In the latest of our weekly series, we’ll be bringing you the important FPL news from every Premier League press conference that impacts your Fantasy Premier League team selection for FPL Gameweek 5.
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Jay Rodriguez is set for a reunion with former club West Brom after missing 2 league games through injury before the international break. Sean Dyche is optimistic that Rodriguez should be fit for a return to The Hawthorns:
“As long as the next few days go okay, Jay-Rod should be okay”Sean Dyche on Jay Rodriguez’s fitness
The Burnley manager is also hopeful that Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be available, after a tight groin forced him into an early return from international duty with Iceland. Bailey Peacock-Farrell will also need a fitness check after suffering a hip problem during the warm up of Northern Ireland’s match with Norway on Wednesday night.
Matt Lowton, Ben Mee and Jack Cork all remain sidelined with long-term injuries, although Lowton is now working outside with the sports science staff.
Mikel Arteta couldn’t give a definitive answer to whether or not Kieran Tierney will play this weekend, after the Scottish left-back was deemed to be in close contact with Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Tierney is now in isolation, although Arsenal are in discussions with the authorities regarding the possibility of him playing against Manchester City this weekend. When asked if the Scot could play this weekend, Arteta simply replied: “I hope so.”
Meanwhile, there was also no definitive answer on whether new signing Thomas Partey would be included:
“We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days”
Arteta also confirmed that William Saliba would be staying at the club, despite multiple reports linking him to a loan move away from the Emirates. A reported loan move back to Saint-Etienne fell through on international deadline day on October 5th.
Moussa Djenepo and Stuart Armstrong will both be missing for Southampton’s trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Djenepo is still struggling with a hamstring injury picked up during the last league game against West Brom, while Armstrong tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty, meaning that Theo Walcott could be in contention to play:
“With all the injuries we have in the number 10 position, with Stuey out and Moussa out, Theo has more chance to play on the weekend”Ralph Hasenhuttl on Theo Walcott’s chances of a debut this weekend
New signing Ibrahima Diallo only started working with the team on Wednesday, and will need more time to integrate into the setup.
Tariq Lamptey returned to training with the Seagulls on Thursday, but it is a wait-and-see situation for Graham Potter regarding his flying full back. Jose Izquierdo and Davy Propper have also been training with the group, with the former being considered for some action with the U23 side, while a late call will be made on Propper.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh has “a slight muscular problem” which could keep him out of the Palace match. Potter says that for the Iranian international “it could be more West Brom for him rather than Crystal Palace”
Graham Potter also has no COVID-19-related concerns for his internationals coming back, but Aaron Connolly did pick up a knock on Wednesday night while playing for Ireland, leaving him as a doubt for the weekend.
Chris Wilder says that the Blades have “a couple of injury issues” for their duel with fellow basement-dwellers Fulham, while the club are also working with the authorities to see if John Egan will be allowed to play this weekend, following his self-isolation period.
Meanwhile, Wilder has also been speaking on new signing Rhian Brewster:
“The decision to start him or not is a big one. He’s been working extremely hard, undoubted natural talent.”Chris Wilder on Rhian Brewster
The Blades’ boss also confirmed that there will be no more signings in this window, as the domestic transfer window closes today (Friday).
Steve Bruce confirmed that Jamal Lewis is “fine” after returning early from international duty, but also had some less pleasing news regarding Martin Dubravka:
“We thought Martin Dubravka might have been a bit more advanced but we never put a timescale on somebody who has had an operation”Steve Bruce on Martin Dubravka’s fitness
First Team trio Matty Longstaff, Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett will play on Monday against Fulham for the U23 side as they all look to gain match fitness after injuries.
Allan Saint-Maximin recently committed his future to Newcastle until 2026, and Bruce had this to say of his French talisman:
“We’re delighted he’s committed his future to us. We’ve all seen the impact he’s had and he’s been excellent. He’s a really bright, intelligent lad and he’s great to have around. He’s only 23 and has got the world at his feet.”Steve Bruce on Allan Saint-Maximin
Dean Smith has no fresh injury concerns ahead of a trip to Leicester City, where Smith says they want to “exorcise some demons that occurred pre-lockdown”.
The Villa boss did have a number of players going away on international duty, and singled out his captain Jack Grealish for praise:
“I was really pleased that Jack Grealish got his first start for England and put in a Man of the Match performance. The beneficiary of him not playing in the other games is Aston Villa because he’ll come back fresh.”Dean Smith on Jack Grealish
There were also special mentions for some of his other internationals who played in all of the available games over the break, namely John McGinn, Conor Hourihane, Bertrand Traore and Douglas Luiz.
