Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 12

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 12.

All the best for Gameweek 12 everyone – lets do this!

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Aston Villa

Dean Smith started todays press conference by reporting that Villa have no new injury worries ahead of the Wolves game. Too soon for Ross Barkley who is recovering well from the hamstring injury he suffered against Brighton.

Trezeguet has been cleared to play in Saturdays derby:

“[He] caught his head on Declan Rice’s boot and ended up having an injury (or a gash) which has been glued. He’s been self-administering a bandage and he’s headed a few in training. He’s fine.”


Frank Lampard reports no fresh injury concerns for Chelsea.

Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi (both hamstring) sidelined for around two weeks. Christian Pulisic is training as normal following his recent return.

Pulisic had a slight hamstring issue following the win over Leeds, but the US international was named amongst the substitutes against Krasnodar on Tuesday.

West Ham

David Moyes has given an update on the fitness of Michail Antonio and Ryan Fredericks ahead of West Ham United’s trip to Leeds United on Friday night:

“It’s probably doubtful on Michail. He’s still recovering so at this moment in time he’s more than likely doubtful for the game.

Most of the rest of the squad are okay at the moment. We’re waiting on Ryan Fredericks – he had an injury for a day or two with a bit of a groin strain and has just come back. So we’re hoping he’ll be okay as well.”

Andriy Yarmolenko can be called upon if needed:

“The good news [is] he’s back, he’s fit and healthy.”


Potter reports that Sunday comes too soon for Adam Lallana. The midfielder suffered a recurrence of a groin problem against his former club Liverpool two weeks ago. Otherwise, no fresh problems from Monday night. Graham Potter is expecting pretty much the same squad that faced Southampton.

Davy Propper (Achilles, illness) and Alexis MacAllister (COVID-19) are “getting closer” to the squad as they continue to build fitness:

“Both have been training all week which is good for us.”

Potter also confirms that Pascal Gross has replaced Neal Maupay as Brighton’s first penalty-taker after scoring the last two.

West Brom

Jake Livermore has trained all week following his recovery from COVID-19 & the midfielder is in contention to face Newcastle. Saturday will come too soon for Sam Field who has only completed one session; the 22-year-old has been sidelined for two months after injury/illness.

Matheus Pereira begins a three-match ban after the Baggies failed to overturn the red card issued by referee Paul Tierney during last weekends’ defeat to Crystal Palace.


Serge Aurier was ruled out of the Antwerp match because of a knock sustained prior to last week’s win over Arsenal. The full-back will be assessed before the trip to Palace and has a chance of starting the game.

Erik Lamela has featured 10 times for Tottenham this season but not at all since November 1. The Argentina international is suffering with a foot problem and is now unlikely to play again this side of Christmas.

Mourinho was reluctant to follow in Bielsa’s footsteps in naming his side for the Palace match:

“I’m not going to tell you the team. I haven’t analysed Palace yet so give me two days to make my decisions.”


Newcastle will be missing a “significant number” of squad members for the game vs West Brom. Steve Bruce is however not prepared to list those absentees.

Bruce would not confirm how many players tested positive for coronavirus, but it was a lot more than the recent outbreak at West Brom.

There will however, be two or three players coming back into the squad:

“We’ve got enough to pick a team. We’ll see how we go. We’ve been able to re-open the training ground. People have been tested twice and come back negative. We’ve got enough to hopefully win us the match. We hope we’ve curtailed it – it certainly looks that way. We still have some individuals self isolating.”

Ryan Fraser, Jamaal Lascelles, Dwight Gayle, Allan Saint-Maximin and Andy Carroll are among those who were close to a return following injury.


Gabriel Martinelli played his first 45 minutes for the U21s on Tuesday:

“He was good and he came through the game and felt really good. He has trained.”

David Luiz will be assessed, whilst Thomas Partey is ruled out:

“We will have to see how long it is going to take to heal.”


Alisson Becker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could return to Liverpool’s squad for Sunday’s meeting with Fulham, while Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas will be assessed ahead of the trip to Craven Cottage:

“Ali will train today, that’s what I’ve heard. I came in and came directly to the press [conference] so all the meetings are after that and yes, Ali will train and if he trains and all fine, then he can play.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain is already taking full part in team sessions and could therefore come into contention for his first appearance of 2020-21 following the knee injury he sustained during pre-season.

However, Jota and Tsimikas need to be monitored after picking up knocks against FC Midtjylland in midweek, and Thiago, Milner and Shaqiri remain sidelined:

“We had a game two days ago and after the game we obviously had some niggles I would say, but [they] can be more, we have to see. The diagnoses are not finally done.

Kostas we have to see, Diogo we have to see – he got a knock as well. That’s it from the game, I think. Apart from that, Oxlade is in normal training. He has been doing parts of training now for a week or so, he is now in full training and we will see.

So the situation probably demands to involve him as soon as possible, but I don’t know if the weekend is that already. Nobody else is coming back, I’m afraid.”


Parker says his squad is looking “pretty good” ahead of the game with Liverpool:

“We’ve got some coming back, but a little too early this week for Kenny Tete and Kongolo.”

