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 33.
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Martin Odegaard is a serious doubt for the game against Everton, having not completed a full training session yet.
“We don’t expect them for Everton I think, we have a doubt with Martin a little bit, let’s see how he is today in training. The rest will be out and get them back in the team as quick as possible.”
By others, he means Kieran Tierney, Aubameyang, David Luiz and Alexander Lacazette, with the latter picking up an injury in the previous game.
Positive news coming in from the Everton camp ahead of their crucial game against Arsenal, as Ancelotti said Calvert–Lewin, Mina, Bernard, Delph and Gomes are back and available to face Arsenal.
“We have a lot of players available – almost all the squad, apart from [Abdoulaye] Doucoure and [JP] Gbamin who are out….the others [including Dominic Calvert-Lewin] are in good condition.
We are ready to fight for this final part of the season. The squad is now much, much better and I have a lot of options.”
Good news from the Eagles camp as Hodgson seemed optimistic before their clash against high-flying Leicester City.
“We’ve got a lot of players back, which is good news. Jeffrey Schlupp is training with us again, as is Mamadou Sakho – even James Tomkins is out there training.”
Tomkins remains ruled out but is expected back soon.
“We’re still missing James McArthur, who has not been training. Gary Cahill has not trained for the last two or three days. He’s nursing a minor problem but we’re hoping he can recover from that by the time that Monday comes around.”
McArthur is out, whereas Cahill faces a race against time ahead of Monday.
Relegation sufferers Sheffield aim to put up a fresh display against Brighton. Oli McBurnie is ruled out for the rest of the season due to a stress fracture, whereas John Fleck hasn’t trained all week and is all but ruled out.
Berge, Sharp and Chris Basham remain ruled out for this week but are on their way to recovery.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Ben White misses out due to suspension for the side’s against relegated Sheffield United. Rest of the squad is more or less okay Potter mentioned.
“Everybody came through the game (Chelsea) ok. There’s a couple of lads we need to monitor. Percy Tau had a tight hamstring so that’s why he missed out on the group against Chelsea.”
Talisman Jack Grealish remains ruled out, with Wesley nearing a return to full fitness after almost a year out.
“Jack Grealish is still out, Morgan Sanson is out, Wesley is still coming back but he may be available for the squad, so we’ll have a good look at him today and tomorrow.”
Callum Wilson and Saint-Maximan are both fit to go for Newcastle’s visit to Anfield. Karl Darlow has undergone surgery on his knee and will be out for a few weeks. Schar is ruled out as well.
“It’s been part of Callum’s rehab that he takes it easier on a Thursday but he’s perfectly OK too. Fab Schär has worked extremely hard and trained all week but the weekend might come a bit too early for him. It’s good to see him back.”
Brazillian winger Raphinha is ruled out for this week’s clash against Manchester United, as is Rodrigo.
“Raphinha, we’re controlling his evolution on a daily basis, up until now he’s not recovered sufficiently to be able to train.”
In their absense, Tyler Roberts looks set to start again.
Midfielder Ruben Neves misses out again after an ongoing battle against Covid.
“Neves is feeling fine but he will miss out again. He tested [positive] vs Fulham. It’s hard to understand. It’s been very tough with delays and periods of isolation. The concentration of the virus is higher than what is allowed. We’re waiting for the levels to decrease.”
West Ham United
West Ham will be “very much the same” as last week.
“There are 1/2 getting closer to fitness. I’m not sure whether they’ll make it. Lingard had a bit of cramp [at Newcastle] and he’s fine. Cresswell is getting closer and a decision will be taken on Saturday.
We’re hopeful that we can get Declan Rice, Michail Antonio, Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku back amongst it soon because they’ve been important players for us.”
Rejuvenated Lingard is expected to start again as Bowen leads the line.
Kovacic remains unavailable for Chelsea, ahead of their game against West Ham. Thiago Silva is back with the team having been rested mid-week, and Tuchel also confirmed Mendy will start in goal.
Nat Phillips and Henderson remain sidelined, as Curtis Jones makes a comeback. Big news is, Diogo Jota is fine, and is expected to play a part on Saturday.
“No, Nat Phillips is not back. Curtis is back, yeah, that’s true. All the others not.
Diogo is fine, Diogo is fine.”
On whether there was any update as to when Henderson might be available, the boss replied: “Not really, I don’t know.
Marcus Rashford is still managing the foot injury which has been bothering him in recent weeks, with Ole revealing he hasn’t taken part in training with the group this week.
Eric Bailly is nearing a return, after having trained this week.
“Yes Eric is back and has been training this week. It’s been a good week.“