Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 29

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 29

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Adama Diakhaby could be out for 3-4 weeks with a hamstring injury.

Demeaco Duhaney will be assessed before kickoff to make sure he is ready to play:

“We are still looking at Demeaco Duhaney’s injury.”

Isaac Mbenza [calf] and Danny Williams [knee] remain sidelined through injury, whilst Tommy Smith serves the 2nd game of his 3 match ban.

Manchester United:

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Marcus Rashford has overcome an ankle problem and could start against Southampton:

“Rashford is fully fit now. I’ll probably start him.”

Solskjaer won’t make many changes this week, meaning it looks like Manchester United will err on the side of caution with regards to Anthony Martial:

“I don’t think there will be many changes. It’s the last session today, but we’re not going to take any risks, so maybe Anthony [Martial], but it might just be even a few more days before he’s ready, so probably the squad will look similar to what it did on Wednesday.”


Pascal Groß will miss Brighton’s clash against Huddersfield:

“Pascal Groß will miss the game this weekend. He felt his hamstring, the good news is it’s not as bad as we first thought, but the game comes too soon.”

Leon Balogun will also miss out with a shoulder injury, but Florian Andone will be back for the Seagulls as he returns from suspension.


Ashley Westwood is set for a return to action, recovering from an illness which kept him sidelined in mid-week.

On the other hand, Steven Defour is forced to stay on the sidelines, with the player now booked to see another specialist to identify the root of his calf problem which has kept him out of action since start of December.


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Eddie Howe is expected to make a late call on Callum Wilson, who hopes to return from a knee injury:

“Callum is getting closer so we will make a late call on him. Injury-wise, he’s fine, it’s just building up his fitness.”

Both Junior Stanislas and Dom Solanke, look certain to miss out with thigh injuries:

“Dominic [Solanke] is closer than Junior [Stanislas], so we hope to have him back sooner rather than later. But no, both unavailable for this game.”

A late decision will be made on David Brooks, who hopes to start against Machester City:

“He’s fit to be involved. He’s done very limited training with us. The injury itself is fine, so we need to make a call as to whether he can function in the way that he wants to.”

Jefferson Lerma will serve the second game of a two match suspension, whilst Steve Cook remains sidelined with a groin injury.


Danny Ings and Mario Lemina will not play this weekend and remain sidelined for their clash against Manchester United:

“I know about the Old Trafford syndrome – everybody wants to be fit to go to Old Trafford, but these two guys [Ings and Lemina] are still not able to train with the squad.”

Michael Obafemi is the only other player not available for Southampton, with the rest passing fit:

“The rest have passed the last game healthy, so we have no more injuries.”


Neil Warnock confirms that Victor Camarasa will be available for the trip to Wolves on Saturday:

“He was disappointed he couldn’t play in the last few games, you’re not going to get less than 100 per cent from him and he’s got so much ability – we’ve missed that. He’s a game-changer.”

Warnock also confirms that he has a few doubts, but nothing major:

“We’ve still got a couple of knocks. One or two doubts.”

Oumar Niasse is also eligible to play this week after the loanee was forced to miss out against his parent club mid-week.


Here’s the latest from Arsenal’s medical staff:

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Dele Alli (hamstring) is in the late stages of rehab, while Eric Dier (tonsillitis) is building up conditioning.

Harry Winks and Jan Vertonghen (both hip) will be assessed ahead of the north London derby.

Crystal Palace:

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is fit again and could feature this weekend. Papa Souare is progressing well, but has been ruled out this week, as has Mamadou Sakho who had a knee operation yesterday:

“Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s fit again now, that’s a boost for us. Souare’s progressing well. Mamadou Sakho had an operation in Paris yesterday and will need time to recover. We hope to get him back as soon as we can.”

There are no other injury concerns for Crystal Palace.

West Ham:

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini is delighted to have a full house of attacking options to choose from when Newcastle United visit London Stadium on Saturday.

