Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 6

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 6.

All the best for Gameweek 6 everyone – lets do this!

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Sheffield United

Chris Wilder confirms that Jack O’Connell has been ruled out for the remainder of the season following knee surgery. The Blades boss believes the defenders absence will have a greater impact on the side than the loss of Van Dijk at Liverpool.

Lys Mousset had surgery to repair a “ligament under his toe” last month and the forward will not be in contention again until December.

John Fleck is also confirmed to be out for the next month.

New signing Rhian Brewster could make his first start for the club after Wilder admitted “it was a difficult decision” to leave him out last weekend.


Scott Parker confirms there are no fresh injury concerns.

Harrison Reed could be back in the matchday squad following a return to the training pitches earlier this week. Kenny Tete, Joachim Andersen, Terence Kongolo and Joshua Onomah remain out.


Ben Mee trained with the squad today, but this weekend will come too soon for the CB.

Matt Lowton however, has rejoined the group and Jack Cork is progressing but the midfielder will not return until after the break.

Phil Bardsley tested positive for COVID-19 and the full-back is going through the necessary government and football association protocols:

“He is okay in himself, he hasn’t had a big hit.”

Dyche also confirms Erik Pieters is a doubt for Monday after picking up a calf injury.


Potter confirms Johan Jahanbakhsh (hamstring) is the only doubt for Monday.

Lewis Dunk will begin a 3-match ban and Jose Izquierdo continues to build fitness with the U23s. “Apart from that we’re fully fit.”

That means Davvy Propper is available, although Florian Andone will not feature again this year.

Graham Potter hinted that Danny Welbeck could be a part of Mondays’ squad:

“He’s only had a couple of days with us, but he is looking good. He’s made a really good impression.”


Slaven Bilic confirms Sam Field setback:

“A few people were questioning why [he] wasn’t in the squad. He wasn’t in the squad because during the international break he got injured. He’s gonna be out for another four or five weeks, unfortunately. He’s getting better.”

No other fresh injury concerns for WBA.


Mourinho confirmed in his pre-match Europa press conference:

Japhet Tanganga and Eric Dier are still injured, apart from that, and the boys not on the Europa League list, everyone is available,”


Brendan Rodgers on the possibility of Jamie Vardy recovering from a calf problem in time for Sunday:

“We’ll see how he is in the next few days and hopefully he can be available for the weekend. We’re thinking that he’ll be available but we’ll confirm that in the next couple if days. He’s responded well to treatment, he’ll train tomorrow and we’ll assess him in the next couple of days.”

James Maddison on his return to first team action last night in the Europa League:

“It’s been stop start for me with little injuries but I feel good now, that was another hour and a goal. It takes a while to get up to speed and I missed pre-season.”

Ricardo Pereira still some way off a return:

“I begin working with the team in two weeks and from then, I will need to gain the competitive pace and the necessary confidence. It will depend, but I believe within six weeks – as I’ve never been through any of this – if all goes well”


Mark Gillespie could come in for his PL debut with Martin Dubravka sidelined:

Karl Darlow is still sore but he’s made a huge improvement from Saturday. It’ll go down to the wire [for Sunday] and we’ll see how he is. Thankfully it’s an impact injury and there’s no tear.”

Matt Longstaff will continue to build fitness with the U23s (v WBA) today. No mention of Kieran Clark & Paul Dummett who also played for the development side on Monday.

Sean Longstaff will return to the matchday squad while Bruce confirmed Miguel Almiron was benched (GW5) due to his international involvement.

Isaac Hayden could rejoin the group ahead of GW6:

“He’s looking to train today. It was more of a cramp than a strain – so the scan revealed. We’ll see how he is today and tomorrow but with hamstrings you have to be a bit careful.”

Man United

Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood will be given every chance to prove fitness after missing the midweek trip to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

However, Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly are unavailable due to injury and Anthony Martial is still suspended for domestic matches, after his red card against Tottenham.

New striker Edinson Cavani is in contention to make the squad for the first time, after training hard all week, with a possible debut for the ex-PSG star on the cards.

“No, there is nothing that we’ve struggled with after the game. Of course, there’s tiredness of the travel and little aches and pains but I think everyone should be ready for the weekend.

