Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Double Gameweek 27

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 27.

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All the best for Gameweek 27 everyone – lets do this!

LEEDS

Marcelo Bielsa was uncharacteristically vague with respect to his current injury situation, refusing to rule out Kalvin Phillips, Jamie Shackleton or Rodrigo.

“It all depends how they evolve in the following days. Some players coming back from injuries will play in the (Under-23s) game tomorrow.”

BURNLEY

Sean Dyche provides an update on the current injury situations of Johann Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady and Jack Cork.

“We’re just keeping an eye on Corky, he had a tight hamstring, did well to get through the game last night. Johann has trained well for a couple of days, as has Robbie Brady. We’ll have to make judgement call to try & make sure they’re ‘overly’ ready, if there is such a thing. The next challenge is not just being clear of injury, it’s true Premier League fitness.”

Elsewhere, Erik Pieters and Matej Vydra are likely to be available for the game against Arsenal, after returning from injury and suffering a knock, respectively.

Ashley Barnes is expected to miss the game due to injury.

SOUTHAMPTON

Hassenhuttl provided an update on the knock suffered by Djenepo against Everton.

“We have to pay attention to him because he has a big injury history since he has been here. Three games in seven days is tough. We must be careful who we take and who we rotate and how we manage the load.”

However, the Saints have received a big boost as some key players are back in training.

“We have a few players back in training. Ibrahima Diallo, Takumi Minamino and Kyle Walker-Peters are coming back and are in the sessions. If they are available for the games, we will have to see. But it looks good.”

Hassenhuttl confirms that the benching of McCarthy was related to his performance, but that the English veteran responded well.

“He reacted well. We had a good conversation. He knows that I trusted him but also that he had not played a perfect game. We all have times where we make more mistakes and then you have to go into a duel with (others).”

The only long-term absentees for the Saints are Oriol Romeu, Michael Obafemi and Will Smallbone, who are all unlikely to play again this season.

BRIGHTON

Unfortunately for the Seagulls, Potter reveals that Tariq Lamptey has suffered a “little setback” with his hamstring injury, and as a result will not be available for their game against Leicester.

Potter continues to explain that Webster will be out until April, Solly March will be out for the rest of the season, and Aaron Connolly has picked up an issue with his back which may see him miss the game this weekend.

LEICESTER

In positive news, Brendan Rodgers confirms that Wesley Fofana came through his cameo fit and healthy, and therefore will be available to face Brighton.

“He was excellent. We wanted to get half an hour into his legs last night. He had an hour’s training this morning and was fine. He’ll be available for the weekend.”

James Maddison continues to be unavailable for the Foxes, and it looks as though it could be longer-term than initially hoped.

“He is continuing with the medical team. There is no timeline and we’re hoping gradually it will be better. He has been reassured, he doesn’t need another op. It is an irritation around the old injury. Hopeful over next few weeks it will get better.”

CHELSEA

Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for Christensen, who looks set to continue his spell in the starting XI.

Andreas stepped in during the middle of the first half versus Tottenham which was a tough thing to do, and from the first minute he is absolutely impressive. He is brave, strong in individual challenges, very brave and intelligent in our build-up. He plays with a lot of confidence and I am absolutely happy with his performance. How he has stepped up is a big part of our performances.”

Tuchel suggests that he will continue to rotate N’Golo Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho. On Kante:

“He has come from an injury so he will not play now every 90 minutes before the international break. We will manage him and we do that with the physical coaches. I’m very happy to have him, Jorginho and Kova [Mateo Kovacic].”

SPURS

Mourinho reveals that he is managing Serge Aurier’s injury:

“He had that injury then he played (vs Burnley) until [81st] minute when he started feeling his calf again. He doesn’t have an injury, he has just not the best feelings after a muscular injury. I believe he is going to be [fit].”

The only player that Spurs have listed as injured is Giovani Lo Celso, who could return as early as next week.

NEWCASTLE

Bruce confirms that both Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron will be out for their match this weekend. They are both expected to be out until after the international break. On the injuries, Bruce said:

“Really frustrating and disappointing. One is a muscle injury and one is an impact injury on his knee. We’re hoping that maybe after the international break we can have them back.”

Callum Wilson also remains unavailable in the short-term.

“It’s rest and recovery for him. Unfortunately, he’s still going to be a little bit away.”

Isaac Hayden and Emil Krath are still struggling with ankle and shin injuries respectively, and will be assessed before the weekend.

In positive news, Fede Fernandez has been training this week and “might” be involved in the matchday squad.

ASTON VILLA

Dean Smith explains that Jack Grealish is improving, but is unlikely to make the game this weekend.

“He looks pain-free so once I sit down with the medical staff, we’ll decide what he’s doing today.”

Matty Cash is still in the recovery stage, although Smith seemed optimistic.

“It shouldn’t be too long before he’s back training with us.”

Wesley will be involved with the U23s this week, whilst Kortney Hause will return to full training next week.

Emi Martinez, Douglas Luiz and Marvelous Nakamba will “not be allowed to go” to their respective international teams during the international break due to the countries being on the red-list.

LIVERPOOL

Jurgen Klopp reveals that Ozan Kabak is a doubt for the game against Fulham.

