Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 10

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 10.

All the best for Gameweek 10 everyone – lets do this!

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Steve Bruce confirms Callum Wilson will be back whilst Ryan Fraser is confirmed out. Jamaal Lascelles needs to be assessed whilst Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey are both available:

“Callum Wilson will be fit. He will be available which we’re delighted about. Ryan Fraser is still a week or so away. Jamaal Lascelles is a doubt. Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey are both OK and will feature.”

Newcastle have “one or two” injury doubts, and “unfortunately” a few problems with COVID:

“[Some players] are showing symptoms and isolating. We’ll have to manage that situation. I don’t want to give individual names.”

Dwight Gayle was back with the group this week having spent over three months on the sidelines:

“He’s done everything possible [to get fit] – he’s worked extremely hard. It was good to see him training, reminding us what a good player and finisher he is.”

Football Correspondent for the Daily Mail, Craig Hope, reports that Allan Saint-Maximum picked up a muscle injury in training and won’t be available for tonight’s game against Palace.


Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton (both muscle) have been ruled out of Saturdays’ game.

Everton comes too soon for Diego Llorente (groin). No fresh injury concerns following the 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw are out long-term.


No fresh injury concerns for the Lilywhites. Aboubakar Kamara comes back into contention after completing his three-match ban. Terence Kongolo remains out long-term.

Kenny Tete continues to step up his recovery from a calf complaint:

“He played the first few games then got the injury. We need to be sensible with him. He’s slowly coming back into training with us now. He’s on the right track.”

Loftus-Cheek impressed from the bench last Sunday and the Chelsea loanee could be handed a recall by Scott Parker:

“He can play off the side, he can play as a No.10, it’s not just one position in my team that’s up for grabs. We can be flexible in how we play him.”

Crystal Palace

The Palace manager confirmed “we don’t have any new injury news,” meaning the Eagles are only missing a few long-term absentees and those players currently self-isolating.

Hodgson said Wilfried Zaha “won’t be in contention.” He elaborated, saying:

“He’s still got to serve out the period of isolation. That will take him I think to Saturday when he’ll be tested again and we’re hoping that will come back negative. He’s been feeling okay, which is often the case when people test positive.”

Hodgson then continued to discuss the No.11 when asked how much of a difference his absence makes:

“He’s a very important player. It’s always the case whenever you have a player who’s hit the headlines for his club in the way Wilf has done for us and lots of other players you could name for other clubs in the same category, it’s normal when the team plays without that player and don’t get a result, everything focuses around the man who’s missing.

Of course you miss those players but you miss them playing their best football and you can’t guarantee they’d be playing their best football… We tend to endow the player who’s not playing with incredible quality. But we did miss him of course and always will miss him when he’s not playing because he’s such a good player.”

Later, Hodgson provided another positive update regarding captain Luka Milivojevic:

“He did the period of isolation so when he tested negative he was given the go-ahead to train. I’m certainly expecting him to be fit the next time we play but not tomorrow [Friday] night.”


Sean Dyche confirms that Nick Pope is unlikely to play at Arsenal after receiving a blow to the head in Monday’s victory over Crystal Palace:

“We’re getting him get checked out, just to safeguard everything. He was very unlucky. He made a brilliant save as everyone knows. He got a clunk on the back of the head and got a couple of stitches, so we’ve got to get that checked out.”

Jack Cork (ankle) is making “good progress” but the midfielder is not quite ready yet. Robbie Brady and Dale Stephens (both hamstring) are unlikely to feature.


Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs have completed their period of self-isolation, although a decision on their involvement will be taken closer to kick-off:

“Jake and Kieran are negative, but for one of them it’s probably going to be a bit too early. All the other guys are well and okay.”

Weekend comes too soon for Sam Field:

“He had [an injury] in training before the Saints game, then he got corona. Now he’s back! He’s negative regarding the virus and his knee is stable. It’s good. He’s very positive, I like him as a player. I expect him to start training with us [soon].”


Leandro Trossard has trained all week and he is available. Adam Lallana (groin) will be assessed after being replaced at Villa Park.

No other injury concerns ahead of the weekend, although Solly March felt his ankle slightly – he should be okay for Saturday though.

Veltman, who started all three Carabao Cup games in Sept, could deputise for the suspended Tariq Lamptey:

“He’s disappointed to miss the game. Disappointed that he got the red card, I think it’s all a learning experience for him. Davy Propper has recovered from a stomach bug.”


Good news for Spurs as Jose expects Hugo Lloris, Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn to be back for Sunday:

“I want to believe yes. Little things. Things that if I wanted to push, if I wanted to risk a little bit they could do it.”

It was a good night for Dele Alli, as he was involved in three of the four goals and manager Jose Mourinho described the midfielder as a “team player”:

“He could try to score but for Vinicius it was an easy goal. A team player does that, no risk and 2-0. It does not surprise me that he did that.

Dele was like the team. A very good first half. In the second half in the first 20 to 25 minutes they closed and tried not to concede more goals.”


