Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Triple Gameweek 35

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 Triple Gameweek 35.

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All the best for TRIPLE Gameweek 35 everyone – lets do this!

This article was compiled and written by @FPL__Raptor

LEEDS

The key two updates for Bielsa were the injury status’ of Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips. Bielsa said:

“They’re being evaluated on a daily basis to see whether they can be available. We have to wait until Saturday.”

Expert injury analyst Ben Dinnery reports that ahead of the game with Brighton (GW34), Bielsa was under the “impression” that Raphinha was in the final stages of recovery, so a return should be close. Phillips and Raphinha were also both spotted in training with the group on Friday.

Raphinha’s replacement in recent weeks, Helder Costa, is out for the season.

Liam Cooper returns after serving his three match suspension.

NEWCASTLE

The Magpies face Leicester away tonight, and Steve Bruce reports no new injuries. Fabian Schar will begin serving his three match suspension, whilst Joe Willock returns after being unable to face his parent club in GW34.

Jamaal Lascelles is out of his protective boot after suffering from a fractured metatarsal, and Steve Bruce said there is a small chance he plays a part in the remainder of this season.

Steve Bruce also confirms that Callum Wilson is over his injury, with his hamstring surviving a 90 minute match.

BURNLEY

The state of injuries for the Clarets remains fairly similar to previous weeks. The additional worries are Dale Stephens and Chris Wood, although both are expected to be fine for the game this weekend.

Dale Stephens is carrying a bit of a knock, but he is OK to train. Woody [Chris Wood] had a dead leg. He was labouring a little bit in the last game but he’s come through that fine. Popey [Nick Pope] is looking strong as well. We’re hopeful that them two are fine.”

SOUTHAMPTON

Danny Ings remains out for the Liverpool game, but “it’s possible” that he returns to face Crystal Palace on Tuesday. Ryan Bertrand is still out with his calf injury, and is confirmed to be unavailable for either game in GW35. Oriol Romeu is back in training today, and Michael Obafemi is still training and should be making the step up to play soon.

Moving away from injuries, Jannik Vestergaard’s red card was overturned (meaning he is available for selection). Takumi Minamino is unavailable for the Saints’ game against Liverpool as he cannot face his parent club.

On the goalkeeping situation, Hassenhuttl remained very secretive. It is not clear who will start between McCarthy and Forster. On whether he has decided who will start against Liverpool, he said:

“Yes. I don’t want to [tell you]! Let’s have a look. [They will share starts in] the final six games but you must always wait who is playing in the end.”

MANCHESTER UNITED

The announcement made earlier this week was that Manchester United will have a triple gameweek in GW35. However, this involves three games in five days, and as such all eyes were on the United line-up for yesterday’s game against Roma. Surprisingly, Ole played a relatively full strength side, with Rashford and Lindelof the only first team players to miss out.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw both were subbed after 45 minutes, Pogba subbed after 64 minutes, Cavani after 73 minutes, and Bruno Fernandes after 84 minutes. Mason Greenwood received the full 90 minutes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke out against the schedule and implied that rotation was incoming:

“We’ve been dealt a very bad hand by people who’ve never played football. I’ve just got to do what I have to do. Let’s see how we’ll deal with it. Two games in three days, fine. Three games in five, very, very difficult. Four in eight, impossible.”

Ole then continued to say:

“I hope [they’re all fit], we’re going to need everyone in these four games; we’ve just got to see how they are on Sunday morning. We play at two o’clock on Sunday so that’s a short turnaround but we’ll have to be ready and that’s just how it is.”

This afternoon, Ole also confirmed that even ever-present Harry Maguire could be rotated in this triple gameweek.

Harry Maguire, he’s played every minute for us in the Premier League since he came. I don’t think that’s possible now. That’s another stat that he could have been very, very proud of but I can’t really see that happening now.”

SHEFFIELD UNITED

There were no new injury updates from Heckingbottom in his press conference.

“No [nothing new], not as it stands, everything is as it was.”

Heckingbottom confirms that both Sander Berge and Chris Basham came through GW34 unscathed. Kean Bryan is back in contention after time away for personal reasons, whilst no update was given on Ampadu who suffered from a groin issue a few weeks ago.

ARSENAL

Arteta confirms that playing Lacazette in the UEL was a risk, as he is still not fully match fit.

“He was only available to play 10-15 mins. We were already taking a risk because he hasn’t trained fully with the team, but he wanted to take that risk and we believed that it was worth taking. That was the maximum that he could play.”

Arteta also provided an update on the left-back situation, with Cedric, Xhaka and Tierney all facing respective issues. One would assume that Tierney will start the game this weekend.

“We had Cedric in hospital 24 hrs ago and when Granit [Xhaka] got injured, that was the only option that we had [starting Tierney]… Yeah, [Cedric] is fine now.”

TOTTENHAM

Interim manager Ryan Mason reveals that Spurs have a fully fit squad, barring Ben Davies who is still absent from training. Lucas Moura and Ndombele are expected to be available to face Leeds after missing out against Sheffield United.

