Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 36

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 FPL Gameweek 36

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Ben Hamer is injured with a knock and won’t feature this weekend. Neither will Laurent Depoitre [foot]:

Karlan Grant and Adama Diakhaby are back from injury this week for Huddersfield:

“Karlan Grant had a good week in training; it’s good to have him back in the team. Adama Diakhaby has had two full weeks now in training. He has no problems and he’s confident.”


Tom Cairney is expected to be back after his girlfriend gave birth, as is Alfie Mawson, who returns from injury. André Schürrle is a doubt, as his wife is expected to give birth in the near future also:

“Tom Cairney will come back now that his girlfriend has given birth. There’s a slight doubt over André Schürrle due to his wife having a baby as well, but [Alfie] Mawson is back in contention. He’s been out for some time so it’s pleasing to have him back.”


Anthony Knockaert is available to play after serving a 3 match suspension.

Davy Propper [hamstring] will not be available to feature this weekend, in an important clash against Newcastle:

“He [Davy Propper] felt his hamstring. We’ll see how bad it is, but at this moment, I must admit, I’m not too sure. He will miss the game tomorrow.”


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Lucas Digne has been listed as fit, but there are major concerns over Richarlison, who isn’t likely to feature this weekend:

“Yesterday he [Richarlison] tried to work with us. Let’s see how he will react [but] he will be a major doubt for us.”

Yerry Mina has returned to training with the squad whilst Theo Walcott [sickness] is flagged as a doubt. Andre Gomes remains out with a suspension.


Ryan Bertrand is a concern for Southampton ahead of their match against Bournemouth, Matt Targett looks to be the direct replacement:

“We have a few problems; Ryan Bertrand has something in the ankle area so there’s a question over him.”

Jannik Vestergaard is also likely to miss out with the defender making no progress this week. Elsewhere, Stuart Armstrong has a hamstring injury, whilst Shane Long is set to be fit enough to feature:

“A few other small injuries; Stuart Armstrong has a problem with his hamstring, but Shane [Long] is fit – he trained today. It looks like he’ll be able to play at the weekend.”


Klopp stated that all of Fabinho, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are not certainties to play in the near future:

“All a bit questionable, we don’t know exactly at the moment. We gave them all a proper rest. Dejan trained yesterday so that’s OK probably and the other two we will see.”

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Mo Salah is in contention to play despite being in NYC and missing a training session, raising doubts of his involvement in Friday’s match against Huddersfield:

“Of course, he can miss one session, that’s what he did. Today he will be in training, everything will be fine again. He’s back and everything will be fine.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain is also working with the squad, and has returned to training.

The clash with already-relegated Huddersfield comes five days before a visit to Camp Nou for the Champions League semi-final first leg. That tie, however, is not the manager’s priority at present with his focus instead on the opportunity to return to the top of the Premier League:

“I will not push that wrong mindset with a fresh line-up or whatever, no chance of that. We had enough time to recover after the last game, we have enough time to recover for the next game. Barcelona has nothing to do with the game on Friday night.”

It has been reported this evening, that Roberto Firmino has suffered a groin injury, by the reliable Anfield Express Twitter account who reported (with 100% accuracy) the team news before the line-ups were announced last season:

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Junior Stanislas [knee] has been ruled out for 4 months, whilst Adam Smith [muscular] has been ruled out of their next game:

“Junior Stanislas could be out for three to four months, it’s a big blow for us. The long-term injuries are still the same, we can now add to that list, Junior. Adam will definitely be missing tomorrow, we will have to wait and see whether he’ll play again before the end of this season. We hope he’s avoided a long-term injury.”

Elsewhere, Nathaniel Clyne [hamstring] faces a late fitness test.


Neil Warnock states that Joe Ralls [hamstring] has been ruled out for the rest of the season while Harry Arter [calf] is a doubt for Saturday’s clash against Fulham.

Apart from long term injuries, there is no other injury news for Cardiff.

Manchester United:

Ander Herrera [hamstring] could feature against Chelsea this weekend:

“Three games left of the season and Ander has been training, he’s been enthusiastic. He’ll probably be involved. I think he’s fit enough to be involved on Sunday. I can’t guarantee it, because there’s still two days left, but he’s trained the last two days.”