Ozan [Kabak] had yesterday, after the game, a little problem. Played now a lot of games. We will see if he’s ready for Fulham, it doesn’t look like it at the moment.”

Henderson, Matip, Gomez and Van Dijk remain long-term absentees. Positively, both Nat Phillips and Ben Davies are expected to be available.

Nat [Phillips] I think will be ready, Ben [Davies] as well. It looks like from the boys who were available, and I didn’t get the final information yet, the game could come too quick for Ozan.”

Klopp confirms that Mo Salah was not substituted due to an injury, but due to possible fatigue/lack of energy.

“He looked in that moment like he was feeling the intensity really. I didn’t want to risk him. That is all. That is the situation. It is really rare, I have known Mo long enough now and he usually looks surprisingly fresh until the end.”

MANCHESTER UNITED

Ole confirms that David De Gea will be in Spain for the foreseeable short-term as his wife has given birth.

“The beauty of having good players around is they’re ready to step in. Dean [Henderson] did really well and he’s done really well throughout the season”.

Solksjaer was otherwise quite vague regarding other injuries.

“We’re still hoping to get one or two back of course. We can’t promise any of them being available that weren’t available against Palace. So we’ll go with the same squad if not.”

Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial, and Juan Mata are all doubts.

Lindelof himself reveals that he is continuing to play with a back injury.

“I’m just trying to manage it in a good way, do the recovery right and then treatment. I have been having these issues for the last couple of months but I’m still out there because I want to be playing, to help my team win.”

SHEFFIELD UNITED

Jaden Bogle and Chris Basham will miss the game this weekend. Wilder said:

“Hopefully, they will be in contention for Leicester next week and definitely back in for the cup game.”

Jagielka will be suspended for the game this weekend. With Jon Egan and Jack O’Connell also missing, Sheffield United will be left with very few defensive options once again.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Hodgson confirms that Nathaniel Clyne will be unavailable once more.

“The initial prognosis was pretty positive. It’s been more than two weeks. The problem is the scan didn’t show major problems, but he’s still feeling discomfort. He’ll have another scan and if there is no damage I think we’ll see him back fairly quickly.”

James McCarthy has suffered a setback in his return.

James McArthur is still nursing his calf injury. Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are no closer to returning either.”

In positive news, Wilfred Zaha could be in contention to face Spurs.

“Yeah, I think so. Trained well this week, no reason I can’t consider him. He’s missed a bit but he’s still come back quicker than expected due to his powers of recovery.”

Tyrick Mitchell will not feature this weekend.

“I’m afraid he is suffering from a muscle injury. For a lot of the players, I think the ones we’ve got fit we’re hoping to keep fit, but the others we probably won’t see until after the international break.”

EVERTON

Ancelotti spoke to the press following their 1-0 victory against West Brom, but no updates on injuries were given. Fantasy Premier League favourites Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Lucas Digne came out of the match unscathed.

James Rodriguez is likely still out with a knock, but keep an eye on any quotes later this evening which could suggest a return. Either way, he is unlikely to start.

Ancelotti explains that he has changed the Everton formation, which could see Calvert-Lewin receiving less attacking opportunities.

“I changed the shape to give more opportunities to Gylfi and Richarlison. I sacrificed a little bit the position of Dominic, who played a little bit centre-right, to give Richarlison less work defensively.”

WEST HAM

David Moyes gave a general update on the injury situation, which is largely unchanged. The only potential worry is the goalkeeping situation.

“I think we’re pretty much as we were. Lukasz Fabianksi hasn’t trained yet but has a chance to play. Darren Randolph’s got a problem with his hip and is doing some work in the gym. I’m hoping we’ll have one of them fit by Monday night.”

FULHAM

Tom Cairney and Marek Rodak are definitely out due to injury, and Parker said that the rest of the squad will be assessed, providing no further updates.

“The boys are still recovering, we’ll have a better idea tomorrow on their fitness.”

MANCHESTER CITY

Pep confirms that Nathan Ake is now fit, which will provide further competition and rotation in defence.

“Yes, it’s good news for us, Nathan Ake is back. He made the training sessions and felt really good. Yeah everyone is fit. It is important for us and hopefully after the international break everyone comes back really well.”

Other than Ake, City boast a fully fit squad ahead of their double gameweek.

WOLVES

As per usual, Nuno gave us an update on the health of Raul Jimenez.

“He’s doing well, he’s improving. He’s been able to take part in some of the training. He’s feeling well, happy, but we have to take the same precautions.”

Daniel Podence and Fernando Marcal remain out, with the former expected to be back in contention from next week, and the latter more long-term.

Nuno comments on his team’s impressive response to the Manchester City defeat.

“It’s one of our goals, to bounce back and play good tomorrow. We know it’s going to be tough, we want to compete. Reacting to defeat, the best way is the next game so hopefully it’s tomorrow. The target is tomorrow and then, after tomorrow. It’s game-by-game.”

ARSENAL

At the time of writing this article, Arteta has not spoken to the press.

The only known injury is to Emile Smith Rowe (hip), although it is expected that he could be in contention to feature this weekend. Either way, he will be unlikely to start.

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