Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Double Gameweek 24

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 Double Gameweek 24.

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All the best for Double Gameweek 24 everyone – let’s do this.


Eddie Howe has confirmed that Jack Stacey and Joshua King are not available for selection against Brighton due to their respective hamstring injuries.

Steve Cook will serve an automatic one-match suspension following his red card against Norwich while there is a chance that Lloyd Kelly could finally make his Premier League debut:

Lloyd Kelly is getting closer. He played an hour in a reserve game last week and it’s whether we consider he is fit enough for the Premier League. We will have to wait and see. It was a muscle injury so we have to be very careful with him. If it’s not this game it will be the next.”

Manchester City

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Pep had updates on Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sané

“Everyday Aymeric Laporte is getting better. I don’t know (when he’s back)… I have to think. Leroy Sane is not back on the grass yet.”

John Stones picked up an injury on the weekend and Benjamin Mendy suffered some muscular fatigue: 

“John Stones had a problem in his leg in the last action of the game [on Saturday] and then Mendy has muscular fatigue. I have to speak with the doctors after this press conference.”

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder has confirmed that he has a full squad to pick from for the home game against Manchester City. He added that he would make a late decision with regard to David McGoldrick:

We will assess (David McGoldrick) today, he’s had the weekend to recover and we’ll make that descision today for tomorrow’s game. Everyone else came through the weekend so I’ll have a full squad to pick from”

Few hours back, Sheffield United confirmed that they have signed defender Jack Robinson from Nottingham Forest. Chris Wilder has this to say:

“Jack’s got a great pedigree and he will make our squad stronger, but he isn’t just coming in to make the numbers up, it’s a specific position in our system and we feel he is the best option for us at this time. Jack can comfortably play in a couple of roles and we’re delighted to add him to the group. He’s got a fantastic attitude and he’s ambitious to earn a place in the team.”


Jan Bednarek is a doubt for the trip to Crystal Palace on Tuesday night with an Achilles injury.

Yan Valery will be the only other absentee however,  Ralph Hasenhüttl has mentioned that he may look to rotate his team slightly as they head to Crystal Palace tonight.

“We have managed it well so far, it’s always important that you are looking on the players, how much they have invested in the last games, especially in the attacking line – they have done a lot of high-speed runs. It’s the last time we have a game during the week, so maybe we rotate a little bit. Let’s have a look.”

Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has confirmed that Jetro Willems will miss the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury. Paul Dummett is also ruled out for the rest of the season.

“It’s what we feared. He’s (Jetro Willems) ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, and he’ll obviously miss the rest of the season. We’ve had bad news on (Paul) Dummett too – it’s not looking so good for him as well. It looks as if he’s probably ruled out for the season as well, with a tendon injury in his leg. It’s been a bad weekend in that respect. We wish them well and hope for a speedy recovery.

We believe everybody else is OK – whether (Tuesday night’s game at Everton) is still a little bit too quick for some well have to wait until we get over today – but certainly it’s clouded the victory over Chelsea.”


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Suspended. Further to receiving a red card at Crystal Palace on January 11, suspended for the game against Chelsea (a) and Bournemouth (a).
Calum Chambers
Left knee. Ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Chelsea (h) on December 29. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take between six and nine months.
Sead Kolasinac
Left thigh strain. Hoping to return to full training in the winter break period after Burnley (a) on February 2. 
Reiss Nelson
Right hamstring. Hoping to return to full training in the winter break period after Burnley (a) on February 2.
Illness. Being assessed ahead of Chelsea (a).
Kieran Tierney
Right shoulder. Dislocated right shoulder during West Ham Utd (a) on December 9. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take around three months, aiming to return to full training in March.



Frank Lampard has ruled Marcos Alonso as ‘fit and in the squad’ for the London derby against Arsenal, although Reece James is more of a doubt following a knee injury sustained in the weekend defeat at Newcastle.

He’s (Reece James) got an injury to the back of his knee area, it’s not as bad as it could have been or we maybe thought so he’s in contention for tomorrow but it’s going to be a tight call. We’ll give him another 24 hours to see if it settles down but it’s settled down pretty quickly so far.

I was concerned because he had injuries at the start of the season with his ankle but when it wasn’t that I was quite happy. Hopefully he’ll be involved tomorrow, if not for the weekend.’

Aston Villa

Dean Smith has confirmed that Jonathan Kodjia has left the club to join Al-Gharafa. Aston Villa have also announced the signing of Mbwana Samatta from KRC Genk. The 27 year old striker has scored ten goals for Genk in all competitions this season including a goal at Anfield against Liverpool in the Champions League.

“I’m really pleased we have managed to bring Mbwana to the club. He has scored goals throughout his career and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Keinan Davis is ruled out with a hamstring injury. Apart from Long-term absentees Wesley, Tom Heaton, John McGinn and Jed Steer, the manager has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that midfielder Max Meyer has recovered from the minor injury he sustained under the challenge of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Arsenal.

