Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 22

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 22.

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All the best for Gameweek 22 everyone – let’s do this.

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder has revealed that goalkeeper Michael Verrips will miss the visit of West Ham as he recovers from a concussion.

Fellow goalkeeper Simon Moore, is set to return to the bench following a muscular injury, with the recalled Jake Eastwood set to be among the substitutes if Moore fails to recover. On the signing of Jack Rodwell, he had this to say:

“He was a player that at the start of his career was very highly regarded, a couple of big-money moves and for him it’s just stalled a little bit. But hopefully we can kickstart his career. He’s certainly got the desire from a physical point of view, [and there’s] no issues from an attitude point of view.”

Wilder on the rest of his squad’s fitness:

“All clear, everybody fit and ready to go.”

Leicester City

Wilfred Ndidi has had a successful operation on his knee after sustaining an injury in training before the Foxes’ EFL Cup tie with Aston Villa, Brendan Rodgers has said, although the Nigerian international will be out for three to four weeks recovering;

“It was a good operation. He’s now back in and straight into his recovery. Something around that [three or four weeks]. Sometimes it can be sooner, sometimes it can’t be.”

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Rodgers has also confirmed that James Maddison is available to face Southampton at the King Power Stadium, while his only other injury concern, Daniel Amartey, is due for surgery on his ankle.

West Ham

David Moyes has mentioned that right back Ryan Fredericks, will be out of action for a few weeks as he recovers from a hamstring injury. This could see Pablo Zabaleta return to the starting line up.

Michail Antonio, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere remain unavailable  while captain Mark Noble and Aaron Cresswell, who both missed the Gillingham game, are working their way back into contention.

It looks like Ryan Fredericks has got a hamstring injury, which is going to keep him out for somewhere between four and six weeks, I spoke to him this morning and he seems to think he feels quite good and he doesn’t think he will be as long as that. I hope he is right.” 

“Michail Antonio is still feeling his hamstring. He is not available for the game. We were hoping to have him back but he’s not quite ready yet. Jack Wilshere has been in the gym and he’s been working outside as well. He is working towards coming back, but I couldn’t give you an exact date at the moment.” 

“Andriy has gone for another injection in his thigh, so we’re waiting for him to come back so we can see how the injection has gone. We hope he’s not going to be too long.”

On Mark Noble and Aaron Creswell:

“They’ve both trained, Cressy was the one – he hasn’t really trained until yesterday, but he’s trained today.”

Norwich City

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Daniel Farke has confirmed that Teemu Pukki will miss the Canaries’ trip to Old Trafford, but is confident that the injury lay-off will only be one week:

“Teemu Pukki is out for this game. He has hamstring problems.”

“Josip Drmic is also out so we will see if Adam Idah starts. I’m confident Teemu Pukki will be back next week for AFC Bournemouth.”

Farke also had positive news on Ralf Fahrmann and Ben Godfrey‘s recoveries:

“Ralf Fahrmann is back in training and available. Ben Godfrey is doing alright in his rehab, so he could be back in training next week.”

The German also shut down the transfer rumours surrounding Max Aarons in his conference, stating that he “wouldn’t waste energy listening to the rumours” regarding the England U21 international’s future.

Burnley

Ashley Barnes is due to see a specialist for further investigation on the groin injury that has hampered him in recent weeks and is likely to miss the Chelsea game on Saturday.

“He has been trying to get through a period with an over-use injury, so that will get checked out. He’s been soldiering on with it, but it has really affected him in the last few games. I had a chat with him and said he’s put his lot in for us and tried to carry on, but we have to get to the bottom of it.”

Sean Dyche also confirmed that Jay Rodriguez and defender Phil Bardsley have both missed training so far this week through illness and will need a check before the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson has suffered a further hamstring injury and unavailable for a few more weeks. 

Arsenal

There are no new injuries at Arsenal. Kieran Tierney (dislocated shoulder) is expected to return to full training in March while Calum Chambers (ACL) is out for the rest of the season.

Hector Bellerin (hamstring) and Gabriel Martinelli (hamstring) are making progress in their recovery but unlikely to feature this weekend.

“I don’t think we will get anybody back in the squad, we have a few that are going to be 50/50 for the following game probably but not much news. Hector [Bellerin] is a little bit better. He trained partially today with the team but he’s still not there.”

Wolves

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Diogo Jota and Willy Boly will both be unavailable this weekend for Wolves’ match with Newcastle on Satruday, Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed;

“[Boly]’s progressing well, he improving, but we still have to respect the dates and timings of his progression. It’s good to have him back on the grass and running. He’s not integrating 100 percent into the team, but hopefully sooner rather than later.”

