Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Gameweek 17

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 17.

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All the best for Gameweek 17 everyone – let’s do this.

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder has confirmed that there are no fresh injuries for Sheffield United and that Oliver Norwood was taken off against Norwich to “protect” him from another yellow card, not because of any fitness problems. It should be noted that John Lundstram, George Baldock and John Fleck are all one booking from triggering an automatic suspension.


Ralph Hasenhüttl has ruled Yan Valery (viral infection) out of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with West Ham United, but is hopeful that both Stuart Armstrong (hamstring) and Sofiane Boufal (toe) will be fit enough to feature.

Yan Valery was out the last two weeks, he is out for longer, he has a virus, an infection which will take time. The good thing is that Stu Armstrong is back in training, he’s back with the team – he can be an option for the weekend. Sofiane is still not able to train without an injection, there’s pain in his toe. So this takes time. We’ve tried to get him fit for the last two games, but it’s not the perfect situation if you aren’t able to train much in the week. We will have a look how we improve this issue, but for now everyone else is fit.”

West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Lukasz Fabianski is progressing well in his recovery along and so is Manuel Lanzini. Jack Wilshere could miss this weekend’s game as he still has some pain with a groin issue while Winston Reid could soon make a return to the first team.

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The injuries are Lukasz Fabianski who continues his recovery along with Manu Lanzini. Winston Reid is working without problems. Jack Wilshere continues with some pain in his groin.


Sean Dyche has mentioned that Jay Rodriguez has sustained a broken finger but will be okay for Saturday’s visit of Newcastle United:

“It was just an accident in training but that should be okay. He’s got a special cast on it to protect it”

Ashley Barnes and Ashley Westwood – who has missed a run of three defeats through a combination of suspension and a groin problem – are also set be in the frame with Dyche hopeful that the duo will be fit after returning to training on Thursday. Phil Bardsley is set to train on Friday after shaking off a knock while Charlie Taylor (hamstring) remains a doubt and Kevin Long has again be ruled out with a hip problem. Meanwhile, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been penciled in for a training-ground run-out next week as he nears a return over the Christmas period.

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Patrick Van Aanholt (thigh), Jeffrey Schlupp (hip) and Joel Ward (knee) would be unavailable for Monday night’s game against Brighton while Mamadou Sakho remains suspended having collected a red card against AFC Bournemouth.

“Those two [Schlupp and Van Aanholt] won’t be available. Joel Ward is of course not available. Certainly those [are sidelined]. Unfortunately there are one or two others who might get added but I’m not willing to discuss that now. The doctors are not very willing to put timescales on injures but it will keep him (Schlupp) out for a period of time. There’s no question of him missing this game and then bouncing straight back. We’ll have to wait and see. ”

On Van Aanholt, he said:

There’s no return date. He’s very keen to get back as soon as possible. He’s working hard to that end but again I’ll have to wait and see how his rehabilitation progresses. With muscle injuries, the date when the player returns is of vital importance because we see so often when a player comes back they get injured again because the muscle hasn’t quite recovered.”

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Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Leicester City have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Norwich City at the King Power Stadium.

“We had a few boys inside but they’re all fit and fine for Saturday, everyone’s fine.”


Nigel Pearson has revealed that Craig Dawson will be available for his first match in charge of the Hornets, while there will be late checks on other players before Saturday’s trip to Anfield.


“We’ve got one or two players that we’ll have a look at tomorrow to see if they’ll be available over the weekend. Dawson has trained this week and is available. Roberto Pereyra, who played last week, we’ll look at tomorrow. Jose Holebas will not be available and we’ll review Adam Masina again in the morning.”

“Of our long-termers, Danny Welbeck is making good progress and Tom Cleverley is making good progress too. We’ve had one or two long-term injuries which are making good progress, and then we’ve got the normal situation with players who have played and taken part and we’ll monitor and make a decision tomorrow.”

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Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has confirmed that he will be without Ciaran Clark (calf), Matt Ritchie (ankle), Jamaal Lascellas (cracked tibia), Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring) and Sung-Yeung Ki while Jonjo Shelvey (tight calf muscles) and Miguel Almiron (tight hamstring) could also miss out. Florian Lejeune will be included in the matchday squad and will provide cover from the bench.

“We’ve got a few out. Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin and Sung-Yeung Ki are all out. We’ve got a couple of question marks over Almiron and Jonjo Shelvey so we’ll see how they are today. He (Saint-Maximin) pulled his hamstring doing 38.6 kilometres an hour in the 96th minute. We all bang the drum that a football player can play every day of the week, but not with that intensity. We’ll kick ourselves, but unfortunately these things happen.”

On Almiron:

“I don’t think you can take that risk with muscle injuries. If they’re struggling with it and they pull up and are out for a month or six weeks, then we’ll all look stupid. We’ll err on the side of caution.”

The manager also suggested that Joelinton could switch to the wing with Andy Carroll playing centrally given the current injury crisis:

“It’s something we’re toying with. He’s played half his career there, so he’s no stranger to it. It may be a different formation, it’s something we have up our sleeve. It might give him a big lift as well.”

