Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 30

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 30

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Dele Alli [hamstring] will be ready for their fixture against Southampton if he comes through the final training session on Friday unscathed:

“It is very good news that he is going to be available. We need to wait till tomorrow, the last training session. I hope that he’s going to be available and maybe he can play Saturday.”

Kieran Trippier [gluteal] looks set to miss out and is unlikely to play, whilst Harry Winks [groin] faces a late fitness test:

“I think Trips, no. He suffered a small problem but I think Trips is going to be out. Tomorrow we need to assess Harry Winks again. It’s a similar situation to what it was before Dortmund.”


Huddersfield coach, Jan Siewart confirms that the team is short on numbers, and will be without Jonathan Hogg [ribs], Demeaco Duhaney [hip], Laurent Depoitre [foot], Adama Diakhaby [hamstring] and Isaac Mbenza [calf]:

“We are short on numbers at the moment. Hoggy has a rib problem and Demeaco Duhaney is still out with his hip. Laurent Depoitre has a foot problem and we are without Adama and Isaac still.”

Tommy Smith is also suspended.

Defender, Jon Stankovic has had problems, but should be able to feature in their fixture. As will Jason Puncheon, who “trained this week” and is available for selection:

“Jon Stankovic had problems but he has trained this week; he should be ok.”

West Ham:

Both, Aaron Cresswell and Fabian Balbuena will available for their fixture against Cardiff City:

“The injury update is Cresswell worked with the team the last two days so he will not have any problems. Fabian Balbuena played 45 minutes for the U23 team on Monday, also without any problems so both of them are fit. I think they are available for selection at Cardiff.”


Manuel Lanzini also looks to start once more against Cardiff, following his successful return from injury:

“Manu played the complete game [against Newcastle]. He is ready and has recovered.”

Unlike Cresswell, Balbuena and Lanzini, Jack Wilshere will not feature this weekend, who is continuing his rehabilitation on an ankle injury.

Winston Reid [knee], Carlos Sanchez [knee] and Andriy Yarmolenko [Achilles] will also not feature, as they look to recover from their long term injuries.


There are no new injuries for Fulham, as they take on Leicester this weekend. Marcus Bettinelli [knee], Alfie Mawson [knee] and Andre Schurrle [virus] have been ruled out:

“There are no fresh injuries: Marcus Bettinelli, Alfie Mawson and Andre Schurrle are out. Andre [Shurrle], has a virus, and could be back in contention next week.”

Defender Alfie Mawson, could possibly return before May:

“He is coming back from knee surgery. He’s on the right road. Hopefully, it all goes smoothly and we’ll see him again before the end of the season.”


Only Pascal Groß [thigh] is unavailable this weekend for Brighton, ahead of their clash against Crystal Palace:

“At this moment only Pascal Gross is unavailable this weekend. We’ll see how it goes this week, he’s not training but has been doing some good work. He has a chance for Millwall.”

Leon Balogun [shoulder] is back in training for the Seagulls. Elsewhere, only Jason Steele [wrist] is ruled out with a long term injury.


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Brendan Rodgers confirms that Jamie Vardy should be fit and ready for the weekend:

“He [Jamie Vardy] is fine. He took a bad knock and had a couple of stitches in his tongue from the collision he had. He’s trained very well and he’ll be fine for the weekend.”

Marc Albrighton [hamstring] has been ruled out, and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Elsewhere, Daniel Amartey [ankle] continues to build fitness ahead of a hopeful return to the first team.


There are no fresh injury concerns for Southampton, ahead of their clash against Tottenham.

Danny Ings will not feature this weekend, as the staff at Southampton opted to take the cautious route:

“We didn’t take any risks, we want to give him the time to come back during the three-week break. We will play a friendly against a Championship team and he can play for 45 minutes maybe in that time and build up his fitness.”

Mario Lemina is back in training for the first time since December, where had reported an abdominal strain.


Leighton Baines has been ruled out for Everton and won’t feature in their clash against Newcastle this weekend:

“Leighton [Baines], not ready. Started to work with the team but not fully.”

Phil Jagielka is also expected to miss out, after not attending the last two training sessions. The rest of the team is okay, and have the opportunity to feature:

“Jags [Jagielka] is out of the last two sessions, also. All the others are okay.”


Watford have a clean bill of health, with all 26 players of their squad fit and available:

“Today is a good day for me as I can tell you all my players are available for the next game,” 

Kiko Femenía has fully recovered from his hamstring injury, and could play against Manchester City:

“It’s good for us as he was playing really well before the injury.”


