2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW12



RULED OUT: Granit Xhaka (knee), Sead Kolasinac (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (knock), Thomas Partey (groin)


“It wasn’t pre-planned. We have to assess him and see how he is.” – Mikel Arteta on the early return of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from international duty.




RULED OUT: Douglas Luiz (hamstring), Morgan Sanson (knock), Trezeguet (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Marvelous Nakamba (groin), Danny Ings (Covid), Bertrand Traore (thigh)


“We are going to play slightly differently than what’s been before, I want to put my own stamp on things. That will take time, so you will see some changes in how we go about that at the weekend. I want my teams to be exciting to watch and entertaining. We will become a possession-based team. At the moment, the club is conceding too many goals so it is quite clear that we need to tighten up, be more organised and harder to play against.” – New manager Steven Gerrard




RULED OUT: David Raya (knee), Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring), Mads Bech Sorensen (knee), Josh Dasilva (hip)


MIGHT PLAY: Mathias Jensen (Covid), Shandon Baptiste (shoulder), Mathias Jorgensen (muscle), Yoane Wissa (ankle)




RULED OUT: Robert Sanchez (suspended), Enock Mwepu (muscle), Danny Welbeck (thigh), Steven Alzate (ankle)


AVAILABLE: Dan Burn, Aaron Connolly


“Jason [Steele] trains really well every day, at a high level and always does well when he comes in. The improvement since I’ve been here is incredible. As a player, he’s been fantastic in how he’s stepped up.” – Graham Potter confirming Jason Steele will replace Robert Sanchez in goal




RULED OUT: Dale Stephens (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Ashley Barnes (knock)


AVAILABLE: Aaron Lennon


“Maxwel [Cornet] was a longer journey, so he’s back in later today, ready for tomorrow. [Aaron Lennon] is good [after illness]. Barnesy’s got a little niggle, so we’ll have a look at him.” – Sean Dyche




RULED OUT: Mateo Kovacic (hamstring), Romelu Lukaku (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Timo Werner (thigh)


AVAILABLE: Mason Mount, Marcos Alonso


“Romelu [Lukaku] is very close to team training so hopefully he will join the squad on Sunday. Mason [Mount] is back in training, looking hungry and fresh and in a good spirit, but we need to evaluate. He did training sessions, looks good, but we need to see if he can start, if he can play 90 minutes. Timo [Werner] is in team training since yesterday, so let’s see. We have another training, then we will decide if it makes sense that he is maybe even in the squad or on the bench.” – Thomas Tuchel




RULED OUT: Nathan Ferguson (Achilles), James McArthur (hamstring)


AVAILABLE: Eberechi Eze, Joachim Andersen


“Eze is doing really well. He played two games and 90 minutes [in an in-house friendly] and has been training with the team. He will be part of the group that travel to Burnley. Obviously he’s a talented player but he’s still a long way to go from his best. We need to remind ourselves that he will need time to return to what he was because of the injury. He will get there.” – Patrick Vieira




RULED OUT: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh), Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot), Mason Holgate (suspended), Yerry Mina (hamstring), Andre Gomes (calf), Tom Davies (knee)


“All of them are progressing well but not ready yet. Doucoure is a metatarsal injury, so that is something that has a timeframe. I think one week, two weeks maximum. Dominic, at least two or three weeks.” – Rafael Benitez




RULED OUT: Patrick Bamford (ankle), Robin Koch (pelvic), Luke Ayling (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Junior Firpo (match fitness), Jamie Shackleton (knock)


“They are not available for the game on Sunday. [They are progressing] positively. The evolution is controlled on a daily basis & I wouldn’t want to give you a date that won’t be met.” – Marcelo Bielsa on Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling




RULED OUT: Youri Tielemans (calf), James Justin (knee), Wesley Fofana (leg)


MIGHT PLAY: Marc Albrighton (knock)


“Most of the guys have come back okay. We had the issue with Youri [Tielemans] before he left, so that puts him out for a few weeks.” – Brendan Rodgers




RULED OUT: Roberto Firmino (hamstring), Joe Gomez (calf), Curtis Jones (eye), Naby Keita (hamstring), James Milner (hamstring), Harvey Elliott (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Andrew Robertson (hamstring), Jordan Henderson (knock)




“Sadio [Mane] is fine – painful but fine. Everybody who had a rib bruise knows it’s an annoying thing. But he looks fine. Robbo [Robertson] was lucky, we can probably say. It was the intensity of all the games he played probably, rather than anything else. He was smart enough to make the right decision, he went off early. So there’s a good chance that he can be involved. Bobby [Firmino], getting closer but not for the weekend. We’ll see, that will take a little bit longer still.” – Jurgen Klopp




RULED OUT: Kevin De Bruyne (Covid), Ferran Torres (foot)


MIGHT PLAY: Jack Grealish (knock), Phil Foden (knock)


AVAILABLE: Aymeric Laporte


“Jack [Grealish] is getting better after going to the national team. Phil Foden came back with a knock, a problem with his leg but is getting better. Jack, I don’t think so. Phil, we will see.” – Pep Guardiola




RULED OUT: Paul Pogba (thigh), Raphael Varane (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Luke Shaw (head), Edinson Cavani (tendon), Scott McTominay (illness)


“Paul [Pogba] is out still for a while, Raphael [Varane] is out for a while still. Apart from that, players will be coming back in the near future, some this weekend, some in the week.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer




RULED OUT: Paul Dummett (calf)


AVAILABLE: Martin Dubravka


“Dubravka played in midweek. Is he 100% fit? That remains to be seen, that’s his first game in a long, long time. So I’ve got a tough call to make there. The difficulty for the international lads is that some of them have been with us for a day, two days. We’ll have to get that balance right between who’s been here the whole time and who’s coming back.” – Eddie Howe




RULED OUT: Christoph Zimmermann (ankle), Sam Byram (lack of match fitness)


AVAILABLE: Ozan Kabak, Grant Hanley, Todd Cantwell




RULED OUT: Jack Stephens (knee)


AVAILABLE: Tino Livramento, Nathan Redmond, Armando Broja, James Ward-Prowse


“Not much different to the past. We have only Jack Stephens out. Everybody else is fit, everybody is on the pitch.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl




RULED OUT: Cristian Romero (thigh), Oliver Skipp (suspended)


MIGHT PLAY: Giovani Lo Celso (knock), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (knee)


“We have a few problems after the international break. Romero is injured. I spoke with the doctor and now it’s right to wait seven days, ten days to have another scan and to understand the time he will need to recover. Also, Giovani Lo Celso has a little problem and I’m not sure if he’ll be available. We’ll see for Sunday.” – Antonio Conte




RULED OUT: Juraj Kucka (suspension), Peter Etebo (thigh), Francisco Sierralta (hamstring), Christian Kabasele (hamstring), Ken Sema (knee), Kwadwo Baah (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Ozan Tufan (knock)




RULED OUT: Angelo Ogbonna (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Declan Rice (illness), Pablo Fornals (knock)


“We think surgery for Angelo will take place over the next couple of days and it’s really sad because he’s a great team player. His performances have been great.” – David Moyes




RULED OUT: Yerson Mosquera (thigh), Jonny (knee), Pedro Neto (knee)




“We don’t have too many players so I cannot put anyone under risk for a game. Raul arrived yesterday afternoon so he had time to rest and recover. He trained today so now we’re going to take the best decision for tomorrow.” – Bruno Lage


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