Aston Villa

Tyrone Mings will miss out because of the hamstring injury he suffered against Leicester last Sunday, but the club are hopeful he will be available before the end of the year. Matt Targett has overcome a minor injury but Keinan Davis is not yet fit.

On Mings:

“Thankfully, for us, it’s not in the belly of the hamstring. Hopefully he’ll be pain-free after this weekend and then can keep progressing, but each individual’s different in terms of getting back to fitness.”


Eddie Howe has confirmed that Nathan Ake is set for a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury:

“We are looking at six weeks but that’s conservative. He could be back sooner.”

Ake will definitely miss tomorrow’s visit to his former club Chelsea, as will fellow defender Steve Cook who this week had surgery on his fractured wrist. Joshua King could be in contention to face Chelsea having returned to training following his hamstring injury. Callum Wilson, who also felt his hamstring against Liverpool, could be available over the festive period with Howe saying his condition was not serious.

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful Jesse Lingard can recover from injury in time for this weekend’s game with Everton. The manager also added that he expects Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah to begin participating in full training with the first team from next week onwards.

“I’m not sure about Jesse, but I hope [he can feature], he wasn’t training today, but we’ll check him on Saturday probably. He’s really come good now; he’s been fit, he’s been training well, so we hope so. Next week, Eric [Bailly] will start training, Tim [Fosu-Mensah] will start training, Paul will probably start training with us next week properly. So let’s see”


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Arsenal have had a fair few injury concerns crop up recently, with updates having been provided on a few of them. 

Kieran Tierney will be out for a few months after injuring his shoulder against West Ham at the weekend, returning in March at the earliest. Dani Ceballos will be returning within the next few weeks, while Nicolas Pepe will be assessed ahead of the Man City game after bruising his knee against West Ham. 


Brighton’s boss Graham Potter stated that there are no new injury concerns, though Aaron Connolly remains a doubt after picking up a dead leg. Brighton don’t play until Monday, so he may well make it after having a bit more time to recover. 

Solly March will be out until the end of December at the earliest, while Jose Izquierdo is looking to come back closer towards the end of January. 

Tottenham Hotspur

Ben Davies will travel to Qatar to continue rehabilitation on his ankle injury, Tottenham have confirmed.

Meanwhile, Erik LamelaHugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Tanguy Ndombele are all a step closer to returning to the squad, as they are currently in “on-field rehabilitation”.

Harry Winks has completed his return to the Spurs first team squad after an ankle injury, and he trained with the first team this week.

Norwich City

Daniel Farke gave an update on the Canaries’ injury situation today, with there not being a great deal to report:

Everyone is available who was available for the last game. Grant Hanley is back in team training but he will not be available this weekend.


Lampard’s main piece of news from an FPL perspective would be the status of Fikayo Tomori, who burst onto the scene under Lampard’s tutelage. The Chelsea boss confirmed that Tomori isn’t fit, but will hopefully be in training as of next week. 

There was also a quick update on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with him being out for at least a few more weeks. Staying with Chelsea’s midfield, it was confirmed that there will be plenty of rotation within their midfield over the next few weeks. 

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There have been a few injury concerns for Everton as of late, with things looking like a bit of a war zone at the end of their win against Chelsea last week. 

Theo Walcott and Morgan Schneiderlin have been ruled out for three and two weeks respectively, both with calf problems. 

Lucas Digne trained this morning, with Fabian Delph, Yerri Mina and Sheamus Coleman all having done light training over the past few days. 


Though the main focus of Liverpool’s press conference was the fact that Jurgen Klopp has signed a new contract, the main injury news to report was to do with Dejan Lovren, who suffered an injury in Liverpool’s win against Salzburg in midweek. 

Dejan is out [for Watford]. Back before my contract ends! Muscle injury, more serious than last time. We have problems.

This is on top of other injury worries that Liverpool have, with recent injuries to the likes of Joel Matip and Fabinho

While Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez weren’t pictured in team training, Klopp mentioned that they’ve all done recovery sessions and should be OK. 

Manchester City

The main injury news to come from Pep Guardiola’s conference was to do with John Stones – he’s developed a muscular injury and there isn’t an timeline as to when he’ll be back.

FPL legend Sergio Aguero has also been suffering from injury issues recently, with Gabriel Jesus having claimed his place as City’s primary number nine in that time. Pep mentioned that Aguero still isn’t training with the main squad, so it’s fair to assume he won’t be back in the immediate future – especially with the festive fixture congestion. 

Guardiola also mentioned that David Silva didn’t t rain yesterday or today after a knock to the leg – though it isn’t a very big issue, with him being assessed for the weekend. 

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There isn’t much to report when it comes to Wolves’ injury situation – Willy Boly is progressing well but there isn’t a set return date for him as of yet. Morgan Gibbs-White is the same – Wolves aim to have him join the squad again soon, but, again, there isn’t a set time for his return. 

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