2021/22 Premier League Press Conferences – GW31



MIGHT PLAY: Aaron Ramsdale (muscle), Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf)


AVAILABLE: Bukayo Saka (Covid)


“Bukayo [Saka] is feeling good, he’s training today hopefully. Aaron [Ramsdale] is a doubt. He’s still not feeling great and he’s hasn’t trained yet. We don’t know what he’ll be able to do on Monday.” – Mikel Arteta




RULED OUT: Marvelous Nakamba (match fitness)


MIGHT PLAY: Kortney Hause (abdominal)


AVAILABLE: Lucas Digne (hamstring)


“Lucas Digne has come through 90 minutes for France, which is a big positive. From the last time we had a squad to pick, we’re at full health. Marvelous Nakamba will play between 45-60 minutes for the reserves tonight, which is a big positive. Hopefully he can be back and have a full week leading into Tottenham and maybe be available to face them. It might be a bit too soon for him now.” – Steven Gerrard




RULED OUT: Josh Dasilva (hamstring)


AVAILABLE: Christian Eriksen (Covid)


“Everyone is in a good place. Everyone came back fresh as ever.” – Thomas Frank




RULED OUT: Adam Webster (groin), Adam Lallana (hamstring), Moises Caicedo (illness)


MIGHT PLAY: Alexis Mac Allister (knee)


“Adam Webster is still unavailable after a small setback but [he is] getting closer. Adam Lallana has been training, but he will miss this weekend too.” – Graham Potter




RULED OUT: Ben Mee (knee), Erik Pieters (knee), Nathan Collins (suspended), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf)


MIGHT PLAY: Matej Vydra (arm)


“Ben Mee is making progress but won’t be there yet. Erik Pieters is back on the grass but still a bit to go yet.” – Sean Dyche




RULED OUT: Callum Hudson-Odoi (back), Ben Chilwell (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Christian Pulisic (international travel)


AVAILABLE: Reece James (muscle), Andreas Christensen (muscle), Saul Niguez (Covid), Kepa Arrizabalaga (illness)


“Ready to go, yeah, Reece [James] is in the squad for tomorrow. Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and Ben Chilwell will miss the game tomorrow. Callum still has some lower back problems. Everybody else was in training.” – Thomas Tuchel




MIGHT PLAY: Wilfried Zaha (hamstring), Michael Olise (foot), James McArthur (knock), Nathan Ferguson (hamstring)


“He’s still in the medical room. We will have to wait for the next couple of days to see how he will start training. We are going to wait…we have until Monday. The good thing about Wilfried is that he doesn’t get injured too often.” – Patrick Vieira on Wilfried Zaha




RULED OUT: Andros Townsend (knee), Allan (suspended), Yerry Mina (thigh), Fabian Delph (thigh), Tom Davies (thigh)


AVAILABLE: Donny van de Beek (illness), Asmir Begovic (illness)


“The break has been positive for Dominic [Calvert-Lewin]. He was playing short of fitness. We’ve worked well with him over the last couple of weeks. Without putting undue pressure on him… he’s in a good place.

Anthony [Gordon] has started every game for me. I enjoy working with him, he’s a pleasure to work with for attitude and quality. It’s an area of the pitch where we do have competition but at the same time, Anthony has really stood up.” – Frank Lampard




RULED OUT: Patrick Bamford (foot), Junior Firpo (knee), Tyler Roberts (hamstring), Leo Hjelde (knee), Jamie Shackleton (calf),


MIGHT PLAY: Lewis Bate (knock), Illan Meslier (hip)


AVAILABLE: Raphinha (Covid), Kalvin Phillips (hamstring), Mateusz Klich (concussion), Diego Llorente (back)


“Raphinha had Covid & then over the break, we had some Covid here as well, a lot with the staff. Coming back now, we think everybody is free from those concerns, hopefully. We’re hopeful that this six-week prognosis that we gave [for Bamford] is accurate. I think the six weeks means that he can be available for the last two matches. We’ll have to wait and see.” – Jesse Marsch




RULED OUT: Jamie Vardy (knee), Wilfred Ndidi (knee), Ryan Bertrand (knee), Danny Ward (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Luke Thomas (hamstring)


AVAILABLE: Jonny Evans (hamstring), Marc Albrighton (groin), Harvey Barnes (ankle)


“He’s certainly not ready for [Manchester United]. We’ll assess it over the next week.” – Brendan Rodgers on Jamie Vardy




MIGHT PLAY: Trent Alexander-Arnold (hamstring), Naby Keita (knee)


AVAILABLE: Andrew Robertson (illness), James Milner (illness)


“Trent trained yesterday, parts, and will be in full training today. We have to see what we do with it. It will be tight for tomorrow but it’s possible. With our rehab and fitness department, it was really intense what he did before he trained with us. Physically he should be fine and now we have to make a decision about rhythm etc.” – Jurgen Klopp on Alexander-Arnold




RULED OUT: Ruben Dias (hamstring), Cole Palmer (match fitness)


“I don’t know how long, the doctor said: four-to-six weeks. Ruben [Dias] is on four now – the first of March he was injured – it’s now four weeks later, I think we need two weeks more.” – Pep Guardiola




RULED OUT: Edinson Cavani (calf)




RULED OUT: Callum Wilson (calf), Kieran Trippier (foot)


MIGHT PLAY: Federico Fernandez (muscle), Jonjo Shelvey (illness), Martin Dubravka (illness), Fabian Schar (groin)


“Fabian Schär came back having not trained or played but we’ve had a couple of sessions with him so we think he’ll be fit. Martin Dúbravka trained with us yesterday for the first time so we hope he’ll be fine.” – Eddie Howe




RULED OUT: Max Aarons (hamstring), Adam Idah (knee), Ozan Kabak (hamstring), Andrew Omobamidele (back)


MIGHT PLAY: Josh Sargent (ankle), Brandon Williams (ankle)


AVAILABLE: Christoph Zimmermann (eye infection), Grant Hanley (Covid)


“Ozan Kabak picked up a hamstring injury in his game against Italy (for Turkey) and he looks like he is going to be out long term. Brandon (Williams) and Max (Aarons) both got injured against Leeds. Brandon has been back on the grass, but the game might come too soon for him. Max felt his hamstring against Leeds and has been out since then.” – Dean Smith




RULED OUT: Lyanco (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Alex McCarthy (thigh), Will Smallbone (Covid), Oriol Romeu (stomach), Nathan Tella (groin)


“Alex McCarthy is back in light training with the goalkeepers. Will Smallbone had Covid, he’s back in training also. Oriol [Romeu] was a little bit out with some stomach problems but he’s back in. Nathan Tella is training with the team.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl




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


AVAILABLE: Ben Davies (knock)


“They are improving a lot. They are having important training sessions, not with the team but apart. I hope next week to have both players back with the team.” – Antonio Conte on Oliver Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon




RULED OUT: Kwadwo Baah (ankle)


AVAILABLE: Nicolas Nkoulou (match fitness)




RULED OUT: Angelo Ogbonna (knee)


MIGHT PLAY: Jarrod Bowen (Achilles), Vladimir Coufal (hernia)


AVAILABLE: Manuel Lanzini (knock)


“There’s a chance that both of them could make it. They both did a bit of training over the international break. I’m not quite sure both of them are match-fit and ready, that’s my only concern. We have to concentrate on this game first.” – David Moyes on Jarrod Bowen and Vladimir Coufal




RULED OUT: Raul Jimenez (suspended), Ruben Neves (knee), Ki-Jana Hoever (hamstring)


MIGHT PLAY: Nelson Semedo (hamstring), Pedro Neto (foot)









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