“[Jota] had a strong impact, fluid and blood on the injury, he’s going to be scanned again next week. After the scan we wait and determine better his return.”

However, Morgan Gibbs-White will be available to face Newcastle, after integrating fully back into team training.

Brighton

Graham Potter has confirmed that Dan Burn is ruled out with a broken collar bone and Aaron Mooy is a doubt because of a knee injury. Solly March is in contention for a return, but Jose Izquierdo remains a long-term absentee because of a knee injury.

“Aaron Mooy has had a knock this week and he’s not trained for the last few days. He’s the only one apart from Jose Izquierdo and Dan Burn who’ll we have to look at between now and Saturday. Solly March has trained all week, so he is in contention for the group. He has trained well, so there is a chance he will be in the squad.”

Watford

Nigel Pearson has confirmed that Danny Welbeck is back in training and that Nathaniel Chalobah has recovered from the knock that forced him off against Tranmere in the FA Cup. Chalobah and Craig Cathcart are both fit and available for selection.

“They both trained today, we do have some ones with longer-term injuries, and then players we are aware have manageable injuries or issues we can get them through games and training. Having a rest [for two days after the Tranmere game] helped a number of the players for sure. Hughes we don’t think will be available for this week. There are one or two with a few less serious ones and we’ll assess them over the next couple of days. We’ll just manage it.”

“Danny (Welbeck) is back out on the grass and is making good progress. It’s been unfortunate this season that we’ve had a number of injuries that have caused us problems. We’ve got some long-term ones we have to accept are not going to be available for a while. Tom Cleverley is still a while away. We don’t want to put a time frame on it. We want him back, but back for himself. I don’t want to put players at risk for the sake of [returning] a couple of weeks early. Prödl is making good progress and Janmaat is also making progress.”

Kiko Femenía is also ruled out for this weekend as he recovers from the hamstring injury he picked up against Wolverhampton.

The Hornets will also be without Christian Kabasele for the clash on the south coast, as the defender is serving the final game of his two-match ban for a red card picked up against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Roberto Pereyra will be available, as his red card received against Tranmere Rovers was overturned.

Chelsea

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Frank Lampard has confirmed that neither Christian Pulisic or Marcos Alonso will be available for Chelsea’s clash with Burnley this weekend, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s return still doesn’t have a definitive date;

“Christian Pulisic is out, he’ll be out for a few weeks. He was injured in training last Saturday. It was an injury in the adductor, so he’s got a tendon injury. It was quite a nasty injury, he was in pain when it happened.”

“Marcos Alonso is recovering, he’s trained today but he won’t be ready for tomorrow. Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] is still out.”

Lampard has also ruled out letting Andreas Christensen leave in this transfer window, with some speculation surfacing linking the Danish centre-half to AC Milan.

However, he has said that Olivier Giroud is free to leave the club, as long as “it is right for everybody”, with the World Cup winner having been linked with former boss Antonio Conte’s new club, Inter Milan, among a few others.

Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has confirmed that Miguel Almiron, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jetro Willems, Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll are back in contention for Saturday’s game while Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schär and Allan Saint-Maximin remain sidelined. 

The manager also revealed that three further players have had to spend time on the treatment table in the past week:

“It’s ridiculous that we’re talking about this all the time, but it’s part and parcel of it. Unfortunately we lost two or three last weekend; we’ve got two or three back but we’ve lost two or three. Ki (Sung-yueng) and (Yoshinori) Muto have both got knocks, and we’ll have to wait over DeAndre Yedlin too – he hurt his knee a little bit. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel – I expect the vast majority to be there or thereabouts by the end of next week, which is good.”

Bournemouth

Eddie Howe did not reveal much from a team news perspective in his presser. He did mention that he will make late calls on a few players.

“We’re getting there with some, there are a couple of problems with others. The long-term absentees won’t change but there are a couple who are getting really close. We’ll wait and see, there are a few last-minute decisions for me to make. We trained this week in small numbers and I’ll make a late call on a couple others.”

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has mentioned that Harry Maguire could be available for the visit of Norwich City to Old Trafford on Saturday:

He’s got a chance of tomorrow so we’ll give him today training and see if he gets through that one because it wasn’t a bad one, we’ll see tomorrow.”

Jesse Lingard is ill again and sidelined, after coming back on Tuesday, but Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah will feature in the Under-23s’ Premier League clash with Newcastle United later today.