Harry Maguire is a doubt for Manchester United’s clash at St James’ Park, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reporting that the centre half “seemed to pick up a little knock” before he has dismissed for a second bookable offence against Denmark on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer is also optimistic that left-back Alex Telles could make his debut for the Red Devils, following a move from FC Porto:
“Yes, of course he is [an option]. I’ll have a word with him today and make sure he feels up to it and, hopefully, we can bring him up to Newcastle.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on new signing Alex Telles
The other new signings, Edinson Cavani and Facundo Pellistri, are unlikely to feature. Cavani is still in quarantine, while Pellistri is being viewed as more one one for the future.
Axel Tuanzebe has been stepping up his recovery, but this weekend is still too soon for him. There was no update on Phil Jones, but striker Anthony Martial will be missing, as he starts his 3 game suspension.
Spanish midfielder Pablo Hernandez has been confirmed as being fine to play against Wolves on Monday night, but centre-back duo Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente both have muscular issues. Cooper’s is less serious, but it means he is still a doubt for Monday.
All of Leeds’ international players returned without issue, including Mateusz Klich, who returns having played a part in all 3 of Poland’s games over the break.
New signing Raphinha was confirmed as a Leeds player on deadline day, and Marcelo Bielsa expects to have him available for Monday:
“…if it was today he would be in the group. His adaptation has been quick, instant.”Marcelo Bielsa on Raphinha
Robbie Gotts and Barry Douglas have both left Elland Road on loan, with Gotts heading to Lincoln, while Douglas goes to Blackburn.
The Champions will be without midfielder Naby Keita for the Merseyside Derby, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.
The Guinean misses out on the squad due to a “fitness issue”, but there is better news for the rest of the squad, as Thiago, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip have all resumed training and are in contention for the trip to Goodison Park.
Klopp also delivered a positive update on number 1 ‘keeper Alisson:
“Ali looks really good. It’s very positive and he made big steps. There’s no time-frame but he looks really good.”Jurgen Klopp on Alisson’s recovery
Roy Hodgson reports that Palace are assessing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey after he was brought off injured while playing for Wales, but James McCarthy will be sidelined for the visit of Brighton, as he returned early from international duty with a muscle injury.
There was positive news on defensive trio Gary Cahill, James Tomkins and Patrick van Aanholt, with all 3 being close to fitness before the international break, and in training ahead of the Brighton game. Jeffery Schlupp has also joined team training.
The former England manager talked about his satisfaction with the performances from his side in the first 3 games this season, before crumbling at Stamford Bridge in a 4-0 defeat:
“The first three games were very satisfactory. Even the Everton game was a good performance. The last game sticks hardest in the memory. The ones we’ve had in over the international break have tried hard to make it right.”Roy Hodgson on Crystal Palace’s start to the season
Some dire news coming out of Fulham today regarding new Danish signing Joachim Andersen:
“We’ve had some pretty bad news on Andersen. He is out for the forseeable future. It’s going to be some weeks.”Scott Parker on Joachim Andersen’s injury
Brazilian left-back Marcal has been training with the first team ahead of their clash with Leeds in GW5.
The Champions League semi-finalist has been missing since being brought off early against Man City in GW2 with a calf problem, but is now in contention to play against the newly-promoted Whites.
He will compete with another new signing, in Rayan Ait-Nouri, for a place in the XI, as first-choice left wing back Jonny remains sidelined until at least 2021.
Meanwhile, Ryan Bennett is being touted for a loan move to the Championship, with Sheffield Wednesday, Swansea and former club Norwich all sniffing around:
“Ryan Bennett has things going on. Let’s see how the day finishes. You never know what can happen but not too many things, I hope.”Nuno Espirito Sano on Ryan Bennett’s possible loan exit.
Youngsters Oskar Buur and Dion Sanderson have also been linked with a possible loan exit before the 5pm deadline on Friday.
Jose Mourinho has just one injury worry coming back from the international break, that one being Eric Dier, who was injured while on England duty. Mourinho says it “maybe… will keep him out of the West Ham match. Maybe but not definitely.”
However, the Portuguese manager refused to be drawn on whether he would select Gareth Bale for Sunday’s match:
“I’m not going to tell you if he will play or not. What I can tell you is that he’s working very well – probably he’s working the way he was not able to do for quite a long time.”Jose Mourinho on Gareth Bale’s chances of starting
Giovanni Lo Celso and Japhet Tanganga remain injured, after pulling out of international duty. Lo Celso’s problem is with his hamstring, but Mourinho thinks he will be back for their next league match.
