2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW16



RULED OUT: Sead Kolasinac (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Bernd Leno (groin)


FIT: Gabriel Martinelli


“He’s trained today and he’s feeling much better after we lost him for the last game. Hopefully, he will be available to play. The rest is OK.” – Mikel Arteta on Emile Smith Rowe




RULED OUT: Leon Bailey (muscle), Bertrand Traore (thigh)


MIGHT PLAY: Morgan Sanson (illness), Trezeguet (match fitness),


AVAILABLE: Danny Ings, Matt Targett


“We have a couple of kicks from yesterday, but we think they’re all going to pull through. Morgan Sanson wasn’t feeling too well but we’ve had good news and he’ll be back in to train. Obviously, Bertrand and Leon (Bailey) will be missing.” – Steven Gerrard




RULED OUT: Ivan Toney (Covid), Sergi Canos (suspended), David Raya (knee), Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring), Mathias Jorgensen (muscle), Josh Dasilva (hip)




RULED OUT: Ashley Barnes (thigh)


MIGHT PLAY: Phil Bardsley (knock), Ben Mee (shoulder), Maxwel Cornet (thigh), Dale Stephens (Covid)




RULED OUT: Ben Chilwell (knee), Mateo Kovacic (Covid), N’Golo Kante (knee), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Jorginho (back)


“Trevoh Chalobah, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell are out. [Jorginho] did the last two training sessions and I think he will do what he did the last games: play through pain and do what’s needed.

“Reecey will start as a wing-back and we’ll find another [option in midfield].” – Thomas Tuchel




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


MIGHT PLAY: Joachim Andersen (hamstring)


AVAILABLE: Joel Ward (back from suspension)




RULED OUT: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh), Tom Davies (knee), Yerry Mina (calf)


MIGHT PLAY: Allan (knock)


AVAILABLE: Salomon Rondon (hamstring)


“Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] is getting closer. Yerry [Mina] is not available. Rondon is available, has been training. Allan has done today half a training session. Davies, maybe next week he will start with the team.” – Rafael Benitez




RULED OUT: Patrick Bamford (hamstring), Rodrigo (heel), Kalvin Phillips (hamstring), Liam Cooper (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Pascal Struijk (hip), Robin Koch (pelvic/illness)




RULED OUT: James Justin (knee/match fitness), Wesley Fofana (leg), Ricardo Pereira (thigh)


AVAILABLE: Youri Tielemans (calf)


“We’ve had some positive (COVID-19) cases, some are generally not well, so we haven’t taken the risk. We will have seven (players) unavailable. (Who they are is) something you’ll see in time… It’s been (over the) last few days really. In general, you’re starting to see a few more cases and, for us, it’s always about the health of our players.” – Brendan Rodgers




RULED OUT: Nathaniel Phillips (cheekbone), Curtis Jones (eye), Harvey Elliott (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Diogo Jota (knock), Roberto Firmino (hamstring)


AVAILABLE: Joe Gomez, Naby Keita


“Diogo [Jota] felt something after the last Premier League game, didn’t train yet. We will see – maybe he can train today. Then he is an option. If not, then not.” – Jurgen Klopp




RULED OUT: Ferran Torres (foot)


MIGHT PLAY: Phil Foden (ankle), Gabriel Jesus (knock), Nathan Ake (back)


“He still has these niggles but every time he’s better and better. He will dictate and say how he feels after games. But in December, with this amount of games and knowing Phil, he will want to fight to be there. We will see how feels.” – Pep Guardiola on Phil Foden




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


MIGHT PLAY: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (knock), Nemanja Matic (illness), Edinson Cavani (tendon), Anthony Martial (knee)


AVAILABLE: Luke Shaw (head)


“We have Aaron [Wan-Bissaka], who received one or two knocks [in midweek]. Nemanja Matic has a bit of a cold. I wouldn’t call it ‘flu, he is negative, tested for COVID, and I am still hoping he can be available but we have to wait.” – Ralf Rangnick




RULED OUT: Paul Dummett (calf)


MIGHT PLAY: Ryan Fraser (hamstring), Fabian Schar (ribs)


AVAILABLE: Ciaran Clark (back from suspension)


“We’re looking OK within the squad in the sense of Covid, we have testing today but a clean bill of health at the moment. A couple of knocks and niggles, [Fabian] Schar had a rib problem earlier in the week, he missed a bit of training, but hopefully will be OK.” – Eddie Howe




RULED OUT: Brandon Williams (can’t face parent club), Milot Rashica (groin), Christoph Zimmermann (ankle), Sam Byram (lack of match fitness), Mathias Normann (pelvic)


AVAILABLE: Todd Cantwell


“We have got a couple of players who have picked up knocks and we have got a couple of Covid-19 related issues as well, so while I can’t give you any names there are four players that were are waiting on news for.” – Dean Smith




RULED OUT: Oriol Romeu (suspension), Mohamed Salisu (suspension), Alex McCarthy (hamstring), Fraser Forster (hamstring), Stuart Armstrong (calf)


MIGHT PLAY: Che Adams (muscle)


AVAILABLE: Jan Bednarek


“Che Adams stopped in the session yesterday. We will have a look what is with him, if he can play or not, we will see. Jan Bednarek is back available. Stuey Armstrong at the moment is not part of the squad.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl




RULED OUT: Ben Foster (groin), Ismaila Sarr (knee), Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring), Adam Masina (thigh), Peter Etebo (thigh), Francisco Sierralta (hamstring), Kwadwo Baah (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Ken Sema (knee)




RULED OUT: Kurt Zouma (hamstring), Angelo Ogbonna (knee), Ben Johnson (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Aaron Cresswell (back)




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


AVAILABLE: Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Marcal, Rayan Ait Nouri



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