2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW23



RULED OUT: Granit Xhaka (suspended), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (chest), Thomas Partey (suspended), Mohamed Elneny (AFCON), Nicolas Pepe (AFCON)


MIGHT PLAY: Calum Chambers (neck), Cedric (hip), Bernd Leno (back)


“We didn’t want to play him, we had to push him because Cedric and Calum [Chambers] were out and we didn’t have any full-backs. He didn’t have any training sessions with us, and still was willing to play.” – Mikel Arteta on playing Takehiro Tomiyasu on Thursday night




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


MIGHT PLAY: Ezri Konsa (hip)


AVAILABLE: John McGinn (back from suspension)


“There’s nothing in terms of illness, assuming everyone comes through the testing process this morning. We’ve got a doubt with Ezri Konsa, which you’ll know from the previous game. He left the pitch with a severe whack on his hip, so we’ll make a late decision on that. Besides that, we’re in good health.” – Steven Gerrard




RULED OUT: David Raya (knee), Frank Onyeka (AFCON), Charlie Goode (hamstring), Joshua Dasilva (hip)


MIGHT PLAY: Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen (hamstring)




RULED OUT: Shane Duffy (ankle), Adam Lallana (hamstring), Enock Mwepu (hamstring), Yves Bissouma (AFCON), Jeremy Sarmiento (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Lewis Dunk (knee), Jason Steele (back)


“Shane Duffy won’t make Sunday, and Adam Lallana will be the same. If Lewis Dunk comes through the final session on Saturday. “He could be in the squad.” – assistant manager Billy Reid




RULED OUT: Ashley Barnes (thigh), Maxwel Cornet (AFCON)


MIGHT PLAY: Charlie Taylor (knock), Erik Pieters (Covid), Matej Vydra (hernia), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Covid), Nathan Collins (Covid), Dwight McNeil (Covid)


“We’ve got a few who are beginning to come back, we’re looking a bit healthier. Barnesy is still getting over his injury but he’s beginning to get on the grass with us now. Charlie Taylor is touch and go, got a knock on his foot last weekend. It has been a long list but we have different people returning. Maxwel [Cornet] is still away until at least Wednesday. We had 16 out there today, we should be fine.” – Sean Dyche




RULED OUT: Reece James (hamstring), Ben Chilwell (knee), Edouard Mendy (AFCON), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring), Andreas Christensen (Covid)


“He is back on the pitch but is in individual training, so far away from being part of the squad in Sunday’s game. Nobody is coming back, it’s the same squad.” Thomas Tuchel on Reece James




RULED OUT: Wilfried Zaha (AFCON), Cheikhou Kouyate (AFCON), James McArthur (hamstring), James Tomkins (knock)


AVAILABLE: Jordan Ayew (back from AFCON)




RULED OUT: Tom Davies (knee), Alex Iwobi (AFCON), Fabian Delph (unspecified)


MIGHT PLAY: Allan (illness), Jarrad Branthwaite (hamstring)


“We’ve got a more or less fully fit squad. They’re all on the training pitch. Fabian Delph [is out] and just the long-term injuries.” – Duncan Ferguson




RULED OUT: Patrick Bamford (foot), Junior Firpo (muscle), Kalvin Phillips (hamstring), Adam Forshaw (muscle), Liam Cooper (hamstring), Jamie Shackleton (achilles), Charlie Cresswell (shoulder)


MIGHT PLAY: Tyler Roberts (muscle), Joe Gelhardt (ankle)


AVAILABLE: Diego Llorente (back from suspension),


“Forshaw and Firpo have muscular injuries and Bamford has a new injury at the bottom of his foot. He’s overcome his muscular problems. It’s likely that for the game on the weekend we’re going to count on Tyler Roberts, Joe Gelhardt and Rodrigo Moreno.” – Marcelo Bielsa




RULED OUT: Jamie Vardy (hamstring), Kelechi Iheanacho (AFCON), Wilfred Ndidi (AFCON), Wesley Fofana (leg), Ricardo Pereira (leg), Jonny Evans (hamstring), Ryan Bertrand (knee), Timothy Castagne (thigh)


AVAILABLE: Daniel Amartey (back from AFCON)


“It’s a clean bill of health. [James Justin] came through it really well so that was great news for us. Thus far, everyone is okay. [Daniel Amartey] has come back. He’s worked today and he’ll be available for the weekend.” – Brendan Rodgers