David Luiz to be checked:

“We hope that he is okay. These surfaces bring different challenges to some players that have issues in their bodies, and it is quite aggressive to play on this surface so we wanted to take zero risk on that. It is okay, he should be fine.”

Mohamed Elneny tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Egypt. Mo is asymptomatic and following protocols ahead of returning.

The latest from the Arsenal medical staff was pre-Europa League tie and can be found here >>

Sheff Utd

Wilder reports that there’s a problem with Enda Stevens and one other, but remains coy on revealing who the other is:

“There’s an issue with Enda. We’ll give him as much of an opportunity as we can. We’ve got one other injury that I won’t publicise that’s touch and go.”

Sheffield United forward Lys Mousset has been out injured this season, but Chris Wilder says he will be involved against the Baggies:

“Lys has been a huge miss for us, he has been outstanding since his transfer last season. He is a game changer with raw pace and he is something out of the ordinary. We are looking for that in our group. One criticism is that we haven’t taken big chances in big moments.”


Connor Coady comes back into contention for Wolves following a period of self-isolation.

Romain Saiss is set to miss out again as he needs to submit a negative swab before he can rejoin the group.

Players will be tested next week. Jonny remains out long-term.

Man United

Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba did not train on Friday and could well be unavailable again – both missed the win over Istanbul and this would represent a third game out for Pogba since he was involved in France’s UEFA Nations League ties.

Luke Shaw is set to miss out. The left-back is still working his way back from a hamstring strain while Jesse Lingard is free from his period of isolation due to COVID-19 regulations:

“Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba weren’t on the grass, so they are very unlikely for weekend.

“Luke Shaw just started rehab. Jesse Lingard is back with the group after isolating and Phil Jones still out until after Christmas.”

Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford, who were all withdrawn on Tuesday night, have all trained with the first team this Friday morning and may be available.

Phil Jones’s return from injury may not be until the end of the year.


Chelsea have been boosted ahead of their London derby with table topping Tottenham by the news that Christian Pulisic is back in contention:

“To start is a question. Every player coming back is more difficult to start because of what is going on.”

Kai Havertz is also available after playing against Rennes in the Champions League on Tuesday with the boss reporting “We’re in good shape”.

West Ham

On Michail Antonio, Moyes said the following:

“He’s joined in in training a couple of days. We’re trying to see how he is. It’s just great to get him back out on the training pitch with us at the moment.

We want competition for places and I think we’ve got that now. Hopefully when he gets that opportunity we’ll be ready, but we’ve got good competition for places at the moment.”

Other than that, Moyes should have the same players available.


Ralph Hasenhüttl will still be without Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond when Southampton host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Whilst the United clash will come too soon, the Saints boss revealed the pair could be in line to return for the trip to Brighton a week on Monday:

“Definitely still an issue with his hamstring. Not a big one, but it will take another seven or eight days, then that’s have a look. It was not that bad, this injury, but it is still there and we must pay attention.

Danny is back in individual training on the pitch, so I think he can be an option for the Brighton game, which is moved to Monday now, but this weekend not. As we said, it was only a light injury, but it looks good.”

Otherwise the manager reported a clean bill of health for his side.

Man City

Pep on Sergio Aguero:

“He needs time. And after, he has seven months ahead to show what he can do. He deserves talks that are fair for him and everyone.

He’s still not in his best condition – his injury was long. He needs to be so sharp but we don’t have doubts. He needs a bit of time, training sessions and minutes. He has seven months ahead to show.”

Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho returned midweek meaning Nathan Ake is the only player currently sidelined.

Aston Villa

Ross Barkley has a hamstring injury after being replaced after just five minutes into the Brighton defeat on Saturday (November 21) after shooting from a free-kick. He’s most likely to miss the next few games for Aston Villa against West Ham and Newcastle.

No new injury concerns reported for Villa.


Jordan Henderson is closing in on a return to action, but Liverpool need to assess the condition of all players before determining who will travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

The captain took part in some of Thursday’s session at the AXA Training Centre as he continues his rehabilitation from a muscle issue:

“For all the other players who played now [against Atalanta], they are still in recovery, so that’s how it is when you have only these few days in between.

We have to make late decisions, so if you were to ask me now what will be the line-up and I was in a mood to tell you, I couldn’t! I [will] make this decision as late as possible because I have to wait until the medical department tells me who looks like [they’re] ready.

Then it looks like from now on we have another 25-and-a-half hours to make sure that we bring the fittest and freshest players on the pitch.”


Ancelotti describes Lucas Digne’s training ground injury as an “unfortunate situation” with the left-back ruled out for between 2-3 months.

“Lucas will be a big loss – he is one of the best left-backs in Europe – but we must be able to adapt.”

Ancelotti also confirms we will be without Seamus Coleman (hamstring) for Leeds game.


Press Conference scheduled for after the deadline.

Jamie Vardy was on the bench for their Europa League tie against Braga, but came on in the 61st minute and scored a dramatic 95th minute equaliser to book Leicester a place in the knockout stages.

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