Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 29

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 29.

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All the best for Gameweek 29 everyone – lets do this!

Article written by Raj Bagaria.


Parker was happy to announce that there were no new injuries in the Fulham squad, however captain Tom Cairney remains to be sidelined without a specific return date.

“No new injury worries for us. TC’s still a little bit off. It’s week-by-week with Tom, we’re trying to manage the pain. It’s proving a tricky one.”

He did note his side’s monumental improvement, expecting them to show up with full concentration and confidence.

“We’re a different animal this time. We’ve moved on [since September.] We need to do our job and get a result, we can’t take our eye off Friday.”

Brighton and Hove Albion

Graham Potter provided a fresh update on Dan Burn, expecting him to train normally on Friday, and said that he “could” be fit for the side’s crucial clash against Newcastle.

Dan Burn will train tomorrow [Friday] hopefully, and could be available this weekend. No other fresh problems from Sunday.”

He was fairly complementary towards duo Joel Veltman and Roberto Sanchez, calling Veltman the “model professional” and praising his versatility.

Aaron Connolly’s recovery from a broken rib has been smoother than expected and there are “chances” of him getting called upon for this week’s game.

Tottenham Hotspur

A distraught Jose Mourinho confirmed Son Hueng Min remains a doubt for this week’s clash against Aston Villa. He said that he expects the star forward to “need the international break” to fully recover, but did not definitively rule him out.

Giovanni Lo Celso is back in full training having clocked in 3 progressive sessions from Monday to Wednesday, however Jose mentions that it still might be too early for him to play 90 minutes.

“Yeah, he’s (Lo Celso) a very talented player and he’s a player with good competitive qualities. Of course we missed him for a long time. I don’t think he has 90 minutes in his legs but he looked very confident in these three sessions that he did with the team on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, so I don’t feel any limitations with him.”


Arteta seemed skeptical about wonderkid Bukayo Saka‘s involvement this week against West Ham, mentioning it’s probably going to be a late call.

“It depends on how he feels in the next few days. He wasn’t ready to be involved in the UEL. We made that decision and we will make that decision for Sunday. Then we will talk to the doctors at the England team to decide what we do.”

In positive news for Arsenal fans, Arteta explains that he and Aubameyang have sorted out the disciplinary issue that saw him miss out against Spurs.

“We’ve moved on from that and he started the game today. I expect that when he does play, he performs at the level he can.”

Arsenal also confirm that Willian will miss the clash against the Hammers due to a “tight left calf”.


Notably, Bruce clarified that there are no new injury concerns in the Newcastle camp. Allan Saint Maximan, Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson will all still be missing for this weekend’s clash against Brighton. Miguel Almiron is also on the sidelines but faces a late fitness test.

“We still think the international break is the right time for Callum Wilson. He’s well into his rehabilitation and the same goes for Miguel Almirón. We’ll see how he is. Miguel’s got a chance [for tomorrow] – we’ll see.”

On Fabian Schar, Bruce said:

“He’s still recovering. He had an operation on his knee and he’s five or six weeks in. He’s progressing nicely and everything is in place but it’s still too early for him.”

Aston Villa

Smith provided fresh updates on duo Jack Grealish and Bertrand Traore, with the latter expected to be okay for his side’s clash against Spurs.

Bertrand (Traore) is having an injection and he will train on Saturday, so he should be available for selection come Sunday.”

“I’m hopeful for Jack (Grealish). I’ll leave it until Sunday morning. He’s not trained with us at the moment, but he’s pain-free and he’s running. Ultimately, it will be his decision. But if he doesn’t play I can pretty much guarantee he’ll be ready for Fulham.”

Long term absentee Wesley is making a gradual recovery as well.

Wesley is in full-time training with us and we’ve arranged a match during the international break where we can get some game-time into him. That’s what he needs now.”

Leeds United

Although he wasn’t to be seen in his side’s latest training session, top scorer Patrick Bamford is expected to feature against Fulham.

Bielsa stated: “We think that yes, he [Bamford] will play on Friday. Liam Cooper is sick, Leif Davis has a small problem which is nothing serious.”

Ex-Valencia man Rodrigo suffered a muscle injury in training which has put his participation in doubt as well.

Rodrigo had a muscle injury yesterday in training, I don’t know if he will be available on Friday. Either way it’s not an important injury.”

West Ham

Moyes provided a comprehensive overview of the current injury situation:

“We’ve got just about everybody the same at the moment. Fornals is improving and Ogbonna is getting closer to fitness, although not for this game. Masuaku and Yarmolenko are both getting closer too so hopefully it won’t be long until we’re back to a full squad.”

Jesse Lingard returns to the side after being unavailable for selection against his parent club Manchester United.

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