Aaron Ramsey (£7.1m) and Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) are both back in full training for the Gunners. Lucas Torreira (£4.7m) is suspended but Granit Xhaka (£5.2m) could be involved despite picking up an injury while playing for Switzerland. Unai Emery said: “We trained this morning and some players rested for giving them one day more to train with us tomorrow. Aaron Ramsey, Dinos Mavropanos. They can be ready for Monday. Xhaka also rested today, we’re going to wait tomorrow and Sunday but the first preview from the doctor is that he can progress to be ready for Monday.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.8m) and Alex Iwobi (£5.4m) are strong first-team contenders, particularly if Emery opts for 4-2-3-1 over a wing-back system. On his team’s set-up, the Arsenal boss explained: “We are in our process but our process is giving us, all the time, better combinations with the players and better combinations tactically. We are playing different systems with different players.”
Junior Stanislas (£6.0m), Dan Gosling (£4.7m) and Adam Smith (£4.3m) have all been back in training for the Cherries. Eddie Howe said: “We still have a few injury worries but Junior Stanislas, Adam Smith and Dan Gosling have trained. So we'll see if they're involved on Saturday.”
Steve Cook (£4.3m) remains out, while Andrew Surman (£4.6m) is not expected to feature again this season. Howe added: “Steve is slightly further behind. He is waiting for the all-clear from a specialist to start pushing his physical levels again. At the moment, he hasn’t been doing too much.”
Pascal Gross (£6.7m) has been ruled out of Brighton’s first DGW32 fixture at home to Southampton tomorrow. On Thursday, Chris Hughton explained: “Everybody has come back from international duty ok. Florin Andone (£5.0m) has trained today, Pascal Gross didn't. Davy Propper (£4.8m) is fine, we'll make a decision on Florin tomorrow, Pascal will miss the weekend.”
Sean Dyche confirmed
that Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) trained yesterday after picking up a calf problem on Iceland duty but said: “Obviously we have to monitor the fact he missed some training and missed the [international] game. We looked at him today (Thursday). He was on the grass, but we will have to make a call on that.”
Callum Paterson (£4.9m) has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Neil Warnock explained: “Paterson’s having an operation on Monday and should be out until pre-season. A big blow. The same day Matt Connolly
(£3.8m) was coming back training and he dislocated his ankle. Sol Bamba’s operation has been a success and the surgeon is delighted with that – Sol is recovering well and should be back in the summer. [Paterson] is not because of the plastic pitch [in Scotland’s game], but it’s one of those things. The same with Iceland, I was told Aron Gunnarsson
(£4.4m) wasn’t going to play on the plastic pitch then he did…and he played 90 minutes against France. I bent over backwards for Iceland last summer to allow him to play in the World Cup. I know it’s a new manager but I’m disappointed. We only counted 19 [fit players] the other day, but other clubs have injuries as well. Jazz Richards (£3.9m) I’m told should be joining us next Monday and be back involved.”
On Chelsea’s international stars, Maurizio Sarri complained: “We have players tired now. N’Golo Kante
(£5.0m), Olivier Giroud (£7.7m), Eden Hazard (£10.9m), all played three matches in seven days and now we are not in October, they are more tired. We need to recover. I had the whole squad only yesterday. I saw some were tired.”
On Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.2m), the Chelsea boss added: “We have to play eight matches in 28 days, so he will start in two or three matches. For every competition there is no difference, so I am really very confident with him. He has started a lot of matches. Not in the Premier League, but by chance – it is not a problem for him to start a Premier League match, he is ready. But I can only play with two wingers, we have Hazard, Pedro
(£6.4m), Willian (£7.1m). Probably in the near future he will start in 75 or 80 per cent of matches.”
On Wilfried Zaha (£6.9m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka
(£4.5m), Roy Hodgson said: “I hope [they'll be fit]. They've been out training today, but it's touch and go. We'll have to see how they are overnight.”
Joel Ward (£4.3m) will deputise for AWB if the first-choice right-back is not passed fit, while Max Meyer (£5.5m) and Jordan Ayew (£5.7m) represent alternatives to Zaha.
A hamstring injury rules Yerry Mina (£5.4m) out for the Toffees. Marco Silva said: “It's not good news [about Yerry Mina]. He has had some unlucky moments since he has been here. It's not the right moment to say how many weeks.”
Regarding a trio who had been carrying knocks – Lucas Digne (£5.2m), Andre Gomes (£5.4m) and Phil Jagielka (£4.3m) – the Everton boss added: “They are all OK. Lucas, we have to take care of him in some moments. We have one more session but he looks in condition to play.”
On his squad, Scott Parker said yesterday: “The boys have come back from international duty pretty well. Alfie Mawson (£4.8m) is progressing well and we probably need to get an Under-23 game under his belt. There are slight concerns about a couple of the lads who have come back from long distances and will probably only come into the building tomorrow morning; Tim Ream (£4.2m) and Jean-Michael Seri
(£4.9m), so we’ll need to look at them.”
Jan Siewert said of the Terriers’ injury situation: “We only have two players who are not fit for the weekend; Adama Diakhaby (£4.5m) and Demeaco Duhaney (£4.0m). They are working on the grass, but not ready yet.”
On Laurent Depoitre (£5.1m), the Huddersfield boss added: “He just came back to the full team today. He still had problems with his foot. It was his first training session today so he won't be able to play at the weekend but he's in a good way.”
Brendan Rodgers said of the Foxes’ international contingent: “They’ve all come back fit and well.” Harry Maguire (£5.4m) is suspended for GW32.
