2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW21



RULED OUT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (international duty), Sead Kolasinac (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Takehiro Tomiyasu (Covid), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Covid), Albert Sambi Lokonga (Covid), Calum Chambers (Covid)


“The rest of the squad is in a good place, we tested the players and we don’t have any other news than the ones we had before.” – Mikel Arteta




RULED OUT: Tyrone Mings (suspension), Leon Bailey (muscle), Marvelous Nakamba (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Ashley Young (knock)


“Bailey will still be missing, and Nakamba. Young has got an outside chance, he has a little fracture in his toe, but he is pushing to be available. Other than that, we should have the whole group available, dependent on COVID testing.” – Steven Gerrard




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


MIGHT PLAY: Bryan Mbeumo (calf), Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring), Vitaly Janelt (Covid), Dominic Thompson (ankle)


AVAILABLE: Christian Norgaard (back from suspension)




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


MIGHT PLAY: Leandro Trossard (hamstring)


“We’re hopeful he’ll be available” – Graham Potter on Leandro Trossard




RULED OUT: Ashley Barnes (thigh), Josh Brownhill (Covid), Connor Roberts (illness)


MIGHT PLAY: Maxwel Cornet (thigh), Nick Pope (Covid), Jay Rodriguez (Covid)


AVAILABLE: Kevin Long (Covid)


“Kevin Long is back in after his Covid case and two others we’re waiting at the end of their Covid spell, so we’re hopeful that they come back in the next 24 hours. Josh Brownhill won’t because of the protocols. Ashley Barnes had a little minor setback so he’s still a bit of time away. Maxwel [Cornet] has made really good progress and has been on the grass today, so he comes back into the thinking. We’ll have to be careful and decide with him.” – Sean Dyche




RULED OUT: Reece James (hamstring), Ben Chilwell (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Timo Werner (Covid), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle), Andreas Christensen (back), Thiago Silva (hamstring)


“With Reece [James], he has a hamstring injury. Like always with muscle injuries, the exam is a bit later because the images are better if you wait a bit. The images will be later today, I guess, then we will know more about it.” – Thomas Tuchel




RULED OUT: James McArthur (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Conor Gallagher (illness)


AVAILABLE: Joachim Andersen (muscle), Wilfried Zaha (back from suspension)


“It’s one we’re unsure of and we’re tackling it on a day to day basis. The rest of the group, we will see what today brings. Hopefully, we’ll have clarity later on this evening.” – assistant manager Osian Roberts




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


MIGHT PLAY: Tom Davies (knee)


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


“The issue will be how long he can play if he starts the game or, if he comes from the bench, how much impact he can [have on] the game. We are considering all these things but he’s training well.” – Rafael Benitez on the returning Dominic Calvert-Lewin




“This is the fourth week since Patrick’s [Bamford] injury. Patrick is healthy but he hasn’t played for four weeks now. That puts into doubt the convenience of him playing without having done any football training sessions. Phillips and Cooper will return in March. Shackleton and Cresswell will come back towards the end of January or beginning of February.” – Marcelo Bielsa




RULED OUT: Wesley Fofana (leg), James Justin (match fitness), Caglar Soyuncu (hamstring), Ricardo Pereira (leg), Patson Daka (hamstring), Jonny Evans (hamstring), Jamie Vardy (hamstring), Kelechi Iheanacho (international duty), Daniel Amartey (international duty), Wilfred Ndidi (international duty)


MIGHT PLAY: Harvey Barnes (unspecified), Ryan Bertrand (knee), James Maddison (muscle)


“It depends, it could be the next three to four weeks (for Vardy). He wasn’t sure whether it was that (in a challenge with Joël Matip) or he felt the pain then. He ran on and soldiered on which he wanted to do, but the scan has shown up as that (a hamstring injury) so it could be three to four weeks.” – Brendan Rodgers




RULED OUT: Andrew Robertson (suspended), Thiago (hip), Takumi Minamino (muscle), Nathaniel Phillips (cheekbone), Harvey Elliott (ankle), Adrian (calf)


MIGHT PLAY: Divock Origi (knee)


“We have three new Covid cases in the team and a few more in the staff. I’m not [able to tell you who] because we still have to make the whole processes, get a proper PCR, all these kind of things. You will see the day after tomorrow on the teamsheet, it’s pretty clear then who is affected or infected.” – Jurgen Klopp




MIGHT PLAY: Kyle Walker (illness), John Stones (knock), Rodri (Covid)




RULED OUT: Paul Pogba (thigh)


MIGHT PLAY: Victor Lindelof (Covid), Eric Bailly (knock)


AVAILABLE: Bruno Fernandes (return from suspension)




RULED OUT: Christoph Zimmermann (ankle), Mathias Normann (pelvic)


MIGHT PLAY: Tim Krul (Covid), Lukas Rupp (Covid), Grant Hanley (shoulder), Andrew Omobamidele (back), Milot Rashica (groin), Max Aarons (Covid/injury), Dimitrios Giannoulis (foot), Teemu Pukki (Covid/injury), Todd Cantwell (Covid/injury)




RULED OUT: Kyle Walker-Peters (suspended), Mohammed Salisu (suspended), Moussa Djenepo (international duty)


MIGHT PLAY: Alex McCarthy (hamstring), Lyanco (Covid), Che Adams (Covid), Jack Stephens (Covid), Will Smallbone (calf), Tino Livramento (knee)




RULED OUT: Steven Bergwijn (calf), Cristian Romero (hamstring), Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring)


AVAILABLE: Giovani Lo Celso (calf)


“Giovani Lo Celso has recovered from his injury, and he’s available for the game against Watford. Romero, Bergwijn and Sessegnon are still out, but the good news for us is Giovani has recovered.” – Antonio Conte




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


AVAILABLE: Tom Cleverley (hamstring)




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


MIGHT PLAY: Aaron Cresswell (back)


AVAILABLE: Declan Rice (back from suspension)


“We don’t have any more numbers because it’s something you can’t really say much about. It changes daily. We’re completely unsure what’s going to happen, but today’s update would be we’re pretty clear.” – David Moyes’ Covid update




RULED OUT: Hwang Hee-chan (hamstring), Willy Boly (calf), Pedro Neto (knee), Jonny (knee), Yerson Mosquera (thigh)


MIGHT PLAY: Fabio Silva (Covid), Rayan Ait-Nouri (muscle)








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