Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 31

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 31.

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All the best for Gameweek 31 everyone – lets do this!

This article was compiled and written by FPL RAPTOR.

LEEDS

Marcelo Bielsa was happy to boast no injuries ahead of their clash against Man City this weekend.

“Yes, we are happy to have no injuries at this moment in time given three-quarters of the season has gone past. This is very good.”

Unfortunately for Leeds, they will be without Jack Harrison, as he is ineligible to face his parent club Manchester City. Bielsa did not give much away as to how they would deal with Harrison’s absence.

“Like in all the positions we have more than one option and we are in condition to replace him.”

As per Ben Dinnery on Twitter, on the two occasions that Jack Harrison has started on the bench this season, Raphinha has switched to the left with Costa coming in on the right.

FULHAM

Positively for Parker, Fulham have no new injuries ahead of their Friday night clash against Wolves. Further, Ademola Lookman appears to have recovered from his injury.

“Yeah he trained today, he’s looking OK in that situation. Hopefully will be fine for tomorrow.”

Parker also sung the praise of Mitrovic, who looks set to start once again.

“He chose a really good time [to find form]. He looks every bit of that – sharp, a real buzz about him. Sometimes as players you need some time away, and to get that spark back. He has a massive part to play this season.”

BRIGHTON

Graham Potter reveals that both Dan Burn and Adam Webster could be returning to the side soon.

“Both [players] trained this morning, so that is good for us. We will just see how they respond to that, so that was really positive.”

Aaron Connolly remains a doubt for this weekend.

“He may train towards the backend of the week [but] we will see.”

WOLVES

Nuno Espirito Santo reveals that “nothing has changed” on the injury front for Wolves. Jonny will be out for the remainder of the season, meaning Ait-Nouri or Saiss will fill in at LWB.

Jonny is being assessed and deciding what surgery he is going with. We need to make sure he is strong, confident and has no doubts. We need to restore his trust so he can join us after the surgery. He is confident because he recovered well from the first one.”

Joao Moutinho is still “not 100%” and a late fitness call will be made as to whether he will be fit enough for the game against Fulham on Friday evening.

SOUTHAMPTON

Ralph Hasenhuttl gave an update on the state of the injuries at Southampton.

“No [new injuries] so far. We had two half-sessions today, Kyle [Walker-Peters] had a little problem with his leg, the rest are quite fit.”

WEST BROM

Sam Allardyce gave an update on Dara O’Shea ahead of the Southampton match.

Dara is looking very good. We’ve got that extra couple of days which is a big help. Branislav [Ivanovic] will be out for a long time, we think. We will have to assess it week-by-week.”

MANCHESTER UNITED

In their 2-0 win against Granada, both Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba picked up knocks, although Ole is hopeful both will be available for Sunday.

Marcus, as we spoke about, his foot is a bit sore. Paul had a bit of a niggle but we should be okay.”

Luke Shaw was also substituted at half-time, although this was believed to just be a pre-caution.

“Saturday will just be a day of recovery and see how the bodies feel. So I don’t know until then, but I hope both Luke [Shaw] and Marcus [Rashford] will be ready after [Thursday], yeah.”

ARSENAL

Arteta was quick to praise the returns of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, although hinted that they are still not fit enough to start every game.

“I think they were both really good, obviously they haven’t played much football in recent weeks and they struggled to finish the game, but I think overall they both had a good game.”

Even though Aubameyang started the match on the bench, Arteta confirms that he is ‘committed’ to the club, and therefore we could see him start against Sheffield United.

“Totally. He had an impact because he assisted Nico, and he should have also scored a tap-in with his left foot. That’s what players have to do when they come in.”

Kieran Tierney sustained ligament damage last week. Whilst surgery is not required, he will still likely be out for 4-6 weeks.

David Luiz had surgery on his right knee earlier this week, and is expected to feature in May, for the final few games.

Martin Odegaard has a more subtle injury, and is expected to be out for the game this weekend, although this is not confirmed.

ASTON VILLA

Jack Grealish is still not fit, and there are rumours circulating that he could be out for the remainder of the season. Here is what Dean Smith had to say:

“He’s had a setback that will probably put him back a couple of weeks. He was really good in training, but he couldn’t tolerate the loading. We know it’s not long-term. We all, Jack included, probably pushed him back a little bit too quickly.”

The two other injuries to Dean Smith’s side are making great progress, especially Kortney Hause.

