2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW19

ARSENAL

 

RULED OUT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (internal club suspension), Sead Kolasinac (ankle), Pablo Mari (Covid), Calum Chambers (Covid), Albert Sambi Lokonga (Covid)

 

MIGHT PLAY: Takehiro Tomiyasu (muscle), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (illness)

 

We didn’t pick [up] any injuries. Before the game, as you know, we lost Calum [Chambers] with Covid. We will be tested every day and see how it goes. Touch wood!” – Mikel Arteta after Tuesday’s EFL cup win over Sunderland

 

ASTON VILLA

 

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

 

MIGHT PLAY: Ashley Young (knock), Morgan Sanson (Covid), Keinan Davis (Covid), Anwar El Ghazi (Covid), Jed Steer (Covid)

 

I don’t really know what position we’re going to be in, come the game (vs Chelsea). At the moment we’ve got enough to play and I expect the game to go ahead. I hope the game goes ahead. It’s a game we’re very much looking forward to. But in terms of the Covid picture and the situation here at Villa, it’s changing on a daily basis, so it’s very unpredictable and hard to call.” – Steven Gerrard

 

BRENTFORD

 

RULED OUT: David Raya (knee), Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring), Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen (hamstring), Charlie Goode (hamstring), Joshua Dasilva (hip)

 

MIGHT PLAY: Rico Henry (hamstring)

 

AVAILABLE: Ivan Toney (Covid)

 

“It was just a minor thing. The hamstring got a bit tight so I didn’t wanted to take any chances with him being a key, key player for us.” – Thomas Frank on Rico Henry

 

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

 

RULED OUT: Yves Bissouma (suspension), Lewis Dunk (knee), Jeremy Sarmiento (hamstring)

 

MIGHT PLAY: Adam Webster (calf), Danny Welbeck (hamstring)

 

AVAILABLE: Shane Duffy (back from suspension), Joel Veltman (facial), Pascal Gross (Covid), Neal Maupay (Covid)

 

CHELSEA

 

RULED OUT: Timo Werner (Covid), Ben Chilwell (knee)

 

MIGHT PLAY: Kai Havertz (illness), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle), Romelu Lukaku (Covid), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Covid), Hakim Ziyech (calf), Andreas Christensen (back)

 

AVAILABLE: Jorginho (back)

 

If I understand it right, we need a negative test first of all and we had that for Romelu [Lukaku], Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and [Ben] Chilwell today. Ben will not be involved in the Aston Villa game but the other two can be on the pitch tomorrow if they test negative.” – Thomas Tuchel

 

CRYSTAL PALACE

 

RULED OUT: Nathan Ferguson (achilles)

 

MIGHT PLAY: James McArthur (hamstring)

 

“We had a couple of cases in our football club in the last couple of days. We try our best to prevent the situation but it is worrying because the evolution for the next couple of days we don’t know how it will go.” – Patrick Vieira

 

LEICESTER CITY

 

RULED OUT: James Justin (knee/match fitness), Wesley Fofana (leg), Harvey Barnes (unspecified), Danny Ward (unspecified)

 

MIGHT PLAY: Jamie Vardy (hamstring), Caglar Soyuncu (hamstring), Ricardo Pereira (knock), Jonny Evans (hamstring), Timothy Castagne (match fitness)

 

AVAILABLE: Kelechi Iheanacho (Covid), Jannik Vestergaard (Covid), Ademola Lookman (illness), Ayoze Perez (illness)

 

“We couldn’t take Vardy off. Probably the last half-hour, his hamstring felt a big tight so he couldn’t really move. He’d usually by our number one (penalty taker). Ricardo [Pereira] came off after a poor challenge and Soyuncu felt his hamstring so we had to bring him off.” – Brendan Rodgers

 

“Definitely not Harvey [Barnes]. Wardy [Danny Ward], no. Jonny [Evans], question mark. Timothy [Castagne], yep, but whether he’s available or not, because he’ll just be returning to training, we’ll have to wait and see.” – Brendan Rodgers

 

 

MANCHESTER CITY

 

RULED OUT: Ferran Torres (foot)

 

MIGHT PLAY: Kyle Walker (illness)

 

“He [has] not [been] fit, that’s why he was not involved.” – Pep Guardiola on Kyle Walker’s recent absence

 

MANCHESTER UNITED

 

RULED OUT: Paul Pogba (thigh)

 

AVAILABLE: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (knee), Raphael Varane (hamstring), Victor Lindelof (chest), Edinson Cavani (tendon), Juan Mata (illness), Nemanja Matic (illness), Anthony Martial (knee)

 

“Today we have 25 players, so quite apart from Paul Pogba, he’s the only one who’s still missing out, everybody was on board. The development of the last week was extremely positive. As far as I could see today in training, they are all in good shape. From what I saw, I can say most, if not all, of them might be available.” – Ralf Rangnick

 

NEWCASTLE UNITED

 

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

 

MIGHT PLAY: Emil Krafth (illness), Javier Manquillo (illness), Jonjo Shelvey (muscle)

 

“I don’t think it will be too long. It’s not a major injury but it’s enough to keep him out of the festive period and some games in early January. Hamstring strains are usually 3-4 weeks minimum. I think that’s probably where he’ll be.” – Eddie Howe on Jamal Lewis

 

NORWICH CITY

 

RULED OUT: Milot Rashica (groin), Grant Hanley (shoulder), Christoph Zimmermann (ankle), Andrew Omobamidele (back), Mathias Normann (pelvic)

 

MIGHT PLAY: Christos Tzolis (Covid), Lukas Rupp (Covid), Pierre Lees-Melou (Covid), Josh Sargent (Covid), Ozan Kabak (calf)

 

“He [Kabak] is back to fitness now, but to ask him to play two games in three days is going to be too much. Andrew Omobamidele will be out for another ten days with the back stress injury.” – Dean Smith

 

SOUTHAMPTON

 

RULED OUT: Alex McCarthy (hamstring)

 

MIGHT PLAY: Che Adams (thigh), Stuart Armstrong (calf), Fraser Forster (hamstring), Adam Armstrong (calf)

 

“The Covid situation changes every day. We will test today again, so far we are OK. The injury situation is also getting better, we have Stuey Armstrong and Che Adams back in a session.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

 

RULED OUT: Cristian Romero (hamstring), Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring)

 

“There were no injuries after West Ham. Romero and Sessegnon are still injured and, until now, no bad news. No, we don’t have new cases of COVID. All the players are back in training.” – Antonio Conte

 

WEST HAM UNITED

 

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

 

MIGHT PLAY: Aaron Cresswell (back), Michail Antonio (Covid)

 

AVAILABLE: Ben Johnson (hamstring), Vladimir Coufal (back from suspension), Ryan Fredericks (groin)

 

“The answer is I don’t know. He has no symptoms and I have to say that he is double vaccinated. For all those things hopefully we might have him back, yes.” – David Moyes on whether Michail Antonio will recover from Covid to face Southampton