GW38 Press Conference Summary

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 38.

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


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Hector Bellerin will miss Sunday’s game against Brighton through injury.

David Luiz wasn’t risked at Crystal Palace in GW37 but could return from a hamstring injury at the Emirates on Sunday.


Leeds will be without influential centre back Diego Llorente for the visit of West Brom. The Spaniard picked up a muscular injury in the midweek victory over Southampton.

Marcelo Bielsa has also waived off Robert Koch and Mauteusz Klich. The pair are being rested ahead the upcoming European Championships, where they will represent Germany and Poland respectively.


Steve Bruce told reporters today that he expects Martin Dubravka and Allain Saint-Maximim will “be ok” for the Magpies’ trip to Fulham on Sunday, but they will be assessed after Friday’s training session.

Aston Villa

Ross Barkley will miss Sunday’s game against Chelsea because he is ineligible to play his parent club.

Dean Smith was impressed with Jack Grealish’s performance in Villa’s win at Spurs in GW37 and says he is “getting up to full fitness”.

“He (Grealish) showed a real confidence at Tottenham and hopefully we will see more of that on Sunday”


Liverpool are likely to be without Diogo Jota and Ozan Kabak for their crucial final game against Crystal Palace. Jota picked up an injury in Liverpool’s win against Manchester United in GW35, whilst Kabak hasn’t featured since GW33.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham will be without defenders Ben Davies (calf) and Japhet Tanganga (ankle) for their trip to Leicester.

Other than that, Ryan Mason has a fully fit squad to choose from.


In Nuno Espirito Santo’s last press conference as Wolves manager, he confirmed that he would be without Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and Jonny Otto for the game against Manchester United.

Owen Otasowie is also likely to miss the game through injury.


Scott Parker confirmed that Fulham would be without Alexsander Mitrovic, Tom Cairney and Antoinee Robinson for their home fixture against Newcastle.

Harrison Reed is touch and go to play in GW38 after coming off at Manchester United last time out through injury.

Reed has a little bit of an issue. We’ll make a decision on him closer to the time”

Manchester United

Dan James will feature for United after a recent absence through injury. The game will come too soon, however, for Anthony Martial, who had hoped to return from a knee injury.

Captain Harry Maguire remains sidelined through a foot inury, and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer didn’t appear confident that he would be bit in time for the Europa League final on Wednesday.

“We’re recovering with him [Harry] and resting with him. He’s not at the stage where he can work hard yet. He’s walking on it now but still it’s a long way from walking to playing football.”

Midfield duo Scott McTominay and Fred are available for selection despite picking up knocks against Fulham last time out.

Crystal Palace

Eberechi Eze will miss the trip to Liverpool and will spend a considerable amount of time on the sidelines after picking up a serious achilles injury.

Patrick Van Aanholt was back amongst the substitutes last time out and is likely to continue to build up his recovery with some minutes at Anfield.


Thomas Tuchel will hope to be able to select Kai Havertz and N’golo Kante for Sunday’s crucial trip to Aston Villa. The pair will be assessed on Saturday.

“With NG (Kante) it’s going to be very close, still some hopes that he can join team training tomorrow. If not, then he will join on Monday.”

Andreas Christensen will be in the squad after training for two days “without any problems”.


Everton will be without James Rodriguez (calf) and captain Seamus Coleman for their game against Manchester City.

James Rodriguez unfortunately is not available for the game, he didn’t recover from his problem on his calf. Also, Coleman had a problem during the game against Wolves, he will not be available for the game.”

Sheffield United

Paul Heckingottom said that he didn’t expect any of his injured players to return this weekend “as it stands”.

Manchester City

Joao Cancelo will miss the game against Everton through suspension.

Pep Guardiola told reporters that “everyone (else) is fit”.

West Ham United

David Moyes said that West Ham will make a “last minute call” on the fitness of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski ahead of Sunday’s game against Southampton.


Ralph Hassenhuttl suggested that Oriel Romeu could return to play a part in Saints’ last game of the season at West Ham. The midfielder has been sidelined since March with an ankle problem.

“Yes, Oriel was training today so only Will Smallbone and Che Adams are out”

Adams is out with a minor groin issue, with Hassenhuttl taking a cautious approach just 3 weeks before Adams is due to represent Scotland at the European Championships.

“No, 5-10 days so his chance at the weekend is a small one but we won’t take the risk as we know he (Adams) has the Euro coming up, which for him is a big tournament, and [the injury] it’s not a big issue for him.


Brendan Rodgers confirmed that he will be without Jonny Evans for Sunday’s game against Tottenham. The Northern Irish centre back after the recurrence of a hell problem during last weekend’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.

Rodgers went on to say that everyone else who featured at Chelsea in midweek was fit for the weekend.


Nick Pope “has a chance” to play on Sunday, according to Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

However, Kevin Long, Robbie Brady, and Phil Bardsley are still unavailable.

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