The Foxes welcome Aston Villa to King Power Stadium on Sunday and, while Söyüncü’s condition is still being assessed, Rodgers says the Turkey defender will certainly be out:
“We think that Çağs will most definitely be out with an abductor strain, so we’re waiting on the scan on that. We think that he is definitely out for a number of weeks, but until we get the final scans, that will determine the length of time.
We’ll see how Wes Morgan is also and then we’ll assess it over the next 24 hours. Wes has had some issues with his lower back, but we’re hoping, if he’s required, he’ll be available to play.”
England midfielder James Maddison, meanwhile, is in contention to play a role for the Foxes in some capacity against Villa as he continues his rehabilitation from a hip injury:
“He’s been out with the rehab team and joined in with training so he will be able to play some part at the weekend, which is great news for us. He’s hugely missed, he’s a really talented player for us, and it’s just about getting his season going and, hopefully, he can stay injury free now.”
Jonny Evans was substituted at half-time during Northern Ireland’s 1-0 defeat by Norway on Wednesday and Rodgers says his suitability to play is set to be assessed.
A calf issue for Jamie Vardy, on the other hand, is also being monitored by the Club’s medical team ahead of the visit of Dean Smith’s side on Sunday:
“Jonny has come back with abdominal pain, so again, we’ll review that. We’re hopeful that Jonny will be okay and that would obviously be a great bonus for the team.
Vards has an issue around his calf, so we’re awaiting a scan on that. Dennis Praet, obviously, has gone away and done some work with Belgium, so we’ll see how he is, but he’ll be a doubt.
Obviously, Daniel Amartey is out with his hamstring for a number of weeks, so the international break hasn’t been too kind for us.”
Nevertheless, Rodgers retains full confidence in the depth of his squad and pointed to the performances of Papy Mendy for City in Wilfred Ndidi’s absence over recent weeks:
“We’ve seen that already with the likes of Wilf going out and Papy coming in and he’s been outstanding for us.
It’ll be unfortunate if some of these guys miss out, but it’ll provide an opportunity for other players to come in and the team have got a really good spirit. The mentality’s really good so the guys that come in, if they have to, will be ready to perform.”
Not much from Moyes this afternoon on the team news front.
Ryan Fredericks (hamstring) should be back as long as “everything [went] to plan”.
Meanwhile, Arthur Masuaku (knee) was released from international duty as a precaution, again another player expected to be okay. Issa Diop is available.
Edouard Mendy will not be fit for Saturday and Lampard won’t confirm whether Kepa/Caballero will start.
Thiago Silva will be rested but Ben Chilwell is fine after his withdrawal from England.
Hakim Ziyech is in line for his competitive debut but minutes will come from the bench.
There was no mention of N’golo Kante from Lampard after the Frenchman was a late withdrawal from the French squad midweek after complaining of muscular discomfort.
Pep confirms no Gabriel Jesus for City this weekend:
“He is not ready. There are injuries to some muscles where you can take a risk, but there are others where you cannot. He has an injury in the part of his leg where if he injured it more he could be out for a long long time.”
Sergio Aguero returned to training last week, but it remains to be seen as to whether Pep will start him against Arsenal:
“Sergio Aguero is training well and we are happy. Every team needs strikers. He’s been training for three or four days. He has been training well. I am happy to see him on the pitch after so long.”
Bad news on the Kevin De Bruyne front, as Pep confirms he is out of the Arsenal game, and potentially more than just Arsenal:
“Unfortunately De Bruyne is out, but the rest of the players came back well. I don’t think it is (serious), but the next games I think he will be out. We will see. I don’t know (how long for). I can’t answer because I don’t know.”
Baggies boss Slaven Bilic faces a big issue this week in attack as Callum Robinson is self-isolating for 14 days after coming into contact with someone with the virus whilst on international duty.
Robinson along with Sheffield United’s John Egan, Preston North End’s Alan Browne and Bristol City’s Callum O’Dowda have all since withdrawn from the ROI squad.
The Croatian is already without Hal Robson-Kanu after suffering a broken arm in their defeat at Southampton whilst outcast duo Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore could be moved on to the Championship in a late deadline day deal.
All the players involved in the recent internationals came back in “good condition” reveals Carlo Ancelotti.
There were concerns over Lucas Digne (knee) and Yerry Mina but both will be available for the derby. Andre Gomes, Allan and Seamus Coleman have trained.
Elsewhere, Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite are still out but are getting closer to a return:
“Holgate and Branthwaite are working individually. Branthwaite is closer [to returning]. They have no problems [in their recovery programmes] but we have to wait a little bit.”