Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 7

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 7

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Sheffield United

Billy Sharp serves the final game of his three-match ban and won’t be considered. David McGoldrick remains a major doubt after the Republic of Ireland striker “tweaked his groin” in training during the build-up to week six.

Chris Wilder confirms that “Everyone else is fine.”


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Pochettino on the mood at Spurs:

“It’s okay. We feel disappointed because we expect to win the last three games and we haven’t. We deserved to beat Leicester, it is amazing that we didn’t win. And Colchester, we are disappointed when you play a League Two and don’t go through, you cannot be happy. That is the beauty of the cup. We must try to turn this to a positive dynamic.

Damage has happened that we need to fix. We are, at the moment, fixing problems to try to be better and get the results we expect. To win the games. We are not so far away. Our performances are not as bad as the feeling creates. I am sure that we are going to start to win games. We need to find the solution.”


Ahead of the match with West Ham on Saturday, Eddie Howe says his squad is in a stronger position with Simon Francis, Lloyd Kelly and Arnaut Danjuma having played their first minutes of the season:

“Three huge players for us, great to have our captain Simon Francis back after a long time out. With the stoppages and the flood-light failures we felt we had to bring him off to make sure he wouldn’t stiffen up. Lloyd made his debut and played well and Arnaut Danjuma had a nice little cameo which was positive.

Having our captain back is a huge lift for everyone and the two players we signed in the summer we have high hopes for. We still have two or three to come back to make us even better.

For Saturday I think we’re pretty much as we were, we will see where we are in training today and go from there.”


Johann Berg Gudmundsson will return to the matchday squad after recovering from a calf injury:

“He was physically fit last weekend, but he’d had two days training so we made a call on that one. He’s had a good week’s training.”

Danny Drinkwater (ankle) is working outside with the physios, but “he’ll have a longer period of recovery.” – likely to be after the break before being considered.

Dwight McNeil has picked up a dead leg but Sean Dyche is expecting the winger to be okay.

Man United

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Paul Pogba is a doubt for Monday’s game, despite making his comeback in the shoot-out win over Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, and Phil Jones is out until after the international break, after being withdrawn at half-time on Wednesday night.

Anthony Martial appears to have little chance of facing the Gunners, AZ Alkmaar or Newcastle United, but Marcus Rashford may return before next month’s pause for more Euro 2020 qualifiers.

In more positive news, left-back Luke Shaw is doing well in his recovery and could be available again soon:

“Any injuries? There might be one or two who have not really come back. Paul was really struggling with his ankle as it was really swollen, so let’s see how that repairs. He got 90 minutes but was sore towards the end again.

Phil will be out until after the international break and, do you know, you have to count these after every game but I think that’s it.

I don’t think we’ll see Anthony before the international break. No, I don’t think so. Luke is improving so, hopefully, we’ll see him.”

During his press conference, Ole was asked if Rashford and Martial were both out of the Arsenal clash.

“Well, I wouldn’t put my life on it, no, but that’s part of this game. You work with what you have and we’re looking forward to this game, of course.”

Ole also confirmed that Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes are also injured, hence their absence against Rochdale, but could be available for the Europa League tie with AZ Alkmaar. Defenders Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah remain out, although the latter did train with the group on Friday.

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On the chances of Mason Greenwood starting:

“He’s proven when he’s been on the pitch – Astana and Rochdale – when you get him in the box he’s dangerous. So I’m not worried about him, but as you say, we’ve managed him. We can’t just throw him in the deep end all of the time. He’s proved in those games he’s ready for it, now Premier League… I’ll have the weekend to think about it!


After suffering an injury in Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie, Shane Duffy could be out for a few weeks:

“Shane [Duffy] is going for a scan to look at last night’s injury – it’s a calf injury that looks like it will be a number of weeks.”

Potter also provides updates on Johanbakhsh, Solly March, Glenn Murray, Neil Maupay, Bernardo and Leandro Trossard:

“Jahanbakhsh may be back for the weekend, March is more likely for Tottenham. Murray is fine and trained today, as is Maupay. Bernardo had a knock a few weeks ago that needs to settle down. Trossard is also still making really good progress.”


Hasenhüttl confirms there are no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to Spurs.

