Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 12

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 12

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All the best for Gameweek 12 everyone – let’s do this.

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder didn’t give away too much with regard to team news and injuries but he did hint that John Lundstram was one of the players who could be offered a new contract shortly:

“We’ve got a couple that are hopefully going to train today. No names mentioned obviously! But we’re hopeful that they’ll train today and be on the trip down south tomorrow afternoon.” 

We have a group we want to build from and John [Lundstram] is part of that. So we are always looking at contracts and we want to build for the future.”

When asked about Ravel Morrison, the manager compared the player to Lys Mousset‘s position in the squad at the start of the season. Mousset was at the bottom of the pecking order with 4 other forwards ahead of him at the start of the season but has now started the last two home games for the Blades:

“Ravel is the same (as Mousset), he’s no different from one player to the other. Ravel courts a lot of publicity obviously, but then I’ve got Ben Osborn, who has been outstanding for us and I had to leave out of the 18 the other night. There are no favourites. I see a talent from everybody. They’ve all got their attributes, that’s why we sign them and bring them to the club.”


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Spurs reveal that, following further examination, Hugo Lloris has now undergone surgery on his left elbow. The club still expects him to return to training in the early part of next year. 

Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen (both hamstring) are still recovering and neither player will be ready for tomorrow. Danny Rose returns after his ban.

Son Heung-Min‘s red card was overturned so he will be available for this weekend’s clash against Sheffield Utd.

West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini has mentioned that Lukasz Fabianski faces at least another month out, while Michail Antonio is expected to be back after the international break.

Winston Reid is still building up his match-fitness, while Jack Wilshere will be assessed later today:

About injured players, we have Fabianski, he needs more time – at least one month more. Antonio after the international break will be ready. Winston Reid will continue preparing now to play a complete a game. Jack Wilshere we will need to see tomorrow about Burnley”

Manuel Pellegrini also had this to say about Pablo Zabaleta:

“I’m very happy always with the performance of Pablo, if he seemed that he was too slow [against Newcastle’s counter-attack] it’s because the position was not correct. He can play without any doubt in this team.”


Sean Dyche has stated that Chris Wood (hamstring) has “every chance” of being available for selection against West Ham.

Danny Drinkwater (ankle) is also back in full training but Johann Berg Gudmundsson is still absent because of a hamstring injury. When asked about changes to the starting lineup, Dyche had this to say:

“It’s a possibility. They always are, by the way, but if you have a tough result or performance then it enhances that fact. It keeps everyone alive again.”


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Arsenal confirm Dani Ceballos (left hamstring) has been ruled out Saturdays’ game against Leicester. There are no other first team squad players unavailable due to injury. Granit Xhaka (personal) is expected to miss out again:

“Maybe he (Dani Ceballos) has a small injury but I think he is not going to be [available] for maybe the next weeks.”


Ralph Hasenhüttl has confirmed that Moussa Djenepo and Cedric Soares are back in training while Ryan Bertrand still remains suspended following his red card against Leicester City two weeks back:

“Moussa [Djenepo] is back, Cedric is back, they can train with the team. We have all players on board now, so we have more options.

Ryan Bertrand is still suspended but everyone else is available. Moussa is one of the only guys who has scored important goals for us so far, so he’s a big option for the weekend. He gives our a game a new part, which we’ve missed. He can be a boost for us.”

Norwich City

Daniel Farke has stated that Mario Vrancic is an option for the squad tonight but he also added that Vrancic is not likely to last the entire 90 minutes.

Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann are aiming for a return on the other side of the international break while Ibrahim Amadou and Todd Cantwell are both fine.

Tom Trybull and Onel Hernandez are also coming back to full fitness:

“Grant Hanley is likely to be back pretty soon after the international break. Christoph Zimmermann was involved in some parts of team training during this week, it looks like he will also be back pretty soon after the international break.

Mario Vrancic, since two and a half weeks, consistently on the training pitch. He’s not fit for 90 minutes but at least a topic for the squad. It’s good to have him at least as an option.”

Aston Villa

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Smith rates Jack Grealish‘s chances of playing as 50-50. The skipper was due to return to the training pitches but the bleed in his calf is “bigger” and he continues to receive treatment:

“We’re hopeful of him training tomorrow.”

The other injury news is as follows:

“James Chester got 90 minutes in the U23s game [on Monday]. Jota will be back joining training, as well. Jack’s dead calf, it just wasn’t right to start him. Fred [Guilbert] had to come off, he got a dead leg. He got it quite early on in the game but struggled through. Half-time, he was on the exercise bike keeping it moving and it just got too much so he had to come off.”


Marco Silva will be without Fabian Delph (hamstring) and Andre Gomes, who is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle fracture-dislocation in the draw with Spurs last week.

Bernard (knee) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh) are also out injured. This could see Gylfi Sigurdsson, who hasn’t started the last two home games for Everton, return to the starting eleven.

