Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 8

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 8

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All the best for Gameweek 8 everyone – let’s do this!


Claude Puel reveals that only Matty James and Demarai Gray are unavailable;

“Matty James is not available, not match fit. Dimi [Gray] also although he has improved.”


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Sean Dyche reveals James Tarkowski is rated as “touch and go” for Saturday after the defender sustained a groin injury in the win at Cardiff. A decision will be made after tomorrows session.

Robbie Brady has a “slight” hamstring strain:

“He is close, but we have to remember he hasn’t played a full 90 minutes since the injury.”

Ben Gibson, who underwent surgery to remedy a hernia complaint, could feature for the development side towards the back end of the international break.

Steven Defour will miss out this weekend due to a personal situation:

“Steven Defour has a personal situation he’s attending to, so we’ll leave him with that for now.”


Jokanovic is set to make a late call on Tom Cairney:

“We will see whether Tom will be available. We have a couple more training sessions ahead of us and I will take more time, then make a decision.”

A hamstring injury will keep Joe Bryan side-lined for a few weeks, but Fosu-Mensah does not require shoulder surgery. Alfie Mawson [back] has been working with the squad all week and will be available.

West Ham: 

Pellegrini revealed that Chicharito is over his bout of glandular fever and that Andy Carroll is edging closer to his own return to action after recovering from ankle surgery:

“Javier Hernandez worked this week with the whole squad. I think he will recover already from his virus and now I think that he may need some more days to recover his best shape, but he is not having any problems with his disease.

Andy [Carroll] is working a little bit more, not only in the gym but also on the pitch, so I hope we will recover him as soon as we can, but I think he needs a couple of weeks more.”

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Marko Arnautovic admitted after scoring in last Saturday’s win over Manchester United at London Stadium that the knee injury which ruled him out of the Chelsea draw was still giving him pain, but that he was willing to play through it to help the team.

Pellegrini said the Austrian would be closely monitored but that the four-goal striker had earned his admiration by putting his body on the line for the cause:

“We are keeping an eye on every situation with different players. It’s difficult for every player to be 100 per cent fit in every game. All players have some problems. I think the important thing with Marko is, maybe he had a little bit of pain, but he didn’t work too much and he played with a lot of intensity. That’s very important for us. Of course, I think it gives everyone more spirit for the team also [when a player plays when in pain].”

The only negative news to come from Pellegrini’s press conference was his confirmation that Carlos Sanchez will undergo surgery to repair his damaged knee in the next fortnight, with the Colombian set for a long spell of rehabilitation following his operation;

“Carlos Sanchez had a problem in his knee ligament and maybe he will need a couple of weeks until he can have the surgery he needs,” 

Long-term absentees Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid (both knee) will be unavailable, while Jack Wilshere is still working his way back to full fitness after undergoing minor ankle surgery.


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Gerard Deulofeu is in contention to make his first appearance of the season this weekend after Javi Gracia announced the winger is available for selection.

Also in the mix, are the fit again Stefano Okaka, Miguel Britos and Sebastian Prödl, who were all unavailable for the Carabao Cup game with Tottenham Hotspur because of minor injuries:

“Yes, all of them have a chance. We have to know they are not in the best condition because they need more training sessions to be better, but I think they can help us in the next game. We’ll see.”

Right back Marc Navarro however, will miss out this week after a good debut against Arsenal, whilst Tom Cleverly and Daryl Janmaat are both now back in training:

“In this moment, we are training with some players who were injured in the last weeks. Now in this moment we have only Tom Cleverley, Daryl Janmaat, and Marc Navarro this week felt pain a little bit and I think he will not be available for the next game, but the rest of them [the previously injured players] are training with the team.”

Manchester United:

Jose Mourinho told the media this morning that there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game – meaning injured trio Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Marcos Rojo will continue to be absent.

Ashley Young could return to action after missing the midweek match against Valencia:

“It was a really minor situation.”


Eddie Howe says his side have no fresh injury worries heading into Saturday’s away match at Watford.

The match comes five days after the 2-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace and despite the quick turnaround, the Bournemouth manager says his side head to Vicarage Road without any new selection concerns:

“We’re okay. Charlie Daniels is making his way back from his knee problem and we have Junior Stanislas working his way back and getting minutes, but apart from that we’re looking okay.”


Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen [both hamstring] are out, the latter potentially for up-to six weeks. No Moussa Dembele or Serge Aurier [both thigh] either. Michel Vorm [knee] is back on the training pitches, but Christian Eriksen [abdominal inflammation] is side-lined.

