Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 22

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 Gameweek 22.

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All the best for Gameweek 22 everyone – lets do this!

ARSENAL

After missing out in GW21 against Manchester United, Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney both remain doubts for the game against Wolves. Arteta on Saka and Tierney:

“We don’t know yet. Today they haven’t been able to train with us yet. I think it will be difficult for them but we’re going to try last minute and see how they’re feeling.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also continues to be a notable absentee from the Arsenal squad due to personal reasons. Arteta said:

“There’s still some things to clear up. Maybe yes, maybe no. We don’t know. We’re still doing some paperwork at the moment.”

Positively, Alex Lacazette is expected to be available for the Wolves game. On Lacazette:

“We have to follow the protocols, that we have to test him and make an x-ray. He was completely fine after the game, he was fine yesterday and he has slept well. I’m expecting him to be available.”

NEWCASTLE

In transfer news, Yedlin looks set to join Galatasaray, whilst Matt Ritchie continues to be linked with a return to Bournemouth.

Ahead of their home clash against Palace, Steve Bruce has hinted that Allan Saint-Maximin could be handed his first start since his return.

“He’s [Saint-Maximin] had three substitute appearances and we think he could be ready to start”.

Unfortunately for Newcastle, Jamaal Lascelles and Fede Fernandez have both picked up muscle injuries, expected to be the result of illnesses.

Jamaal [Lascelles] is having a scan today, I don’t think he’ll make tomorrow”.

Another possible absentee is the dynamic Ryan Fraser, who could miss out due to illness.

“The only concern I’ve got at the moment, Ryan Fraser unfortunately has been sick all weekend. He couldn’t make training yesterday. We don’t think it’s related to COVID. We’ll see how he is today.”

One player that the Toons have returning is Paul Dummett, who will be available for selection tomorrow.

LEEDS

The biggest concern for Leeds ahead of their match against Everton is Rodrigo‘s injury he sustained against Leicester.

Rodrigo is having a scan at the moment to evaluate his situation. He had an action where his feet were very wide apart. Potentially that excessive stretch could have caused a muscular injury.”

Positively, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha‘s injuries look less severe, and both could be available for their clash against the Toffees.

“The other two cases are less worrying. Two days prior to a game you can’t be sure any player is going to be available. The problems Raphinha and Bamford have to overcome are more safe.”

Since Bielsa’s press conference, Ian Poveda was helped off the field in what appeared a serious injury in an U23 clash against Sunderland.

SHEFFIELD UNITED

Chris Wilder is continuing his silence regarding injuries in his current squad as to not give his opposing Manager an advantage.

However, the boss did comment on the positive of Oli McBurnie returning against City.

Oli [McBurnie] coming back is a big boost for us. Getting him on the pitch on Saturday was great. He can give us that boost at the top of the pitch.”

MANCHESTER UNITED

For the first time in a while, Manchester United boast a completely fit squad ahead of Southampton (apart from long-term injury Phil Jones). Ole Gunnar Solksjaer said:

“Apart from the wear and tear and the quick turnaround, everyone should be available. They’re not injured anyway. It’s just a matter of energy levels and seeing how they feel tomorrow. No new, fresh injuries anyway.”

This means that both Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof will be fit ahead of their home clash against Southampton.

WOLVES

Nuno Espirito’s men are still without Fernando Marcal, Raul Jimenez, Jonny Castro, Ait Nouri and Romain Saiss who are out through injury. Nuno said:

“We still have the same players out.”

As with Chris Wilder, Nuno is refusing to comment in detail on the availability of his players.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Roy Hodgson began the press conference by admitting that the injury situation at Palace is “not good”. He continued:

James McArthur was injured and unfortunately we picked up some serious knocks in the game [vs Wolves]. We have to assess whether they can make the game.”

In positive news, new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta could potentially be handed his first start:

“Potentially. He’s fit and ready to play. We’ve got good options at centre-forward, they’re all fit and ready.”

Despite transfer speculation, Christian Benteke is expected to make the trip to Newcastle.

LEICESTER CITY

Full-back Timothy Castagne is expected to be out for a “short period of time”, meaning that Ricardo Pereira and James Justin should be starting at full-back for the Foxes.

Unfortunately, star performer this season Wesley Fofana “felt something in his hamstring”. He is expected to be replaced by the recently fit Caglar Soyuncu.

Veteran defender Wes Morgan has been taken out of training and will not be available for the next month due to a persistent back injury.

An injury boost for the Foxes is the speedy return of Jamie Vardy, who could be available as early as this weekend against Wolves.

“We’re anticipating Jamie [Vardy] could be back at the weekend, and we’re hoping Wilf [Ndidi] won’t be too far behind him”.

WEST BROM

Allardyce acknowledges the recent attacking intent from talisman Matheus Pereira:

“There is an outstanding quality in Matheus Pereira which is shining through at the moment. It’s undoubtedly great for us, he’s picking up a position behind the frontman, rather than the wide positions.”

