Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 11

In the latest of our weekly series, we’ll be bringing you the important FPL news from every Premier League press conference that impacts your Fantasy Premier League team selection for FPL Gameweek 11.

All the best for Gameweek 11 everyone – lets do this!

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Marcelo Bielsa says Diego Llorente has recovered from the groin injury which has kept the Spaniard sidelined for almost two months. He will build fitness with the U23s before being considered for the the first-team.

Jamie Shackleton and Pablo Hernandez will not be available for Saturday. Adam Forshaw remains out long-term and is not taking part in full training. Jack Harrison appears to be okay despite limping down the sidelines at Goodison last weekend.

On how Raphinha has settled, Bielsa states:

“He’s a player with a capacity to unbalance a team individually. His physical qualities are good. He’s a dynamic player who [can] get in behind or [back] to defend. The characteristics of the team coincide with his way of playing.”


Phil Bardsley and Gudmundsson are rated as “touch and go” but Robbie Brady (hamstring) has come through training. An ankle injury keeps Jack Cork sidelined while Dale Stephens has joined in with the group this week:

“We had a mass of injuries after the nine games last season. When the players came back they were really fit. We have looked at training schedules, days off, I think it is awkward to define a reason.”

Nick Pope & Josh Brownhill are back in contention this weekend.


Scott Parker reports no fresh injury concerns for Fulham.

Kenny Tete (calf) has stepped up his recovery, but despite training with the group, he will not be considered just yet.


On the return of Tariq Lamptey, who’s back available after picking up a suspension following 2 yellow cards the previous week:

“Of course it’s nice to have him back and available. He’s done brilliantly and had a big impact for us. He’s a young player who can keep developing and that’s what we want to help him to do.”

Adam Lallana will miss the game on Monday:

“A couple of weeks out, nothing serious and recovering well.”

A decision on Neal Maupay will be made nearer kick-off with the game scheduled for Monday.


On the prospect of Harry Kane facing Arsenal on Sunday:

“I believe he’s going to be fit. I’m not sure, he’s on treatment. But I could be now doing some bluff or trying to pretend that he’s in big trouble. He’s not in big trouble. I believe he’s going to play.”


Ricardo Pereira reflecting on his return to competitive action after playing in the Europa League for Leicester last night:

“It was too many days [out], it was hard times. But I’m very happy to be here and play with the guys again and I hope I can keep going and keep improving.”

Caglar Soyuncu to be assessed after his return in the UEL last night. The centre-back was replaced on 17 mins:

“It’s just in around his groin. It looks like he overstretched a touch, and he felt a twinge. We’ll need to analyse that when we get back on Friday.”

Wifried Ndidi came through his 55-minute cameo unscathed whilst Wes Morgan is a major doubt for Sunday:

“He’s had an issue with his back for the period I’ve been here and he aggravated that. It was unfortunate but it was too sore for him to carry on.”


Arteta on Thomas Partey following last nights’ win over Rapid:

“Well, he is putting a lot of pressure on us [to be involved on Sunday]. He is training tomorrow, and let’s see how it goes in the next few days.”

Callum Chambers and Pablo Mari also made successful returns following long-term injuries:

“It’s great news because those boys have been working really hard with the medical dept. They put in a lot of hours to give themselves the chance to play and perform the way they did today.”


Southampton striker Danny Ings is back in first-team training as his recovery from a knee injury progresses on schedule:

“Yesterday was his first time training with the team. We must have a look at how his body reacts to the training, and then we can say more, but he looked good yesterday.”


Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita are set to join their teammates in Friday afternoon’s session at the AXA Training Centre.

Asked during his pre-match press conference if any players were on the verge of a return, Klopp said:

“I don’t know yet, we will see. Trent and Naby will do the first steps in team training today; whatever we can do with that depends on how it looks.

There are some niggles after the game against Ajax and we have to see how they respond. So far, they didn’t do a lot apart from treatment and stuff like this. We have to see how that develops [but] I don’t know in the moment. 

There is a chance Naby and Trent can be in the squad, I would say. If they can play, I don’t know. If they are in the squad then they can play, but if they can start or play 90 minutes, I don’t know. I think there’s a chance they are in the squad, yes.

Apart from Naby and Trent, nobody is coming back, no.”

Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson both appeared to have picked up knocks, and these would be the “niggles” Klopp was referring to above, adding:

“In the moment I am rather positive about it but I don’t know.”

Meanwhile, Klopp revealed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is closing in on a return to action:

“Then we will see from which moment on it makes sense to throw him in. He is not too far away.”

Man United

Marcus Rashford is United’s main injury concern, after the forward departed Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to PSG at Old Trafford early, with a shoulder problem:

“Marcus has been training this morning, not fully, but he’s joined in with the group. His shoulder stopped him finishing the game [against PSG]. He’s getting treatment and hopefully he’ll be part of the squad that travels. He’s having treatment now after training.”

One player who won’t be making the journey down to East London is Luke Shaw:

“Luke’s not ready yet. Apart from that, we had a big squad training again.”

Axel Tuanzebe can be selected after missing the PSG game through European suspension, but Phil Jones won’t return from a knee operation until after Christmas.

Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard were unused substitutes on Wednesday, after overcoming various injury and illness issues which have kept them sidelined since the opening weeks of the campaign, while Odion Ighalo was given late minutes on his first appearance for two months.

Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha is back in contention:

“Yes, Wilf was very disappointed to miss the last two games but he’s been with us since his negative test and is ready to go.”

Luka Milivojevic has been training with the group for over a week now and the skipper is “knocking on [the] door” in terms of team selection.

Roy on the COVID situation after their match against Newcastle:

“Yes, there was a concern about COVID-19 [after the outbreak in the Newcastle United squad]. Our Doctor and Player Liaison Officer did very well to organise the team and make sure all the correct precautions were in place to avoid any outbreak in our squad.”


Roman Saiss is back and available:

“Saiss has been training with us since the beginning of the week.”

Wolves doctor Matt Perry provides an update on Raul Jimenez:

“We are delighted with the reports from his specialist; he has made excellent progress. He should be ready to leave hospital by early next week.”

Nuno added:

“Raul is recovering, we have positive news, but we know it’s a serious situation.”

West Ham

Michail Antonio will miss Saturday’s Premier League fixture with Manchester United with a hamstring injury:

“Michail is not going to be available for the game. We’re not sure how long he’ll be. Hopefully it’s not too bad, but he won’t be available for Saturday’s game.

He’s still having a bit of a problem with his hamstring. It’s not the same injury. We think it’s something slightly different, which is the good news, so we’re hoping that he won’t be too long.”

On a more positive note, Andriy Yarmolenko has returned to training and could return to the matchday squad after recovering from a bout of coronavirus:

“Andriy Yarmolenko has trained the last few days and he is recovering and, like anybody else who has had the virus, it goes in different stages and you’re not sure how quickly they can recover as they recover at different speeds.

Some are very quick and some might take a little bit longer, but the good news is he’s back, he’s fit, he’s healthy and he’s been training the last couple of days.”

Moyes’ only other injury concern is right-back Ryan Fredericks but other than that, the Hammers go into Saturday’s game with plenty of options in all positions:

“In the main, we’ve got a fully-fit squad. Ryan Fredericks has had a bit of a problem with a groin but apart from that I think everybody is close to full fitness.”

Man City

Sergio Aguero (knee) is training again but Pep confirms the Argentine is not in contention to face Fulham.

Pep on Raheem Sterling, who has been frozen out in recent PL games:

“He is an incredibly important player for us. The season is long. His contribution this season was huge, it has been in the past and will be. We speak with the players every day. I am on the pitch with them.”


No fresh injury concerns for Everton who travel to Turf Moor in the early kick-off.

Ancelotti says Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne are the only players sidelined through injury, but Seamus Coleman has been seen out on the training pitches, so is stepping up his recovery.

Sheffield United

Wilder reports that both Enda Stevens and Ethan Ampadu have a chance to make the squad for this weekend:

“We’ll give him (Enda Stevens) the opportunity of him being involved in the squad. There’s a chance there. Ethan (Ampadu) has been training as well. He’s another one we’ll make a late decision on.”

West Brom

Kieran Gibbs and Jake Livermore are back in training, although there are no guarantees that either will feature.

Slaven Bilic has ruled Conor Townsend out for up to six weeks following the knee injury which forced him off on Monday.


Frank Lampard reports a clean bill of health:

“Everyone is fit!”

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