We’re still hoping Mason and Harry can be available in the squad. Of course, we have a training session today [Friday], so they’re going to have to go through that. Eric won’t be available. Jesse won’t be available so we’ll manage without them for a few weeks I think.”

Cavani has impressed with his desire to get match-fit and attitude to training since coming to the Manchester club as a free agent:

“He might be ready for the squad as well for this weekend. He’s been training hard and been training well. I think he’ll be available for the weekend.”

Ole on van de Beek:

“Donny’s fit enough but of course it’s competition for places, it’s giving him time to settle in and adjust. He’s an absolutely top footballer, so humble and hard-working. You’ll see him, it’s going to be a long, long season and he’s impressed me.”


Leeds confirm midfielder Kalvin Phillips is expected to be unavailable until December after suffering a shoulder injury during the defeat to Wolves:

“Whilst we are pleased to confirm that surgery is not required, [he] could still face up to six weeks on the sidelines.”

Bielsa says that Pascal Struijk will step in for the injured Phillips.

Diego Llorente is ruled out of the game at Villa Park, whilst Marcelo Bielsa is “still not sure” whether Liam Cooper will be ready after suffering a groin injury with Scotland.

West Ham

Moyes expects to have a fully-fit squad to choose from when his West Ham United team takes on Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime:

“We have got everybody in order. Haller has trained, expect him to be available. Said is doing well. He needs to get up to speed. I am not in a great rush to put them in, I want to give them opportunities but at the right time.”

Michail Antonio (hamstring) should be fine.

On Benrahma:

“Doing well. He needs to get up to speed of what we want and where we’re at, but the way the players are playing has allowed me to take a little more time with him”


Thomas Partey made his debut for Arsenal last night and Arteta was impressed with what he saw:

“I was really impressed because he looked really confident, he grabbed the game in the most difficult period, he took responsibility, he was really comfortable on the ball, he made a lot of right decisions, he was really strong in the challenges in every transition moment. I was impressed.”

Arteta wouldn’t be drawn on names, but says they have a few issues following their match last night that need to be looked at:

“We have to assess a few players today. We have some knocks and niggles from last night which is normal and after a long flight as well. Let’s see how everybody is today.”

On Dani Ceballos and Willian, Arteta was asked if it was too early to comment on them:

“I think so, I think so. They haven’t trained with us yet, so we’ll have to see how they react in the next couple of days.”

Crystal Palace

Hodgson confirmed that he will be without Gary Cahill against the Cottagers, and that Jordan Ayew remains in self isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test, but was not overly negative on either situation:

“Gary’s not very good I’m afraid. It was a nasty injury, so we’re still assessing it. He won’t be able to play tomorrow unless something miraculous happens tonight, but I’m hopeful it won’t keep him out for weeks on end. But it’s too soon after the kick he took [to know fully].”

Turning his attention to Ayew, Hodgson said the forward is feeling well despite his enforced isolation:

“We’ve spoken a couple of times on the phone of course because he’s self isolating. Certainly the last time I spoke to him, I think at the end of yesterday, he felt he had no symptoms but was disappointed the test came up negative and to risk missing two games.”

Later, the manager was asked how recent signing Jack Butland is faring. He confirmed the goalkeeper has received a positive test result for COVID-19:

“It’s very unfortunate for Wayne Hennessey, who of course picked up a serious injury in the last international break. We were forced to act because we know he’s going to be out until at least January and then we don’t know what the future will hold for him even then.

We needed to bring somebody in but no sooner did Jack sign did he test positive for coronavirus. He’s stuck in a hotel room in London with a very boring existence. He’s self isolating to take another test, hopefully be cleared and then I can answer the question a bit more about what it’s like that he’s with us.

The good news is he’s feeling good, good but disappointed and frustrated that he’s seeing four walls and nothing else.”

Aston Villa

Keinan Davis has “definitely got a chance” of returning to the squad on Friday (vs Leeds): “He should be training tomorrow [Thursday]” .

Kortney Hause remains sidelined; the defender targeting a return in early November.

