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 24.
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- Callum Wilson is out for 6-8 weeks with a hamstring injury.
- Nick Pope has trained and should be available for both games in GW24.
- Fabinho will miss the game against Leicester this weekend.
- Wilfred Zaha remains injured and will miss the clash against Burnley.
- Rodri and Dias both trained and should be available for Tottenham.
- Calvert-Lewin will definitely miss the Fulham game but should be available against City.
- Michail Antonio is in contention to play ahead of their Monday clash against Sheffield United.
- James Justin has injured his ACL and is out for the season.
Newcastle have been dealt 3 major injury blows, with Magpies boss Steve Bruce confirming that Callum Wilson is likely to be out for 6-8 weeks with a hamstring injury, whilst Fabian Schar and Javier Manquillo are both expected to miss 8 weeks with ankle and knee ligaments respectively.
“Losing three players including your centre forward for weeks is a bitter pill to swallow. We hoped it was a grade one but unfortunately it’s worse than that. We don’t think he (Wilson) needs an operation but it takes time.”
In more positive news for Newcastle, Bruce confirmed that Ciaran Clark is available for the trip to Chelsea, whilst captain Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez both “have a chance”.
The news that all FPL managers have been waiting for… Nick Pope (along with Jack Cork) is trained today, and therefore appears to be fit for the DGW24.
“Corky and Popey have recovered to train today, that’s good news.”
However, Dyche was less explicit regarding Charlie Taylor, Robbie Brady and Chris Wood.
“Charlie Taylor getting fitter, will be touch and go. Robbie Brady, similar but different to Charlie – it’s the risk and reward of playing these guys. Woody is a doubt for the weekend. Nick Pope, he has settled down.”
Josh Brownhill is recovering from a soft tissue injury and could be in contention for the weekend.
FPL fan favourite Tariq Lamptey could be back in contention soon, but not in time for GW24. Potter said:
“We [had to] err on the side of caution. He [Lamptey] is making good progress now and not far way [although] we have to be very careful.”
A vital cog in their defence, Adam Webster is doubtful after an ankle injury, but Potter would not rule him out conclusively.
Davy Propper should be available for the weekend after training with the squad, but Solly March will be out of action for up to 3 months.
Arsenal will be without Thomas Partey for their game against Leeds.
The Gunners boss told reporters that Partey picked up a “muscular issue” against Aston Villa and the injury is worse than initially feared after he had a scan. The injury will be monitored in the next couple of days, and no timescale was given on his return.
Influential left-back Kieran Tierney will also miss the game against Leeds through a knee injury. Arteta said that the Scottish international is back in training and eager to return as soon as possible, but they will have to “see how the knee reacts when he gets a little bit more load.”
Berndt Leno and David Luiz are both available again after their recent 1 match suspensions.
Villa boss Dean Smith reported no new injuries at Friday’s press conference. Villa are still without Kourtney Hause and Wesley, with the latter expected to return to training next week.
Timo Werner should “absolutely be okay” for Monday night’s game against Newcastle, after missing Chelsea’s FA Cup win at Barnsley on Thursday with a dead leg.
The game is likely to come too soon for Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz. Silva came off with a hamstring injury in the GW22 win at Tottenham Hotspur.
Fabinho will miss the lunchtime trip to Leicester with a “muscle injury.” It not yet clear whether the Brazilian will be fit for the Champions League game against RB Leipzig in midweek, or even the Merseyside Derby in GW25.
Naby Keita has returned to an individual training programme but is likely to miss the next couple of games, whilst Reds boss Jurgen Klopp described Diogo Jota as “close” to a return, but the Portuguese forward isn’t expected to play for another couple of weeks.
Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Kalvin Phillips is a doubt for Leeds’ trip to Arsenal. The English midfielder was forced off with a calf injury in the last few minutes of Leeds’ GW23 win over Crystal Palace.