RULED OUT: Mohamed Salah (AFCON), Sadio Mane (AFCON), Naby Keita (AFCON), Divock Origi (knee), Thiago (hip), Harvey Elliott (ankle)


MIGHT PLAY: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (foot), Joel Matip (muscle)


“Joel [Matip’s substitution] was not tactical, we thought something was not 100% right. We had Ibou and Joe on the bench, so that’s why we changed it. The rest, as far as I know, were only knocks.” – Jurgen Klopp




RULED OUT: Riyad Mahrez (holiday), Oleksandr Zinchenko (knock)


AVAILABLE: Nathan Ake (knock)


“He has holiday for a week. After African Cup (of Nations), he [has] permission for [a] week off. He’ll come back next week.” – Pep Guardiola on Riyad Mahrez




RULED OUT: Paul Pogba (thigh), Eric Bailly (AFCON), Luke Shaw (hamstring), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (illness), Victor Lindelof (personal reasons)


MIGHT PLAY: Jadon Sancho (personal reasons), Edinson Cavani (muscle), Scott McTominey (back), Ronaldo (neck)


“He [Lindelof] said to me that he right now needs to stay at home. He doesn’t want to leave his wife and family on their own. We agreed that he will not be training today and also not be on duty tomorrow for the game. Jadon [Sancho] didn’t train because he still asked to be able to not train. He attended the [family] funeral on Wednesday. It’s still affected him quite a lot. Right now, I’m not sure if he will be available.” – Ralf Rangnick




RULED OUT: Callum Wilson (calf), Isaac Hayden (knee), Federico Fernandez (thigh)


MIGHT PLAY: Matt Ritchie (knee), Ciaran Clark (Covid)


AVAILABLE: Javier Manquillo (back from suspension)


“We’ve had Dwight Gayle and Jeff Hendrick return to training this week. Matt Ritchie has a knee problem so we’ll have to assess him. We’re still missing the long term injuries in Callum Wilson, Federico Fernández and Isaac Hayden.” – Eddie Howe




RULED OUT: Tim Krul (shoulder), Christoph Zimmermann (match fitness), Mathias Normann (pelvic), Billy Gilmour (ankle), Lukas Rupp (hamstring), Andrew Omobamidele (back)


AVAILABLE: Kenny McLean (Covid), Max Aarons (dead leg), Brandon Williams (cramp)


“Tim [Krul] is out. He hurt his ACL joint. He went to see a consultant yesterday, so I am waiting for the feedback from our medical staff to give me some time on it.” – Dean Smith




RULED OUT: Tino Livramento (knee), Will Smallbone (calf), Alex McCarthy (hamstring), Moussa Djenepo (AFCON)


MIGHT PLAY: Theo Walcott (Covid), Mohamed Elyounoussi (Covid)


“Tino [Livramento] and Will Smallbone are the guys who are not training with the team, everybody else is training. So we have, in the moment, 20 outfield players on the pitch. Alex [McCarthy] is still out, not available in the moment after his injury. He still takes time to come back.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl




RULED OUT: Son Heung-min (muscle), Cristian Romero (hamstring)


AVAILABLE: Eric Dier (muscle)


“We are trying to manage a couple of situations, fresh injuries. Eric Dier had a good training session for us and is available. Sonny [Heung-min] not yet. We have to wait. He’s recovering very well but I’m sure we have to wait until after the international break.” – Antonio Conte




RULED OUT: Imran Louza (AFCON), Adam Masina (AFCON), William Troost-Ekong (AFCON), Ismaila Sarr (knee), Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring), Peter Etebo (thigh), Kwadwo Baah (ankle)




RULED OUT: Angelo Ogbonna (knee),


MIGHT PLAY: Tomas Soucek (Covid), Said Benrahma (back from AFCON), Mark Noble (knee), Kurt Zouma (hamstring)


“We’ve had COVID and we have COVID like everybody else. We have injuries as well, which all has an effect on the players you have available. Tomáš [Soucek] has come back from COVID – we’re not quite sure yet if he’s ready.” – David Moyes




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


MIGHT PLAY: Marcal (knock)


AVAILABLE: Ruben Neves (Covid)


“The next step is for him to win confidence and be comfortable. For now, we go day-by-day, then we can push for more. Yesterday, for the first time he did the whole session. I’m very happy.” – Bruno Lage on Jonny





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