Morgan Schneiderlin is also fit and available while the manager suggested that Tom Davies, could continue his run in the starting eleven:

“Not easy for us to give a sure date about when he will return. The feedback I had from our medical staff is that possibly we’ll see Andre (playing again this season.

Big doubt for the game. Let’s see tomorrow and on the matchday but at this moment I can tell you he’s (Delph) a big doubt for the match. This is the time for all the others to be ready to get the chance. Tom (Davies) is doing well. It’s possible for another chance to come [for him].”

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he has a fully-fit squad ahead of the visit of Arsenal on Saturday.

Matty James (Achilles) is back in training but still some way from a playing return.


Adam Webster could be sidelined for up-to six weeks after he damaged ankle ligaments in the win over Norwich. 

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Leandro Trossard could be in line for his first start since August:

“He has done well recently and had two appearances off the bench. He was out for a long time and it’s about building him up. We’ve used him well and he’s contributed to the side’s recent success.”


Quique Sanchez Flores has revealed that Troy Deeney is in contention to face Norwich City on Friday. Étienne Capoue, Ismaïla Sarr, José Holebas and Sebastian Prödl have also reportedly recovered:

“We have Holebas, Capoue, [Sebastian] Prödl, Sarr – players who have recovered in the week — and now we have more options. It’s good for the team “

Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has confirmed that Matt Ritchie and Fabian Schar (knee) haven’t recovered, with Ritchie having suffered a setback in training.

The Bournemouth match also comes a little bit too soon for Florian Lejeune, who has been building his fitness with the under-23s:

“Matt Ritchie and Fabian Schär haven’t made it. Unfortunately, they’ve still got a bit to do. We still don’t think it’s that bad with Fab and Matt is a bit of a concern because he was going along so well. He had a reaction to training so we’ve given him a bit of time off and come off his ankle to see how that does.

Lejeune is good. It’s a bit too early for this weekend but he’s come through the training schedule he has been on. He’s fine and we just need to get some more minutes into him if we possibly can. He’s back training, played 70 minutes the other night and is chomping at the bit


Lampard reports Toni Rudiger will be out for about three weeks following surgery. He confirms Ruben Loftus-Cheek still has time to go on his rehabilitation.

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Ross Barkley is not in the squad for tomorrow due to an ongoing issue. Mason Mount is in the squad and his fitness will be assessed in the morning.


Eddie Howe has revealed that Dan Gosling has trained well ahead of the weekend’s trip to Newcastle. The central midfielder, who has been out since the start of the season with a hip problem, could be in line to feature against his former club, with Jefferson Lerma suspended due to picking up five yellow cards;

“He’s trained this week and has trained well. We’re really pleased with his progress. He adds that experience and positivity to the group, and he’s trained for the last couple of weeks now. He’s really hit the ground running since returning from injury and we’re pleased with him. 

Elsewhere, there’s no David Brooks, no Charlie Daniels, no Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman is still out too, so we’re missing some key players but the squad is still in good shape.”

Crystal Palace

Palace have been handed an injury boost with Hodgson revealing that he has an entirely fit squad to choose from:

“We’re very fortunate. The players who had been suffering are now recovered. One or two who suffered from a knock either vs Arsenal or Leicester are recovered.”


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Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk are fit to face Manchester City on Sunday.

Liverpool captain Henderson has recovered from the illness that ruled him out of the midweek Champions League win over Genk, while there is no issue for Van Dijk. Both are therefore available for the top-of-the-table showdown this weekend however, Joel Matip, Xerdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Clyne are still out:

 “Virg was for other reasons not here [on Thursday] but he is completely fine. Jordan is completely fine.

Joel [Matip] is still out, like Shaq and like Clyney. That’s it, probably.”

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, when asked whether any players could return this weekend:

“Hopefully Scott [McTominay]. Hopefully Victor [Lindelöf] as well. He hasn’t trained this week. It’s his foot.”

Solskjaer on Brandon Williams‘ chances of a start in #GW12 after Thursday’s rest:

“There are options. I’m not going to give the team out now. Ashley is suspended and I felt we needed a strong team tonight and an experienced team. We just wanted the win.”

On Mason Greenwood’s playing time: 

“Sometimes it’s not the right time to play him (Greenwood). We’re taking our time with him. It’s been a difficult period, Anthony’s been away, but to put all the weight on his shoulders wasn’t right. He needs to learn the man’s game.”

Manchester City

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Ederson has not recovered and won’t be included this weekend. That means Claudio Bravo starts:

“Ederson is not able to play. I don’t know how long he will be out for. Sunday, he cannot play. Claudio Bravo can do it too. He is an exceptional keeper – won a lot of international games with Chile. I have no doubts.”

There was no specific mention of David Silva, but Pep mentioned last weekend that his likely absence was 10-12 days meaning he would miss the game.


Will try to provide updates before the deadline


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