2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW9



Ruled out: Granit Xhaka (knee)


Might play: Bukayo Saka


“He hasn’t trained yet, we have to assess him today and see how he is. It’s down to the doctors and himself to see how he recovers and how he is feeling between today and tomorrow.” – Mikel Arteta speaking about Bukayo Saka on Thursday




Ruled out: Trezeguet (knee)


Might play: Keinan Davis (match fitness)


Fit: Leon Bailey, Bertrand Traore, Matty Cash


“Bertrand Traore and Leon Bailey have come back from 4/5 weeks out, so we’re building up their fitness. They’ll be in the squad but I’ll have to assess where they are. They’ve both got a chance,” – Dean Smith




Ruled out: Mads Bech Sorensen (knee), Josh Dasilva (hip), Shandon Baptiste (shoulder), Yoane Wissa (ankle)


Might play: Vitaly Janelt


“Yoane Wissa will be out for a few more weeks with an ankle injury. The others are closer and will be assessed before the game.” – Thomas Frank




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


Might play: Adam Webster (thigh)


Fit: Yves Bissouma


“Adam [Webster] has been training this week, he’s had a good week. There’s an outside chance he’ll be available.” – Graham Potter




Ruled out: Dale Stephens (ankle)


Might play: Matej Vydra (back), Charlie Taylor (minor knock), Ben Mee (Covid)


“We are going to have to make a decision on all three of them [Vydra, Taylor, Mee] because they are close. It is a three-game week so we will have to make a decision on them. We are hopeful on those three but we will have to make a call on it tomorrow.” – Sean Dyche, speaking on Thursday




Ruled out: Romelu Lukaku (ankle), Christian Pulisic (ankle), Timo Werner (thigh)


“No big news for Romelu [Lukaku] & Timo [Werner], the thing I can say is that they are out for tomorrow, they will be out for the Soton game. Then we will see what’s next, I don’t think that it makes any sense to go into speculation about how long.” – Thomas Tuchel




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


Fit: Wilfried Zaha


“Wilf [Zaha] is good – he started training with the team a couple of days ago. He will be in the squad tomorrow. We are looking good.” – Patrick Vieira




Ruled out: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh), Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot), Fabian Delph (shoulder), Andre Gomes (calf), Yerry Mina (hamstring)


Fit: Richarlison


“How long he will be out, we need to see. It depends on how he reacts to the treatment. We will not see him for four or five weeks, could be?” – Rafael Benitez on Dominic Calvert-Lewin




Ruled out: Patrick Bamford (ankle), Robin Koch (pelvic), Luke Ayling (knee), Kalvin Phillips (calf), Junior Firpo (muscle)


Fit: Raphinha


“Ayling and Bamford are not going to be here for the next two games. Raphinha has acclimatised back to his return to England. Koch still has at least one month to go. Kalvin [Phillips] is healthy but he hasn’t competed for three weeks, if he played on Saturday it would be far too quick.” – Marcelo Bielsa




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


Might play: Timothy Castagne (hamstring), Ayoze Perez (illness), Youri Tielemans (back), Jonny Evans (back)


“He had a spasm towards his lower back. He looks fine. He’s on a recovery work today with the medical team, but he looks fine.” – Brendan Rodgers on Youri Tielemans




Ruled out: Thiago Alcantara (calf), Harvey Elliott (ankle)


Might play: Curtis Jones (hip)


“Curtis [Jones] will train today with us completely, he did already parts of training before we went to Atletico. He should be in contention. Thiago, not, he is not in team training yet, will not be this week for sure.” – Jurgen Klopp




Ruled out: Ferran Torres (foot)


“The team is in really good condition” – Pep Guardiola




Ruled out: Raphael Varane (thigh), Amad Diallo (thigh)


Might play: Bruno Fernandes (knock), Anthony Martial (knock), Fred (hamstring), Marcus Rashford (dead leg)


“Games like Wednesday night will always bring knocks and bruises. Bruno [Fernandes] might be a doubt but he’s doing everything he can to be fit. I’m not going to rule anyone out from Sunday but I’m not sure if everyone’s going to be fit.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer




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




Ruled out: Christoph Zimmermann (ankle), Todd Cantwell (lack of match fitness), Billy Gilmour (ineligible to face parent club)


“I can confirm he needs ankle surgery that will take place on Monday coming and think he will be out for 6 weeks or so.” – Daniel Farke on Christoph Zimmermann




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


Fit: Che Adams


“There’s still Jack Stephens missing. Che Adams is back in training and is available for the weekend. There are no injuries there otherwise, so I can pick from a big squad.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl




Ruled out: Ryan Sessegnon (knock), Matt Doherty (knock)


Fit: Steven Bergwijn, Ben Davies




Ruled out: Peter Etebo (thigh), Francisco Sierralta (hamstring), Christian Kabasele (hamstring)


Might play: Kiko Femenia (hip), Nicolas Nkoulou (match fitness)


Fit: Joshua King (knee)


“He trained with us all the week, he is available.” – Claudio Ranieri on Joshua King




Might play: Vladimir Coufal (groin), Alex Kral (illness)


Fit: Ryan Fredericks, Mark Noble




Ruled out: Willy Boly (knock), Yerson Mosquera (thigh), Jonny (knee), Pedro Neto (knee)


Might play: Raul Jimenez (tiredness)


Fit: Francisco Trincao



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