2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW4



Ruled out: Xhaka (suspended), Elneny


Might play: Smith Rowe, Tomiyasu, Kolasinac


Fit: Gabriel, Nketiah, Partey, White


“He’s carrying an illness, he’s not been feeling good. The England national team was really positive about letting him go because everybody could see he wasn’t available. Let’s see how he is in the next couple of days.” – Mikel Arteta on Emile Smith Rowe




Ruled out: Martinez, Buendia, Chukwuemeka, Philogene-Bidace, Davis, Trézéguet


Might play: Konsa


Fit: Bailey, Traore, McGinn, J Ramsey, Sanson


“They’re quarantining now and will be back, ready to play against Everton next week. They’re [training] over in Croatia, we spoke to the relevant authorities and government officials to make sure it was the right thing to do.” – Dean Smith on Emiliano Martinez and Emi Buendia




Ruled out: Bech Sorensen, Da Silva


Fit: Onyeka


“Team news is good, everyone is fit and available for selection. [The returning internationals] are all good to go.” – Thomas Frank




Ruled out: Lamptey, Burn, Scherpen


Might play: Connolly


Fit: March


“Leo [Trossard] and Jakub [Moder] are still on their way back, so we’ll see how they are tomorrow. But everyone else is OK. Shane [Duffy] has had a tough three matches in six days but has come through really well.” – Graham Potter




Ruled out: Roberts, Long, Stephens


Might play: Collins, Cornet


“He’s pretty good, he’s better than we thought. We’ll make a decision over the next couple of days. He’s on the grass already and he’s active – not with us, with the physios. It’s favourable news, I would say.” – Sean Dyche on Nathan Collins




Ruled out: Kante, Pulisic


Might play: Thiago Silva


Fit: Lukaku


“Maybe he [previously] had some problems. He came back two days ago: yesterday he trained with us, today he trained full – no problems at all.” – Thomas Tuchel on Romelu Lukaku




Ruled out: Schlupp, Eze, Ferguson


Might play: Milivojević


Fit: Olise


“Michael [Olise] has been working well in the last two weeks and has trained all week with the squad. He will be involved in the game tomorrow.” – Patrick Vieira




Ruled out: Delph


Might play: Coleman, Rodriguez, Mina, Godfrey, Davies, Calvert-Lewin


“He was not fully fit, he was making an effort to be on the pitch, he has been training with pain, so I’m really happy to see him trying in the training sessions even when he’s not fully fit. And that is why I’m expecting even more [from him].”  – Rafael Benitez on Dominic Calvert-Lewin




Ruled out: Koch


Might play: Raphinha


Fit: James, Firpo, Klich, Dallas


“The uncertainty wasn’t a difficulty to prepare the game and the position on whether he plays depends on what the club transmits to me.” – Marcelo Bielsa on Raphinha




Ruled out: Fofana, Justin, Perez (suspended)


Might play: Evans, Vestergaard


Fit: Bertrand, Pereira


“Over the course of the next couple of weeks, they’ll be training more, hopefully, involved more in the games, and they can build their fitness up.” – Brendan Rodgers on Jonny Evans and Jannik Vestergaard




Ruled out: Minamino, Firmino


Might play: Milner, Fabinho, Alisson


Fit: van Dijk, Elliot


“Bobby [Firmino] will not be available but that is because of the injury he had in the last game.” – Jurgen Klopp




Ruled out: Steffen


Might play: De Bruyne, Foden, Ederson, Jesus


“Yesterday, Phil [Foden] made his first training session. Kevin [De Bruyne] trained good the last week, part alone, part with the three/four other players who were here plus the under-18s. They feel much better.” – Pep Guardiola




Ruled out: Telles, Rashford


Might play: McTominay, Fred, Henderson


“He’ll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that’s for sure.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Cristiano Ronaldo




Ruled out: Wilson, Fraser, Dubravka, Shelvey


Might play: Darlow, Dummett, Hayden


Fit: Almiron


We’re not going to put a timescale on it. It’s really frustrating for Callum and for us. He’s got two goals in three games as well. It’s unfortunate that he’s picked up this thigh injury. We’ll just give it as long as we can.” – Steve Bruce on Callum Wilson




Ruled out: Zimmermann, Giannoulis


Might play: McLean, Placheta, Sargent




Ruled out: Long, S Armstrong, Walcott, Smallbone


“Longy is in self-isolation in the hotel because of a positive covid test. The rest will arrive today and then we will have a look.” – Ralph Hassenhuttl 




Ruled out: Romero, Sanchez, Lo Celso


Might play: Son, Skipp, Sessegnon, Bergwijn


“Sonny is not so well. I don’t know [if it’s serious]. Let’s wait and see. The doctors will make the analysis.” – Nuno Espirito Santo




Ruled out: Foster, Femenia


Might play: Sierralta


Fit: Joao Pedro


“We are waiting to hear and after we will see what is the answer of FIFA. I spoke with him about this but you know, we can do nothing. Now is the moment for waiting, because we will see what happens with the result.” – Xisco Munoz on Francisco Sierralta




Might play: Masuaku


“I think most things are all good. I think it’s the first time since pre-season that we’ve got everybody back. I think we’re all in good shape.” – David Moyes




Ruled out: Jonny, Neto


Might play: Jimenez


“We think we can use Raul.” – Bruno Lage on Raul Jimenez

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