“There’s not a definite decision at the moment whether he (Phillips) will be able to play or not,”
Other than Phillips, Bielsa will be able to pick from the same squad as he did last time out, with Rodrigo not yet recovered from a muscle strain.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has been given a boost ahead of United’s trip to West Brom on Sunday, with centre-back Eric Bailly available after almost a month out with injury.
“Eric (Bailly) is available. He has trained for a couple of days so he’ll be available for selection. So that’s a positive.
The United boss confirmed that Bailly is the only player that will return from injury this weekend, meaning the Red Devils will once again be without Paul Pogba and Phil Jones.
“Paul (Pogba) is out.”
Fulham manager Scott Parker has confirmed that he has no new injury problems ahead of their game against Everton.
Parker is hopeful that he will soon be able to call on the services of Terence Kongolo and Tom Cairney, but both will miss the trip to Goodison Park.
“Kongolo & TC (Cairney) are still making their way back. Hopefully Tom’s (Cairney) turned a corner.”
Roy Hodgson had no new injuries to report. He did, however, confirm that Joel Ward has returned to training after missing out against Leeds last time out.
Wilfred Zaha will once again miss out through injury, as will James McArthur, James McCarthy, James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp.
“It’s only one week into his (Zaha’s) muscle injury so we’re anticipating it will take more time than that for him to recover”.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Ruben Dias and Rodri both trained as normal today and are available for Saturday’s game against Tottenham.
Fernandinho will miss the game against Spurs with what Guardiola described as “niggles in the quadriceps”.
Sergio Aguero has returned to training after a long lay-out but is lacking fitness and is very unlikely to play against Tottenham.
City will also be without Nathan Ake and Kevin De Bruyne, who are both injured.
Everton pair Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jordan Pickford will both miss Sunday’s game against Fulham, but should be available for Wednesday’s game against Manchester City.
In positive news for the Toffees, Ancelotti will be able to call on Josh King, James Rodriguez and Andre Gomes for the game against Everton. All three players missed the midweek FA Cup win over Tottenham.
Ancelotti said that his squad are “tired” after the game against Spurs, but they have enough time to recover for the game against Fulham.
“The squad is a bit tired because we played two hours (against Spurs) and we didn’t have much substitutions, but we have had recovery.”
West Ham “fully expect” Issa Diop to be available for their game against Sheffield United. The centre-back was replaced at half-time against Manchester United last week after a clash of heads with Anthony Martial.
It’s not such good news, however, for fellow defender Angelo Ogbonna. The Italian will miss GW24 after suffering a sprain in his left ankle against Manchester United and will spend time in a protective boot to prevent further damage.
“We don’t have a timeframe as yet but we want to get him (Ogbonna) back quickly. My understanding is it doesn’t need surgery, but he’s been checked over and we’ll know more in the next few days.”
David Moyes is hopeful that Michail Antonio will be fit for the match against Sheffield United. Antonio missed the trip to Manchester in midweek.
“Michail (Antonio) is doing well, he’s had some time on the grass so hopefully he’ll be close for the weekend.”
Brendan Rodgers unfortunately confirmed that James Justin is set for a long period on the sidelines after suffering an ACL injury.
“He looks like he (Justin) has done his ACL, which is a devastating blow for us because he’s been incredible since he came into the team last year.”
Sam Allardyce has confirmed that winger Grady Diangana has returned to full training after his hamstring injury, but he is unlikely to feature against Manchester United in DGW24.
Southampton have no new injury concerns after Thursday night’s impressive FA Cup win at Wolves.
Nuno did not speak to the press since their loss to Southampton in the cup, but Ait-Nouri‘s return to the side should lift them ahead of their re-match against the Saints.
Chris Wilder has also not spoken to the press ahead of gameweek 24 but there are believed to be no new injuries.
Gareth Bale will be in contention to feature against Manchester City but is unlikely to start due to his poor fitness.
There are no new injuries for Mourinho’s men.