Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 28

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 28.

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All the best for Gameweek 28 everyone – lets do this!

Aston Villa

Dean Smith provided some refreshing news for Villa’s fans confirming Matty Cash’s presence in the matchday squad. Cash hasn’t played since Villa’s draw at Brighton in Gameweek 24. Anwar El Ghazi is also back after missing out against Wolves.

Unfortunately, Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish misses out again following a setback in the form of illness.

Jack Grealish is a lot better, but you won’t see him at Newcastle unfortunately. It hasn’t helped that he’s been ill this week, which has kept him off for a couple of days”

Smith then went on to praise Ollie Watkins’ contribution as the first line of defence calling him a top signing for the club alongside Emi Martinez.

Newcastle United

Steve Bruce mentioned everything going according to plan with a special focus on Almiron who is close to recovering. He sighted the international break possibly pulling Newcastle some favours in terms of key player like Allan Saint Maximan and Callum Wilson recovering.

Bruce highlighted the recovery of Javier Manquilo with Fernandez nearing a recovery as well.

“We’ve got no new injuries to report. Javier Manquillo has worked extremely hard and was a week or two quicker than expected so it was good to see him around it. Fernández is back amongst it too which is good news.”


Scott Parker was enthusiastic before his side’s game against runaway league leaders Manchester City. He was extremely complimentary towards Pep Guardiola claiming he’ll go down as one of the “greats”.

He credited Joachim Andersen and Tosin Adarabioyo for Fulham’s defensive revival. Fair to expect them to continue in the heart of Fulham’s defence.

“It’s fair to say Joa and Tosin have formed a great partnership. They’ve played a big part in the way we’ve performed and how solid we’ve been.”


Sean Dyche has ruled out Ashley Barnes, Charlie Taylor and Jack Cork ahead of Burnley’s game against Everton.

Taylor will probably miss out on this one, as will Barnes, but he’s making good progress and it’s probably a bit too early for Cork.

He was fairly complimentary towards the toffees calling them a team of “great” players with an “experienced manager” in Ancelotti.

Manchester United

Manchester United is expected to be without Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani for their game against West Ham. The presence of Martial is also in doubt after suffering a knock on his hip in the draw against Milan.

“Anthony, he got a whack on his hip so that’s another forward that we need to scan and have to look at,” he said.

“Definitely hope Marcus is back for next Thursday in Milan, I’m not sure if he’ll make Sunday, but fingers crossed because we will need him. Edinson I don’t think will be ready for Sunday no.”

The forward injury list this week sets up well for youngsters Mason Greenwood and Amad Diallo with at least one of them expected to start against high-flying West Ham.

Tottenham Hotspur

Kane owners were left worried as the forward came off and was seen icing his knee at the dying moments of Spurs’ 2-0 win. However the forward is expected to be fit and raring to go in the North London Derby.

“I don’t have the feeling it is anything serious. He is doing everything. He is doing the striker job of scoring goals,” said Mourinho. 

Gareth Bale is also expected to retain his place in the starting line-up after getting rested mid-week.


Arteta showered praise on Martin Odegaard following the loanee’s wonder strike last night.

“He helps us to do the processes much better. He helps us as a team because he gives us a lot of continuity on the ball. He’s really intelligent to find the spaces, he attracts a lot of opponents.”

Emile Smith Rowe is back after playing a few minutes in the clash and is expected to feature against Spurs as well.


Thomas Tuchel has effectively ruled out Thiago Silva and scarcely-used Tammy Abraham before Chelsea’s interesting clash against Leeds United.

Thiago had a little setback in training at the end of the training session the day before yesterday. He felt at the very end something around the same area where he was injured so we had to take him off, so he is back into a transition phase but not back into team training… Tammy Abraham has still the ankle pain from the tackle against Burnley”. 

Everybody else is available.


Ancelotti had several updates for Everton’s game against Burnley. Yerry Mina, Seamus Coleman and Tom Davies are back after having “trained normally”. James Rodriguez is ruled out after having played through a calf injury in the past few weeks. The club has taken a decision to let him recover fully from his minor problem.

“For the fact that we are going to have really important games until the end of the season we decided to let him get a proper recovery rather than let him play at 70 pr 80 per cent.”