Ndombele and Lucas didn’t train for the majority of last week – only on the eve of the SUFC game – but this week we have had a fully fit squad.”

ASTON VILLA

Dean Smith continues to suggest that Jack Grealish is nearing a return, although that return will not be in GW35.

“He’s out on the grass loading the injury, so he’s on his way back but this game will be too soon. He will start training with the group tomorrow.”

LIVERPOOL

Jurgen Klopp provided an update, but no concrete news on any specific issues.

“The injury situation, nothing really new. We have a few bumps and bruises. We have to make late decisions in a few positions. Hendo is running outside, nothing else. Not in team training yet.”

Nat Phillips is confirmed to be fit, although there are some rumours (unconfirmed) that Kabak is injured. The only official news is that Phillips is available.

CHELSEA

Tuchel hints that there could be major rotation ahead of their match against Manchester City.

“We have one day less to recover [than City], which is quite a key factor. I can imagine that we maybe need some fresh legs and fresh minds tomorrow, some hungry guys that want to show they deserve a chance in a big fixture”.

On the injury situation, Tuchel said:

“For the injury list, it doesn’t change too much. Kovacic is out but we hope to bring him back for Arsenal and then hopefully for Wembley. It will be tight for Arsenal, but for tomorrow he is out. Everyone else is ready.”

WOLVES

Willy Boly is “much better” but is still unavailable to face Brighton. He could be back for GW36. Midfielder Joao Moutinho is now available after recovering from his ankle injury.

In very positive news for all sports fans, Nuno confirms Jimenez could play a part in the final two matches of the season. He has a meeting planned with a specialist on the 18th May.

“From there we will know exactly what will happen. He is totally fit but still precautions. [It’s] an important day to move forward and make the right decisions.”

CRYSTAL PALACE

Roy Hodgson provides an update on the players that are currently out.

Mamadou Sakho, Connor Wickham and Nathan Ferguson are out, but Ferguson will be training with the team from the beginning of next week. It’s been a miserable 18 months for him.”

Tomkins and Clyne have both played for the U23s, and have come out of that unscathed. They have now re-joined the main group.

Roy Hodgson stated earlier in the week that Zaha was suffering with a minor groin injury, so the fact he was not mentioned is potentially a positive. However, Dean Smith earlier in the season completely omitted Jack Grealish’s injury from the press conference, so it is difficult to predict if Zaha is fit or not.

FULHAM

Scott Parker gave the following update on his squad.

“We’re looking OK, practically near a full squad. Harrison Reed has just come in today for the first time for some light work. Tom Cairney is with the group and heading in the right direction. We’ll have to see how that pans out in the next few days.”

EVERTON

Positively, Abdoulaye Doucoure is available again, but James Rodriguez is unfortunately not. Lucas Digne will likely be on most set pieces as a result.

“For this weekend we have back Abdoulaye Doucoure. After the injury that he had, he recovered well. He’s available for the game. James Rodriguez not, because he didn’t train – he’s starting his proper rehab, he’s going to train at the start of the next week.”

BRIGHTON

Graham Potter confirms that Adam Lallana will miss the clash on Sunday against Wolves with a calf injury.

MANCHESTER CITY

Pep Guardiola once again hints at a fair amount of rotation over the coming weeks to ensure everyone is available for the Champions League Final.

“People might think the guys who played against Dortmund and Gladbach are going to play the UCL final. Right now I don’t know. What I want is everyone involved in the next 2-3 weeks to prepare for the final.”

WEST HAM

David Moyes provided an update on defensive midfielder Declan Rice.

“We are getting closer as we are another week down the line and we are hoping to have him available. He is back on the grass and undoubtedly he is a big miss to us and we hope to have him back as soon as we can.”

David Moyes was asked to give updates on the other crop of injured players (Ogbonna, Masuaku and Noble). Unfortunately, he did not give a definitive time-line for any of them.

“We are hoping we can get them back but I will not put any dates on when I think we can have them available.”

Michail Antonio appears to have survived the game against Burnley unscathed, and Moyes was quick to praise the striker.

“He has helped us so much, there have been times when he has been quiet but that is the norm for most strikers. Mick has been very good and unfortunately, we have missed him.”

WEST BROM

Robert Snodgrass is set to miss the remainder of the season, and will likely need an operation. Branislav Ivanovic is the only other injured player, however, he will be out for the remainder of the season.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be unable to play against Arsenal in the first game of GW35, as he is ineligible to face his parent club.

LEICESTER CITY

Ahead of their clash this evening, Jonny Evans, Jamie Vardy and Ricardo Pereira are all fully fit after being declared as doubts earlier in the week. Indeed, whilst this did not come from the press conference, “in the know” source, Samuel Martin, has leaked the following team for this evening’s game. He has 100% accuracy in the past.

Kasper, Ricardo, Soyuncu, Fofana, Evans, Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Vardy, Iheanacho.

The one change from their previous two games is that Castagne moves over to the left to replace Thomas, and Pereira slots in at right back.

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