Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 21

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 21.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all Premier League teams had press conferences, so most of the updates on team news have come from

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All the best for Gameweek 21 everyone – let’s do this.

Sheffield United

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Wilder to give John Lundstram “every opportunity” to prove his fitness ahead of the game at Anfield:

“We’re disappointed that John wasn’t available, he turned his ankle. He made it possibly a little bit worse than it would have been if he had come off against Watford.”

This was yesterday, today, Wilder has confirmed that Lundstram will take part in a full training session and if he comes through okay, he will be available for selection.

Chris Wilder has no fresh injury concerns, with Lys Mousset likely to keep his place up front.


Morgan Schneiderlin (calf) will train with the team, and providing he comes through those sessions without any issues, then the midfielder will be in contention for Sundays’ FA Cup tie with Liverpool.

Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are recovering well but remain unavailable.

Alex Iwobi (hamstring) will be rested for another couple of weeks… “then [he will] start [training] with the team.”


Southampton will check on striker Michael Obafemi ahead of the Premier League clash with Tottenham. The 19-year-old, who scored in the Boxing Day win at Chelsea, missed Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace due to illness.

Defender Yan Valery (infection) and striker Shane Long (knee) are doubts after also being sidelined against the Eagles.

Manchester City

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David Silva and John Stones training with the group. Leroy Sané has also been on the training pitches; the winger is hoping for a RTP within the next 4-6 weeks:

“I like to have all the squad available – I dont like to see players injured. John Stones and David Silva are back.”

Aston Villa

Villa are assessing the fitness of Tyrone Mings and Keinan Davis ahead of the trip to Turf Moor. Mings has not featured since suffering a hamstring injury during the 4-1 defeat to Leicester on December 8.

Davis has been out for two months with a hamstring injury but is now back to full fitness as Villa bid to halt their slide down the table.

Matt Targett is out, however, after suffering a hamstring injury, so Neil Taylor could make his first Premier League start since September.


Adrian Mariappa serves a one-game ban following his dismissal for two bookable offences in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa. Nigel Pearson will decide whether Craig Dawson or Adam Masina will come into the Watford backline:

“We’re still waiting on 5/6 players, either with illness or knocks. We’ll have a clearer idea tomorrow, but we’re hoping all of them make it. Hughes and Cathcart are back in with the group. [We’ll] give them every opportunity to try and make it.”


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Christian Pulisic could be available for Chelsea‘s trip to the Amex after a hamstring problem. The USA forward missed Sunday’s 2-1 Premier League win at Arsenal, but might be ready for the league clash on the south coast.

Full-backs Marcos Alonso (hamstring) and Reece James (ankle) remain doubtful after missing the Emirates Stadium victory.


Mourinho welcomes back midfielders Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko from their one-game bans. Son Heung-min serves the final game of his three-match ban and will play no part.

Ben Davies (ankle), Danny Rose (muscle) and Hugo Lloris (elbow) remain out.


Sean Dyche could recall Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson to the starting line-up after being used as second-half substitutes in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Ashley Barnes may well be rested as Dyche continues to manage his groin issue.

West Ham

David Moyes will have Aaron Cresswell available when he begins his second spell in charge of West Ham against Bournemouth.

Cresswell missed the 2-1 home defeat by Leicester, which prompted the sacking of Manuel Pellegrini, through suspension. Jack Wilshere is set to miss out again with a groin problem, as is Yarmolenko (hamstring) and Reid. 

Leicester City

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Jamie Vardy set to return against the Magpies:

“He had the good news on Saturday and, to be fair to him, he delayed this as long as he possibly could! He wouldn’t have played anyway, he’d have been on the bench, but we let him stay at home to look after his wife; he’ll be back for Newcastle.”

Ricardo Pereira is expected to be available after missing the win at the London Stadium:

“He should be fine for Newcastle. He just felt it a bit tight, so I didn’t take him to West Ham. I gave him a rest, but he’ll be back in and fine for Wednesday.”


Potter confirms no new injury problems for his side:

“We have no new injury problems. Solly March trained today but Wednesday will be too soon. Jose Izquierdo is still out but he’s making good progress too, we have a good group available.”


Daniel Farke will check on midfielder Kenny McLean for the clash with Crystal Palace. The midfielder picked up a knock to his foot in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham and will be assessed.

Ben Godfrey and Timm Klose (both knee) remain out while Josip Drmic (hamstring) is not expected to return until the weekend.


Granit Xhaka will be assessed after he missed the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea through illness.

Calum Chambers looks set for a spell on the sidelines after hobbling off with a knee injury during the 2-1 defeat, joining Rob Holding (knee), Kieran Tierney (shoulder), Sead Kolasinac (ankle) and Sokratis (head) in missing out.

Dani Ceballos is back in full training, however, while Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin could return.

Man United

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Paul Pogba should be in contention to feature when Manchester United take on Arsenal on New Year’s Day, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:

“Yeah, I would think so.”

Pogba did not travel to East Lancashire with the rest of the squad at the weekend, after making substitute appearances against Watford and Newcastle United. Solskjaer has indicated the midfielder simply required additional rest:

“When you’ve been out for such a while, it’s always going to take time to be 100 per cent. He just needed another day, probably, of recovery.”

With Scott McTominay, the only new injury concern over Christmas, the manager believes the squad has plenty of options, whether there are any incomings in January or not:

“Well, if we can keep [our forwards] fit and if we can keep on improving, one addition, if you get two additions, of course that’s going to be competition for places, and that’s what you’ve got to deal with at this club.

We haven’t had enough [competition] because we’ve had so many injuries, but now we’re getting more and more players fit. So now I’ve got to leave players out that I maybe should have played. So [on Saturday] Luke [Shaw] and Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] were replaced by two fantastic performers with Ashley [Young] and Brandon [Williams], so it gives me more options.”

McTominay, Young and Axel Tuanzebe joined Pogba in missing a training session held before the media at the Aon Training Complex on Monday morning, although long-term absentees Eric Bailly, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Diogo Dalot all took part.


Liverpool will be without Xherdan Shaqiri after the Swiss international suffered a slight hamstring injury prior to the victory over Wolves.

No other injury concerns for Klopp.


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Injury-hit Bournemouth are set to boost their attack by recalling Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser. The pair were substitutes for the loss at Brighton after picking up niggles over the festive period.

Josh King (hamstring) has joined a casualty list including Adam Smith, David Brooks and Nathan Ake, while Jack Stacey (ankle) and Simon Francis (knee) face fitness tests.


Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez are expected to start for Wolves after being rested from the start against Liverpool, while Romain Saiss is expected to feature after also being rotated out at Anfield.

Joao Moutinho is due a rest while Patrick Cutrone missed the 1-0 loss on Merseyside as a result of illness but could return.

Crystal Palace

Hodgson is without a host of first-team players at Carrow Road. Left-back Patrick Van Aanholt is sidelined with a hamstring problem, while forward Christian Benteke has been absent due to a muscle strain.

Joel Ward and Gary Cahill (both knee), Scott Dann (calf), Jeffrey Schlupp (hip) and Andros Townsend (groin) are also on the treatment table.


Steve Bruce will have to contend with a lengthy injury list as he looks to avenge the 5-0 defeat to Leicester in October with defender Fabian Schar and striker Joelinton having emerged from the Everton game with hamstring and calf problems respectively.


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