Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m) is a slight doubt for GW37 after being substituted late on as Arsenal beat Valencia 3-1 last night, though the centre-half is believed
not to have picked up an injury. With a top-four spot out of Arsenal’s hands and a commanding lead in their Europa League semi-final, Unai Emery could ring the changes for Brighton’s visit. The Gunners chief did not provide any injury updates at his post-Valencia press conference.
Alex Iwobi (£5.4m) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.6m) could return after being benched for the UEL first-leg clash. Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) may begin at left-back, or in a three-man central defence depending on Emery’s choice of formation. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m) is suspended so Carl Jenkinson (£4.5m) or Stephan Lichtsteiner
(£4.5m) could earn a start on the right-hand side of defence. A hamstring injury has ruled Aaron Ramsey
of playing for the Gunners again ahead of his summer switch to Juventus.
The Cherries have several injury worries ahead of Spurs’ visit tomorrow. Eddie Howe said: “We have doubts over David Brooks (£5.1m), Dan Gosling (£4.7m), Adam Smith (£4.3m) and Dominic Solanke (£4.7m), so we have stretched resources at the moment. But we are trying to look at that as a positive in the respect that we have given opportunities to other players to see how they perform at this level. We are unsure who is going to be fit out of that group.”
On injuries in his squad, Chris Hughton said: “Davy Propper (£4.8m) and Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) will miss the weekend. Propper is back out and running again, Izquierdo won't be tested ahead of Sunday with his knee.”
Phil Bardsley (£4.2m) and Robbie Brady (£5.4m) are back in contention for the Clarets, while Peter Crouch (£4.4m) could also feature in GW37. Of the veteran striker, Sean Dyche said: “I think Crouchie will come back into the thinking. He trained last week and looked good and felt good. He certainly wants to be involved. It was me, really, who didn’t involve him (last weekend).”
On Harry Arter (£4.9m) and the state of his squad, Neil Warnock said: “I don’t think he’ll make it. He’s done some training this week but unless there’s quite an improvement today [I don’t think so]. We’ve got a couple of knocks and we’ll see how they are in general.” Kenneth Zohore (£4.6m) trained this week, Josh Murphy (£4.8m) could play “a major part” in the final two gameweeks after being omitted from the GW36 squad and Bobby Reid (£5.2m) has “been unlucky” not to get more game time due to the form of Victor Camarasa
(£4.4m). Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m) is set for a late fitness test.
Eden Hazard (£10.9m) came on in the 61st
minute away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night as Chelsea drew 1-1. On benching his star man, Maurizio Sarri explained: “Eden was on the bench because, in the last period, he played 10 matches in a row. It's impossible to play that many. For us, this was match No 59 I think, and Hazard also played eight matches in the national team. For a player, it's impossible to play 70-75 matches in a season. And so sometimes, Hazard – like all the other players – needs to rest. Or not to rest [fully], but not to play for 90 minutes. This is the first reason. The second is that Eden usually is able to change the match from the bench, and so, for me, it was better to start with Willian and then to try, in the last 30-35 minutes, with Eden. But for Eden, it's impossible to play 75-80 matches in a season.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) impressed in the Europa League semi-final first leg but was forced off late on. Post-match, Sarri said of the midfielder: “Loftus-Cheek is a very important player. He improved a lot during the season. When he is at the top, physically, he's a very important player. He's always in trouble with his back, and it's not easy for him to have training with consistency. But in this match he was really fit. He played a very good match. He had a cramp in the last 10 minutes so he called me for a substitution.”
Christian Benteke (£6.3m) is a major doubt for GW37. Roy Hodgson said: “We've picked up one [injury]. Unfortunately Christian took a nasty blow to the head 10 or 15 minutes before the end of the game with [Everton's] Michael Keane so he’s suffering from that blow. We’ll see how it goes but he's very unlikely for Saturday. We haven’t ruled him out for next week. He's damaged his cheekbone which has needed treatment that has kept him out of training this week.”
