2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW18



RULED OUT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (internal club suspension), Sead Kolasinac (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Bernd Leno (groin), Gabriel Martinelli (cramp)


“We are good [re Covid]. We are waiting on more tests, which we’ll have this afternoon. We had a couple of [injury] issues in the week, we will train today and see how everyone is feeling.” – Mikel Arteta




RULED OUT: Leon Bailey (muscle), Bertrand Traore (thigh), Marvelous Nakamba (knee), Morgan Sanson (Covid), Keinan Davis (Covid), Anwar El Ghazi (Covid)


MIGHT PLAY: Ashley Young (knock)


“We have certain individuals missing for tomorrow’s game. Ashley Young is 50/50. We’re having to use more players for more games and more minutes because we’ve got some players missing with Covid. That puts more strain and stress on the players individually and you pick up more injuries on the back of that.” – Steven Gerrard




RULED OUT: Ashley Barnes (thigh)


MIGHT PLAY: Maxwel Cornet (thigh), Dale Stephens (Covid), Connor Roberts (illness)


It is only one and we think we have removed him from the situation very quickly” – Sean Dyche on how many positive Covid tests are amongst his playing squad




RULED OUT: Romelu Lukaku (Covid), Timo Werner (Covid), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Covid), Ben Chilwell (knee + Covid)


MIGHT PLAY: Kai Havertz (illness), Jorginho (back), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle)


AVAILABLE: Mateo Kovacic (Covid)


“No more positive Covid results at the moment. The lottery starts again tomorrow afternoon! We are happy in the moment that Kai [Havertz] has one negative result, so he was back in training. We have Jorginho a doubt for Sunday because he’s in pain. We have Ruben Loftus-Cheek a doubt because he’s in pain.” – Thomas Tuchel




RULED OUT: Patrick Bamford (hamstring), Daniel James (muscle), Rodrigo (heel), Junior Firpo (suspended), Kalvin Phillips (hamstring), Liam Cooper (hamstring), Pascal Struijk (knee), Jamie Shackleton (achilles)


AVAILABLE: Robin Koch (pelvic/illness)


“Shackleton and James are out. Koch is available.” – Marcelo Bielsa




RULED OUT: Virgil van Dijk (Covid), Fabinho (Covid), Curtis Jones (Covid), Nathaniel Phillips (cheekbone), Harvey Elliott (ankle), Adrian (calf)


MIGHT PLAY: Divock Origi (knee)


“We know now, in this moment, three players [Van Dijk/Fabinho/Jones] are probably not available. If they are false positive, and we realise that, we will say that. If in two hours, when the players arrive, we then have six, seven, eight more cases, then of course we cannot play. But in the situation like we have now, we can play and we would like to play.”– Jurgen Klopp




RULED OUT: Ferran Torres (foot)


MIGHT PLAY: Bernardo Silva (muscle), Kyle Walker (illness)


AVAILABLE: Joao Cancelo (back from suspension)




RULED OUT: Jamal Lewis (hamstring), Federico Fernandez (thigh), Paul Dummett (calf)


MIGHT PLAY: Allan Saint-Maximin (knock)


“He took a really nasty tackle. I don’t know if the injury is related to that tackle or more muscular. I’ve got no idea. I did try and speak to him when he came off but didn’t manage to get a clear communication.” – Eddie Howe on Allan Saint-Maximin




RULED OUT: Cristian Romero (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Emerson Royal (illness), Bryan Gil (illness), Sergio Reguilon (muscle)


AVAILABLE: Giovani Lo Celso (knock)


“Sergio [Reguilon] until today trained [individually] but he’s ready to have the training session with us. The player is comfortable. I hope that tomorrow he’s totally recovered, but today Sergio was happy. His feeling was good.” – Antonio Conte




RULED OUT: Rayan Ait-Nouri (groin), Hwang Hee-chan (hamstring), Yerson Mosquera (thigh + Covid), Fabio Silva (Covid), Jonny (knee), Pedro Neto (knee)


AVAILABLE: Raul Jimenez (back from suspension)


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