Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 11

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 11.

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All the best for Gameweek 11 everyone – let’s do this.

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder mentioned that there are no major injury concerns and that he was hoping a couple of his players would be fit for the weekend. While he didn’t mention who, we presume Callum Robinson could be one of them given his early withdrawal last weekend:

“There’s a couple that we are hoping are going to be fit for the weekend. They’ll go through the process today and tomorrow, [to] give them as much time as possible.”

Wilder also spoke about Lys Mousset and whether he is ready for 90 minutes:

“Possibly a little bit off. But when you look at our forwards, not many of them play 90 minutes. We’ve got a group of forwards that we can change. I believe we made the right call (benching Mousset) last week but maybe if we’d had a week’s work with Lys, the games Saturday to Saturday, then I’d have been very, very tempted to start him at West Ham.”


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Sean Dyche has confirmed that Chris Wood remains a doubt for the trip to Sheffield United, with Phil Bardsley also a concern.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is still out while Danny Drinkwater will have one more week of full training before embarking on a games programme in his bid to regain full fitness. Ashley Barnes and Jack Cork are fit and likely to play:

“Chris Wood’s touch and go, he’s making a good recovery but you always get those moments of decision: should we, shouldn’t we? We’ll speak to him over the next 24 hours. Bardo’s got a tight back, so we’ll see how that settles down.”

“Johann [Berg Gudmundsson] is making good progress but is still going to be weeks, not days.”

“Barnesy we took off as a precaution last week, the game had got away from us so we thought that was sensible to do. Corky came through no problem.”

Sean Dyche also spoke about the impact of Robbie Brady:

“He was excellent when he came on last week. He’s continuing getting back to full fitness and full sharpness. He’s certainly in contention to be starting, that’s for sure.”

West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Jack Wilshere is not “100% fit” and that it would be a risk to play him before he has fully recovered.

He added that Winston Reid featured for the under-23s and will do so again before being considered for a first-team return. Lukasz Fabianski remains out but Michail Antonio may return after the November international break:

“Jack [Wilshere] is with some small problem but he is not 100% fit. I think that for him it is a risk to try to come back before he has completely recovered from that.”

“Winston Reid played yesterday night with the under-23s. He played 65 minutes without any problem. We’ll see how he reacts. Now he will play another game, a complete game, and as soon as he can, he will start working with the first-team squad.”

“Antonio and Lukasz Fabianski are recovering from their surgeries. Antonio I think will be ready for after the international break. All the other players are fit.”

Pellegrini also spoke about why Robert Snodgrass and Fabian Balbuena haven’t found enough game time so far:

Robert [Snodgrass] was not playing because we had a lot of new players in his position, Pablo Fornals or Yarmolenko back from his injury. But he’s always a very useful player that works very well. When he has the opportunity he always responds in the way he did in the last game. He’s one of the players that arrive in the box – and I think we need those players. He did it very well in the game, so I’m very happy with him.”

“I was happy with the performance of Angelo [Ogbonna] but maybe Fabian [Balbuena] deserved the opportunity because he just played one game and that was my fault to play him against Liverpool because he had just arrived for pre-season. After that the team was playing well so he had to wait, and he deserved another opportunity – he played and he did well also. Every change has a different reason, not just to keep all of them happy.”


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Erik Lamela is ruled out of Sunday’s match at Everton, as he undergoes treatment on a hamstring injury over the weekend.

Jan Vertonghen is a doubt for Spurs, again with a hamstring injury, and will face a late test, while Hugo Lloris remains out until the new year after his injury at Brighton. Danny Rose serves a one-match ban this weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino is also worried by Giovanni Lo Celso‘s inclusion in the Argentina squad, despite the fact that he is not fully fit:

“For him, it’s going to be tough… being honest, I am not happy”


Graham Potter has mentioned that apart from Jose Izquierdo and Bernardo, he has a fully-fit squad available this weekend.

The Seagulls are “hopeful” that Izquierdo will feature before the end of the season. Potter added that Shane Duffy is back training and that he was being cautious with Leandro Trossard:

“They were his first minutes since the end of August, so that’s the consideration: how much time he can play. The quality of Leandro is not in doubt. We have to just manage that situation the best we can. You can see the influence that he had on the last 30 minutes of the [Everton] game, the game started to become a little bit more open, a little bit more stretched, and then his quality in the final third is really helpful for us”.


Ralf Hasenhuttl has mentioned that he is undecided on who will be his first choice goalkeeper going forward:

“Not an easy evening for Angus (Gunn) against Leicester. Alex (McCarthy) made a good job on Tuesday, made a few good saves and with his body language in the goal, made a good performance. I haven’t decided yet what I’ll do.”

