2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW1


ARSENAL

Ruled out:
Aubameyang
Lacazette
Gabriel
Partey
Nketiah

ASTON VILLA

Ruled out:
Douglas Luiz

Might play:
Watkins (bruised knee)

Fit:
Buendia
Bailey

We are not too sure about Ollie [Watkins] at the moment, if he’s pain-free today [Friday] then he will train. If not, then he won’t be involved.” – Dean Smith

BRENTFORD

Ruled out:
Jensen
Dasilva

Fit:
Toney

Ivan will start, definitely” – Thomas Frank

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Ruled out:
Lamptey
Burn
Welbeck

Might play:
Caicedo
Karbownik

Fit:
Bissouma
Tau 

Yves Bissouma [is] still here! He’s happy and he’s smiling and he wants to play…There has been interest from overseas [for Percy Tau], but nothing new to report. He is available for the game on Saturday.” – Graham Potter

BURNLEY

Ruled out:
Stephens
Long

Fit:
Wood
Lowton

[Chris Wood is] fine. He’s ready and raring.” – Sean Dyche

CHELSEA

Ruled out:
Lukaku (quarantining)
Ziyech

Might play:
Kanté

Fit:
Abraham

We have some issues with N’Golo Kanté from the [Super Cup] game… [Tammy Abraham]  is our player. He’s in the squad for tomorrow. He has the chance to play and be decisive for Chelsea.” – Thomas Tuchel

CRYSTAL PALACE

Ruled out:
Eze
Ferguson
Olise
Gallagher (ineligible against parent club)
Milivojevic (personal)

Fit:
Andersen

EVERTON

Ruled out:
Rodriguez

Might play:
Gomes
Gbamin
Keane

Fit:
Calvert-Lewin
Richarlison

We have some players who are in isolation now – with Covid around, we have to be careful and some have to stay at home. (James Rodriguez) is one of them… We have five players that are in isolation; two of them are these players [Gomes, Gbamin, Keane].” – Rafa Benitez

LEEDS UNITED

Ruled out:
Llorente

Might play:

Fit:
Firpo
Shackleton

Firpo is available and Llorente isn’t. Llorente’s recovery is] subject to evolution, but one or two more weeks.” – Marcelo Bielsa

LEICESTER CITY

Ruled out:
Evans
Justin
Fofana

Might play:
Castagne

“…a final decision [on Timothy Castagne] tomorrow [Friday]” – Brendan Rodgers

LIVERPOOL

Ruled out:
Robertson
Jones

Might play:
van Dijk
Henderson
Thiago

Virgil {van Dijk] was out for a long time, is now training with the team for 3.5 weeks… I am pretty sure he could have played 90 minutes, we just didn’t try to do it… Henderson and Thiago started late to train, so their pre-season started last week.” – Jurgen Klopp

MANCHESTER CITY

Ruled out:
Foden

Might play:
De Bruyne

MANCHESTER UNITED

Ruled out:
Varane (transfer not complete)
Cavani (quarantining)
Bailly (quarantining)
Diallo (quarantining)

Fit:
Sancho

Jadon is going to be involved. He was ill after his holiday and we’ve lost out on a few days of training with him. But he’s gelled really well with the group. Can’t tell you if he’s going to start or not though!” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Ruled out:
Darlow
Dubravka
Dummett

Might play:
Willock

Martin Dubravka is not fit and [Karl Darlow] has been in hospital for over a week [with COVID], dropped a stone in weight and it’s knocked him around” – Steve Bruce

NORWICH CITY

Ruled out:
Placheta

Might play:
Pukki
Omobamidele

Fit:
Cantwell

Our problem was the Covid-19 outbreak two weeks ago. Teemu missed a major part of pre-season and has had 10 days training.” – Daniel Farke

SOUTHAMPTON

Ruled out:
Vestergaard (transfer to Leicester ongoing)
Smallbone

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Ruled out:
Ndombele

Might play:
Kane
Tanganga
Romero
Gil

He joined the group today, he trained, we had a talk… He is preparing himself. We still have the session of tomorrow to decide.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

WATFORD

Ruled out:
João Pedro
King
Chalobah

Fit:
Deeney
Foster
Masina
Quina

WEST HAM UNITED

Might play:
Ogbonna
Lanzini

Ogbonna had a hamstring injury he suffered against Celtic. He’s back in some sort of training. Lanzini’s had a little bit of a groin problem so we’re hoping that he’ll be OK.” – David Moyes

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Fit:
Jiménez

We worked [with Raúl Jiménez] for six weeks very well. Progression OK with the doctor. No problems. He is fit and ready to go.” – Bruno Lage