Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 30

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 30.

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All the best for Gameweek 30 everyone – lets do this!

Article written by Raj Bagaria.

Arsenal

Arteta seemed to be in good spirits before his side’s clash against fellow top 4 rivals Liverpool. However, things don’t look too bright for Hale End academy graduate Bukayo Saka.

“He hasn’t trained with the team yet. He’s been doing some individual work. We had to pull him out of the England squad, unfortunately. He’s feeling better, but he hasn’t trained with the team yet.”

Fellow graduate Emile Smith Rowe is also expected to miss out following a knock on the hip, a late decision is expected based on him being able to train on Friday.

“He has some discomfort in his hip and that’s why they decided to keep him out. We will see today how he comes here, we will speak with the doctors and the physios and see if he is available for training tomorrow.”

Arteta spoke about the importance of “adaptability” over them trying to play their own game against a quality side like Liverpool, regardless of the latter’s current struggles.

Sheffield United

Relegation-threatened Sheffield United’s new manager Paul Heckingbottom had a long list of injury news, with positive updates on John Egan and Enda Stevens amongst others. The latter is all set to start, with Egan having a good chance to make it as well.

Enda’s come back from ROI, he should be fit to train no problem.”

Egan is back in training with us. Hopefully we can build him up as quick as we possibly can to get him available to play.”

The new boss said Sander Berge is still “a couple of weeks off”, whereas Billy Sharp’s muscle injury is relatively serious and he is a “few weeks” away too.

Chris Basham is out as well but he is expected to return soon.

“Not managed to get Bash on the training ground yet. Hopefully have him available in the not too distant future.”

Leeds United

Bielsa appeared to give fresh news briefly as his side is within arm’s length of the magical 40-point mark. He said Pablo Hernandez and Rodrigo were fit, but not ideal. So we can expect participation, but likely off the bench.

“No (on any fresh issues), the group is healthy and both these players are healthy too. Difference between ideal fitness and the time you have been out.”

Liam Cooper is fit and ready to go whereas Klich’s participation is under doubt and subject to “evaluations”.

Crystal Palace

Hodgson was happy to announce no fresh injury concerns post the international break.

Tyrick Mitchell is expected to make the matchday squad, whereas McCarthy and Clyne seem to be under assessment.

“I think the only player we’re likely to get back is Tyrick Mitchell, although we’re still assessing James McCarthy and Nathaniel Clyne.”

Hodgson was also pleased to see Wilfred Zaha back and is expecting to have his talismanic captain fit for the remainder of the season.

Leicester City

Key midfielder James Maddison is expected to play a part against runaway leaders Manchester City.

“He’s back in training and he will be available for the weekend, so that’s great news for us,” Rodgers told the media on Thursday afternoon. “Clearly, he’s not 100 per cent match fit but, in terms of his football fitness, he looks great.”

Harvey Barnes meanwhile is making “good progress” after surgery, and might well play a part before the end of the season highlighted Rodgers.

Ricardo Pereira is available and expected to start, but Cengiz Under is not available for the game.

West Brom

With the team potentially 10 points from safety, Big Sam had news on RobsonKanu who is expected to feature following his negative COVID19 test. The player was sent back from international duty having broken COVID19 protocols.

“He’s been tested and he’s obviously got a negative test and he was back in training today. We can all make an error. It depends on the size of the error. I think on listening to what he said it was minimal to say the least.”

Connor Gallagher is unavailable for this week due to being unable to face his parent club, Chelsea.

Newcastle United

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is expected to make it for his side’s clash against Spurs on Sunday.

Martin hasn’t been very well but we expect him to be OK. We expect him in for training today and we’ll have a chat with him to see how he feels but we think he’ll be OK [for Sunday].”

Allan Saint Maximin is expected to make the bench with the next 48 hours being crucial to his participation. Callum Wilson however, is a serious doubt.

“He (ASM) could be involved. We still have today and tomorrow to train but he came through a big session 48 hours ago. We hope he can play some part. I wouldn’t have thought Callum will be available.”

Aston Villa

Dean Smith’s side is heavily boosted by the return of Jack Grealish, and now has a more or less fully fit squad.

“We’ve pretty much got a fully fit squad. He’s (Grealish) trained all week, he’s certainly put himself up for selection, which is a good thing for everybody.”

Kortney Hause is also back in full training whereas long term absentee Wesley has started participating with the Under-23s.

Southampton

Midfielder James WardProwse is a doubt for Southampton’s clash against Burnley.

“So far, everybody was returning from their international teams quite okay. WardProwse had a little problem with his calf, he is still not training, we rest him [today]. Hopefully, tomorrow he can train with the team and then he’s an option for the weekend.”