“Luckily the players that played on Saturday came through. Max Meyer has recovered from the injury he picked up against Arsenal. Otherwise, the injury situation remains the same but we’re down to six missing. One of those of course is Luka (Milivojevic), who’s suspended.”

The six players that he was referring to are Christian Benteke, Mamadou Sakho, Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp, Luka Milivojevic and Patrick Van Aanholt.


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Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alex Iwobi will be unavailable for Tuesday night’s home clash with Newcastle United.

The manager added that Michael Keane‘s fitness will be assessed ahead of the match after a neck problem kept him out of last weekend’s game at London Stadium.

“Richarlison trained today [Monday] but he still has pain, so he is not available. Iwobi is doing well but we don’t want to take a risk for the game. He will stay here [at USM Finch Farm] to train. Gylfi Sigurdsson is out. Michael Keane trained today, he was not so comfortable. We are going to decide [on his availability] on Tuesday.

Ancelotti also provided an update on the progress of Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

“Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are training individually and everything is going well, but it takes time, they suffered big injuries. Gbamin has started partial training with the team and we will see [how he reacts] in the next days.”


Graham Potter has confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns for Tuesday’s game, with Dan Burn and Jose Izquierdo the only two players ruled out.

 “We have no injury problems following the weekend – we have everyone apart from Dan Burn and Jose Izquierdo available.”


Danny Welbeck is edging ever closer to a return to action, with Head Coach Nigel Pearson at the stage where he is comfortable enough to say “we’ll have to wait and see” if the England striker is in the mix for a key game at Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

“Danny is getting closer and closer. Out of all of them [the injured players], he would be the one nearest to being ready for selection. We’ll have have to wait and see [if he’s involved] at Villa Park.”

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The return of Welbeck would offset the absence of Ismaïla Sarr who will miss the game tomorrow night with the leg injury that forced him off against Tottenham at the weekend.

“We are still waiting to see what the extent of it is. I can’t give anything other than that. He is not going to be available for tomorrow’s game. I really don’t know [what the injury is], but whatever it is, we’ll deal with it. There is no point getting ahead of myself… but he’s clearly been such a positive player for us. After tomorrow’s game, it’s FA Cup weekend again and hopefully we’ll have him available for the next Premier League game.”

Kiko Femenía, Will Hughes, Tom Cleverley, Daryl Janmaat and Sebastian Prödl are also still unavailable, but Pearson remains excited about their respective returns at various points as it demonstrates the depth of the squad he has inherited.

Manchester United

The latest update from Ole on team news:

“I don’t think there were any other knocks in that game [last weekend] so we should have the same players to be available against Burnley, which is positive.

Of course, we are stretched and some of the players have played a lot. And they’re improving for it and will reap the benefit and get stronger physically and mentally more robust. Of course, it’s great having Eric [Bailly], Diogo [Dalot] and Luke [Shaw] back in so we have got more choices.”

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On Marcus Rashford’s injury:

“It’s a blow Marcus [Rashford] being out but that’s football. It’s part and parcel of it. He’s been fantastic all season for us and now, unfortunately, we have to do without him. He will be out for a while and get the time he needs to recover. There’ll be more chances for the ones we’ve got in the squad.”

Shortly after Ole spoke to the press this morning, it was confirmed that Victor Lindelof had been sent home from training as a precaution due to illness. 

It remains to be seen if the Sweden international will be available for Wednesday night’s match.


Sean Dyche confirms Ashley Barnes is going well following a hernia repair. An initial timeline of around 4-6 weeks has been suggested.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson stands a good “chance” of featuring at Old Trafford after recovering from a hamstring strain.

Tottenham Hotspur

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Tanguy Ndombele (hip) has returned to training with the first team squad.

“He’s ready, he’s not ready for 90 minutes but he will be involved. I’m not telling you to start or come later, but no injury. Just a question of condition.”

West Ham

The team update from Moyes:

Felipe’s [Anderson] got a problem with his back, which looks like it’s going to keep him out for about four weeks. Michail Antonio is getting closer to fitness but Yarmolenko is the best part of three weeks away. We could do with getting them back.”

On Robert Snodgrass’ importance to the team:

“I missed Robert the first year I was here. He was out on loan. I’ve come back and he’s really good to work with. He’s got good delivery and he’s a street-wise footballer. I’ve got to say, he’s output has been very good since I’ve been here.”

Norwich City

Norwich have a few problems ahead of the Tottenham game.

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Emi Buendia (thigh) is out and Ben Godfrey begins a three-match ban. Mario Vrancic has a knock as well against his chin, and Ralf Fährmann has a knee problem. 

Leicester City

Rodgers on the absence of Choudhury & Chilwell last weekend.

“They weren’t in for a training session. It’s as simple as that. We’ve dealt with it. They know that if you want to be at the top, it’s a mindset you need to have. We can’t carry anyone. They’ve learned a lesson.”

Brendan Rodgers says “there’s a great chance” that Wilfried Ndidi could be in the squad tomorrow.

“He’s made a miraculous recovery. It’s been 11 days.”


Presser scheduled for tomorrow.


Presser scheduled for tomorrow.


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