2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW20



RULED OUT: Rico Henry (hamstring), Christian Norgaard (suspension), Vitaly Janelt (Covid), David Raya (knee), Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring), Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen (hamstring), Charlie Goode (hamstring), Joshua Dasilva (hip)


MIGHT PLAY: Bryan Mbeumo (calf)




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


MIGHT PLAY: Leandro Trossard (hamstring), Joel Veltman (fatigue), Shane Duffy (Covid)


AVAILABLE: Yves Bissouma (back from suspension)


“He just had a tightness in his hamstring. [His availability for Chelsea] will depend on the recovery, so we’ll see how the next 24, 48 hours go. We’ll have to make a last-minute decision.” – Graham Potter on Leandro Trossard




RULED OUT: Ashley Barnes (thigh)


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


“Maxwel [Cornet] is on the grass, he’s a maybe but he’s had a muscle injury and COVID in between.” – Sean Dyche




RULED OUT: Ben Chilwell (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: N’Golo Kante (knee), Thiago Silva (hamstring), Kai Havertz (Covid), Timo Werner (Covid), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle)


“N’Golo [Kante] is very painful on exactly the same spot where he had his injury versus Juventus. Thiago [Silva] came off with hamstrings, hopefully he went out before it became an injury. From there we try to continue and find a new squad and strong squad on Wednesday. – Thomas Tuchel




RULED OUT: Wilfried Zaha (suspension)


MIGHT PLAY: James McArthur (hamstring), Christian Benteke (unspecified), Michael Olise (unspecified), Eberechi Eze (unspecified), Vicente Guaita (unspecified), Nathaniel Clyne (unspecified), and Luka Milivojevic (unspecified)




RULED OUT: Richarlison (calf), Andros Townsend (foot), Yerry Mina (calf)


MIGHT PLAY: Tom Davies (knee)


AVAILABLE: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh), Lucas Digne (illness)




RULED OUT: Patson Daka (hamstring), Caglar Soyuncu (hamstring), James Justin (match fitness), Wesley Fofana (leg), Harvey Barnes (knock), Danny Ward (knock), Ricardo Pereira (leg), Ryan Bertrand (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Jamie Vardy (hamstring), Jonny Evans (hamstring)


Patson [Daka] will be three weeks, Soyuncu will be out for three weeks and Ricardo Pereira will be six to eight weeks. That’s so frustrating for him with how hard he has worked. For the referee not to see that, it’s a fractured fibula and he’s lucky it’s not worse. Ryan (Bertrand) twisted his knee in the warm-up, which was disappointing.” – Brendan Rodgers




RULED OUT: Andrew Robertson (suspended), Nathaniel Phillips (cheekbone), Harvey Elliott (ankle), Adrian (calf)


MIGHT PLAY: Divock Origi (knee)


AVAILABLE: Virgil van Dijk (Covid), Fabinho (Covid), Curtis Jones (Covid), Thiago (Covid)


“The boys who had Covid are back – Fabinho, Virgil [van Dijk], Curtis [Jones] and Thiago. Thiago was the latest, he came back and trained first time yesterday with the team. We have one young player who is now isolating and two staff. Every morning when you come in, it’s a little bit like a lottery. You hope it’s all fine, then one case and ‘oof, OK’. That’s the situation. But apart from that, we are fine.” – Jurgen Klopp




RULED OUT: Ferran Torres (foot)


MIGHT PLAY: Kyle Walker (lack of fitness), Rodri (lack of fitness), John Stones (knock)




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




RULED OUT: 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




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


MIGHT PLAY: Lukas Rupp (Covid)




RULED OUT: Alex McCarthy (hamstring), Jack Stephens (Covid), Lyanco (Covid)


MIGHT PLAY: Nathan Tella (Covid)


AVAILABLE: Che Adams (thigh), Stuart Armstrong (calf), Adam Armstrong (calf)


“[Nathan] Tella has a chance to play. He has tested negative now and by then will have had a whole week out. We may see him on the bench. We invested a lot against West Ham and I must have a real look at how many changes I can make. I think every team will be thinking about substitutions.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl




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


MIGHT PLAY: Giovani Lo Celso (calf)


“I tried to give a rest to Harry and Son. Especially Harry because he plays every game but he is such an important player it is difficult to think about keeping him on the bench.” – Antonio Conte on managing the game time of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min




RULED OUT: Ben Foster (groin), Ismaila Sarr (knee), Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring), Christian Kabasele (knock), Peter Etebo (thigh), Kwadwo Baah (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Adam Masina (thigh)


AVAILABLE: Francisco Sierralta (hamstring)




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


MIGHT PLAY: Aaron Cresswell (back)


AVAILABLE: Ben Johnson (hamstring), Ryan Fredericks (groin)



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