Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Blank Gameweek 27

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 Blank Gameweek 27

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Warnock stated in his press conference that he has a couple of players carrying knocks, however he didn’t list any names:

“We’ve got one or two players that are carrying knocks and I don’t really want to play anyone who’s not 100 per cent.”

Warnock states that Sean Morrison isn’t ready to return just yet:

“He’s training, he had another tough session yesterday. He’s just got to have a bit of football in his locker. We’ve got three games in a week so it’s pointless rushing him. I’m hoping he’s going to be involved at some stage this week.”

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Victor Camarasa is also unlikely to play as he’s struggling with a calf injury:

“He has a medical team from Spain that look after him. Sometimes we don’t agree. It’s difficult for Victor because he’s got so many people talking to him. It’s [an ongoing] calf injury.”


Both Roberto Pereyra and Isaac Success have been labelled fit and ready for their clash against Cardiff:

“Roberto and Isaac are both ready to compete. Roberto is a very important player, making the difference in a lot of games, scoring goals and assisting. Isaac hasn’t played the same minutes as other players, but the time he played, he played with quality and is helping the team.”

Sebastian Prödl could come back for the first time this year, whilst Kiko Femenía is the only person who is injured in the Watford 25 man squad:

“Kiko is feeling very well in all the training sessions. For the next game, it’s impossible [for him to play] but I think for the game after, he will be ready. Prödl is another option for us at centre-back.”

Jose Holebas is also unavailable as he serves the first game of his two-match ban.


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Dele Alli also continues his rehabilitation:

“His progression is good, we are happy. This is the last part of the period of his recovery. Difficult to say: maybe one week, maybe ten days, maybe two weeks. We are going to assess him day by day.”

Danny Rose is due to be assessed over his illness to determine whether he can be fit to face the Clarets.


Claudio Ranieri confirms that all of his players are in good condition for their match against West Ham. Alfie Mawson [Knee] has just started to run, but has been ruled out for their match against West Ham:

“All our players are in good condition. Alfie Mawson has just started to run”

Havard Nordtveit could feature this weekend, whilst Lazar Markovic is also a possibility to play.


Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady are both expected to return for the Clarets this weekend:

“We think Johann and Robbie come back. They trained today and were good, so they come back into the thinking, which is good.”

Steven Defour has been ruled out of playing this weekend:

“Unfortunately, Steven Defour is still struggling with his calf. He keeps getting niggly calf injuries. We’ve had to send him away to a specialist now to get another opinion to double-check that it’s something simple.”

Aaron Lennon and Jonathan Walters have both been ruled out with long term injuries.


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Puel states that James Maddison and Ben Chilwell are doubts and that their fitness is to be assessed ahead of their fixture against Crystal Palace:

“With have an issue with Chilwell and Maddison and we will make a point in tomorrow’s training session. It’s not serious but we will see tomorrow.”

Papa Mendy, who overcame a groin injury is available for the Foxes:

“He is available. He came back into the training session this week.”

Daniel Amartey [ankle] and Marc Albrighton [hamstring] are both recovering from long term injuries and will not feature this weekend.

West Ham:

Manuel Lanzini and Samir Nasri may feature in the West Ham squad this weekend, as Pellegrini confirms there are no new injury concerns for the club:

“For this game, we have the squad which was playing most of the games and for this week I think we will have the squad list [on Thursday] and maybe Lanzini and Nasri can be included on the squad list.”

Jack Wilshere is not ready to return to the squad this weekend:

“We will analyse Jack Wilshere next week, then we will be more clear about his future.”

Lanzini is approaching his return, after 8 months on the sideline, and will be eased back in:

“Manu [Lanzini] is coming back from a long injury so we are going to decide the best way for him to return to the team, starting from the beginning or coming on after some minutes.”