On Cedric Soares and Moussa Djenepo:

They trained today the first time with the team, this is positive. It’s a little bit too early for the weekend, they start training today, it was only a light session. I think for the Everton game they are an option.”

On Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond:

“Sofiane had a little problem with his knee after the game, Redmond yesterday in the session had a tackle where he fell on his knee. But they’re both OK, I think they are both options for the weekend. Two players back, maybe for the bench is one option.”

The manager also spoke in length about his team’s approach when they face Manchester City again this weekend. He added that there could be a few changes to the starting line up:

“It’s not so easy or seldom possible to press them (City) high, this is why we immediately dropped back and came back in shape after losing the ball. This is not our normal style. Normally we want to stay in, keeping longer pressure on them, but they are so calm on the ball and have so much quality. It’s not so easy to press them high and they don’t really get upset about getting pressure. It’s another game of being as nasty as possible, giving them not so many chances. For our side, be a little bit more self-confident. We will make a few changes, a few fresh guys, because we invested a lot on Tuesday.”

Aston Villa

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Dean Smith gave an update on the fitness of Jack Grealish after the Villa captain trained today:

“He’s been out there training today. He’s still a little bit sore but he believes that he’s in contention to start. The thing for me is to make a decision on whether I think he’s fit enough to start.”

Villa’s Spanish winger Jota is nearing a return, and should start training on Monday. However, the news wasn’t so good for youngster Keinan Davis:

“Keinan [Davis] unfortunately had a scam and he’s got a hamstring injury, so he’s likely to be out for 3-4 weeks.


Quique Sanchez Flores has mentioned that Isaac Success has recovered from a groin injury but Etienne Capoue (back), Ismaila Sarr (leg), Danny Welbeck (Thigh), Tom Cleverley (heel), Domingos Quina (groin) and captain Troy Deeney (knee) could all be sidelined until after the international break.

When asked if Troy Deeney would be back after the International break, Flores had this to say:

Probably. He is training really hard and really well, probably he will come back soon. I think we need to talk about the solutions as these players are not ready right now. We need to be focused on the solutions [in attack], with Deulofeu, with Gray, with Pereyra.

On Tom Cleverley:

“He has a little problem with his heel. I think not too long. He is positive, he will come back soon.”

Newcastle United

Steve Bruce will be without Sean Longstaff who serves the first game of his three-match ban.

“We think maybe after this weekend, he could be OK for Bournemouth. If not we might have to wait until after the international break. He’s been sore for a while with his knee, so we’ll just have to wait and see. We don’t think it’s too serious.”

“Andy’s trained the last couple of days so he’ll come into the squad as long as he stays OK today. Matt Ritchie it’s still too [early] for and that goes for Fab Schar as well.”


Eddie Howe has confirmed that David Brooks (ankle) is not ready yet, while Dan Gosling (hip) has been working with the group after more than three months out. Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas are out long-term. major.

“I think we’re pretty similar to last week. David Brooks isn’t ready yet, Junior Stanislas is still working his way back. A couple of other little niggles but nothing too serious. Dan’s getting closer, really pleased to have him back. It brings us that eye for goal from midfield, that work rate and desire he shows every time he plays. He’s a big player for us, we’ve missed him.”

Manchester United

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “hopeful” of having Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Marcus Rashford available tomorrow:

“It’s still early. Hopefully we can get them back on the pitch tomorrow. They got some treatment yesterday, a little bit more treatment today, a light session and hopefully they’re ready. I can’t tell you exactly now.”

Axel Tuanzebe, Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw are likely to remain out until after the international break, however.

“They’re not ready for tomorrow. Probably after the international break. That is always a risk if you push them back too early but if we have the two extra weeks after the international break, they should all be ready for then.”

Solskjaer also added that Rashford “has flourished” since Martial returned from injury:

“Since Anthony has come back, Marcus has flourished. He is probably happier facing goal, being direct, driving at people, taking players on instead of being a targetman, the one with his back to goal. But Marcus wants to master all the skills in the end, he’s only 22.

I’m sure we’ll see him up front as a number nine, maybe as a two with Anthony, maybe now as a three like we did against Norwich. Or wide like we did against Chelsea. There’s different ways of playing with Marcus. And it was important for him, and for me, that he stepped up and took that penalty against Chelsea.”

On Scott McTominay:

“He has been excellent and now him and Fred, they work in a good relationship. They’ve played well together. They’ve done that last season. Now they’re working as a pair, but Scotty has been excellent.”


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Jurgen Klopp has talked about Joel Matip and Naby Keita’s injury situations:

“Naby I don’t know yet [if he’s available], we will see.”

“Joel is not [available] for the next few weeks.”

Klopp was also asked about whether he had given consideration to the fact that, if Fabinho gets booked this weekend, he will miss the Reds’ clash with Man City in GW12:

“Don’t know yet! I know it, of course. What we do with it, I don’t know, we have to see.”