The former played for the U23s on Friday afternoon as he steps up his recovery from a calf strain


Great news out of Wolves this week as Raul Jimenez visited the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground this week, reuniting with teammates for the first time since his head injury sustained during November’s win at Arsenal.

Accompanied by the club doctor, the Mexican striker was greeted with hugs and smiles by the squad, who broke momentarily from training to welcome their friend back to Compton Park.

Jimenez watched a portion of the session alongside head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, before returning home, where he has been convalescing since his discharge from hospital last week.

A giant banner in support of Jimenez, crowdfunded by supporters from around the world and covering three blocks of the Steve Bull Upper Stand, will be debuted at this Saturday’s match against Aston Villa, which Raul is set to watch from home.

There are no fresh injury concerns. Jonny was seen out on the grass this week as he targets a return in the new year – possibly March or April.

Marcal on his role for Nuno:

“I feel comfortable playing with four, but I can play too when Nuno wants to play a five. It changes a little bit, but for me it’s the same, I don’t prefer one or the other.”

Man United

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided the latest news on his squad ahead of the derby with City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Fred returns from the European suspension he served in midweek, against RB Leipzig, following his red card in the defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. However, he was also rested for the last Premier League outing, the 3-1 victory at West Ham United.

Strikers Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial were withdrawn with knocks against the Hammers and, as a result, were unable to make the flight to Germany. Luke Shaw made his first appearance since suffering a hamstring problem against Everton, when playing for the first hour at Red Bull Arena:

“Anthony will definitely be involved and Edinson has been on the grass today. But I’m not sure if he’ll make it. Apart from that, we’ve had a couple of days of recovery and we should be ready.”

That would suggest Shaw suffered no ill effects from his appearance against Leipzig mid-week.

Ole on United’s form:

“I feel we’re getting better and looking more like a Manchester United team. We’ve got fast, dynamic attackers and good quality players who can create magic. Everyone says we have no consistency but we’ve won our last four in the league.”


Phil Bardsley has a chance but Jack Stephens “probably” needs mins before returning to the 1st team.

Johan Berg Gudmundson is still rated as “touch and go” but is likely to miss out. Jack Cork is making good progress:

“It is about having a common sense approach, he is going to need some football”


Marcelo Bielsa shocked the football community as his response, when a reporter asked if he was going to keep West Ham guessing with his selection, was to name his entire full XI to the media right there and then:

Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Klich, Rodrigo, Raphinha, Harrison and Bamford.”

One single change see Rodrigo replace Koch who’s surgery went well:

“The surgery went well. The length of his absence depends on the evolution, but he’s likely to be out for around three months.”

Diego Llorente has suffered a muscle problem and will be out for 2-3 weeks.

Crystal Palace

No major concerns for Roy Hodgson, though Tyrick Mitchell went home with a cold today:

“Luckily we’ve got basically everyone fit. Tyrick Mitchell went home today with a slight cold, but everyone else, other than long term injuries is fit. The squad is looking strong at the moment.”

Sheff United

United are still without Jack O’Connell and will check on the fitness of Ethan AmpaduEnda Stevens and Lys Mousset ahead of Sunday’s clash on the South Coast.

Oli McBurnie and Oliver Burke started up top again against Leicester, but Rhian BrewsterDavid McGoldrick and Billy Sharp are all in contention to come into the side.


Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has a fully fit squad to pick from for Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Sheffield United at St Mary’s.

The attacking duo of Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond featured from the bench at Brighton on Monday following a period on the sidelines, and are now options to start against the Blades this weekend:

“We have no injuries so far. Everybody is available and everyone is fit. He [Danny Ings] is further in his physical options and an option for me that I can bring him into the starting eleven.”

Man City

Pep confirms that everyone but Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia are available:

“Every one except two players, all the other ones are fit. Sergio Aguero is not ready to start, but Gundogan did train on Friday.”

Eric Garcia could be missing for up to three weeks following his setback in the Champions League on Wednesday.


Seamus Coleman started training with the team this week:

“I think he will be available for the next game against Leicester.”

Fabian Delph suffered an injury against Burnley and James Rodriguez had a “little problem” and he hasn’t trained:

“We have three players not available. One is.. Coleman, [he] started this week to train with the team. I think he will be available for the next game vs Leicester. We have out Delph, who suffered an injury vs Burnley, and we have out James. He will start to train next week.”


Rodgers confirms James Maddison is okay, and the playmaker will be fine for Sunday.

Timothy Castagne and Caglar Soyuncu are training but might miss out. Daniel Amartey has come back to training and is doing “very well”. Ricardo Pereira will be a couple of weeks yet:

“James was brilliant [in training today]. Castagne will just miss out, but we’ll see for midweek. Soyuncu is not too far away. Amartey is training very well. It’s going to be a process with him. Ricardo is a bit further behind. You’re probably looking at another couple of weeks.”

Rodgers had positive words to say about Cendiz Under:

He’s getting fitter all of the time. He’s adapting to how we play and to the Premier League. You’ve got to be constantly concentrating. He’s getting better. He has a wand of a left foot. The power he generates, we see that on a daily basis.”

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