Callum Wilson and David Brooks are out with long term injuries for the Cherries:

“They’re [Wilson and Brooks] improving quickly, but this game comes too quickly for them, but we’ve not seen them on the grass yet so they’re still a way away.”

Simon Francis and Lewis Cook will also miss out this weekend:

“Callum Wilson and David Brooks are still out with our long-term injuries and Simon Francis and Lewis Cook also still missing.”

Charlie Daniels is available for Bournemouth, and a late call will be made on Junior Stanislas who will be assessed before the game:

“We’ll make a late call on Junior Stanislas, who has a hip flexor injury. Charlies Daniels is available for selection.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have a chance of returning for Manchester United in Sunday’s huge Premier League clash with Liverpool:

“I hope and think Anthony will be ready and I hope Jesse will be ready because it’s two different injuries. So maybe more hope than think, with Anthony as well, but he’s got a chance. Anyway, we still hope Jesse could be ready. Let’s see. We’ve still got a couple of days’ training left and they need to be part of it.

They’ve not been part of it yet, but they’ve been doing some recovery work and Anthony’s was a different muscle, of course, so we think that he might be ready and hope that Jesse will.”

Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian have also been absent through injury in recent weeks, while Marcos Rojo has been training in recent weeks but hasn’t played since 12 December due to injury.


Siewart confirms that Danny Williams has returned to training but isn’t ready yet. Abdelhamid Sabiri is currently lacking match-fitness:

“Williams has been in training for three days and is improving. He still needs more time, even though he’s been back in the grass. You can’t replace game fitness with training, which is why Sabiri has been with training with the academy.” 

Isaac Mbenza remains out long term with a calf injury.

Crystal Palace:

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Roy Hodgson has revealed that Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Martin Kelly will miss the Eagles’ trip to Leicester City through injury. Both defenders have slight problems picked up recently which will keep them from competing in Saturday’s late kick off at the King Power Stadium:

“We won’t have Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Martin Kelly tomorrow. They’re the two injuries we have.”

Hodgson confirmed a “hamstring problem” would stop Wan-Bissaka from participating, whilst Kelly picked up “a muscle strain” in last weekend’s win against Doncaster Rovers.

On a positive note, Hodgson will, however, be handed a boost by Wilfried Zaha’s return from suspension.


Dejan Lovren will miss Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed. Elsewhere, long-term absentees Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster are the Reds’ only other players ruled out of the contest with United:

“Dejan is not in, Joe is not in, but I think pretty much all the rest are in training at least. Rhian Brewster is still only in little parts [of training], Ox in bigger parts but not ready to play. The rest have trained and will train with us, but there is still a little bit of time.

Usually now I get the message that somebody is ill in the last three weeks, so I am still a bit nervous about that! But until now I didn’t hear anything.”


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Nuno Espirito Santo confirms his Wolves squad have a clean bill of health. Diogo Jota (dead leg) and Matt Doherty (knock) have recovered and will be available for the trip to the Vitality.


Mario Lemina (abdominal) is not training but the midfielder is “getting better and better”.

Danny Ings (hamstring) is targeting a return against Manchester United next weekend.

Youngsters Stuart Armstrong and Michael Obafemi have rejoined the group and come into consideration.


Laurent Koscielny picked up an injury in the game against BATE last night and this is what Emery had to say on it:

“I think it’s precaution and we are going to wait for tomorrow. But, I hope he will be okay for Sunday and for the next week. It’s muscular, it’s not a break. But it was only precaution because he was starting to feel not good. I think it’s not broken. I think it’s only a precaution because he didn’t feel good and with the possibility that maybe if he carried on in the match, it could break.”

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Newcastle United: 

On team news, Rafa reports positive news:

“Apart from Elliot and Clark, the rest of the players are available.”

He goes on to state that Jonjo Shelvey is close to returning to the first team and that Ki Sung-Yeung and Mo Diame are training well:

“Jonjo is the last one coming back now and he is pushing, and Ki and Diamé are training well.”







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