Premier League Press Conferences: GW9

In the latest of our weekly series, I’ll be bringing you the news from every Premier League Press Conference that impacts your FPL team selection for the upcoming gameweek 9


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Wenger has confirmed the following; Alexis Sánchez (11.8), Laurent Koscielny (6.0) and Aaron Ramsey (7.1) “will be alright”.

Danny Welbeck (7.4) has been ruled out with a groin problem ahead of their game against Everton;

“He has a groin problem, I think it will be 2-3 weeks before he is back. He will not be back before the Int’l break.”

The other player confirmed out by Wenger is Mustafi (5.4) who has failed to recover from injury;

“Mustafi will not be back before the break.”


Good news for Huddersfield, as their main striker, Mounié (5.8) will be back for their clash against Man United;

“Steve Mounié will be back in the squad; he trained all week without any issues.”

Man City:

Kompany (5.9) will take no part in their match against Burnley. Pep said last week that his captain would “notify us” when he is ready to come back.

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Pep continues to be vague on the availability of Agüero (11.5) ahead of their game against Burnley, to the annoyance of FPL managers stating the following in this afternoon’s press conference;

“The game against Stoke, he [Agüero] had done just one training session. The game against Napoli, he was ready and of course, he’s ready for tomorrow.” 

This leaves us non the wiser in terms of what line-up he’s going to go for – his words could mean that he’s ready to come in for a full 90, or just off the bench.

My personal feeling on the matter however, is that with Jesus (10.7) having played 87 minutes against Chelsea before the break and 180 minutes out in Brazil, as well as 90 minutes mid week against Napoli, he may be rested with Agüero confirmed fit and ready to come in, either that or Pep goes with the same side and Agüero comes on from the bench for Jesus around the hour mark.


Conte says he has “many” doubts for Saturday with many players in their team struggling to be fit ahead of their game against Watford;

“I hope in 24 hours some players will recover. I can say nothing about the starting XI”

Cesc Fabregas (6.9) maybe Conte’s only fit central midfielder; “[Fabregas] could be, yes.”

This is due to Bakayoko (5.1) and Luiz (5.9) being doubts ahead of their clash.

Danny Drinkwater (4.8) is recovering well with his recovery from a calf complaint;

“He has started to do part of the training sessions.”

Conte remains hopeful that N’Golo Kante (5.0) [hamstring] can return before the next international break.


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After last week’s mystery absence, Davies (5.9) [illness] has rejoined the group and is available and ready to start the match against Liverpool, but Dembele (4.9) [hip] has suffered a setback while training in Madrid.

Danny Rose (6.4) has been pencilled for a start in Carabao Cup on Wednesday, while Erik Lamela (6.4) has an outside chance of making the bench.


Sadio Mané (9.3) is progessing well with his hamstring injury but will definitely not feature in their game against Spurs;

“Sadio is still in rehab, indoor. If he’s fit early, I would be really happy but no-one knows in this moment.” –  Klopp.

Man United:

Jose Mourinho confirms Marcus Rashford (7.6), who suffered a minor knee injury on Wednesday, is fit and ready for tomorrow’s game against Huddersfield.

Jose confirms that there are no new injury concerns for United;

“We have the same players as we had for the Benfica match.”

This list includes Phil Jones (5.3), so he should be ready to play against Huddersfield.

Mourinho says Ibrahimovic (10.0) could return later this year;

“Do I think he will be back in 2017? Yes, It’s just a feeling.”

This might have implications for Lukaku (11.8) so it’s worth keeping one eye on Zlatan’s return.

Mourinho also commented on the timescale of Pogba’s (8.0) injury;

“Paul is not here, I don’t know when he comes back.”


Shaqiri (6.0) will face a late test after spraining his ankle. Martins Indi (4.9) suffered a setback and he is out ahead of their game against Bournemouth.

Stoke’s captain, Ryan Shawcross (4.4) is closing in on a return;

“If he isn’t back this weekend then we’ll look to get him involved against Watford.”

Joe Allen (5.3) has trained after missing the defeat to Man City due to concussion;

“We feel he will be back tomorrow.”

Peter Crouch (4.9) will face a late test as he has a minor back issue;

“Crouchy has had a little bit of an issue with his back so we will have to monitor him today and then make a decision.”

West Brom:

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A delicate situation at the moment for WBA’s keepers Ben Foster (4.5) [knee] and Boaz Myhill (4.0) [hamstring], but both trained on Thursday with Pulis stating the following;

“We hope one of them will be fit enough to start on Saturday.”

One of them should be enough for the majority of FPL managers, as most went with the pair as their first choice and back up keeper.



Watford have no new injury concerns ahead of their match against Chelsea;

Cathcart (4.4), Chalobah (4.5) & Success (5.3) have long-term injuries”

Kaboul (4.4) & Prödl (4.4) are still out too;

“We expect them to work with the team next week”


Wilfred Bony (5.9) will not be available for their game against Leicester after failing to recover from his minor hamstring injury. Renato Sanches (4.9) will be ready for their clash;

“Wilfried Bony won’t be available with a hamstring injury. Renato Sanches is back and ready to go.”

This means more game time for the ever-increasingly tempting budget striker option in Tammy Abraham (5.7) who’s been in fantastic form for his price.

Crystal Palace:

Roy Hodgson indicates that Benteke (7.6) should be able to play in the near future, saying that he could be available before the start if the international break;

“I don’t want to put a timeframe on Christian [Benteke], but he’s feeling very confident and is on schedule.”

Benteke himself is hoping to return before the international break with him speaking out stating;

“I feel like I can be back in a couple weeks.”

This could have positive implications for Zaha (6.7) who, whilst playing out of position currently due to Benteke’s injury, will have someone to aim for and someone to play off which should increase his attacking output more so than it might do just playing on his own or with Townsend.

West Ham:

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Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) (7.0) had an injury scare on Tuesday due to a tight hamstring. He should be fine for their match against Brighton however with Bilic reporting;

“The scan was clear & we expect that he will be OK.”





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