Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 19

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 19

Quick side note: There were only a few press conferences scheduled yesterday which we have covered, but with it being Christmas Day, of course, there are none scheduled today. You can follow the excellent Ben Dinnery’s timeline however for more updates throughout today (Christmas Day), but we only like to report on news from the actual press conferences, so we will not be attempting to provide any further news ourselves on the rest of the teams.

As usual, feel free to give myself (FPL Connect) or our contributor (FPL Aussie) a tweet if you find there are any problems with this article.

All the best for Gameweek 19 everyone and hope you’re having/have had a brilliant Christmas  – lets do this!


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Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in full traning, after missing the past few weeks with a foot injury. He may play against Newcastle this week:

“Trent is back in training, in full training. We will see.”

Naby Keita is also a doubt ahead of their match against Newcastle, after picking up rib and foot injuries against Wolverhampton. The injuries were listed as not serious, so he may feature:

“Nothing new [on Keita] because it is pretty early, [but] nobody said to me so far he cannot train. I expect him back in training.”

Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain sidelined with long term injuries and will not feature.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan has a fractured metatarsal and is expected to return to full training in six weeks.

Nacho Monreal has a tight right hamstring and is being assessed ahead of their match agaisnt Brighton & Hove Albion.

Shkodran Mustafi has a right hamstring injury and is expected to return to full training this week.

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Hector Bellerin has a left calf injury and is expected to return to full training in two weeks.


Manchester United:

Caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed that Manchester United have no new injuries ahead of their match against Huddersfield.

Players who missed out with injury on Saturday will be assessed ahead of their game against Huddersfield, including Chris Smalling (ankle), Scott McTominay, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia.

Alexis Sánchez will not feature, as he recovers from a thigh injury.

The manager admits that he will rotate the squad, and will give everyone a run during this period:

“Whatever has gone, whatever has happened, has happened. Everyone starts with a clean slate. We want players to perform, given the chance.”


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In his press conference, Puel stated that Jamie Vardy’s injury is now ‘behind him’ and that he is now ready for a more regular role.

Daniel Amartey (ankle) and Matty James (fitness) are the only players expected to miss out.

Crystal Palace:

Cheikhou Kouyate didn’t feature against Man City, and is a doubt for their game against Cardiff. Martin Kelly was also sidelined with a groin injury, and will be assessed ahead of their next fixture, along with Wayne Hennessey, who has recently suffered from back spasms.

Christian Benteke has been already ruled out with an ongoing knee injury.

Man City: 

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Vincent Kompany is close while David Silva (hamstring) has returned to training, although GW19 may come too soon.

Fernandinho (thigh) has missed the last two and faces a late fitness test.


Cardiff coach Neil Warnock claims they have multiple small injuries which are troublesome during this Christmas period:

“We’ve got 3/4 niggles that we could have done without really at this stage.”

Joe Bennett didn’t feature against Manchester United, and doesn’t look ready for their match against Crystal Palace, whilst Danny Ward has a knock, and is also likely to miss their match against Crystal Palace.

Richards and Madine are hoping to return, but are also unlikely to play against Palace.


Kieran Trippier looks safe for now as Serge Aurier continues his recovery from a groin strain.

The return of Davinson Sanchez provides a welcome boost with Jan Vertonghen (thigh) and Eric Dier (appendicitis) ruled out.

Mousa Dembele (ankle) is not expected to return until Jan, whilst Victor Wanyama continues to work away from the main group.

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Pochettino plays down the injury to Dele Alli:

“He didn’t feel a big problem. I hope it’s not a big issue. It was a precaution.”


André-Frank Zambo Anguissa is Fulham’s only doubt for their game against Wolves and is not expected to be involved.

Ryan Sessegnon is back for Fulham, and should feature against Wolves, after missing recent matches with a groin injury.

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