Djenepo remains unavailable and Alex McCarthy is carrying a slight issue, although he hasn’t been ruled out:

“Alex has a little problem with his muscle. So maybe we take another goalkeeper. 

So far, we took a few new pictures, there’s no too much to say at the moment… He [Djnepo] has no chance to play.”


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Quique Sánchez Flores has revealed Danny Welbeck is available for this weekend’s trip to face Wolverhampton Wanderers after the forward scored his first Hornets goal on Tuesday night:

“He is involved with the squad, he will be in the list. We are taking care about him, we know he hasn’t played too much in the weeks before this match but now the most important thing is his very strong mentality. He wants to play, he wants to be involved, he wants to recuperate the best version [of himself]. We try to use all this in a positive way.”

Craig Cathcart has also been back training with the first team squad this week, having picked up an injury when playing for Northern Ireland earlier this month.

Troy Deeney is the only player definitely unavailable for Sánchez Flores, as he continues to recover from surgery on his knee in August:

“I know Troy Deeney very well and I know what he can do for us, and the connection with him is amazing. He is one of the main players in the squad. He knows this is a difficult period for Watford, so he wants to participate.

But I want Troy Deeney recuperating well. We are not reliant on Deeney, we lost one player, we need to find solutions with other players. Right now, we are focused on the players we have, who can play. He tries to be close, he tries to help, to give information we need, always. These kinds of players, when you have them, transmit good vibes.”


A hamstring injury will keep Jonjo Shelvey out of Sundays’ game. The fixture at the King Power will also come too soon for Matt Ritchie although he is progressing and not “too far away”.

Sean Longstaff, Saint-Maximin and Andy Carroll are fit and available.

DeAndre Yedlin is available, but after almost five months out, the right-back is unlikely to be ready for a start:

“He’s trained now for the past couple of weeks and looks like his fitness is near to where we can consider him.”


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Sadio Mané and Divock Origi have resumed full training ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Sheffield United this weekend, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed:

“Both trained yesterday. Sadio and Div, completely normal. No issues.”

Elsewhere, Xherdan Shaqiri will not be available for the contest, but Klopp expects James Milner to be fit after picking up a back issue against MK Dons in midweek:

“Shaq is not ready yet, he is doing rehab. Millie got a knock in his back against MK Dons early in the game. It looked a bit awkward after the game but it should be good. Curtis Jones [is] another knock but that’s it.”

Alisson is making good progress but will not be fit to face Sheffield United:

“Alisson is in a good way. He is not with us but with the goalie coach a full session. He is getting closer and closer [to returning to action]. Ali looks like he is close but the final work is with the medical department. 

I’m not a doctor. I take the information they give me. In the last two weeks he has progressed really, really well. Credit to the medical department they did a good job with him. He is not in contention for tomorrow. He can train with the team maybe from Sunday onwards but we don’t know 100 per cent. He is really close.”

Aston Villa

Henri Lansbury is back jogging “but Saturday will come too soon.” Should re-join the group on Monday and return in week eight.

James Chester played for the U23s on Monday – played an hour – and is working his way back to full fitness. He will need another couple of games before he’s ready “because he was injured in pre-season.”

Jonathan Kodjia had his mask fitted on Wednesday “so he’s back training and looks like a super hero.”


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Reece James and Calum Hudson-Odoi are both in contention for the Blues’ clash with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday:

“They’re in the squad and they performed well the other day. Delighted for Reece to get his first goal, Callum to get his goal. They still have improvement, they’re young players but they’ve shown the quality that they have. Now they’re back fit, they’re pushing.”

Elsewhere, Lampard confirms that Tony Rudiger is out but isn’t sure when he could return, whilst Andreas Christensen has resumed training and is available:

“Tony (Rudiger) has got a recurring injury in his groin area so we’re trying to find a solution because he’s still got some pain. We’re hopeful it won’t be long but I haven’t got an end date.

Andreas (Christensen) should be OK. He’s trained with us today. He’s missed most of the week. There’s still a tiny bit of pain but it’s hopefully not a risk, so he’ll be in the squad. It’s been a difficult week for him because his illness left him pretty week. He’s been getting a bit of strength back this week so it’ll be touch or go as to whether he’s involved tomorrow. “

Emerson (hamstring) won’t return until after the October international break, whilst Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been outside jogging this week:

“Emerson is going to be the other side of the international break with the hamstring injury and Ruben I can’t give a date but he’s outside jogging slowly, so that’s a positive move from this week. Good to see him outside and we’ll see how that goes over the coming weeks and months.”