The boss was without Marko Arnautovic for Wednesday’s 1-0 loss at Manchester City due to illness, but could have him back for selection at the weekend alongside Manuel Lanzini and Samir Nasri, who have recently returned from injury:

“We have had less than 72 hours to prepare. We made some changes against City to have some players fresh for tomorrow. The problem is not when you have too many players, it’s when you don’t. We have four strikers fit, we have wingers too and we are prepared for the last part of the season.”


After the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, new caretaker boss Scott Parker states he wants his team to show passion and desire:

“I hope I can transmit my passion to the team, get my energy across. I know there’s more to football than passion and drive, but that’s a fundamental element. If there’s one thing you can do as a footballer, it’s leaving passion and desire on the field. That’s the message I’m giving to the players.”

In terms of the team news, Alfie Mawson, Andre Schurrle and Marcuss Bettinelli will all be unavailable:

“Alfie Mawson is still recovering but we hope to have him back in April. Schurrle is recovering from a virus, and Marcus Betts is more long-term. Other than that we’re ready to go.”


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Bad news for Rui Patricio owners as Nuno reveals that John Ruddy will be starting against Cardiff:

“John Ruddy’s going to play tomorrow, we consider it’s the right moment to prepare him for what’s coming in front of us (the FA Cup). It’s the right moment to get some time competition and be stronger.”


Sarri says he has no injury concerns at present. He still needs to manage our recovery at this busy time and thinks he will make three or four changes to Wednesday’s line-up.

Sarri says Gonzalo Higuain needs to improve his fitness/sharpness in order to improve:

“He contributed well. He interacted well with the team-mates. Now he needs the acceleration, he needs to improve in the physical condition, then he will improve.”

Sarri also remained coy on the Kepa situation

“We are very happy [Caballero] can play in a very difficult match, but Kepa is our No.1 goalkeeper. He will be on the pitch for one of the next two matches. I have not decided yet, I want to see the last two [sessions].”


Marco Silva reports that Leighton Baines (ribs) is the only injury concern for Everton ahead of the derby.

Kurt Zouma is back in contention after serving his ban and Yerry Mina is in “better condition” after returning from a foot injury against Cardiff.


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Klopp provides an update on the fitness of Bobby Firmino:

“He was out there in the running yesterday but we have to see how he reacts. I will see him in a few minutes for the first time since yesterday. He is very positive, that’s Bobby’s nature. We have to see. I don’t see any other player – OK, we have maybe two or three more of them – being even in contention for that game after the little problem he had. It looks really good but if he will be ready for Sunday, I don’t know in this second.”

The derby comes too soon however for Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez.


Apart from Daniel Amartey (ankle) and Marc Albrighton (hamstring), Brendan Rodgers reports that:

“everyone else will be available for the weekend.”

Manchester City: 

Pep reports that Fabian Delph is back in training:

“Delph was injured and he made his first training session today. He’s not in the squad but he can play.”

He also notes that Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho will be available again after the international break. Benjamin Mendy returned to the squad mid-week and is available, but lacks fitness/sharpness. John Stones (groin) will be fit again “soon”.

Nothing else was said on the fitness of Sergio Agüero or Gabriel Jesus but Pep did say the following in the post-match West Ham press conference:

“We cannot live with just Sergio – in the last 15 mins he was exhausted. When you play every three days, in March & April, it is demanding. Everybody needs a little break.”

Gabriel Jesus was also pictured in Man City’s training session yesterday:

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In terms of the team news, Rafa states that Jonjo Shelvey will play a match for the Under-23s tonight so is at the stage of building fitness, but isn’t yet available. Cieran Clark and Rob Elliot are both ruled out:

“Jonjo Shelvey has asked to play for the Under-23s, so he will play with the Under-23s (against Fulham) tonight. It means he’s pushing in the right direction. Clark and Elliot are out (of Saturday’s game) but the others are available.”


Updates from 5pm. 



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