Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 7

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 7.

All the best for Gameweek 7 everyone – lets do this!

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Sheffield United

Max Lowe will return to the matchday squad after missing out against Liverpool:

“He was training full-tilt at the back end of the week but because of the protocols, there were no chances taken. And rightly so.”

Jack O’Connell (knee) is out for the season while John Fleck (back) and Lys Mousset are still around a month away from a return:

“For that type of [toe] injury it really isn’t an exact science. He might be earlier than expected but we’re possibly looking in and around the start of December for him to hopefully be available.”

Chris Wilder confirms former FPL darling John Lundstram will not be signing a new deal at Bramall Lane:

“It’s been very frustrating. We’ve offered him a very attractive contract. He doesn’t want to sign it. I’ve got to respect John’s decision. He’s still a Sheff United player and he’s still available for selection.”

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson confirms five first-team players are now back available.

After picking up an injury on international duty, James McCarthy has returned to training this week, plus Gary Cahill and James Tomkins are fully fit for the Wolves game.

Furthermore, following positive COVID-19 tests, Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland are both available and amongst the squad following their periods of self-isolation.

The Eagles will be without the long-term injured players in Wayne Hennessey and Connor Wickham, whilst Hodgson also suggested the trip to Molineux comes too soon for Joel Ward.

Tyrick Mitchell will be subject to a late fitness test, and will be assessed before the squad travel after taking a knock in training.


Neeskens Kebano is ruled out of the game vs West Brom.

Joachim Andersen (ankle) has trained today:

“We’ll see how he goes and make a call. He’s progressed very well and that’s a credit to the medical team.”

Terence Kongolo (foot) is still getting up to speed.

Aboubakar Kamara begins a three-match ban following his dismissal against Palace, whilst Kenny Tete (calf) is still struggling.


Nuno reports that there are no major worries heading into Friday nights’ game. One or two players need to be assessed from the draw with Newcastle, but everyone, except for long-term absentee Jonny (ACL knee), is expected to be available.


Those players who were involved against Krasnodar last night need to be assessed following their late return.

Kepa is showing “some progression” in his recovery from a shoulder injury.

“We are hopeful, but we’ll see with that one.”

No fresh injury issues for Chelsea but there are a few tired bodies following the win in Russia.

Lampard suggests there will be changes given the hectic fixture schedule. Thiago Silva will return to the matchday squad. Hakim Ziyech unlikely to make the XI after starting vs Krasnador.

On Jorginho’s penalty miss, Frank stated:

“He has had an incredibly successful rate of scoring penalties, particularly at Chelsea. My feeling is when you take as many penalties as he does, there can be periods when you miss one or two. I have no problem with his style of taking them….”


Phil Bardsley (COVID-19) needs to clear testing before he can rejoin the group, but health-wise, he is fine.

A “niggly” calf problem continues to hamper Johan Berg Gudmondsson who is rated as “touch and go”.

Dyche confirms it’s too soon for Erik Pieters while Ben Mee had a bounce game and he continues to build fitness.


Graham Potter says “everybody is fit” ahead of the game at Tottenham:

“We’ve had good numbers training this morning. It will be a similar group to the one we’ve had in recent weeks.”

Davy Propper (Achilles) could return but Lewis Dunk serves the second-game of his ban.

On Propper:

“He’s making good progress and getting closer. There’s an outside chance he’ll be in the squad on Sunday.”

The game will come too soon however for Alireza Jahannakhsh who has missed the last month.

West Brom

Bilic confirms that Dara O’Shea is available:

“It was a kick [in training] but he twisted it a bit. It happened Wed or Thurs. At the beginning it looked like ‘wow, big one’, but then he had a scan and they told me he’ll be ready for the next game, so it’s nothing serious.”

Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field could return after the break.

West Ham

West Ham United manager David Moyes has confirmed he will be without Michail Antonio for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool.

Moyes, however, does not expect Antonio to be out for long and hopes to welcome him back soon:

“Michail has been great for us and he’s played really, really well, he’s an important member of the team. He came off against Spurs and just felt something. He played against Manchester City and he just felt it again.