Kortney Hause is fit and he’ll be in the squad. Wesley came off in an Under-23s game but it was nothing to worry about and he’s trained ever since. He needs a few more games before he can be added to the squad.”

NEWCASTLE

Newcastle finally had some positive news on the injury front, as both Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are available for this weekend.

Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin have trained all week and that’s good news for us. They’re available. Callum’s trained well, he looks well, he’s confident in himself so let’s hope he stays well.”

Unfortunately, the Magpies have lost skipper Jamaal Lascelles for what looks like the remainder of the season. That being said, fellow central defenders Fede Fernandez and Ciaran Clark are available.

“The disappointing thing is we’ve lost Jamaal Lascelles with a foot injury which happened last week. It’s not looking so good at the moment. He’s going to have more scans but we think it may be a stress fracture… Both Federico Fernández and Ciaran Clark are OK. Fede hasn’t played for a long time but he’s trained all week which is good news.”

Ryan Fraser is ruled out, and Andy Carroll will face a late fitness test.

CHELSEA

Tuchel pleads that Chelsea do not lose faith with Havertz and Werner after another poor match for the German pair midweek.

“[Porto] make it very tough. It’s not the easiest task up front but they had a big impact defensively, they worked hard. We accept sometimes it’s hard to have a big impact”.

Apart from Thiago Silva missing the match due to suspension, Chelsea boast a fully available squad.

“We have full fitness, we arrive without big injuries.”

Kante, Abraham and Pulisic are all available after their respective injuries.

LIVERPOOL

Jurgen Klopp confirms that no players are injured, but that fatigue could present an isssue.

“Nobody is injured but if we have to change something, you will see tomorrow. To be 100% honest, we don’t know yet. We played on Tuesday, flew back on Wednesday, trained yesterday. Some players still felt the game… We have to see what we make of the information they give us today.”

TOTTENHAM

Tottenham have no new injuries to report, with Ben Davies and Matt Doherty the only players missing.

Both Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier are in contention to face Manchester United on Sunday.

BURNLEY

Sean Dyche confirms that after a spell away from the squad with compassionate leave, Phil Bardsley is now available for selection.

In more positive news, Charlie Taylor is now fit again, and is expected to replace Erik Pieters, although Pieters was confirmed as having recovered from his injury and is available for selection.

Unfortunately, Kevin Long, Robbie Brady and Ashley Barnes remain unavailable for selection.

“It is very frustrating for the players and for me as manager. We are hoping that week to week games will help.”

EVERTON

Ancelotti provided an update on the injuries in his press conference, with Allan and Iwobi expected to be fit, and Gomes, Pickford, Delph and Bernard expected to miss out.

André Gomes is not available. We are checking Allan. He trained normally this morning. But we have three days to wait to see how it goes. Maybe he can be available. Iwobi will be available. Pickford started training this week but I think is not 100%. We don’t want to take a risk for this game. Delph and Bernard are following their individual programme.”

Positively, Ancelotti believes that Doucoure will feature again this season, with his next scan scheduled for three weeks time.

Further, James Rodriguez has fully recovered from his injury and is expected to feature once again on Monday.

WEST HAM

West Ham boast a fairly fit squad ahead of their clash against Leicester, but Michail Antonio is not expected to be fit enough to play.

“We’ve had a couple of injuries and I don’t think Mick (Antonio) is going to make this game. But apart from that, I don’t think we’re too bad.”

CRYSTAL PALACE

McCarthy returns to the squad, and Mitchell is available and fully fit after a long spell on the sidelines.

Unfortunately, Tomkins, Nathan Ferguson and Sakho remain out long-term.

Batshuayi is ineligible to face his parent club (Chelsea) this weekend.

LEICESTER CITY

Rodgers confirms that Soyuncu’s next COVID test will be on Sunday, when it is expected he will test negative.

“We’re hoping by Sunday when he’ll do his test, it will be negative and we can get him back. We decided to keep him there where he could train and so he wouldn’t have to isolate over here.”

Rodgers also confirms that James Maddison responded well to his first minutes, but is still not quite back to his usual level.

“It was really good to get him back on the field. He’s a bit away from where his level would be. It’s important to have him back.”

MANCHESTER CITY

Pep Guardiola still boasts a fully fit squad ahead of their clash against Leeds, although with the second leg of their Champions League tie against Dortmund, there is expected to be major rotation.

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