Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 2

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 Gameweek 2

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Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and Joshua Onomah are back in training but will not be ready to feature this weekend.

Carter-Vickers and Foyth remain sidelined and are continuing their rehabilitation.

Victor Wanyama has commenced field work and is recovering.

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Eric Dier and Lucas Moura have been cleared to play and should be available this weekend.

West Ham:

Manuel Pellegrini reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of their match against Bournemouth. Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini are sidelined with long term injuries;

“It’s the same three players who have the long injuries; Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini. All the other players are OK.”

Manuel Pellegrini will make a late decison on whether Carlos Sanchez and Lucas Perez will play;

“I can’t tell you now. Carlos arrived just last week on the last day [of the transfer deadline] and has had just a week with us, and Lucas Perez similar. We will see if they are good to go onto the bench, but I cannot say at this moment.”

Arnautovic is fit and is available to play this weekend.


Jokanović states that defender, Joe Bryan will be available to play this weekend;

“Joe Bryan didn’t lose any sessions and he is going to be available.”

The Fulham coach realises that they have a major problem in central defence with both Alfie Mawson and Tim Ream out with injury;

“Right now we have a kind of problem with our centre-backs. Tim Ream hasn’t started working with us this week. Alfie Mawson, too, is still to start working with us. We expect Alfie is going to start working with us next Tuesday.”

Floyd Ayité has started training with the group, but will not feature this weekend. Denis Odoi remains sidelined with an injury;

“Denis Odoi is suspended, but the positive news is that Floyd Ayité started working with us, but he needs to build up his condition.”


Positive news for Southampton as Mark Hughes confirms that Mohamed Elyounoussi [hamstring] is the only player at risk of featuring, with the rest of the team fit and ready to face Everton;

“At the moment, apart from maybe Moi at the weekend, we’ve got everyone fit and available.”


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Jamie Vardy has trained well and should be able to start this weekend;

“Jamie [Vardy] is training well this week with his teammates and he is available. He has a good chance to start.”

Matty James is not available for Leicester this week, as is Okazaki, who still needs more time;

“Just Matty James is not available. We will see if Shinji Okazaki can come back, but he needs game time. All the other players are fit.”

Puel also confirms that Çağlar Söyüncü is now a Leicester City player, but that he will not be ready for their match;

“Çağlar Söyüncü is officially a Leicester City player. He won’t be match fit for this game. After an injury we will see if he can come back, step by step. We are happy that he is coming into the squad.”


Eddie Howe reports that he has no fresh injury worries ahead of their clash against West Ham. He does however, seem reluctant to play Jefferson Lerma just yet, insisting he needs more time;

“He’s coming along well. He’s had a good week in training. The thing we’ve got to remember is that he’s had minimal training after the World Cup, but his performance and endurance levels are getting better with each training session. He’s getting closer.”

Howe also states that David Brooks has a chance of starting in the near future;

“I’m really pleased with him. He’s shown a great attitude towards his work, has knuckled down and wanted to improve. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at his fitness levels.”

Junior Stanislas and Kyle Taylor remain sidelined with long term injuries, whilst Diego Rico is still suspended;

“We’re in a pretty good place injury-wise. We’re still without Junior and Kyle through injury, and Diego remains suspended. Other than that, we’re in a good position.”


Unai Emery confirms that Maitland-Niles has suffered a leg injury and will be on the sidelines for 6-8 weeks. Another left back, Kolasinac, also remains injured.

Nacho Monreal has been training well and is in contention to start this weekend. He implies that he might start this weekend at left back, ahead of Lichtsteiner, who Emery says is more suited to right-back;

“After this injury, I tried with Lichtsteiner, who is a player with experience. He can play at left back but his position in the team is more at right back. This week Nacho Monreal is working every day, training every day with us. The two options we have now are Nacho Monreal and Lichtsteiner to continue in this position.”

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Unai Emery also reports that Petr Cech will most likely start in goal this weekend;

“For Saturday, the decision for me is easy. Petr Cech can continue to start the match, I believe in him. [But] If Bernd starts, I believe in him also.”


Chris Hughton confirms that Bruno will not feature this weekend, after suffering an injury;

“Bruno will miss out on Sunday. He came off last weekend but it isn’t as bad as we first thought.”

Andone and Izquierdo are close to returning, but both won’t be fit before their clash against Manchester United;

“Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo will also miss out on Sunday. Both Andone and Izquierdo are close to being back – it’s always frustrating to have players not available but it’s part of the job.”

Chris Hughton announced that new signing, Martin Montoya may debut this weekend;

“Martin Montoya is at a good level and is available to play as it stands and he’s arrived at a good level.”

Crystal Palace:

Roy Hodgson has revealed that he has a fully fit squad to select from ahead of Monday’s match against Liverpool at Selhurst Park;

“The squad is looking very good, we picked up a couple of knocks against Fulham but the players who have had those knocks are now fit and so I now have a full squad to choose from which is good.  

The new players are coming along in leaps and bounds as their fitness improves so we are happy with all of them to.”  

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Hodgson heaped praise on young full back Wan-bissaka;

“He was very good in pre-season and his opening game was excellent. We believe he’s got the qualities to become a top right-back. We’re delighted with him.”