We don’t think it’s too bad, but it’s enough to keep him out of this game against Liverpool.”

Antonio is set to be the only absentee as the Hammers head to Merseyside and Moyes paid tribute to the work of his backroom staff for getting the players through a heavy schedule at the start of the 2020/21 campaign:

“It’s near-enough the first injury we’ve had. We’ve been pretty consistent and we’ve kept the boys in really good condition. The medical team’s been great and the recovery has been really good. I don’t know if we’ve been lucky in that we’ve not had the injuries, but I hope it stays that way because you need your players to be fit.”


Mourinho confirms Eric Dier absence last night was planned following his return at Turf Moor. Tanguy Ndombele was also tactical:

“Tanguy felt just a little sign of fatigue in a muscular area and he was also protected. Normally he is training [Friday] and is ready to play Sunday.”


Brendan Rodgers confirms Timothy Castagne won’t play again before the international break after tweaking his hamstring.

Jonny Evans missed the Europa League tie in Athens tonight with a back problem.

Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that Ricardo Pereira can return next month:

“We brought him out to [Athens] to continue his rehab, we’re hopeful that after the break he’ll be available. It’s great news for us an he’s progressed really well.”

Aston Villa

Villa had a behind-closed-doors game this week involving those players on the fringes who needed minutes. Tom Heaton (ACL knee) wasn’t ready to feature, but the goalkeeper is expected to play some part for the under-23s in the near future.

Boss Dean Smith is confident Aston Villa will bounce back against Southampton on Sunday:

“I’ve got a good idea of how these players will react because I’ve been with them for a long time now. I know their character. They were disappointed that we went away from our game plan against Leeds. It’s just about getting back on the pitch and performing.

I’m sure our players would have liked a game a lot sooner to put it right, but we’ve managed to have eight days to rectify mistakes and work on a tactical plan for Southampton.”

Man United

Manchester United have no new injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s Premier League home game against Arsenal.

Brazilian full-back Alex Telles, signed from FC Porto at the start of the month, will, however, have to wait to add to his single United appearance so far. On Wednesday, Ole revealed that the no.27 had tested positive for COVID-19, but fortunately he is not showing any symptoms:

“Alex won’t be ready, no. Apart from that I would think everyone else, at the moment, looks like they could be involved. [The squad looks] good.

There was no injuries [from Wednesday] which of course is a big plus when you think of every game we play and the intensity. We’re getting better and better, I think everyone is seeing now that our fitness and sharpness is more up to speed and we should be ready for that game [on Sunday].”

Telles joins Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard on the sidelines, with those two set to be missing until after the November international break.

Ole on Phil Jones:

“Phil has been injured and had a [knee] operation. [He’s] working really hard to be back, hopefully he’ll get fit in December. When you’re injured, you can’t get into the squad – he’s working really diligently and he’ll be coming back soon.”

Anthony Martial won’t be available. The Frenchman is seeing out the final game of a three-match domestic suspension, served after he was sent off against Tottenham.


Jamal Lascelles was forced off at Molineux due to a foot injury and the United skipper is a doubt for Sunday.

Isaac Hayden (hamstring) is fully recovered while Sean Longstaff (tonsillitis) and Matt Longstaff (thigh) are both in contention.

Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie, Martin Dubravka and Dwight Gayle are all out long-term.

Shelvey surgery was reportedly a success however:

“Thankfully, it was all pretty routine. He’s on the mend. These days with the way hernia injuries are we are thinking it could be three or four weeks – certainly after the international break we hope he’s there or thereabouts.”


The latest update from Arsenal’s medical team is detailed below from

Arteta on playing Aubameyang centrally.

“It’s one of the options that we have for sure. The moment he doesn’t score in 3-4 games, people will say, ‘He needs to play more central’. It was great for him to play on the left because he wasn’t picked up by central defenders.”


Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Liam Cooper “is fine now” but fellow defender Diego Llorente won’t be fit for Monday’s game:

“He [Cooper] is at a very good level but I haven’t picked the team yet. Being able to rely on him as an option is good. The fact that we have more days to prepare for this game means less for Crystal Palace [away on 7 November]. It goes for you this time but against you for the next one.”