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Spurs assistant boss Jesus Perez had more to say on Jan Vertonghen’s injury:

“During the game he got a knock on the hamstring. He carried on playing for half an hour, because he thought it was just a knock. We had one scan with him and another scan on Monday to see how bad the injury is. 

It could take a while, it is not a normal injury. It was a stretch and that kind of injury has to be assessed properly. The second scan (will be needed) before we know the time frame of that sort of injury.”


Warnock confirms nothing new in terms of injuries, although it looks like Saturday comes too soon for Aron Gunnarsson:

“We don’t have anything new as such. Gunnarsson will hopefully be involved against Fulham, he’s not far away.”

Junior Hoilett comes back into contention after missing the game against Burnley because of illness.


David Wagner confirms that the Terriers have some injury problems:

“Unfortunately we have some injury problems; Terence Kongolo will miss the game with a hamstring injury, he’ll be out for 4-5 weeks. Danny Williams & Ramadan Sobhi are still returning. Abdelhamid Sabiri has a knock on his ankle and Tommy Smith has a groin problem.”

Christopher Schindler will face a late fitness test;

“Christopher Schindler was on the grass yesterday and will be with the team today. He will make a final test today and then we will decide if he’s available. If he is ready then he will start.”


Due to Europa League involvement, there has been no Premier League pre-match press conference so far today, but updates will be provided if they become available before tonight’s deadline. 

BBC Sport are reporting:

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Arsenal hope Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have recovered from illness, while Aaron Ramsey could play depending on the timing of his child’s birth.

Bernd Leno will make his first Premier League start, with Petr Cech ruled out by a hamstring injury.


Nuno reports no new injury concerns after Helder Costa has recovered from a minor knock.


Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes are progressing well and both, as well as Seamus Coleman, will be available after the break;

“Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes are doing well. Andre trained well this week and is progressing as we expected. They will be available for Crystal Palace after the break; Seamus Coleman too.”


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Naby Keita will face a late decision as to his involvement this weekend against Manchester City:

“Not 100 per cent sure, he had a back spasm. So we have to wait a little bit. He will be in today; if he can do something on the training ground, I don’t know. I spoke to the Doc this morning but he didn’t know. We have to see him again in a few minutes and then we will make a decision about that.

We don’t know in this moment as well if he can train tomorrow, we have to see. It didn’t look too serious, so there’s a chance but we don’t know.”

Adam Lallana has returned to full training, but no decision on whether the midfielder will be risked on Sunday as of yet from Klopp:

“We will have to see.”

Aside from the above, there are no other injury concerns for Klopp ahead of this Sunday’s clash with Man City.

Crystal Palace:

Hodgson confirms that Christian Benteke is the only one out. Scott Dann and Connor Wickham are now both back in training:

“Benteke is the one, we have been expecting that as he needs a bit more time but he is making good progress. Apart from the other two long term injuries, Scott Dann and Connor Wickham, but both are back in training. We have a good squad of players available at the moment.”

Jairo Riedewald, who missed Monday’s defeat due to injury against Bournemouth, has been able to join back in training this week too.

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Pep reports on the team news:

Fabian Delph is not available, everybody is okay. Ilkay Gundogan has a little problem and he didn’t train today – we will see tomorrow. Kevin de Bruyne was training today.”

Benjamin Mendy is back in training;

“Mendy trained with us today and is in contention (for Sunday).”


Paul Dummett and Frederico Fernandez [both hamstring] face late fitness tests but Jamie Sterry and Salomon Rondon [thigh] have been ruled out of the game at Old Trafford.


Shane Long [toe] Mohamed Elyounoussi, Ryan Bertrand and Alex McCarthy all trained [on Friday]:

“Shane Long is back, he trained today. All of those guys should be okay and available for selection as long as they don’t get a reaction.”


Due to Europa League involvement, there has been no Premier League pre-match press conference so far today, but updates will be provided if they become available before tonight’s deadline. 

As far as we know, there are no new injury concerns for Sarri.


Hughton confirmed Pascal Groß remains sidelined ahead of Friday’s game, but the target is a return for Newcastle in GW9:

“What you want is somebody who is coming back fully fit with no prospect of them breaking down again. And our hopes are that he will be available for Newcastle. There has been no setback, it’s just taken longer than we initially thought.”

Dale Stephens is close to returning from injury and a decision will be made on the midfielder’s availability. Otherwise, there are no other injuries in Albion’s squad.



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