Marco Silva confirmed on Thursday that Yerry Mina (£5.4m) and Theo Walcott (£5.9m) are back in full training for the Toffees.
Denis Odoi (£4.4m) is out of GW37. Scott Parker said: “The only one out is Denis, who has a concussion from the weekend. He's on a protocol now to try and get back for our last game.”
On team news, Jan Siewert said: “Aaron Mooy (£5.0m) is back in training. Zanka (£4.4m) has a cold. Adama Diakhaby (£4.5m) trained this week, so there could be a possibility that he plays. Everyone else is available.”
Brendan Rodgers did not report any injury worries at his press conference on Thursday. The Foxes travel to play Man City on Monday. On his and Leicester’s ambitions, Rodgers said: “I wanted to come in and finish as high as we possibly could. I said to the players that we really need to focus on the performance [against Arsenal], and don’t worry about winning, losing or drawing – just work on how we play. This is an important period for us to bed in all the concepts. Everything I would want for the team, we were good at. There was a spell in the second half where we respected Arsenal with their players and quality and they had a little bit of the ball, even with 10 men. There are elements in that period that we can get better in managing it. We’ll finish as high as we can.”
Asked about the fitness of Roberto Firmino (£9.4m) and whether the forward will start against Newcastle, Jurgen Klopp said: “We will see.”
Naby Keita (£7.1m) will play no further part for Liverpool this season. Klopp explained: “It was really unlucky. Bad news. High-grade adductor injury. The tendon is ruptured. It will keep him out for at least two months. Bad news for us and for Guinea with the Africa Cup of Nations coming up. Not nice.” On Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain (£6.4m), the Liverpool boss added: “Perfect that he's back. We will see. For sure he will be in the squad and we will decide who starts.”
On facing Newcastle, Klopp stated: “A tough one. They are in a very good moment. They have won quite a few games in recent weeks and are in a comfortable situation. They changed formation after they played us [earlier in the season].”
Kevin De Bruyne (£9.6m) is not available for the Citizens, while Pep Guardiola did not reveal whether or not Fernandinho (£5.3m) will make GW37. The City boss said: “I don’t know [whether De Bruyne will play again this season] – next Monday he’s not available. I don’t know [whether Ferna is available]. I didn’t speak with him. They are still in the gym.”
Leroy Sane (£9.3m) could keep his place if Bernardo Silva (£7.6m) is required in midfield again, though Gabriel Jesus
(£9.9m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m) will be pushing for starts.
On what he’s expecting from Leicester, Guardiola explained: “Open, high pressing, good buildup, quality in the middle. They’re going to attack. You saw what happened when we went to Celtic [in the Champions League in 2016]. He [Rodgers] played against Arsenal and 11vs11 they were better. It’s a really good team.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer declined to give an update on players such as Marcus Rashford
(£7.3m) and Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m). The Manchester United boss was intentionally vague this morning, saying: “We’ve got a few niggles and injuries. We’ve still got two days, today and tomorrow to see who gets on the pitch. [We] missed a few last week, it’s been a strange week, no midweek games, no midweek press conference. But it’s a week we needed because we were disappointed after the result against Chelsea, I think the boys felt it was a chance gone. But we’re still in with a chance. Yes we need some help, Arsenal and Chelsea played in Europe so you never know. That’s my focus – the next two games and the players’ focus.”
The “few” missing last week were Phil Jones (£5.1m), Chris Smalling (£5.6m) and Jesse Lingard
(£6.7m), with the latter pair set for assessment
ahead of GW37. Asked specifically about Rashford and Lukaku, OGS added: “There’s a few [issues], no point giving you the inside [information] – you get that from whoever you get it from anyway.” Rashford was pictured
in training this week, while Kristof Terreur reports
that Lukaku aggravated a hamstring issue in GW36.
Asked if David de Gea (£5.7m) will start at Huddersfield, Solskjaer said: “I would think so, yeah. Sergio Romero
(£4.9m) was injured yesterday so didn’t train, he tweaked his knee. David’s been training well this week.”