Midfielder Doucoure is set for a long spell on the sidelines after fracturing his foot. He is expected to be out for up to 10 weeks.

Fabian Delph remains unavailable while Sigurdsson faces a late fitness test ahead of the game after facing an “ankle problem” last week.

Lastly, Ancelotti hinted at a potential start for former Bournemouth man Joshua King.

Josh is ready to start, the shape would be 4-3-3.I think. I think Josh in a 4-4-2 can play as a winger as well.”


Raul Jimenez is back in training wearing protective headgear, however there is still no clarity on the forward’s return date.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Lamptey has been ruled out for the season, whereas Connolly is ruled out for Brighton’s game against Southampton.

Tariq Lamptey’s hamstring hasn’t responded as well as we’d like. We’re looking at surgery which means he will miss the rest of the season. Aaron Connolly has got a cracked rib and he will be back after the international break.”

Crystal Palace

Hodgson said there was no new injury news coming in from the Eagles camp. He was complimentary towards midfielder Eze who has made quite the impression becoming a quick fan favourite.

Eze has made the step up to Premier League football in the best way. We think he has the margin for incredible progression.”

Leicester City

Rodgers seemed to be in high spirits following Leicester’s training session providing updates on Evans, who is expected to take his place in the heart of the defence. Praet and Perez are set to return as well, but are expected to start on the bench.

“We’ve got Jonny Evans back and available. Dennis Praet has been training this week and should be available. Ayoze Pérez too.”

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola was his usual extravagant self praising Scott Parker’s courage to compete with the big guns.

“Since day one, they have played incredibly well. They were relegated with Scott and at the end of the season they were promoted. In English football there are incredibly good managers with Mr Potter at Brighton and Scott at Fulham. Many of them have courage to play. Other managers say now, we’re going to sit back. Scott Parker went to Anfield and tried to play. That’s quite remarkable.”

For the second week running, Manchester City boast a fully fit squad with no injuries.

Sheffield United

Sheffield United’s expected press conference has been cancelled and a new one has been scheduled at 5pm. It is no longer called the manager’s press conference, further intensifying rumours of Chris Wilder being up for the sack.


Hasenhüttl seemed to be in high spirits despite Southampton’s poor string of results. He praised Che Adams citing the forward’s work ethic all but confirming his starting place.

“What I like the most is that he is always hard working and fighting for the team. He can score goals and he is getting better and better with every year playing with us.”

He cast doubts over Moussa Djenepo’s presence against Brighton explaining the winger’s situation.

Moussa was out after 30 minutes in the last game. It doesn’t look that bad, so hopefully he can start training by the end of the week so he can be an alternative for the weekend, but we don’t know it yet. Sometimes with Moussa his body reacts in a strange way. Sometimes it feels worse than it is in the end, but when you scan him he immediately shows a lot of blood in muscles when he has odd injuries, so we have to pay attention to how tough the injury definitely is.”

Star striker Danny Ings remains sidelined and is not expected to feature before the international break.

West Ham United

Positive news in the West Ham camp came in the form of renewals, with Club captain Mark Noble and long-serving goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski both extending their contracts until the summer of 2022.

Moyes on the upcoming clash against the Red Devils, as the top 4 battle heats up.

“It would add to what we’ve already done this season – if we could go to Old Trafford and pick up three points, it’d be an incredible achievement for us. We’re in good form – the players are taking on all the games, we’re winning and we’re keeping that record going. If we could do it at Old Trafford, it’d be a big achievement. We’ve played Man Utd twice this year already – both games we lost, but we went very close.”

No new injuries were reported. Jesse Lingard is unavailable as he is contractually not allowed to play against his parent club.


On the injury situation, Marcelo Bielsa said the following:

Shackleton is available now. Koch also, Berardi also. The players who are not available are Forshaw, Pablo [Hernandez] and Pascal [Struijk].”

The injuries to Struijk and Hernandez are expected to be minor.


Klopp spoke to the press after their 2-0 victory against Leipzig. Little update on injuries was given, but he was full of praise for Nat Phillips:

“What a boy he is, what a player he is. The concentration level he shows, week in and week out, is incredible. He’s doing the right things at the right moment.”

Roberto Firmino is listed as having a 50% chance of playing following a minor injury to his knee.

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