Meritan Shabani and Bruno Jordao are both out with the former looking at a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but as for any new injury concerns, Nuno remained coy

“Shabani had a serious knee injury so will be out for a long time. It’s ACL. Jordao is ankle, not so serious, so hopefully not such a long time.

We have small injuries we have to manage.”

Wolves made ten changes in the Carabao Cup – Matt Doherty was the only starter from week six. Roman Saiss served his ban mid-week and is available for the visit of Watford.

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Michail Antonio and Winston Reid remain out, whilst Manuel Lanzini is back and fit for selection:

“We continue without Michail Antonio and Winston Reid. The rest of the players are okay.

Manuel Lanzini returned to work with the team in the last two or three days. He doesn’t have any pain in his feet. He doesn’t have any problems, he’s in the squad list.”


Mario Vrancic (calf) is still out as is Onel Hernandez (knee). No Alex Tettey (groin) and Tom Trybull (ankle) won’t be back until after the break, neither will Tim Krul. The return of Max Aarons is the only good news on the injury front:

“We have to play without Tim Krul tomorrow. We hope to have him back after the international break for the Bournemouth game. 

Alex Tettey overstretched his groin when he slipped against Burnley. It’s quite a small groin injury – there’s hope for the Aston Villa game but it’s more likely for the Bournemouth game.

The good news is Max Aarons could return earlier than expected. It’s down to the good work of our physios and good work from him. He will travel with us to Palace.”

Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha got a “nasty kick” on the top of his foot after Wolves:

“He wanted to come out and take part as much as he could but he wasn’t going to [do] the kicking part. He will be fine for the weekend.”

Mamadou Sakho has a small problem, whilst Connor Wickham has returned to training:

“We will have to wait and see if he’s fit for tomorrow [Sakho. Connor Wickham (ankle) has trained all week but tomorrow comes too soon.”

James Tomkins played for the U23s this week as he build fitness following a groin injury.


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Everton expect to have the same-squad as last weekend. Marco Silva says Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh) remains out. Andre Gomes (rib) is still working away from the main group, but could re-join them next week meaning a return after the break is likely.

On their form, Silva had the following to say:

“Of course we are not happy. I am the first one when I look at the table. It’s too early to look at the table and panic. If we played well and got three points in the last game, you are talking completely different about the position in the table.

Everything is too close. If you ask me if I am really concerned or panic, of course not. We know what we are doing, we know what we should improve and, in types of situations, results will come. No one is happy when you are conceding the goals like we are conceding.

We’ve changed one or two things from last season, but they are almost the same players that played thirteen games with ten clean sheets. They were the same last season with the fourth best defence in the Premier League.”


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Brendan Rodgers will give James Maddison “every chance” of making Sundays’ game with Newcastle United:

“He’s put some weight on his ankle so we’ll see over the coming days. He’s a big talent and he’s been playing great. We’ve got a really strong squad. We made some changes in the week, and the rhythm, speed and intensity in the team was the same. It’s just the risk of whether he’s going to last the game or not. It’s questionable whether he’ll play or not. He’s such a talented player, we’ll give him every chance.”

However, Rodgers, who revealed there are no other injury concerns in his squad, believes if Maddison does miss the game, it will represent an opportunity for somebody else to impress:

“It just means we need to look at the creative side to our game. A player of that importance, of course, it’s always disappointing if he’s not available. Our success will be based around the team. If he’s not available, we’ll have someone to come in and it’s a great opportunity.”

Manchester City

No mention of any fresh injury concerns from Pep. He said the players would be checked after training this afternoon. John Stones, Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte remain out  longer-term. Oleksandr Zinchenko has been pictured on the training pitches this week.

Benjamin Mendy says he is “very happy” and is “ready to play for the manager”:

“I am back with them now and I want to keep going in this way. I feel good, my knee is good, now I need rhythm. I am very happy, I want 90 minutes, why not, but I am here for the squad and ready to play for the manager.”



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