Ayoze Perez (£6.2m) and Jamaal Lascelles (£4.7m) are available for GW37. Rafa Benitez said: “Ayoze is fine, Lascelles is fine. DeAndre Yedlin
(£4.5m) has a groin problem but the rest of the players (who played last week) are fine.”
On facing ex-club Liverpool, Benitez stated: “I was clear in (last week's) interviews – we are professional and have to do our job. My relationship with the city of Liverpool, the club and the fans is there. At the same time, I have been to play Liverpool with Chelsea, with Newcastle, and we have to do our job. We have 52,000 in our stadium and it is the last home game of the season. Everyone understands we are professionals – for everyone here, we want to win the game.”
Maya Yoshida (£4.1m) and Jannik Vestergaard (£4.6m) are sidelined for the Saints. Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Maya is not able to play. Jannik Vestergaard’s season is over, he has a small issue. The rest are okay, we have no other injured players. Mario Lemina (£4.7m) is an option for the weekend and Stuart Armstrong
(£5.1m) too, who didn’t play from the beginning against Bournemouth. It’s not an easy decision for me so let’s have a look.”
On his selection, the Austrian boss added: “We will change the team a little like we did in the last game; we have a few players who have shown that they want to play and start from the beginning. It’s not necessary to rotate five or six players just because we are safe but for one or two, they will look at this match and the final game as a chance to get in the starting eleven.”
Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t yet ruled Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m) out of the trip to Bournemouth despite the defender suffering a nasty-looking head injury against Ajax. The Spurs boss explained: “Today at 12pm was an appointment with a specialist, we still didn't receive the report. But after the game was good, he was more relaxed, I think he felt better. Now we need to receive the report from the specialist that the appointment was one hour and 20 minutes ago. We don't know [if he will be available]. We still need to wait. That's going to be a decision for the medical staff. We need to wait. We cannot guess now. We hope it's not a big issue, we hope he can be available as soon as possible.” A post-presser update
from Spurs states that Vertonghen “did not suffer concussion” but will “undertake a brief period of rehabilitation before returning to training”.
Serge Aurier (£5.7m), Erik Lamela (£5.9m), Harry Winks (£5.5m) and Harry Kane (£12.6m) remain out. Asked if his injured contingent could be back in action for the return leg against Ajax or in GW38, Pochettino said: “I don't know. It's going to be difficult, yes. The only one who for sure has the possibility to be available is Heung-min Son (£8.9m), who was suspended, but the rest we don't know.”
Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) returned from injury off the bench midweek, though may not be risked as Spurs go into the second leg of that Champions League semi-final trailing 1-0. Danny Rose (£5.8m) played in midfield in GW36, with Pochettino’s selection difficult to gauge as the manager attempts to use his squad around two competitions.
Troy Deeney (£5.8m) returns from suspension for the Hornets, while Etienne Capoue
(£4.8m) will not be available for the trip to take on Chelsea. Javi Gracia said: “Capoue has a problem in his groin. He is not training with the team and he won’t be available. I think it’s a little problem that doesn’t allow him to play this weekend, but for the next game I think it’s possible. In the last games we had Troy suspended and now we have this problem with Capoue. We have a good squad that is able to compete. Troy has been really important all the season and to have him available is good news for us.”
On the midfielder’s replacement, Gracia added: “We have players for the next game who are ready. We have Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.4m), we have Tom Cleverley (£5.0m) playing in this position. We have other options to play there. It is not a problem. All of them are ready and though they need the more games to achieve their best for the team, I think they are ready. We need to find the best balance.”
Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m), Samir Nasri (£4.9m) and Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) are back in contention for the Hammers. Manuel Pellegrini said: “Lanzini, Cresswell and Nasri are all ready. We will see tomorrow about the starting XI and who will go on the bench, but for the first week of the season maybe, we have different options for starting and on the bench.”
this afternoon that he has a fully-fit squad for Gameweek 37.
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