Defender, Steve Cook is expected to have a long spell on the sidelines with a groin injury:

“He had an injection to try to fix the problem but it turned into an infection so it is not good news regarding that and he’s going to be out for around five to six weeks.”

Once again, attacking duo Junior Stanislas [hip] and Dom Solanke [thigh] are expected to miss out this weekend.

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Callum Wilson has a possibility of playing, recovering from a knee injury which kept him sidelined:

“Callum [Wilson] has done some light training back on the grass and has looked pretty good. We’ll consult with the physios and see where he is come Saturday.”

Jefferson Lerma is back in contention to play, returning following a two match suspension.


Warnock expects to have a full squad but some will need to be assessed ahead of the game:

“We’ve had one or two niggles. People haven’t trained, two or three had knocks. But hopefully they’ll all train today and we should have a full squad.”

Warnock will definitely be without Sol Bamba, who picked up a knee injury, with Ecuele Manga set to come in alongside Sean Morrison at the back:

“(Bamba’s absence) makes my job easier. The back four takes care of itself tomorrow. We’re a bit thin on the ground at times. Striker-wise we’re not taking our opportunities. But we’ve got to work harder.”

Manchester United: 

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Manchester United have been given a quadruple boost on the injury front ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Arsenal, with Anthony Martial among three players in line for a possible return to first-team duties.

The Norwegian also suggested that Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera could be involved and revealed that Eric Bailly is okay after suffering a heavy challenge from PSG’s Marco Verratti on Wednesday evening:

“Eric’s fine. Anthony will be available and, hopefully, we’ll have Nemanja and/or Ander ready as well, so we’re looking better for it. They just need to have another couple of days’ training with the team. They’ve done well in their recovery work.”

United also have Paul Pogba available for selection, after the midfielder missed the magnificent win in Paris due to a European suspension:

“Paul was over there training with us and in the dressing room and the meetings, so he wanted to be a part of that game. It’s great that he had a couple of days off after Southampton, so it was the least he could do!”


Klopp reports that Dejan Lovren is set to come back into contention having resumed full training. Meanwhile, Joe Gomez has, this week, stepped up his rehabilitation programme by running outside with fitness coaches at Melwood:

“It’s a rather positive moment, it looks really good. Dejan trained yesterday for the first time, [in] full, completely normal. Joe is now running with 100 per cent of his weight, because we have different opportunities to run. Now he is really at 100 per cent and it’s good, it looks good.

Most of the [returns] will probably be after the international break, for example Joe and stuff like that. Dejan, we have to see. He was out for a while, so we have to see how his fitness is exactly. He is not injured anymore, he is fit – but how fit, we have to see.”

One fresh injury worry for Liverpool concerns James Milner, who has a slight muscle issue:

“Millie we will have to see. It is Millie, so everything heals quicker with him! He was already outside yesterday. He had a little muscle issue, but there are still two days to go until the game. I think if you ask Millie he would say, ‘I will be ready’ but we have to see. He trained yesterday with the rehab coach and we will see what he is doing today.”


The update from Arsenal’s medical staff ahead of their clash against Manchester United:

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Nuno confirmed goalkeeper Rui Patricio will return to the starting line-up for Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge, with him confirming that no other injuries have disrupted their preparation.


There are no fresh injury concerns for Burnley.

Steven Defour goes under the knife in order to fix a persistent calf problem. The Burnley midfielder met with a specialist two weeks ago before seeking a second opinion. He is unlikely to be fit before the end of the season.

Aaron Lennon and Jonathan Walters remain out with long-term injuries.


No press conference scheduled today and there was no mention of team news for the weekend in the post-match Europa League press conference. 

Manchester City: 

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Aymeric Laporte has returned to training but will need to be assessed. Kevin De Bruyne is confirmed out of the game as well as John Stones:

“All of them are getting better. Ayme [Laporte] is back, he trained the last two to three days but I don’t know if he’s available for tomorrow.

“Kevin [De Bruyne] is not right, not fit.

“John Stones is not fit either, but the other ones are OK.”

Crystal Palace:

Mamadou Sakho remains on the sidelines following knee surgery while Pape Souare continues to build fitness after dislocating his shoulder in the third-round of the FA Cup two months ago.

Aside from that, Hodgson has a full squad to choose from ahead of their clash against Brighton.


Rafa reveals he is really disappointed following Sean Longstaff’s injury setback at West Ham, where he is expected to miss the rest of the season:

“When you have a young player doing well, it’s even worse. His reaction has been positive. Hopefully, in a few months he will be fine.”

Rob Elliot and Cieran Clark remain on the sidelines for United. Jonjo Shelvey is pushing for a recall having played (and scored) for the Under-23s last Friday.




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