Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 32

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 32.

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All the best for Gameweek 32 everyone – lets do this!

This article was compiled and written by FPL RAPTOR.


Bielsa reveals that Raphinha could recover in time to face Liverpool. Rodrigo is also recovering but is unlikely to be fit for their clash on Monday.

Raphinha is recovering from a knock at City. His evolution, we will see in the next couple of days. Rodrigo is in the process of recovering from a muscular injury obtained last week.”

Liam Cooper begins serving his three-match ban after the red card against Manchester City. Pascal Struijk is expected to come back into the side.


Mourinho reported no new injuries to the Spurs side ahead of their double gameweek. Doherty and Davies both remain sidelined, which should mean that Reguilon remains a good bet to play both the Everton and Southampton match.

“Let’s say, first team players, everything the same.”

Mourinho implied that Doherty was the closest of the two to returning, with Ben Davies still a way off from a return.


Heckingbottom began the press conference by confirming that both Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp will miss the rest of the 2020/21 season.

Sander Berge has been training this week, but Heckingbottom confirms he will be unavailable this weekend.

“Not this weekend. I’d love to but medically, he needs to get through this week. We know he’s a good player, we just know he has to be right.”

John Fleck has not been involved in training, but will be assessed today ahead of this weekend.


Carlo Ancelotti gave every FPL manager’s dream response to injury questions, being completely transparent and thorough. Here is what he had to say.

“Available for the game are Jordan Pickford, Allan, Joshua King and Gomes. The next week we are going to have Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina, Delph and Bernard. Longer, Gbamin and Doucoure.”

Therefore, Calvert-Lewin will definitely miss the Spurs game.


Ole gave an update on Marcus Rashford, who appears to be touch-and-go for their clash against Burnley.

“We hope he is going to be ready. Today wasn’t about risking him, he was on the bench just in case. You never know in a knockout tie. He’s been playing on with a sore foot, but I don’t know yet [if he’ll play in GW32].”

Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial remain the other long-term absentees.


Unfortunately it was quite worrying news for Aubameyang, who will be out for the foreseeable future after contracting Malaria while on international duty. Arteta said:

“He’s at home, he’s fine,” said Arteta. “He had two days in hospital, but he’s feeling good now. I think he’ll need a few days to recover from that. He wants to be back ASAP.”

Arsenal remain without David Luiz and Kieran Tierney, with the latter expected to feature in 4-6 weeks.

Martin Odegaard (ankle) was complaining of discomfort due to an injury he picked up playing for Norway, and will be assessed prior to their matchup.


Declan Rice and Michail Antonio are ruled out of the trip to Newcastle, but Moyes is expecting them to feature again this season.

In positive news, the injury to Aaron Cresswell appears to be less serious than first anticipated. Whilst he is a “doubt” for this weekend, he could still feature, and he will be assessed ahead of the matchup.

“We’re not going to have Declan back tomorrow and we don’t have Micky Antonio either. Aaron Cresswell picked up a bit of an injury on Sunday and we need to check him. He’s a doubt but we hope he’ll be okay. Like every other club we’re getting bumps and bruises.”

Mark Noble is hoping to be fit in time for their clash against Newcastle after coming off with a re-occurring elbow injury.

Ogbonna, Lanzini, Yarmolenko and Randolph are expected to be nearing return, but not quite there.


Steve Bruce confirms that Wilson and Saint-Maximin continue to improve, but admits that they will be managed.

Wilson and Saint-Maximin have trained all week so they’re both OK. They’ve both had muscle injuries and they’re the most difficult to manage because they both rely on explosive pace and power. There’s a decision to be made.”

Ryan Fraser is having less success on the injury front, as he is still at least a few weeks away from a return. Jamaal Lascelles is unlikely to feature before the end of the season with his stress fracture, but is personally still hopeful he can contribute.

Fabian Schar is believed to be nearing a return, as he is making “good progress and is doing very well”.


Burnley remain without Ashley Barnes, Kevin Long and Robbie Brady for the foreseeable future.

The update on Nick Pope was inconclusive. Sean Dyche said the following:

“The ones who were missing will still be missing: Longy, Brady and Barnesy. Popey is touch and go, we’ll have a call on that one. He’s made good progress this week. Dwighty’s [McNeil] got a knock, so we’ll see on him.”

Jay Rodriguez returns after a short spell away on paternity leave.


Willy Boly has rejoined the group after being in self-isolation following a positive COVID-19 test.

Unfortunately, Ruben Neves has tested positive with COVID-19 and will now face a short period in self-isolation.

Jonny (ACL) and Pedro Neto (fractured patella) are expected to both miss the remainder of the season. The latest estimation for Neto is 6 to 9 months on the sideline.


Terence Kongolo has suffered another injury and will miss the rest of the season.

Tom Cairney is working outside again and will be assessed week-by-week. He is expected to feature again this season.

Ademola Lookman is back in contention for Gameweek 32 after recovering from his minor injury.


Southampton have no new injuries to report. It is worth noting that Southampton will play their FA Cup Semi-Final before their clash against Tottenham.

“So far we have no more injuries from the last game. A few players are coming back. Michael Obafemi is back in training but too early for a game at the weekend.”

Oriel Romeu and Will Smallbone remain sidelined with long-term injuries.


It is worth noting that Chelsea will play their FA Cup Semi-Final before their clash against Brighton.

Thiago Silva will return to the side after serving a one match suspension at Selhurst Park last week. His direct competition at central centre-back, Andreas Christensen, is unavailable due to a hamstring injury.

“We have the green light for N’Golo [Kante] because we had three days in between and that makes a huge difference for him. Mateo [Kovacic] is unfortunately still out but feeling already better. Andreas Christensen is out, cannot be in the squad.”


It is worth noting that Leicester will play their FA Cup Semi-Final before their clash against West Brom.

Brendan Rodgers confirms that Soyuncu and Under are now available, but Harvey Barnes is still a “number of weeks” away.


It is worth noting that Manchester City will play their FA Cup Semi-Final before their clash against Aston Villa. Pep Guardiola said the following regarding Sergio Aguero, and the rest of the squad.

“No, not yet [on whether Sergio Aguero is available]. [The rest of the squad] are okay. Tired, but in a good mood.”

At the time of writing this, Klopp, Dean Smith, Roy Hodgson, Graham Potter, and Sam Allardyce had not spoken to the press – however, below is a general update on their injury situations.


Liverpool remain without the following long-term absentees: Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Caoimhin Kelleher, Virgil Van Dijk, and Divock Origi.

Curtis Jones is expected to be assessed ahead of their match on Monday, after suffering from a minor muscle injury.


Aston Villa remain without long-term absentees Wesley and Trezeguet, with no return dates in sight for them.

Jack Grealish is still a few weeks away. On April 10th, Dean Smith said the following:

“No he is not close. He had a set back in training last week and he’ll be out for at least a few weeks.”

Morgan Sanson is pending evaluation after suffering an impact injury to his knee. He is expected to be available for this weekend, although this is not confirmed.


Palace do not feature in this gameweek, with their next fixture in Gameweek 33. There are no major updates regarding their current injury situation.


Percy Tau is expected to be back in contention for their match against Chelsea on Tuesday after returning from self-isolation, although this is not confirmed.

Aaron Connolly is also expected to be nearing return, after beginning light training. In any case, a start is probably unlikely.

Solly March and Tariq Lamptey remain long-term absentees, unlikely to feature again this season.


The only known injury for West Brom currently is Branislav Ivanovic who is expected to be out for a very lengthy period.


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