2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW8



Ruled out: Granit Xhaka (knee)


Might play: Gabriel Martinelli (minor knock)


“Unfortunately, he got injured last week. It’s a minor injury, we don’t know if he’s going to be available for Monday.” – Mikel Arteta on Gabriel Martinelli




Ruled out: Leon Bailey (thigh), Morgan Sanson (thigh), Trezeguet (knee), Keinan Davis (knee)


Might play: Emiliano Martinez (international duty), Douglas Luiz (international duty), Bertrand Traore (thigh)


“Unfortunately, Leon hasn’t ticked all the boxes for the medical department, we are hopeful that he will be back in training after the Wolves game.” – Dean Smith on Leon Bailey




Ruled out: Bech Sorensen (knee), Dasilva (hip), Baptiste (shoulder)


Fit: Kristoffer Ajer, Vitaly Janelt


“All the internationals came back well which is good. You always check the line-ups and cross your fingers that everyone comes back in one piece so that is extremely positive. Shandon Baptiste dislocated his shoulder [against West Ham] and is out. Kristoffer Ajer and Vitaly Janelt should be available.” – Thomas Frank




Ruled out: Danny Welbeck (thigh), Steven Alzate (ankle)


Might play: Enock Mwepu (groin), Yves Bissouma (knee), Adam Webster (thigh)


“He’s been training well, he’s chomping to get back on the pitch. We’ve just got to find the right moment for him, the team’s been doing well. We need to be careful with him but at the same time, he’s been training and is ready to help us.” – Graham Potter on Tariq Lamptey




Ruled out: Ben Mee (Covid), Dale Stephens (ankle)


Might play: Matej Vydra (minor knock), Charlie Taylor (minor knock), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (muscle), Connor Roberts (thigh)


Fit: Maxwell Cornet


“The only one we’ve got missing, not because of injury but because of Covid, unfortunately, is Ben Mee. He’s fine but he’s tested positive so he has to go through the protocols before he comes back in.” – Sean Dyche




Ruled out: Antonio Rudiger (back), Christian Pulisic (ankle), Thiago Silva (international duty)


Might play: Hakim Ziyech (headache)


Fit: Romelu Lukaku, Reece James, N’Golo Kante


“Antonio Rudiger came back injured from the national team, he is also not available. [Thiago Silva] played 90 minutes, he has 12 hours of travelling. That gives the answer maybe about his availability – he is not.” – Thomas Tuchel




Ruled out: Eberechi Eze (achilles), Nathan Ferguson (Achilles)




Ruled out: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh), Richarlison (knee), Fabian Delph (shoulder), Andre Gomes (calf)


Might play: Alex Iwobi (minor issue), Yerry Mina (international duty), Seamus Coleman (hamstring)


Fit: Lucas Digne


“The international break is an opportunity to bring back players. Alex Iwobi was training and [so were] Digne and Coleman – that is good news for us – they have started training with the team.” – Rafael Benitez




Ruled out: Patrick Bamford (ankle), Robin Koch (pelvic), Luke Ayling (knee)


Might play: Raphinha (international duty), Kalvin Phillips (calf)


“The options that he has to participate in the game on Saturday depends on whether he plays this final [Brazil] game tonight, how many minutes he plays, how he finishes the game after he has participated in it, how efficient the rest he can have in the next 36 hours is considering that a third of those will be spent flying, and if there’s any risk that the fatigue could cause injuries, then we won’t risk him. There are so many aspects to consider that I can’t offer you any certainties either way.” – Marcelo Bielsa on Raphinha’s availability




Ruled out: James Justin (knee), Wesley Fofana (leg), Wilfred Ndidi (hamstring)


Might play: Jonny Evans (foot), Jannik Vestergaard (knock)


“We’ve had a plan for him [Evans] this week. Unfortunately, it meant he wasn’t able to go away with his international team, but there was a plan to try and allow him to arrive into the game tomorrow. Hopefully, all being well, after the session today, it looks like there’s no other effects.” – Brendan Rodgers




Ruled out: Fabinho (international duty), Alisson (international duty), Thiago Alcantara (calf), Harvey Elliott (ankle), Curtis Jones (hip)


Fit: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota


“The decision we made is: the boys will not be here. They will go directly to Madrid [for Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League tie].” – Jurgen Klopp on Brazilian returnees Fabinho and Alisson.




Ruled out: Ferran Torres (foot), Gabriel Jesus (international duty), Ederson (international duty)


Fit: Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ilkay Gundogan


“[Ferran Torres] will be out two-and-a-half months to three months. Bone metatarsal. Zinchenko is back, Gundogan is back. The rest are okay.” – Pep Guardiola




Ruled out: Raphael Varane (groin), Edinson Cavani (international duty), Fred (international duty), Amad Diallo (thigh)


Might play: Marcus Rashford (shoulder), Harry Maguire (calf)


“With regards to Fred and Edinson, they played a full game this morning, half 1 it kicked off, so of course we’re not counting on them. We’ve got to give them the time to rest and recover” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer




Ruled out: Martin Dubravka (foot), Paul Dummett (calf)


Fit: Callum Wilson, Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey




Ruled out: Christoph Zimmermann (ankle), Sam Byram (thigh)


“Todd Cantwell is back in team training. All the players from internationals came back in a good mood. Milot Rashica was struggling with some knee problems but that all seems to be okay, and they seem to be all available.” – Daniel Farke




Ruled out: James Ward-Prowse (suspended), Che Adams (muscle), Jack Stephens (knee)


“We had Che Adams return from the internationals with a muscle injury – not too serious, but for this game on the weekend he is definitely out” – Ralph Hasenhuttl on Adams




Ruled out: Ryan Sessegnon (knock)


Might play: Giovani Lo Celso (international duty), Cristian Romero (international duty), Emerson Royal (international duty), Davinson Sanchez (international duty), Steven Bergwijn (ankle), Ben Davies (abdominal), Matt Doherty (knock)


“They are flying now. They are joining us tomorrow, and that will be the right moment to see how they are. The news we have is that they all finished the matches well, so it’s about recovering and then, together, we have to assess them and then decide.” – Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking about his South American internationals on Friday afternoon




Ruled out: Peter Etebo (thigh), Francisco Sierralta (hamstring), Christian Kabasele (hamstring), Nicolas Nkoulou (match fitness)


Might play: Joshua King (knee)




Might play: Ryan Fredericks (groin), Vladimir Coufal (groin)


“We’re probably like everybody else. We’ve probably got one or two injuries, one or two people coming back from international duty that we’re having to look after. If I did have [any confirmed players missing], I probably wouldn’t tell you anyway! We might have some people who are not available.” – David Moyes




Ruled out: Francisco Trincao (Covid-19), Yerson Mosquera (thigh), Jonny (knee), Pedro Neto (knee)




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