“Jesse’s illness has got worse and so he won’t be available. Apart from that, we’re getting players back. Eric and Tim are going to play in the Reserves tonight. It’s positive for them and they’ve been waiting for a long time, training for a while now, and it’ll be good to see them in a proper kit.”

Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba are still out for the Reds, with the Scotland international not set to return until after the mid-season break in February.

Liverpool

Liverpool will be without James Milner and Naby Keita for the trip to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. The pair will sit out the Premier League encounter in London due to muscle injuries and are likely to also miss Manchester United’s visit to Anfield as well.

“James and Naby are not available. Both are muscle injuries, different and for different people, so we see how quick they will be. We really don’t have to put a time frame on it because we don’t know it exactly. We will see, we are open and whenever they want to join us again, they can – or when the medical department gives the green light. For sure, not for this weekend, not for next week, but then we will see.”

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Klopp expects Fabinho and Dejan Lovren to make a return to full training next week. He also revealed that Xherdan Shaqiri has been a full participant in training after a minor hamstring issue, while Joel Matip continues to make positive strides with his recovery from a knee injury. 

“Joel (Matip) was not part of all parts of training. He was outside on the pitch, which looked really good, but then he had to do his own stuff again. Yesterday he was part of the first part of training. Shaq trained completely normal since he’s in. Dejan and Fabinho we expect to be back next week in full training.  That’s obviously good. If that’s then early enough for the United game, I don’t know but we will see. They work really hard in the moment and they go really through the paces, so that’s good.  Clyney is in a good way but not available.”

Aston Villa

Dean Smith has confirmed his faith in Orjan Nyland, who is likely to be in pole position to start for the rest of the season after Tom Heaton‘s season-ending injury.

“I’m confident in his ability. When I first arrived, he was the number one but unfortunately he snapped his Achilles and was out for six months.”

“He can certainly play at this level, that’s for sure.”

Smith also discussed his striking conundrum, with all three of his senior strikers missing in midweek;

“We had a situation where Wesley is injured, Keinan Davis is out and Jonathan Kodjia was ill, and we needed our forward-thinking players on the pitch. Keinan is a couple of weeks away, and Jonathan hasn’t trained today either.”

Crystal Palace

After confirming the loan signing of Cenk Tosun on Friday, Roy Hodgson has said that the Turkish striker will be in contention for the matchday squad to face Arsenal;

“He’s in contention to be in tomorrow’s squad. I’m very grateful for Everton to allow this to be done in time. It’s important as we still have eight players missing.”

Hodgson has also told the media that trio Max Meyer, Jairo Riedewald and Wilfried Zaha will all be available for the early kick-off at Selhurst Park;

“Max [Meyer], Jairo [Riedewald] and Wilf [Zaha] will be available for Arsenal. The turnaround was too quick for Wilf in the FA Cup and fortunately, Jairo and Max have both recovered.”

Tottenham Hotspur

Ben Davies and Tanguy Ndombele are both continuing rehabilitation on ankle and hip injuries respectively, the club has confirmed. 

Moussa Sissoko had surgery on his knee injury this week, and it is as yet unknown how long he will be out for.

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News emerged this week of Harry Kane requiring surgery on a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring, with this procedure expected to see the Spurs talisman sidelined until April.

Hugo Lloris is not far from making a full recovery, with the French number 1 now completing the final stages of his rehab programme and training outside. Meanwhile, Danny Rose has returned to team training after a calf injury.

Everton

Carlo Ancelotti has no new injury concerns for his side’s match with Brighton at the weekend, but delivered some positive news on Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin;

“The injured players are the same. Andre Gomes will come back next week and start to train individually here. [Jean-Philippe] Gbamin, I don’t know precisely but is working alone at the moment. The same with [Alex] Iwobi. The others are fit.”

Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola has said Kevin De Bruyne is fine to face Aston Villa at the weekend, with the Belgian having shaken off a blow to the head sustained in the EFL Cup against rivals Man Utd.

Guardiola also mentioned that Aymeric Laporte has been training every day, but is not yet ready to feature in a match;

“He’s training every day. He’s finishing the training good, no pain. I don’t know when he’ll be ready to start to play some minutes. I’ll wait for the doctor. From what I see on the pitch, he moves well. It’s a long time, four months.”

Southampton

Full-back Yan Valery is expected to be the only notable absentee for Southampton this weekend. Ralph Hasenhüttl has confirmed that the rest of his squad have been in full training this week, and are in good shape ahead of Saturday’s away trip to Leicester City.

We have nearly everyone on the pitch at the moment, the only guy that isn’t training is Yan Valery; he is separate from the team. A bit of running and jogging. The rest of the squad is with the team.”

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