It could be next year before Wesley returns:

“He’s working one-on-one with the physio. He’s a little way off from being with the group but it’s a gradual process with him.”

However, Tom Heaton might be available from Nov:

“I’m expecting him to be back with our group next week.”


Liverpool will check on the fitness of Alisson Becker, Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Sheffield United.

However, Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kostas Tsimikas are definitely not available for the fixture.

“So, let me say it like this with the others, apart from Ox and Virg, obviously, and maybe Kostas, who gets closer and closer but is not at all in contention for this game or the next one.

All the others, we have to see day by day pretty much. It’s a lot of conversations with the medical department – for who it makes sense, for who it is too early and all these kinds of things. That’s the time we are in with the games we have; if somebody is injured for two weeks that could mean five games and it is still not a serious injury.

So, I don’t know in this moment who will be available. My last information was that the boys who played the other night, they are all fine. They are OK and the rest, we will see.”

Asked specifically whether Alisson, Thiago and Matip could be considered to be ‘in contention’ to take on Sheffield United, Klopp replied:

“I don’t know. We have training after the press conference, so we will see who is out there. You can only be in contention if you are in training. Look, in my situation, I don’t want to rule anybody out until someone tells me and so far, nobody told me. Maybe I should have listened better!

But for me, everybody apart from the three I mentioned are in contention until somebody tells me different.”

Klopp had already allied fears of a Sadio Mane injury after the game against Ajax where Mane was pictured with icing strapped to his leg:

“Sadio has since a few days a dead leg and deals with that in that area. That’s the only thing why it’s still painful but it’s not a problem. When he doesn’t play, he puts ice on it.”


Nuno confirms there were “some problems” following the win at Leeds.

A decision will be made after todays’ session – “We have to wait.”

Jonny (ACL) remains a long-term absentee while Marcal returned to the squad at Leeds after recovering from a calf issue.


Initally, Carlo Ancelotti had claimed James Rodriguez was ruled out of the Saints fixture:

“Unfortunately, James had a problem during the game [vs LFC]. He had a mistimed tackle with van Dijk at the beginning of the game. I think he will not be available for the game against Southampton.”

However, it’s been reported that James Rodriguez has trained today and Ancelotti refused to rule the Colombian out of the game on Sunday in today’s press conference despite doing so yesterday:

“I hope he is going to train tomorrow and we will see if he is in condition to play on Sunday.”

Jonjoe Kenny was also expected to replace the injured Seamus Coleman, but it now looks like the full-back will not recover from an ankle ligament injury. Ben Godfrey set to make his first PL start for the club.


Lampard has more or less a clean bill of health ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.

Willy Caballero will back-up Edouard Mendy after Kepa suffered a shoulder injury in training.

Aside from that, Lampard will be without Billy Gimour:

“We are probably looking at the other side of the next international break.”

Christian Pulisic has started the last two games, came through fine with no issues. Lampard revealed ahead of GW6 that he would manage Thiago Silva’s game-time. The veteran defender played 90-minutes on Tuesday (vs Sevilla) and Andreas Christensen ‘could’ come into the side.

Man City

Pep, in true Pep-like fashion was reluctant to be more specific on who of the potentially injured players would take part this weekend:

“Yeah, some of them (injured players) – De Bruyne, Ake and Laporte – will be (involved against West Ham). Some of them, no. You will know tomorrow.”

Gabriel Jesus is working hard on a return but is yet to return to training:

“Gabriel Jesus is getting better but it is a tough injury. Still, he cannot train with us. I know when he will start, he’ll be ready – he is a guy who gets the form back quick.”

Fernandinho picked up an injury against Porto and it looks like they could be without him for around a month:

“A leader can be on and off the pitch. He can help us in different ways. The results were more optimistic so hopefully it will be shorter than one month. That’s good for us. Being tough is good.”


Hasenhuttl reveals that Stuart Armstrong returns to training:

“Stu [Armstrong] is back in training and has had one good session with us. Let’s have a look at how he is for the weekend, but he’s an option [to replace Theo Walcott].”

Moussa Djenepo remains out due to a persistent hamstring issue. “We have problems in the No.10 position.” The rest of the squad is said to be fit.

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