2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW26



RULED OUT: Gabriel Martinelli (suspended)


AVAILABLE: Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf), Bernd Leno (Covid)


“The doubt was Tomiyasu which has still not been perfect but he’s trained the last few days so he’s in contention and we can use him. We know that Gabby’s [Martinelli] out; the rest of the players are OK.” – Mikel Arteta




RULED OUT: Ezri Konsa (suspended), Bertrand Traore (hamstring), Marvelous Nakamba (knee)


“Nothing’s changed from last week. So, we’re still missing Bertrand Traore and Marvelous Nakamba. Besides that, they’re all available.” – Steven Gerrard




RULED OUT: Christian Eriksen (match fitness), Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Ivan Toney (calf)




RULED OUT: Lewis Dunk (suspended), Enock Mwepu (hamstring), Jeremy Sarmiento (hamstring)


“Everyone came through okay, it’s just Enock (Mwepu) and Jeremy (Sarmiento) at the moment – so it will be pretty much the same on Saturday.” – Graham Potter




RULED OUT: Matej Vydra (hernia), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (appendicitis), Charlie Taylor (knock)


MIGHT PLAY: Wout Weghorst (hip)


“We’re expecting him [Weghorst] to be OK. He trained just a light training session today but the incredibly professional person that he is, I think he’ll be fine. Charlie Taylor, Johann [Gudmundsson], making good progress, trained today, but unlikely to figure at the weekend. Vyds is just behind them but making good progress.” – Sean Dyche




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


AVAILABLE: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (knock)


“We will push for the League Cup final. He has injured ligaments. Champions League [on Feb 22] seems to be very, very close, and we’ll try hard for the League Cup final.” – Thomas Tuchel on Mason Mount




RULED OUT: Conor Gallagher (can’t face parent club), Nathan Ferguson (hamstring)


AVAILABLE: Cheikhou Kouyate (AFCON)


“Everything has been good, training was OK. No injuries outside of Nathan Ferguson.” – Patrick Vieira




RULED OUT: Demarai Gray (hip), Ben Godfrey (hamstring), Abdoulaye Doucoure (groin), Yerry Mina (thigh), Fabian Delph (thigh), Tom Davies (thigh)


AVAILABLE: Vitalii Mykolenko (Covid)


“Mykolenko is back. Demarai Gray won’t quite make this weekend, we’re hopeful for the following week. Ben Godfrey is getting closer, and hopefully, he’s on schedule at least, which means maybe 2-3 weeks and Fabian Delph is similar. Yerry Mina is a bit longer; he’s just starting the process.” – Frank Lampard




RULED OUT: Patrick Bamford (foot), Kalvin Phillips (hamstring), Liam Cooper (hamstring), Leo Fuhr Hjelde (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Stuart Dallas (knock), Junior Firpo (hamstring),


“Dallas is recovering, he hasn’t been discarded from Sunday’s game. Kalvin [Phillips] and Cooper continue their normal processes, the objective is that they get to March [and are] available. The medical calculation was 12 weeks and that hasn’t changed.” – Marcelo Bielsa




RULED OUT: Jamie Vardy (hamstring), James Justin (muscle), Wesley Fofana (leg), Jonny Evans (hamstring), Ryan Bertrand (knee), Timothy Castagne (thigh)


MIGHT PLAY: James Maddison (illness), Caglar Soyuncu (knee)


“I’ve spoken to him and he felt a bit funny in the game, so we didn’t want to take any risks with that. We just took him off and he went to see the doctors. He just felt unwell.” – Brendan Rodgers on James Maddison




MIGHT PLAY: Diogo Jota (ankle)


“No, he will not be available [for Norwich] but the extent is still not clear. We need further assessment. It’s something with some ligaments around the ankle. Pretty much everything is possible in the moment – it will go really quick [or] the other way around, unfortunately. We have to wait. Everybody saw the pictures with him in the boot: that’s a normal procedure, even when you just feel something there, they’ll put you in that boot.” – Jurgen Klopp on Diogo Jota




RULED OUT: Jack Grealish (shin)


MIGHT PLAY: Gabriel Jesus (knock), Cole Palmer (muscle)


“I am not a doctor, I am sorry. The shin, the symptoms seem much less than last season (at Villa). I didn’t talk with the doctor but we will see. I don’t think he will be ready for tomorrow but hopefully for the next weeks.” – Pep Guardiola on Jack Grealish




RULED OUT: Edinson Cavani (groin), Tom Heaton (unknown), Mason Greenwood (other)


MIGHT PLAY: Raphael Varane (illness), Nemanja Matic (shin), Eric Bailly (ankle)


“As it seems, Edinson Cavani will still be out. He is still having some problems with his groin and also some with his stomach. Apart from that, everybody else seems to be available.” – Ralf Rangnick




RULED OUT: Kieran Trippier (foot), Callum Wilson (calf), Javier Manquillo (ankle), Matt Ritchie (knee), Federico Fernandez (thigh)


AVAILABLE: Jamaal Lascelles (illness)


“He had his operation yesterday and that went well so that was good news. We aim to have him back before the end of the season but it’s a significant injury which is a big blow for us.” – Eddie Howe on Kieran Trippier




RULED OUT: Adam Idah (knee), Tim Krul (shoulder), Andrew Omobamidele (back), Jakob Sorensen (knee), Lukas Rupp (hamstring)


AVAILABLE: Ozan Kabak (illness)


“Adam [Idah] will be out for the season, so that’s a big blow for us.” – Dean Smith




RULED OUT: Lyanco (hamstring), Nathan Tella (groin), Alex McCarthy (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Nathan Redmond (ankle), Jan Bednarek (thigh), Mohamed Elyounoussi (ankle)


“So far, nearly everyone is available in the sessions. Nathan Tella is still out, he had a little bit of a setback, so it takes one more week I think to recover. [Nathan Redmond] is back in training, that’s it.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl




RULED OUT: Japhet Tanganga (knee), Oliver Skipp (groin)


AVAILABLE: Eric Dier (thigh), Steven Bergwijn (calf)


“We have recovered Steven Bergwijn because three days ago he had a little problem in his calf.” – Antonio Conte




RULED OUT: Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Peter Etebo (thigh), Kwadwo Baah (match fitness)




RULED OUT: Angelo Ogbonna (knee), Arthur Masuaku (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Kurt Zouma (illness)


“He’s better, but it’s taken him a couple of days to get over it. He had a quite bad illness. He’s trained the last couple of days so I’m hoping he’ll be available. We want him to concentrate. We’re hoping that we can keep him at those levels of performances.” – David Moyes on Kurt Zouma




AVAILABLE: Joao Moutinho (calf), Willy Boly (calf), Pedro Neto (knee), Yerson Mosquera (thigh)


“Every player is fit and ready to join the team. We have Joao [Moutinho], Pedro [Neto], Hwang [Hee-chan], everyone.” – Bruno Lage


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