We’ve got information on the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) team news in our second pre-Gameweek 18 press conference summary.
You can catch up on major updates from Press Thursdays – featuring Brentford, Burnley, Leeds United And Southampton – Via this link, although the Southampton-Brentford match was later postponed in Thursday night’s announcement.
For more detailed information, check out the Expected Lists page (updated Friday evening) and the injury and ban recap as well as the Az and Neale video here:
And for other help and tips, from weekly scouting picks to what the team reveals, head over to the full Gameweek 16 guide below:
Jurgen Klopp said it’s very likely Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho And Curtis Jones They all returned positive Covid tests, explaining their absence from Thursday’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United.
“We know now, at the moment, three players [Van Dijk/Fabinho/Jones] Maybe not available. If it’s a false positive, and we’re aware of it, we’ll say so.
“If in two hours, when the players arrive, we have six, seven, eight more cases, then of course we can’t play. But in the situation we are in now, we can play and we want to play.” – Jurgen Klopp
The match saw a return to action for Roberto Firmino (hamstrings), he’s got 16 minutes off his first act since Gameweek 10.
Divock Origi (Knee) may not be available for the trip to join Tottenham Nathaniel Phillips (cheekbone), Adrian (calf) and Harvey Elliott (Ankle) On the sidelines.
Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner And Romelu Lukaku All tested positive for the coronavirus before and missed Everton’s game on Thursday, but the outbreak at the club, for now, appears to have been contained.
Kai Havertz He also fell ill before week 17 of gaming, but has since returned with negative results.
“No more positive [Covid] Results at the moment. The lottery starts again tomorrow afternoon! We are happy at the moment that Kai [Havertz] He had negative results, so he returned to training. Let’s see.” – Thomas Tuchel
Jorginho (returned and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Ankle) is skew through injury, so the new fit again Mateo Kovacic And N’Golo Kanti He could soon be brought back into the starting line-up at Wolves.
“We have doubts about Jorginho for Sunday because he is in pain. We have doubts about Ruben Loftus-Cheek because he is in pain. Do we know they can travel with us tomorrow? No. I don’t know if they can play on Sunday. Maybe we start with N’Golo [Kante] and Matthew [Kovacic]. Would this be fair? No, is this possible? I don’t know, but maybe we do it because… who else? – Thomas Tuchel
Pep Guardiola’s press conference has been canceled due to “inconclusive” Covid testing and the City chief is awaiting a second PCR test to confirm the results.
From what we already know, Ferran Torres (Foot) He’s still injured and there is little concern about a well-chosen midfielder Bernardo Silva, which was withdrawn as a precaution due to their 3-0 first-half advantage over Leeds United.
“He had muscle tremors. He didn’t hurt anything but he was a little uncomfortable.” – Pep Guardiola on Tuesday
Kyle Walker He missed his third match in four matches, this time due to his lack of fitness after falling ill recently.
Joao Cancelo Coming back from suspension for the trip to Newcastle, however.
internal comment service, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang “Not available to choose” according to Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal’s only major injury belongs to Mr. Kolasinac (ankle), though Gabriel Martinelli He looked to leave Wednesday’s win over West Ham United in some annoyance; Arteta put this into a “cramp” right after full time.
“We are good [re Covid]. We are waiting for more tests, which we will be doing this afternoon. We had two [injury] In a week, we will train today and see how everyone feels.” – Mikel Arteta
Reserve goalkeeper Bernd Leno (Thigh) Still off.
Antonio Conte says so Sergio Reguilon He is “feeling good” and will be back in team training tomorrow, having previously trained alone after the injury.
“Sergio has trained separately until today but he is ready tomorrow for a training session with us and the player is comfortable to return to training with us. I hope he will recover fully tomorrow but Sergio was happy today. His feeling was good.” – Antonio Conte
We still don’t have the names of the Tottenham players who have been affected by the coronavirus (we know that Emerson Royal, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Brian Gill, Ben Davies And Oliver Skip They were not spotted in the last training session before the Tottenham training ground closed), but some of those who tested positive are now back on the lawn.
This does not mean that these individuals will start on Sunday, as Antonio Conte warned in his pre-match pressure.
“When the players come back from Covid, you definitely have to pay a lot of attention. You can’t give them the same labor cost as the other players. You have to pay attention. If you want everything too soon, you risk injuries. In this case you have to take a risk and at the same time pay Great attention.They need time to get fit.
“Also, before choosing a starting lineup, you have to take all this into account. For example, to start with one player and after 60 or 70 minutes change it with one player with Covid. In this case, it is important to be patient and take the right risk. One of us picks the best players, the best starting line-up, but they need some time to be in shape, to be fit and not risk injury. Otherwise it will be a disaster.” – Antonio Conte
Steven Gerrard says so Ashley Young She is “50/50” for tomorrow’s match against Burnley due to an unspecified problem.
Leon Bailey (thigh), Bertrand Traore (thigh) and Marvelous Nakamba (The knee) is still on the injury list, with Nakamba ruled out for 12-16 weeks after undergoing surgery.
Keenan Davis, Morgan Sanson And Anwar El Ghazi They all missed Tuesday night and won’t be participating this weekend either. While it has not been officially announced that the trio has tested positive for the coronavirus, Gerrard confirmed that some players are missing due to illness.
“We have to use more players for more games and more minutes because we lost some players due to COVID. This puts more stress and pressure on the players individually and you have more injuries in the back of that.
“We are at this time of year where there are, of course, more colds and bugs, and there is the paranoia that they may not have had a positive test yet, are they going to have a positive test in a few days. Do you then take them out of the environment to protect others? ?
“There are all kinds of fears and situations happening at the moment. I only hope in the Premier League and the forces that take the player’s well-being into consideration.” – Steven Gerrard
Thursday’s defeat against Liverpool caused a “bad” hamstring injury to the left back Jamal Lewis And his ways to Alain Saint-Maximin.
“He coped really badly. I don’t know if the injury was related to this interference or it was muscular. I have no clue. I tried to talk to him when he left but he didn’t manage to get clear contact.” Eddie Howe on Alain Saint-Maximin
Federico Fernandez (Thigh) You will miss the magpie feast period, along Paul Dumet (hurry).
Callum Wilson It was only comfortable Thursday night and a few others can get a similar treatment this weekend.
“We felt today was the moment when we could give Callum a break and protect him. I know the player well and his history. I know he is important to the team and the club. It was just trying to manage his record.
“We had a lot of players on the field [v Liverpool] We were tired from the fact that we were without the ball for so long. We’ll need to take turns and make sure the team… is as fresh as possible.” — Eddie Howe
Raul Jimenez He came back from suspension following his red card at Manchester City.
Since Wednesday night, Bruno Lagg added Ryan Ait-Nouri (thigh) and Hwang Hee-chan (hamstring) to the injury list johnny (knee), Yerson Mosquera (muscle) and Pedro Netto (knee).
Mosquera has also tested positive for Covid, just like Fabio Silva, although the husband is waiting for the results of the PCR test to confirm the result.
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