Adam Forshaw (hip) will build confidence and fitness with the under-23s before rejoining the first-team squad.

Kalvin Phillips (shoulder) remains out. Still nothing definitive in terms of a timeframe after Bielsa dismissed suggestions of a six week absence.


Liverpool will continue to monitor the fitness of Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita as they close in on a return to action.

Jürgen Klopp reported on Friday the duo are making good progress in their respective rehabilitation programmes; however, he confirmed the Reds will err on the side of caution with the midfielders:

“Both are on a good way, that’s how it is with rehab or recovery. You saw the incident, how it happened, with Thiago so that obviously needs now a little bit of time to settle. Nobody can say exactly how long because nothing is ruptured and nothing is broken or stuff like this. He’s desperate to make the next steps.

If he will be ready for tomorrow, we will see. Same with Naby, just a different kind of injury, I would say. The thing is then, when the boys train normally, in an ideal world you give them enough time to prepare for not only one game but for the next 10, 15 or 20 games – or 30 or 40 games.

If somebody is in training again that doesn’t mean you can use them immediately. Sometimes we have to, but as much as we can avoid it we should try to do that. I don’t feel in a rush with the boys. We have a meeting with the medical department every day and they tell me how it looks in a specific case and that’s the information I work with.

I cannot rush it and I’m not in the mood to do it, so I just make sure with the available boys we make the best of the situation.”

Virgil van Dijk has undergone surgery on the knee ligament injury he sustained earlier this month. The Liverpool defender’s planned operation took place in London and was conducted successfully.

Van Dijk will now immediately focus on the beginning of his rehabilitation with the support of the Reds’ medical department. No timeframe has been placed on the Dutchman’s return to action.

Man City

Pep on the latest injuries:

“[The injured players] are getting better. Now we have the training session, so we will have an update. Gabriel [Jesus] is getting better, Nathan [Ake] is getting better. [Sergio] Aguero is still not available to train with us but progressing.”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said earlier that he was surprised Premier League clubs didn’t vote to continue being able to make five substitutions this season.

Now City boss Pep Guardiola has said, on the matter:

“It’s to protect the players, not to protect one team. Hopefully they can reconsider. We have to adjust due to the pandemic, to many things. Reality is complicated. The football is the players.”

Manchester City are in the middle of a run of seven games in 22 days and, at times, manager Pep Guardiola is relying on his players to be able to motivate themselves:

“With this amount of games, if the manager has to motivate, it’s over,” he said. It comes from inside, the desire to play good and help the team. They want to feel like a decisive player. It comes from inside himself. I cannot make a speech every three days to motivate.”


The big news from Everton’s press conference is that James Rodriguez will miss their trip to Newcastle on Sunday.

“He has a little problem, so he needs to rest for this game and will be available the next game.”

The good news is that defenders Jonjoe Kenny and Jarrad Branthwaite are available for selection. 

Seamus Coleman is still out while Lucas Digne and Richarlison are suspended.


Southampton trio Moussa Djenepo, Will Smallbone and Mohammed Salisu will miss Sunday’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa, manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has confirmed.

Hasenhüttl revealed they are each making progress in their return to fitness and are all now back in training:

“They are all back in team sessions so far but not back fit to play. For this game it is a little bit early, I think, but they are on a good way.
It’s not so easy to come into the team at the moment, but that raises the quality of the sessions and this is what we want to see.”

Otherwise it’s a clean bill of health for Hasenhüttl, who can also welcome back Theo Walcott after the on-loan winger was ineligible to face his parent club last time out.

“I’m very happy to hear that he likes it here and enjoys what we are doing here. I think it is the same in what I have seen so far on the pitch – normally you get a feeling for how much a player enjoys his play here.

I’m happy he is available again for the weekend. It’s important that he steps into the team, learns very quick and is open-minded for this new stuff we try to implement. Let’s have a look at how much he helps us. I’m very positive that he will.”

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