Danny Ings and Theo Walcott are fit and running as well, as spotted in training.

All COVID19 tests have come back negative as well with internationals Jan Bednarek and Minamino all raring to go.

Liverpool

Roberto Firmino is back for Liverpool, adding to the positive news following Diogo Jota’s splendid form in the international break.

Bobby is back, all the others not,” said Klopp.

Divock Origi and Caoimhin Kelleher remain sidelined for Liverpool, as well as Jordan Henderson and long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Nat Phillips is expected to start after winning the player of the month trophy.

Manchester United

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood’s participation on Sunday depends on their training sessions, but they are expected to make the bench at least.

They [Marcus and Mason] need to get through the session tomorrow [Saturday],” explained the manager to club media. “They both joined in this morning and hopefully they don’t get any reaction. If they complete the session tomorrow they’ll be available for selection.

However, Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof are more serious doubts with neither of them participating in training on Friday.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton manager Graham Potter reported no new concerns for the side ahead of their clash against Man United.

“Everybody’s back from the internationals,” said manager Graham Potter. “All the tests have come through fine and we have no injuries.

Lamptey and March remain sidelined, whereas Connolly is doubtful due to a calf problem.

Adam Webster is aiming to return in 1-2 weeks.

“He’s making progress, he’s not joined back up with the group yet though. We’re looking more hopefully towards Everton but I would say he’s still a couple of more weeks away.”

Tottenham Hotspur

Exciting news from the Spurs camp as Son Heung-Min makes his return and is expected to take his place on the left side of the Spurs attack. Matt Doherty and Ben Davies misses out, whereas Regulion has managed to successfully shrug off an ankle problem and will be fit to face Newcastle.

Sonny missed our last two matches against Dinamo Zagreb (18 March) and Villa (21 March) after picking up an injury against Arsenal on 14 March. He trained in full on Friday. Sonny is a fantastic player and it’s great for us to have him back.” He continued: “”Sonny is good. He will be selected.”

West Ham United

With a crucial extra day of rest as they play on Monday, the Hammers had fresh news coming in. Arthur Masauku is expected to make the bench whereas Ogbonna remains sidelined.

Arthur Masuaku played a reserve game, whether he’s match ready we don’t know, but we’ll look at him. Yarmolenko isn’t. He’s had a medial ligament injury which we don’t think is too bad but he’s seen a specialist about. Too soon for Ogbonna who is making good progress.”

Wolves

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio has been declared fit to play after suffering a horrifying clash with Conor Coady which left him unconscious. I think all sports fans will be pleased to see his safe return.

“That moment was scary, but he’s OK. He has trained well this week.”

Daniel Podence is still not involved in full sessions, but Nuno hasn’t ruled him out completely. Joao Moutinho has returned with a “small problem” which puts his participation under doubt.

Fulham

No new injury news in the Fulham dugout as the relegation candidates hope to continue their improved form.

Burnley

Barnes still misses out against Southampton and Brady is ruled out as well following an international break injury.

Ashley Barnes is making good progress but is still a bit off returning and Robbie Brady picked up a knock with Ireland and will be weeks rather than days.”

Chances of Vydra and Wood starting together are high as the boss was fairly complimentary towards them.

“I think they’re both rounded enough players, Vydra is having a good spell for us and it’s a good link between them and when it works, it can be a really effective combination.”

Jack Cork and Charlie Taylor have taken part in normal sessions, but Sean Dyche admits the pair are a little short of fitness and “ideally” they would have a little more time on the training pitches. They are still believed to be available.

Chelsea

N’golo Kante is ruled out for Saturday and is doubt for Chelsea’s champions’ league clash. Tammy Abraham and Thiago Silva are back, and expected to make the bench at least.

N’Golo Kante (hamstring) is the only Chelsea player missing from training today. Tammy Abraham (ankle) and Thiago Silva (hamstring) are both available while Mendy (dental) is fine.”

Thomas Tuchel also confirmed Timo Werner would be a starter in their clash against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, with the German hoping an upturn in form is just around the corner.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola confirms that the COVID19 tests have all come back negative and that the squad are in full preparation mode.

There are no new injuries and Man City continue to boast a fully fit squad, so expect further rotation ahead.

Everton

Ancelotti provided an update on the state of the Everton squad.

Delph and Bernard are not available. Doucoure is out. Davies and Godfrey had little problems but I think they will be available on Monday. Not available Jordan Pickford, he still has problems. Olsen is OK. James is well and in good condition.”

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