Harry Arter looks to make his debut for Cardiff this weekend against Newcastle;

“Harry [Arter] is likely to be in the squad tomorrow. He’s such an enthusiastic young man and on the training ground, he’s full of beans.”

Aron Gunnarsson remains injured and doesn’t look like he will play for the next couple of weeks;

“We’re building him up so he doesn’t break down again. There’s no need to rush him.”

Neil Warnock hopes Kenneth Zohore can be included on the bench for their next fixture against Newcastle;

“I hope he can be on the bench and then we’ll see if there’s a reaction in the morning.”


David Wagner rules Zanka out after a muscle injury, and Jonathan Hogg remains doubtful, after a hip problem;

“At the start of the week all 23 players were healthy and available. But then Zanka got a muscle injury in training, so he will miss the game on Sunday. Jonathan Hogg is doubtful with a light hip problem.”

Danny Williams is also ruled out, with Wagner hoping he will be ready for their Carabao Cup game against Stoke City;

“Williams will need some further days. Our aim is the Carabao Cup game against Stoke City, hopefully he will be ready for some minutes then.”

4.0 keeper, Ben Hamer, is also expected to start this weekend, with Jonas Lossl still injured;

“Jonas [Lossl] made some further steps that I expected. He came late into the pre-season and not in the best shape but he is still catching up.”


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Marco Silva has today confirmed that Richarlison is fit to face Southampton after shaking off severe cramp to his calf.

Phil Jagielka will of course be missing after his red card again Wolves for his tackle on Jota which will see him serve a 1 match ban.

Kurt Zouma is available for the Toffees, the Chelsea loanee could replace Phil Jagielka. Silva may also consider Mason Holgate. Yerry Mina is not ready as he had a “small problem” with his foot.

Bernard could make his debut against Southampton, but Saturday comes too soon for Andre Gomes who is recovering from a hamstring injury.


Maurizio Sarri reports that Cesc Fabregas is out of tomorrow’s match. He hopes the player will be back training next week following an unusual but not serious injury near the knee. Everyone else is fit and available for selection.

Sarri states that he is not worried about Alvaro Morata whom he describes as a great player who only needs to gain some confidence.


Adama Traore [dislocated shoulder] is in contention for Wolves this weekend, but Leander Dondencker is not yet ready.

Ivan Cavaleiro is ruled out with a back problem:

“He needs to rest. First, he needs to feel free of pain, then we can start training him again.”

Manchester City:

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Pep confirms that David Silva wasn’t fit enough last week, but has now returned to first team training sessions:

“David Silva trained with us in the last few sessions and trained good. Last week he wasn’t fit.”

Manchester City confirm that Kevin De Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament [LCL] lesion in his right knee. No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months.

From a tactical point of view, Walker talked to TalkSport radio about how big a miss KDB would be, but that they have enough to cover him, with special regard to Bernado Silva:

“Bernardo Silva has played in KdB’s position and he is fantastic. We are still waiting for David Silva to get back to full fitness so we have more than enough cover. It is difficult to go the whole season without injury.”


There are no fresh injury concerns for Liverpool.

Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan remain sidelined due to pelvis and hamstring issues respectively and are not in contention for the trip to Selhurst Park.

Joel Matip played 60 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly, a game which also featured Sturridge, Moreno, Henderson, Lallana and Shaqiri on Wednesday:

“Joel is close to being back. Hopefully he is able to be in the squad on Monday, so then we will have him. Ragnar didn’t train and Dejan didn’t train. Of course, Ox and Rhian Brewster [did not train], that’s clear. I think that’s it, pretty much.”


Lejeune remains out with a long term knee injury, while Yedlin suffered a knee injury too;

“It is too soon for Yedlin. He will stay here, he will be working and he will need time to get back to his level.”

Rafa stated the following on his new signings;

“The new signings were training well, and we will see (if they will play) tomorrow. I am happy with them.”

Manchester United: 

Antonio Valencia [calf] and Nemanja Matic [abdominal] returned to the training pitches on Thursday, but neither player is ready just yet. Dalot, Herrera, Rojo and Romero remain on the sidelines. Jesse Lingard is back in contention to start.

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Mourinho plays down any rift with Paul Pogba;

“The truth is we are together for two years and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now. He’ll be captain for the next match yes.”

Mourinho also had the following to say on Matteo Darmian after the transfer speculation on him leaving Old Trafford;

“He’s always an option for us, he’s always a reliable player. He’s a fantastic professional. He’s a guy that is loved in the group, so, for me in the end it’s good news if Matteo is not leaving.”


Javi Gracia looks set to have an unchanged squad to choose from as he prepares to take his side to Burnley this Sunday.

While there are no new injury concerns to report following last weekend’s opening day win over Brighton, the match at Turf Moor has come too soon for those Watford players who were already on the sidelines.

“We have no news about injuries this week. The players who were injured last week still are so we haven’t recovered any players for this game.

Deulofeu, Chalobah and Cleverley are injured and we are waiting for them in the next weeks. Maybe next week Okaka will start [training] with the team, but he needs time to recover his best condition.”


Because of Europa League commitments, Burnley’s Premier League press conference will likely take place tomorrow. 




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