Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: Blank Gameweek 28

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 Blank Gameweek 28.

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All the best for Gameweek 28 everyone – let’s do this.


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Chris Wood, who missed last weekend’s victory over Bournemouth with a hamstring strain, is set to return to the Clarets’ squad as they travel to Newcastle United this weekend.

“He’s looking good, he’s fit so he comes back into the thinking. Vyds (Matej Vydra) and Jay-Rod (Rodriguez) in the last couple of games have laid down a marker as well.”

Ashley Barnes continues to recover well from the hernia operation he underwent last month and is heading towards a return to full training.

Matt Lowton is also unlikely to figure on Tyneside as the Clarets allow further time for a knee injury sustained against Arsenal at four weeks ago to settle down.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson may also miss out after a picking up a minor knock in training following the winger’s return to the match-day squad against Bournemouth.

Norwich City

Daniel Farke will be without Sam Byram, Onel Hernandez, Timm Klose and Christoph Zimmermann for Friday’s visit of Leicester City. Timm Klose (knee) is a long-term absentee but Farke thinks the Swiss defender isn’t far away from a return to first-team action. His centre-back partner Christoph Zimmermann (hamstring) will miss a second game in succession.

Onel Hernandez (knee) has undergone surgery on a meniscus problems and Farke expects his winger to miss the next eight weeks. There was particularly sad news on Sam Byram when Farke confirmed that his season is over after he picked up a hamstring injury in the defeat against Liverpool.


Kyle Walker-Peters has this week resumed training following a brief spell on the sidelines, and is likely to be available for this weekend’s trip to West Ham.

Nathan Redmond, who suffered a muscle injury last week, is predicted to be out for the next month.

“Reddie (Redmond) is still out, so it will take maybe a little longer. But Walker-Peters is back in training. He’s trained well this week. That’s one more option we have. Redmond will take time, I think about one month. Hopefully not longer. Maybe after the international break he can play again, that is the schedule at the moment.”


Graham Potter has confirmed that Dale Stephens is fit and available for this weekend’s game against Crystal Palace.  Jose Izquierdo remains the only Albion player sidelined through injury.


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Ismaïla Sarr and Kiko Femenía have moved closer to being let off the leash by Nigel Pearson after banking another week’s worth of training under their belt.

“Kiko trained with us but he has a history of hamstring problems and he had not done enough to be ready to play. He’s fit but there is a difference between being fit and match ready.

Sarr, is “much closer” to starting after being out since limping off during the game against Tottenham last month. Daryl Janmaat returned to full training this week and that means Pearson will soon have four options at right back in Adrian Mariappa, Craig Dawson, Janmaat and Femenía.

“Janmaat has been out with us this week and we are getting more or less back to full strength. We don’t have any injury doubts for this week. I’ve not worked with a fully-fit Danny Welbeck. I’ve seen him in training and he’s a player with real qualities. Hopefully he can bring that to the team.”

Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has mentioned that Jonjo Shelvey could be in line for a return to the Magpies’ side ahead of Saturday’s visit of Burnley.

“Jonjo’s trained for the last ten days or so, so it’s good to see him back.(Javier) Manquillo’s back, so it’s good to see him back as well. All of a sudden we’ve got probably 20 outfield players to choose from rather than what we did two or three weeks ago with probably 12.”

Steve Bruce is still without the services of Andy Carroll and Paul Dummett. He is also expecting defender Ciaran Clark to be sidelined for a spell after suffering ankle ligament damage in the defeat at Arsenal a fortnight ago.

“We’re just deciding now, in the next week or so, whether he’s (Ciaran Clark) going to have the operation or not, he’s obviously damaged ankle ligaments badly so the decision is whether to operate or not. I think in the next 48 hours we’ll decide which way we’re going to go. I think he’s been excellent this season.

It’s been cruel in that respect – with Matt Ritchie (getting injured) from a tackle and a challenge for four months, and now Ciaran and Dummy, unfortunately it’s been never-ending. But it happens – with impact in a game, you can’t legislate for it. It’s disappointing for Ciaran – he has been one of our better players this year in my opinion. He’s done very well. It’s bad news for all of us.”


Nathan Ake and Jefferson Lerma could be in contention to face Chelsea tomorrow.

“Nathan has trained this week so, hopefully, should be okay providing there are no ill effects from his head injury. It’s a similar case with Jeff and he has come through a couple of days’ training.”

Eddie Howe also mentioned that long-term injury victims David Brooks, Arnaut Danjuma, Chris Mepham and Lloyd Kelly were all progressing well.

 “They are running on grass but haven’t joined us in training yet. Chris is a bit behind the others and they are improving quite quickly. We would hope to get them back in training, if not next week then the week after.”


Jürgen Klopp has mentioned that good progress is being made in the recoveries of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri from injuries, but the trio will remain absent from Saturday’s trip to Watford.

“Hendo is running, Millie is running and even more. It was not enough for this game now, but we will see – especially with Millie – what we can do for Tuesday. I’m not sure about Hendo, and Shaq not yet, but they are all coming closer.”

Tottenham Hotspur

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Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace will be without the defensive trio of James Tomkins, Mamadou Sahko and Jeffrey Schlupp for their trip to Brighton.

Kouyate is OK however:

“He’s trained all week. That was a slight twist of the ankle. He didn’t train on Monday but he’s been back since then.”

Elsewhere, Luka Milivojevic returns after missing the Newcastle game due to illness.


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Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante and Tammy Abraham are out injured for the game on Sat.

Abraham suffered a setback in the Champions League; the same injury as the one he has been suffering from recently. Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be in the squad however. 


Ancelotti confirms Andre Gomes is ready to start.

“He is closer than last week. He trained well, normally, properly. He showed more confidence this week than compared to last week.”

Theo Walcott has been cleared, but Lucas Digne is working alone alone and will be checked on Saturday.

West Ham

On absentees, Moyes had the following to say: 

Andriy Yarmolenko played in a practice match and he is getting closer but he is not ready to return just yet.

Jack Wilshere has returned to doing work on the pitch and he is progressing. I would hope Jack will play this season and he will get himself into a shape and fit enough to do so, but I cannot guarantee it.”

On the subject of Coronavirus: 

“After consulting with the medical team, we have supplied all the players with hand gel to keep with them. We’ve also agreed to no shaking hands at the moment, just fist bumps. If we score tomorrow, of course they’ll be able to celebrate!”

Manchester United

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Manchester United are waiting on the fitness of Anthony Martial – had a scan today. 

The French striker was absent from Thursday’s 5-0 win over Club Brugge in the Europa League, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealing that the no.9 had picked up a thigh injury during a training session on Wednesday.

“He went off [during] training yesterday and had treatment. He reported this morning and had a fitness test. It’s not his hamstring, it’s his thigh, in and around the knee.”

Ole admitted the extent of the injury would not be known until Martial undergoes the scan. If the 15-goal forward does miss out on the trip to Merseyside, the Norwegian expects Odion Ighalo to step up to the plate again, after scoring in his first start against Brugge.

“Odion has definitely shown what type of a striker he is. He will be ready for Sunday,” 

Long-term absentees Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Lee Grant remain on the sidelines for Sunday’s game.

Solskjaer also said earlier in the week that, although they are once again training with the first team, returning pair Axel Tuanzebe and Tim Fosu-Mensah will need some game time with the Under-23s in order to boost their match fitness.


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The latest on the team news however, because of their Europa League involvement, no available fresh team news at this time. 


Because of Europa League involvement, no available fresh team news at this time. 



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