Scott McTominay is a doubt for their clash, and faces a late fitness test:

“Scott failed a fitness test on Wednesday morning, so he’s going to have another one today [Friday] probably to see if he’s available.”

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Solskjaer also has no intention of dropping David de Gea this weekend:

“I trust David and he’s, for me, been the best player United have had in the last six or seven years. He’s been absolutely outstanding and going through tough patches is just part of a footballer’s career. David will be fine, no worries.”


Phil Bardsley had his stitches removed from a deep thigh laceration last week and the defender comes back into contention. Peter Crouch (appendectomy), Aaron Lennon (knee surgery) and Steven Defour (calf surgery) miss out again.


Serge Aurier (hamstring), Erik Lamela (hamstring), Moussa Sissoko (groin) and Harry Winks (groin) are all continuing their rehabilitation and are close to a return but remain unavailable for the visit of West Ham.

Harry Kane remains absent due to his ankle injury.

West Ham: 

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed attacking duo Chicharito and Manuel Lanzini have both returned to first team training ahead of West Ham United’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur:

“Manuel Lanzini returned to work with our squad, as did Chicharito.”

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, who made his return with a substitute showing last weekend against Leicester City, also came through the week comfortably, while Aaron Cresswell has been back on the pitches at Rush Green since Wednesday.

The manager also offered an update on Samir Nasri, saying the Frenchman could be back next week:

“For the last week, Jack Wilshere has continued to train without any problems. Aaron Cresswell also worked from Wednesday without any problems. Samir Nasri, maybe next week he will start working with us also.”


Here’s the latest update from the Arsenal medical team:

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has trained today. If he works as normal in the final session (on Saturday) then he will be in the squad to face Leicester.

Crystal Palace: 

James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and Jeffrey Schlupp all remain out long-term but other than that, there were no other new injuries reported by Hodgson.


Once again, there are no concerns for Wolves this weekend who travel to Vicarage Road. Nuno Espirito Santo has a full squad to choose from.


Sarri reports Antonio Rudiger is fit for Sunday’s game. The medical team are trying to recover N’Golo Kante in time but that is not certain.

Callum Hudson-Odoi should recover well from his surgery, but Sarri estimates he will be out for three months at least.


Brendan Rodgers on any injury news:

“None at all. Everyone’s training and working well. Nothing new (injury-wise).”

Wes Morgan will return to the matchday squad following his late withdrawal at West Ham:

“He travelled with the squad and just as we arrived at the stadium, we found out his child hadn’t been well and had been taken into hospital,”

Manchester City: 

Guardiola is unsure if he will be able to call upon Fernandinho for Sunday’s trip to Burnley:

“We’ll see tomorrow. He has the problem with the knee but we’ll see tomorrow.”

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Pep also confirms that Kevin de Bruyne will be out of the next game:

“He is still not fit. He’s getting better, but is not fit.”

Uncharacteristically, Pep provided a little insight into how he selects his teams:

“When teams play so high, I need maybe Leroy, when they play deep, David Silva in the pockets is an incredible player. When it’s long balls, I prefer Nico and Vinny because they are so strong.”


Rafael Benitez confirms that Jamaal Lascelles (stomach illness) will miss out against Brighton. Miguel Almiron (hamstring) is ruled out for the season whilst Florian Lejeune is still recovering and will miss the rest of the season also:

“We have lost Lejeune and Almirón (to injury). We have also lost Lascelles, who has had a stomach illness all week.”

Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden have been back on the training pitches this week. Both players were forced off during last Saturdays’ win over Southampton.


Jose Holebas, Tom Cleverley and Alberto Peñaranda have all been declared fit by Gracia:

“All these players are in different situations. We’ll see what we decide for the next game. What is important is that all of them are training with the team now. It’s good to have more options.”

Gracia confirms the withdrawal of Craig Cathcart at half-time on Tuesday was tactical:

“Craig was not injured. I tried to change the game by taking some risks. It was the right decision as I know Craig has played more minutes for me than anyone.”

Sebastian Prodl (knee) and Domingos Quina, who had surgery on his shoulder this week, are the only injury-related absences this weekend. Troy Deeney serves the final game of his ban.




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