Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Double Gameweek 25 Part 2

LEEDS

Leeds will once again be without Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo for their trip to Wolves this weekend. Marcelo Bielsa was uncertain about whether the pair would be fit for Leeds’ midweek game against Southampton.

“I could not give you a sure answer. If I tell you ‘no, they won’t play’, one could make it for one of those games. If I tell you ‘yes’, I can’t say with certainty.”

Leeds will, however, be able to call on the services of Diego Llorente and Mateusz Klich. Llorente hasn’t played since coming off in the 10th minute of January’s win at Newcastle.

“He (Llorente) is available to play right now and depending on the development in the next few games, we’ll see when we use him. The needs of the first team will decide how much we use him.”

CRYSTAL PALACE

James McCarthy trained today and is expected to be fit for Monday’s game against Brighton.

Roy Hodgson said that star man Wilfred Zaha remains sidelined through injury, whilst “a couple of others” have slight knocks that are being closely monitored.

WOLVES

Nuno Espirito Santo said that Willy Boly and Daniel Podence are “improving”, but both players will miss Friday night’s game against Leeds.

Nuno also said that Raul Jimenez has returned to individual training on the grass but is still a long way off a return to first team action. Jimenez fractured his skull against Arsenal on 29th November.

BURNLEY

Ben Mee and Majej Vydra will both be available for the game against West Brom after missing Wednesday’s draw with Fulham.

Ben Mee comes back and Matej Vydra, as long as he comes through training today, should be back in and around it,” 

Dyche confirmed that wingers Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson would miss the game against the Baggies. Both players were forced off against Fulham through injury.

“We don’t think either is drastic but we keep getting these knocks in this heavy game schedule and it is affecting us.”

Chris Wood is close to a return but the game against West Brom might come too soon. Erik Pieters is also a major doubt, whilst Dale Stephens remains sidelined through injury.

SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton will be without Kyle Walker-Peters for their game against Chelsea on Saturday. The right-back limped off against Wolves last week and Ralph Hassenhuttl has confirmed that he will miss “the next few weeks”, with no concrete time-scale placed on his return.

The Saints will also be without Ibrahima Diallo and Theo Walcott through injury.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Brighton’s match against Crystal Palace will come too soon for Tariq Lamptey, but the young right back will return to training next week.

Adam Webster is “unlikely” to play, but is still being assessed.

Graham Potter will be able to select Danny Welbeck and Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who have both “trained well” after missing Brighton’s last game against Aston Villa.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Lee Peltier “has a chance” of being fit for West Brom’s must-win clash at Burnley after coming off with an ankle injury last time out against Manchester United.

West Brom have no other injury concerns.

NEWCASTLE

Newcastle have no new injuries ahead of their visit to Manchester United.

Federico Fernandez trained on Thursday but won’t play at Old Trafford, whilst Fabian Schar, Callum Wilson and Javier Manquillo also remain sidelined.

ASTON VILLA

Matty Cash will miss DGW25 with a hamstring injury that he sustained against Brighton last weekend.

Cash will be out, he’s got a hamstring strain. I’m not sure the level of grading but it’ll certainly be a few weeks out which is a blow for us.”

Kourtney Hause will also miss the game against Leicester, whilst Wesley is back in training but is unlikely to play as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

SHEFFIELD UNITED

Sheffield United have been dealt a massive blow with the news that centre back John Egan will miss the next 8 weeks with a dislocated toe.

The Blades are also likely to be without John Fleck this weekend. The Scottish midfielder missed the game against West Ham through illness.

“After thorough tests on John Fleck, we got the results back and he’s been monitored. We’ve got no real news regarding his return. It’s hugely disappointing.”

In more positive news for Sheffield United, influential defender Jack O’ Connell has returned to outdoor training, and Chris Wilder is hopeful that he can “step up his recovery in the next few weeks”.

CHELSEA

Thiago Silva will miss the game against Brighton. The Brazilian is still recovering from a hamstring injury he sustained against Tottenham at the start of the month.

Thiago (Silva) will be out for the game. ‘He’s not ready.”

Christian Pulisic is also unlikely to play against Southampton after reporting a tight calf in training on Thursday.

“We have some issues with the calf of Pulisic. It’s nothing big, it just feels tight and a bit of a risk.”

Chelsea will be boosted by the return of both Tammy Abraham and Kai Havertz for the trip to St Mary’s. The pair have both trained ahead of the game and will play, should they come through Friday’s session unscathed.

FULHAM

Fulham will be without Tom Cairney and Alexsander Mitrovic for their vital game against Sheffield United on Saturday. Mitrovic recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Scott Parker also confirmed that full back Terence Kongolo will play for the Under 23’s instead of the senior team this weekend, after a number of off-field incidents this season.

EVERTON

Everton have been handed a major boost ahead of the Merseyside Derby with the news that both Allan and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be fit for the short trip to Anfield.

Calvert-Lewin is Everton’s top scorer this season with 18 goals in all competitions but has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

Yerry Mina will miss the game against Liverpool and will be out for 3-4 weeks, according to Carlo Ancelotti. The Colombian was forced off through a calf injury against Manchester City in midweek.

LIVERPOOL

Fabinho will miss the Merseyside Derby with the hamstring injury that forced him to miss last week’s defeat to Leicester.

Naby Keita could be in line to play after training with the team yesterday, although his fitness is a concern, with the midfielder not featuring for Liverpool since their ephatic win at Crystal Palace in December.

Naby (Keita) trained yesterday with the team, so we have to see what we make of it.”

James Milner and Diogo Jota are “getting closer”, but the Everton game will come too soon for the pair.

MANCHESTER CITY

Ilkay Gundogan played “some part” in training on Friday and will be closely monitored ahead of Sunday’s game against Arsenal.

Gundogan played just a part of today’s session. We see tomorrow how he feels.”

Nathan Ake has returned to individual training and is “getting closer” to a return.

Manchester City have no new injuries to report.

WEST HAM

Michail Antonio “has a good chance” of playing against Tottenham after missing West Ham’s last two games.

Michail (Antonio) has a good chance of being available for Sunday because he’s had three days training. We’ve always been careful with Mich in trying to get him right, but he was close for the last game. We didn’t quite think it was worth the risk.”

LEICESTER

Brendan Rodgers reported no new injury concerns after Thursday night’s draw against Slavia Prague in the Europa League.

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