On the potential return of Marc Albrighton (£5.1m), the Leicester boss added: “I think he will be available at some point (before the end of the season). He’s worked very hard during his time out and he’s back on the pitch doing his rehabilitation. Hopefully he'll get some game time before the end of the season.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.6m), Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.9m) and Joe Gomez (£4.8m) were in full training for the Reds yesterday. Jurgen Klopp said: “We will see how they react. They needed treatment and rehab. Joe was back yesterday after 15 weeks. What a long time! But he looked really good. He is adapting back to football training after thousands of rehab sessions. They should be okay and train again today.”
Regarding the club’s international contingent, Klopp stated: “It's the first time that everyone came back healthy. It's good. Since yesterday we've had them all together.” On Mohamed Salah (£13.3m), who was not part of the Egypt squad over the break, the Liverpool boss added: “100 per cent he's benefited, getting freshness in this period. Not only for Mo, but the others who weren't involved on international duty.”
On team news, Pep Guardiola said: “Everybody came back fit. Fernandinho (£5.3m), Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m), Vincent Kompany (£5.2m), yeah, everyone is ok.”
Asked about the fitness of Benjamin Mendy (£6.1m), Guardiola added: “He is ready, he trained the last three days and the reaction in his knee is really good. Except Fabian Delph (£5.6m), everyone is fit. We have 21/22 players.”
On team news, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told
Manchester United’s official site: “We’ve had a very good training week. Some have been away and have come back okay. Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m) has just come back and there is only him who is out, along with Matteo Darmian (£4.6m) and Antonio Valencia (£6.4m). Those three are out. We’ll have to check on one or two of the others.”
The United boss unfortunately declined to report which players need checking. Marcus Rashford (£7.6m) – who posted
a personal training video yesterday – was picturedarriving at training today. Romelu Lukaku (£10.8m), Anthony Martial (£7.2m), Luke Shaw (£5.1m) and Nemanja Matic (£5.0m) are the other first-team players carrying yellow flags ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.
On the state of his squad, Rafa Benitez said: “The international break is always quite complicated for us, especially at this stage of the season. A lot of the national teams are playing for something and we have some knocks and little things, but Sean Longstaff (£4.5m) is the only player injured at the moment.”
On the head injury sustained by Fabian Schar (£4.7m) on Switzerland duty, the Newcastle boss added: “We take these things very, very seriously. He had a test over there and another test here this morning. He is fine and training lightly with the team.” The centre-back is suspended for GW32.
Danny Ings (£5.4m) returns to contention for the Saints but Shane Long (£4.7m) is ruled out. On Thursday, Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “So far everyone has come back okay. There's two players who I haven't seen yet, that's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.4m) and Moi Elyounoussi (£6.0m). I haven't heard about any injury troubles so I think everyone has returned fit and well. Shane Long is the only player unavailable. He's on his way back into team training but it's been gradual. Danny has trained for two weeks with the first team. Last week we had a friendly game against QPR and he played 45 minutes without any problems. We'll wait and see if he's an option for the starting XI. But I'm happy that he's back in training, it's important.”
Serge Aurier (£5.7m) is ‘being assessed’ after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty. Eric Dier (£4.7m) and Harry Winks (£5.5m) are also ruled out for Spurs’ first DGW32 fixture at a minimum. Mauricio Pochettino said: “Eric Dier is out. It's not a big issue. Him, Harry Winks and Serge Aurier are going to be out for the game.”
Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) might earn a rare start at the base of midfield if Pochettino continues with a 4-1-2-1-2 formation, though the Spurs boss could opt to play three centre-backs in a 3-4-1-2 set-up.
Jose Holebas (£4.8m) is available for the Hornets. Javi Gracia said
on Thursday: “Holebas is available for the next game. He has been a very important player for us this season. We hope he is as important in the rest of the games we have to play. His experience, his commitment is important for the team. His attitude and his ability to be demanding is the reason he is able to do this at 34. He is 35 in the summer but I am sure he will be important the next season as well.”
Tom Cleverley (£5.0m) is the only player unavailable in Gracia’s 26-man squad. The Watford chief added: “We'll see [Tom’s] evolution in the next weeks as he has a problem. The rest of the players are available and ready to play. Andre Gray (£5.9m) had a small problem last week after the last game, but he has been training all week. He is ready to compete as well.”
On rotation, Gracia stated: “We have a good squad. I can take different decisions and I try to choose the best option. We know to play against United will be very tough. We need to focus on that game. We have time to recover after the Fulham game and prepare for the semi-final. The most important game is the United one.” Having rotated heavily ahead of Watford's FA Cup quarter-final, Gracia could do the same again in DGW32 but which fixture he chooses to use his squad players in remains to be seen.
Samir Nasri (£5.1m) could miss out for the Hammers. At his press conference yesterday, Manuel Pellegrini said: “Samir has a problem in his calf this week so maybe he won't be able to play this weekend. I think the players with long injuries – Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko – continue with their recovery. Andy Carroll is continuing with medical tests. There is no other news.”
Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m) is set to battle it out with Javier Hernandez (£6.1m) for the No 9 spot in Pellegrini’s XI. The Mexican’s brace secured a 4-3 victory for West Ham against Huddersfield in BGW31.
Nuno Espirito Santo has no injury worries after the international break. The Wolves boss said: “Everybody is OK. They have had many miles, and there's special attention for some of those, but everybody is fit. That is the important part. Everybody is available.” Ryan Bennett (£4.1m) serves the second game of a two-match ban.
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