Allardyce also expects Mbaye Diagne to start and continue to demonstrate his talent:

“I don’t think anybody would expect [Diagne] to not start. He didn’t come here to sit on the bench, he came here to show his talents. He caused problems, disrupted Fulham’s defence. He was tired because he arrived late. Now he’s running on adrenaline and excitement.”

There were no new injuries mentioned by Allardyce.

BRIGHTON

The latest injury for the Seagulls appears to be Mac Allister:

Mac Allister has a slight issue in his glutes, so we’ll see how he is.”

There is also slight concern over Veltman, who has been filling in for the injured Tariq Lamptey at right-back. On Veltman:

Joel Veltman also felt a bit of tightness, but we’ll give them [Veltman and Mac Allister) some time before we make those decisions.”

Other than that, Potter reports no new issues:

“We have no other issues from the [Tottenham] game.”

New signing 19-year-old Moises Caicedo will train with the team before being considered for the matchday squad.

“He’ll stay with us and we’ll help him settle in… The main thing is for him to adapt to his new surroundings.”

Aston Villa

Ahead of the West Ham game, Dean Smith confirms Kortney Hause will be out until March:

“He has had his scan and he’s got a problem with his foot, he’s going to be out for at least 4-6 weeks. It was a blow because he came in the team he was excellent. Other than that, everyone is OK.”

There are no other injury concerns for the Villains.

West Ham

David Moyes says Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard are both fit and available to face Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.

With no other new injury concerns, only long-term absentee Arthur Masuaku, who is recovering from knee surgery, is definitely ruled out of Wednesday’s game:

“I think everything is OK. We have a couple of knocks and niggles which we’ll look at in training this morning but, overall, everything seems to be OK.

Jesse Lingard’s fitness levels are fine. He’s a lean boy and doesn’t carry any weight so he’s in good shape, and I am sure Manchester United would have kept him in good condition as well. More than anything for Jesse, it’s just if he’s completely match ready to play but you only get that by playing matches as well.

As long as everything is fine, I hope to have him involved. We’ll have him in and around the squad but will he start? I couldn’t confirm that and I wouldn’t confirm it anyway.

Mick is OK. We’re pleased he’s come through recent games well and he seems OK.”

Everton

Ancelotti on new signing Joshua King signing:

“I think Josh is the right profile we needed… We were looking at him in the summer. He can cover all the positions in [the] front [and] he has experience in the Premier League so I’m happy to have him.

“I think they – King, Richarlison and DCL – can play all together. The fact that he can cover all the positions in the front is helpful for us. The squad is quite complete in this moment, I am satisfied.”

On team news:

Fabian Delph is back in the squad, Allan and Jean-Philippe Gbamin not yet. Jordan Pickford has a slight injury. He won’t be available for the game [tomorrow] but I hope for Saturday.”

Fulham

Fulham boss Scott Parker has reported no new injury concerns.

Liverpool

Klopp admits the centre-back situation is still not “perfect” given the amount of games coming up, but he is looking forward to working with his new signings. Joel Matip will require surgery. “It is really harsh and unlucky.”

Both Davies and Kabak could play tomorrow, but given they were only signed on Monday, Klopp feels it would not be “too cool” and the pair need a few more days.

Klopp says the injury situation “is at it was”, so it’s unlikely Sadio Mane will feature.

Jürgen Klopp today clarified that Virgil van Dijk is unlikely to play again in 2020-21:

Whatever happens, I think we have space for Virgil on the Champions League list. I think he was on the Premier League list. Nobody told me I have to change something with that. If we have space in the Champions League list then Virgil will be on the list.

In the moment, I don’t know where these things are coming from – nobody really, no doctor, nobody really told me there’s a chance for Virgil to play in this season again.

I don’t want to say that’s absolutely impossible but it’s not likely. It’s not likely. We don’t have to discuss these things really. If we have space we would put them all on, even when all the medical people tell us there’s no chance. We put them on because we believe in miracles from time to time.

But if there’s no place then we have to consider these kind of things and say, ‘The chance is not too big so we have to make the decision.’ But if they are on the list then it’s only because we hope for nearly a miracle. That’s it.”

Burnley

Charlie Taylor and Ashley Barnes are touch and go, and Sean Dyche will make a late decision:

“We’re waiting on more news on Chris Wood (hamstring). Robbie Brady has a little niggle on his Achilles, but nothing major.”

Spurs

Spurs v Chelsea takes place on Thursday, so we will not hear from Jose Mourinho until the deadline has passed.

Southampton

Southampton look set to be without Theo Walcott, Ibrahima Diallo and Oriol Romeu, who were all substituted against Aston Villa due to injury.

“They are not okay. We must have a look. Theo is something a bit serious, I think. Ibra, maybe also. Ori – we don’t know.”

Chelsea

Spurs v Chelsea takes place on Thursday, so we will not hear from Thomas Tuchel until the deadline has passed.

Man City

Pep on the latest team news:

“Everyone is fine except Nathan [Ake] and Sergio [Aguero] who needs time. When one guy suffers COVID-19 it takes weeks to feel better.”

Expanding on Aguero, Pep said:

“He [Aguero] is still not training on the field. He started moving yesterday. He will need a few weeks to come back. The important thing is he is negative and he can come back to us.”

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