Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 26

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 26.

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All the best for Gameweek 26 everyone – let’s do this.


Graham Potter has confirmed that he could have Shane Duffy back and available for selection. Jose Izquierdo remains sidelined, and a decision will be made on Dan Burn ahead of the weekend. 

“We have no new injury news after last weekend. Shane Duffy trained this morning [Thursday] and that’s good for us. Dan Burn is making good progress and we’ll see how he goes ahead of Saturday.”


Nigel Pearson has mentioned that Tom Cleverley (Achilles), Ismaïla Sarr (hamstring), Kiko Femenía (hamstring) and Daryl Janmaat (knee) are making good progress in their respective recoveries.

Tom Cleverley is available for selection but the coach will have to make a late decision on Ismaila Sarr. Daryl Janmaat and Kiko Femenia could return after the winter break.

“Tom Cleverley is training with us continually now, so he’s in contention, Janmaat is going to be back out on the grass with us next week, which is again very positive for us. Kiko is making really good progress, so if he doesn’t make this week then after the short break, he will be available, which is again good news for us. 

We’ll assess Sarr a bit more tomorrow [Friday] and make decisions on that. I think with any injury like that you have to calculate the risk and decide whether the risk is worth taking. We have 13 games left so I think it’s prudent to make sure players like him, when they’re back, they stay back.”

Nigel Pearson also hinted that he could utilize  Adalberto Peñaranda, who has returned from his loan spell at Belgian side Eupen.

“Peñaranda being back, he’s a lively character and I actually like him because he’s a very talented player, so, it’s a bit of a bonus in some ways if we can get him to a point where he can contribute to the side in a positive way.”


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Eddie Howe could welcome back both Joshua King and Jack Stacey for Sunday’s visit to Sheffield United.

“Joshua and Jack have trained this week and are both getting close. We’ll have to make decision if we involve them on Sunday.”

Howe also confirmed that David Brooks was still “some way away” from a return but said the 22-year-old was making progress.

“He’s back in England (after receiving specialist treatment in Qatar), he was running on the grass for the first time yesterday.”

Jefferson Lerma is suspended following his red card against Aston Villa.

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder has confirmed that he has no injury concerns ahead of Bournemouths visit to Bramall Lane. David McGoldrick is available for selection but the manager once again emphasized that he was happy with the options available to him in the front line.

“[McGoldrick] has been out on the grass this week but what has been good for me is that we have players like Richairo and Luke Freeman putting in great performances in training. Everybody is fit and raring to go.”

Crystal Palace

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Roy Hodgson has revealed that Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly will be unavailable to face Everton in the Eagles’ game tomorrow, having sustained “a slight calf strain” after the Sheffield United game.

The manager elaborated, saying:

“We’ve lost Martin Kelly which is a blow. Unfortunately in the bit of training that players sometimes do after a game when they’ve not taken part as a substitute, he picked up a slight calf strain. It’s not massive but it’s enough to keep him out. 

Otherwise, it’s the same injuries as before, Cenk Tosun is injured but he can’t play [v Everton] anyway. Jeffrey Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho are continuing recovery.”


Tosun, on loan from Everton, is ineligible to face his parent club.

Jeffrey Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho remain long-term absentees for the Eagles.


Ancelotti confirms Gbamin went back under the knife:

“The plan is for 8 weeks after his surgery. The surgery went well and now he’s doing individual treatment. We have to go slowly but, of course, we hope to see him before the end of the season”

Ancelotti has arranged a friendly game during the winter break to aid Andre Gomes‘ recovery ahead of our clash with Arsenal [GW27].

With Fabian Delph suspended, Ancelotti has three options in midfield. Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Manchester City

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Nothing definitive on Raheem Sterling (hamstring) from Pep:

“It will take weeks. We will see if he can come back before Leicester or Real Madrid [in the Champions League].”

Leroy Sane is training with the squad.

“When you have an injury for six months, you have to recover tempo, rhythm and be confident in your body and your knee. It’s not like an ankle, or muscle injury. Surgery was perfect and he recovered incredibly well. He needs time.”

Benjamin Mendy and John Stones are both training. Aymeric Laporte is also in contention having missed the last three following his return at Bramall Lane.

West Ham

The West Ham United manager revealed that the likes of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko are nearing a return to action after stepping up their training in the past few days, boosting his options for the coming weeks.

The boss will also be able to call upon Deadline Day signing Jarrod Bowen for the first time at Etihad Stadium, following fellow January arrival Tomas Soucek‘s impressive debut at home to Brighton & Hove Albion last time out.

“We’ve actually got a lot of players beginning to get back to fitness, which is good news. Felipe Anderson has had a couple of days training. Andriy Yarmolenko is on the grass too, working towards getting back and I think after that most of the players are just about ready.

“here are one or two knocks or niggles which I hope we can get over by tomorrow and get everyone fit [for Sunday].”


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