He went on to suggest that a change in the line-up may have to be made, to limit the risk of Fabinho getting booked:

Maybe he has to deal with it on the pitch or I have to deal with it in the line-up.”

Klopp also added that a decision will have to be made quickly on their Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with Aston Villa, as their Club World Cup involvement means that there will be a clash between the two fixtures.


Unai Emery has said that Granit Xhaka will not be included in his Arsenal squad on Saturday:

“It’s not in my mind he’s going to play.”

Reiss Nelson is the Gunners’ only omission for GW11, with a knee injury keeping him out of the squad. Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock have all shaken off minor knocks and should be fit for the visit of Wolves.

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson spoke on the fitness of winger Andros Townsend, adding that he would “be surprised” if he recovers for the Leicester match:

“Andros felt a muscle strain in the game against Arsenal. He trained today but I’ll be surprised if he makes it for Sunday.”

He did have a fair bit of good news to deliver on the subject of Vicente Guaita, Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham, although he didn’t put a timescale on their returns to the side:

“The good news is [Vicente] Guaita has trained all week and Mama [Sakho] and Connor [Wickham] took part in the early part of our session today.”

Hodgson then went on to talk about the threat that Leicester pose, but insisted his side don’t fear Leicester:

“There is no element of fear facing Leicester. We have a lot of respect and know they are dangerous but we have faith in ourselves. We’re not coming in against an opponent we can’t possibly beat.”


Ryan Bennett will miss out against Arsenal due to a groin injury, which he aggravated in midweek, his boss Nuno Espirito Santo reports:

“No, he’s not OK. He had this problem last week, he played in Villa knowing that he still has this problem. Let’s see how he recovers but hopefully he will join us soon. He’s not OK for tomorrow.”

Norwich City

Daniel Farke has both his first and second choice goalkeepers back with the squad and fit for Saturday:

Krul is ready to go tomorrow. It wasn’t too serious. Fahrmann is back and available in team training so he’ll travel with us.

However, the prognosis was not so good for Ibrahim Amadou and Todd Cantwell. Mario Vrancic, however, could be nearing a return:

“Amadou could be available but we’ll make a late call on him and Cantwell.”

Vrancic was ill for 7 days but has been back in training, however this game comes too soon for him. If he can stay in training consistently, he could be fit for Watford.

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Onel Hernandez won’t travel with Norwich’s first-team squad to Brighton as he attends the birth of his child, although Farke is hopeful of having him available:

“Hernandez is with his partner in the hospital, so hopefully we have a nice message to give later on, but he’ll miss our journey to Brighton. We hope he can travel later, so it’s not a perfect situation for our game.

Kenny McLean will still be considered for the Canaries’ starting line-up, despite missing some training this week while attending the birth of his child.


Marco Silva updated the media on the fitness of Yerry Mina ahead of their match against Spurs at Goodison Park on Sunday:

“Yerry has been working with the team this morning, it’s possible he can play.”

It is believed that Mina’s injury isn’t serious, but he will be assessed before the match on Sunday. Bernard and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are both long-term absentees, but apart from these two, the Toffees have no other injury concerns.

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has a relatively clean injury list ahead of his side’s trip to Selhurst Park on Sunday. Here’s what he said when asked if there’s any knocks in the side:

“There’s only Matty James, who’s been out for a while. Other than that, we’re fine.”

Rodgers spoke of Kelechi Iheanacho, who has struggled for game time since joining the Foxes from Manchester City:

“He’s playing behind one of the great strikers in Europe. I know that when I need him, he’ll be ready.”

Leicester’s manager also praised the Foxes’ massive 9-0 victory last week:

“It was a historical win. It was a remarkable performance. It was an awful night, the weather conditions, so to play like that, it was incredible.”


Frank Lampard says that Antonio Rudiger will see a consultant on Monday about a pelvic problem, and therefore will not be fit for the visit to Watford.

“he has an ongoing issue in his pelvic area, which is bothering him.”

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Lampard also gave an update on Ross Barkley and Andreas Christensen, saying that they are not far from returning to the squad, and there was also positive news on N’Golo Kanté:

“N’Golo’s close, he is working with the team now. Possibly [Ajax next week].

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has no fresh injury concerns, but also no returning players ahead of their second match with Southampton in a matter of days:

“Everybody I think is fit. The guys who were injured are still injured, the guys who were fit are fit.”

He did, however, mention the Spanish left back Angelino, who appeared to be struggling on Tuesday night:

“that was cramp”

Guardiola also talked about prioritising certain competitions, in relation to him picking a weaker line-up in the Carabao Cup in midweek:

“I don’t play Gundogan last game, no Kevin, no Silva, in this competition I prioritise, definitely. And I think Jurgen has done the same and Arsenal has done the same.”


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