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 Double Gameweek 19
As usual, feel free to give us (FPL Connect) a tweet if you find there are any problems with this article.
All the best for double Gameweek 19 everyone – lets do this!
Scott Parker has said that it is possible that Aleksandar Mitrovic might return for the weekend, adding that he trained lightly today (14th Jan).
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ineligible to play against his parent club, Chelsea, but will be available for the game against Manchester United. Mario Lemina and Thomas Cairney are both currently unavailable.
Frank Lampard is happy with the fitness of his squad, and has a full compliment of players at his disposal, apart from N’golo Kante, who is suspended for the Fulham match. This means that both Reece James and Andreas Christensen are both available again.
“We’re all good. N’golo Kante is suspended, but back training with us from tomorrow [15th Jan].”
Brighton & Hove Albion
Yves Bissouma is back from suspension so will be available for Brighton’s trip to Elland Road.
Jakub Moder, who has been recalled from his loan spell at Lech Poznan, has been training, but looks unlikely to feature as Graham Potter said that it is too soon.
However, Tariq Lamptey, Danny Welbeck, Adam Lallana, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Connolly are all out for the match against Leeds United.
Kalvin Phillips will miss the game against Brighton, due to suspension.
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed three players who are set to be available for Leeds United:
“Diego Llorente, Tyler Roberts and Liam Cooper are all available to play.”
Willy Boly looks set to return to the Wolves squad tomorrow. Adama Traore is back in training after a minor hamstring strain.
Daniel Podence and Fernando Marcal are unavailable and Raul Jiminez and Jonny who are on the long-term injury list.
West Bromwich Albion
Connor Townsend, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field are unavailable with long term injuries.
West Ham United
Hammers boss David Moyes said that West Ham are waiting on the fitness of Lukas Fabianksi ahead of Saturday’s game against Burnley. The Polish shot-stopper has missed West Ham’s last two games through injury.
“We’re waiting on Łukasz (Fabianski) to see how he is because we’re not sure yet.”
Fabian Balbuena is unavailable for the game against Burnley. The Paraguayan centre-back is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
The only doubt for Burnley’s match against West Ham is Charlie Taylor.
“Charlie Taylor is a doubt for tomorrow, but the squad is coming back together now and everyone else are fine.”
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that both Jamie Vardy and James Maddison are available for Leicester’s match against Southampton.
“Both those players [Vardy & Maddison] are available. It wasn’t so much a rest. They couldn’t play, or if they did play, there was going to be a huge risk for them. They’ve had ongoing issues throughout the season unfortunately and that was a game where we saw a window to get some medical work done with them knowing we’ve got other players who can play. That’s worked well for us. They’ve re-joined the group so they’ll be available this weekend.”
Rodgers will also have Cengo Under and Ricky Periera back from injuries, so they will be in contention to feature at some point, however, Rodgers said that with Periera they will bring him back step-by-step like he is with Caglar Soyuncu.
“Cengo Ünder should be back with us this weekend, which is great news, Ricky Pereira, also, so that’s great for us. Probably a bit like Çağs [Caglar Soyuncu], we just need to get him back step by step. He’s training with the team now and looking very good.”
Dennis Praet will be unavailable, and it looks like he could be out for up to three months after an injury to a tendon in his hamstring.
Southampton are set to be without Danny Ings for the match against Leicester. Ings tested positive for Covid-19 after the match against Liverpool, so he has been self-isolating.
“We’ve had one positive test since the Liverpool game; Danny Ings, so he’s been out for the past 10 days… I don’t know if Danny can come back [to training] tomorrow, but it looks like he’s out for the weekend.”
Saints are also without Michael Obafemi who has had surgery and Nathan Tella who has problems with his muscle. Moussa Djenepo, Jannik Vestergaard and Nathan Redmond are on the long-term injury list.
Some positive news from Ralph Hasenhüttl is that Alex McCarthy and Ché Adams are back in and both will be available.
There are likely 7 players out for Sheffield United, although Chris Wilder did not specify who:
“We’ve got a few out. I think we’ve got 7 out for the weekend. We’re hopeful we’ll get a couple back but we might lose one and we’ve got a doubt about one.”
Enda Stevens and George Baldock are both likely to be available, however, are to be assessed, along with Oli McBurnie.
Steven Bergwijn will be available again after missing the Fulham match through illness. Gareth Bale is still unavailable and working his way up to full fitness. Giovani Lo Celso is unavailable also:
“Gio [Lo Celso] is not [available]. We still have two training session before the game but I believe no more problems in principle.”
Liverpool are assessing the fitness of Joel Matip before making any decisions as to whether he will be available to play against Manchester United. He hasn’t played since December 27th when he sustained an adductor injury, but will have resumed training before the match, and is close to being available.
Naby Keita will not feature in the match against United:
“Naby [Keita] is not ready for involvement. It’s not a big thing; it’s a little bit like with other players in the past when they came back from injuries and then because of the amount of games and situation in the squad they had to play… Then a little injury happened again. Now we just had to put on the brake and say ‘let’s settle it properly’. In the moment we have alternatives in midfield, so we really try to give him all the time he needs to get 100 per cent fit. That’s the situation, so no, he is not in contention for Sunday.”
Manchester United are sweating on the fitness of a number of their players ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with Liverpool, including striker Anthony Martial. The Frenchman appeared to pick up a knock against Burnley in midweek. Victor Lindelof is also a doubt for the trip to Anfield, having missed the Burnley game with a back problem.
“I’ll give everyone tomorrow as well to prove their fitness, to get a chance to go to that game. Anthony (Martial) is not out of it.”
Solksjaer did confirm that he would definitely be without defenders Phil Jones and Brandon Williams, who are both injured.
“I think the only ones that are certainly out it are Brandon and Phil Jones. They are the two that definitely cannot make the game. A couple of others may be doubts, but we’re hoping – fingers crossed.”
Pep Guardiola confirmed that City will once again be without defenders Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake, who are both injured. The City boss also said that Sergio Aguero would be unavailable for the game against Crystal Palace. Aguero is currrently self-isolating.
In more positive news for City, Guardiola said that young Spanish defender Eric Garcia is available for the game against Palace after recovering from an injury that has kept him out of Premier League action since gameweek 10.
Guardiola said that there were no other injury concerns in the squad.
Due to Crystal Palace only playing last night, there was no press conference scheduled for today.
Mamadou Sakho and Martin Kelly are both unavailable.
Following the draw against Crystal Palace, Mikel Arteta revealed that Kieran Tierney has a suspected injury and was not just rested, so he could be a major doubt:
“We don’t know [how long he’ll be out for]. We’ll probably know more tomorrow after testing him and knowing more about the injury and how long he’s out for. Certainly it was a big disappointment on the day of the match to lose him, but hopefully he can be with us very quickly.”
Steve Bruce has said that Jamal Lewis could come back into the team following his knee injury. Jamaal Lascelles could also be back in. Allan Saint-Maximin is being monitored once he has resumed training with the squad. Meanwhile he mentioned that Federico Fernandez has a problem:
“We’ve got a problem with Federico Fernández. Allan Saint-Maximin is training today or tomorrow which is good news but he’s been out for around seven weeks so we’ll have to monitor him.”
Ryan Fraser serves a one-match ban so will not be available against Arsenal.