not with the group, at the moment he is just running with the physios.

Bad news about Danny Welbeck, of course we need to check a little bit more, will happen in the next weeks. [He will be out] for a long time.”


Eddie Howe expects to have a similar squad to week nine for the upcoming game week as well.

Junior Stanislas (knee) is still some way off a return after going under the knife again four weeks ago. Jefferson Lerma has recovered from the hip injury which he picked up playing for Colombia. The midfielder missed the draw with Norwich.

David Brooks and Dan Gosling, ankle and hip respectively, are working outside but are yet to join the group.


Graham Potter has confirmed that Bernardo and Jose Izquierdo are still out but that the rest of his squad are in good shape:

“Making progress but not ready yet. Probably if I’m putting times on it, it won’t be this side of the international break. Hopefully – it depends how they progress – after that

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On whether Leandro Trossard could play this weekend:

“When it went to down to ten men (vs Villa) it become a bit of a transition game, we didn’t want to expose him to that in his first game back. Come Saturday he’ll have had two weeks, so again we’ll assess, see how he is. He’s an option. He has had a week’s training with the team, he’s worked really hard with his rehab so he’s available but we just need to make sure that he goes at the right time in the right way.”

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given an update on his squad ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Carrow Road to play Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Speaking in Belgrade, after United ended the wait for a win away from home, the manager said the return of players from injury allows him to be more versatile in terms of how he sets the team up:

“We’ve got Jesse [Lingard] back, who can play in a three in midfield and the players who played for us on Thursday, for example, Sergio [Romero] played in a World Cup final, Marcos Rojo played in a back three in a World Cup final and Phil Jones and Harry [Maguire] played in a semi-final. It’s just injuries have made us go into this position but it’s working quite well.”

Although Lingard returned to the line-up after two games out injured, and Anthony Martial scored on his first start since August, United are still waiting for updates on several injured players, including Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe:

“We’re working very hard to get them fit and, hopefully, we can get them back soon. I’m not going to put a deadline on it but it won’t be long, hopefully.”

Solskjaer on whether Martial/Rashford could line up as a front two in the 3-4-1-2:

“That could happen, definitely. I thought Marcus and Dan James caused Liverpool problems, so it depends on who’s fit. Mason could’ve played today as well. We’re looking more dangerous up front with two. At the moment. 


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Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to be available for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur. The Liverpool No.66 did not travel for the mid-week victory at Genk due to illness but is on track to return this weekend.

Fellow full-back Andy Robertson is also ready to play after being substituted around the hour mark in Belgium on Wednesday. However, The Reds must check on Joel Matip, who has been sidelined with a sore knee, while Xherdan Shaqiri is not yet available:

“Yeah, we just rested Robbo. We thought that’s enough for today [against Genk on Wednesday], 60 minutes. He could do it and did it. He is fine.

Trent is fine. Or looked fine, if there is no setback. He was ill – ill enough to not travel with us, which is not a good sign, but yesterday he had a clearing session and if it is as it was yesterday then he should be fine.

With Joel, we have to see. I didn’t see him yet. I don’t know 100 per cent.

I saw Shaq this morning and spoke to him. It will take a little bit of time still. Big muscles, unfortunately, it needs a little bit longer to heal.

All the other long-term [injuries] are not available.”

Norwich City

Daniel Farke had updates on his injury plagued squad: 

Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann are still out, as is Timm Klose. Ralf Fahrmann (groin) was back in team training this week but this game will be too early for him. Mario Vrancic (calf) is on the way to recovering, but won’t be involved on Sunday.”

Onel Hernandez worked away from the group on Tuesday after his knee reacted following, “But I’m pretty sure he’ll be fit for this game.”

Godfrey is fine after he complained of discomfort having had a hernia op recently:

“The situation is much better than a few weeks ago.”

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Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson has revealed that Vicente Guaita has returned to full training this week and assuming there’s “no reaction” tomorrow, he is available for selection on Sunday at Emirates stadium. 

Hodgson also confirmed that Martin Kelly has trained all week and is in the same situation as Guaita, with the club monitoring how the defender is tomorrow before deciding upon whether he will travel to north London on Sunday.

Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham remain sidelined.


Frank Lampard confirms that N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger (both groin) are out of Saturdays’ game. Rudiger is close, the defender has outside chance for week eleven. Kante is still training alone however. 

Ross Barkley (ankle) has failed to recover and “just misses out”, whilst a hamstring injury keeps Andreas Christensen sidelined.

Manchester City

Oleksandr Zinchenko could return within six weeks following surgery on his knee on Barcelona. Rodri suffered a hamstring strain in the Champions League on Tuesday evening which will sideline him until after the break.

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Pep heaped praise on Raheem Sterling after incredible UCL performance in mid-week where he bagged a hat-trick and was involved in both of Agüero’s goals: 

“All the credit is to Raz. We talk as a group, the quality of everyone helps the rest of the players. The credit is to him and the rest of the players. We dream of players getting better, month by month, season by season.”


Quotes from the post-match press conference in Europa: 

“In this competition, when we have two victories, I want to play with different players to give them confidence and minutes, have experience. 

Every player, usually, they need time for adaptation. Pepe is a very good player and we believe in him, totally. He’s improving and tonight those two goals are really important for us first, and secondly for him.”


Quotes from the post-match press conference in Europa:

Santo on changing between 3-4-3/3-5-2: “It depends on a lot of things, the types of options you have, the players that you have. We have to analyse each moment we have and the players that were out and those coming in, so it depends on a lot of things.

With one shape we can get good results, good results with another shape, but what’s more important is the idea. [We changed] because what happened in the first half, we were allowing Slovan to press us and we needed width, that is why we changed.”



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