We’ve got all the key team news and injury updates from all the Premier League pre-match press conferences ahead of Double Gameweek 36.
It’s a big round, containing 16 matches, 12 teams playing twice and no blanks. Five managers spoke to the media on Thursday – those of Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford – and you can read all the headline news from those pressers via this link here.
GAMEWEEK 36 TEAM NEWS – FRIDAY
Owners of centre-back Ben White are no closer to finding out whether he’ll participate against Leeds United, having missed last weekend’s win because of a hamstring issue. Out for the final weeks are Kieran Tierney (knee) and Thomas Partey (thigh).
“Ben White is still in contention, he needs to train tomorrow to make sure that he is available to play. For the rest, no news, everybody should be OK and ready to play.” – Mikel Arteta
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne‘s withdrawal on Wednesday night was tactical, rather than injury-related. He’s waiting for news on Kyle Walker (ankle) and John Stones (muscle) but Aymeric Laporte (cramp) should be fine.
Saturday comes too soon for N’Golo Kante (knock) and Jorginho (knock), alongside long-term absentees Callum Hudson-Odoi (achilles) and Ben Chilwell (knee). Illness ruled Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley out of Sunday’s defeat to Everton but could make the squad this time.
“For N’Golo [Kante], it comes a little bit too early, the match. Jorgi is out as well. Callum [Hudson-Odoi] is still out, Ben Chilwell is still out. That’s pretty much it, the rest is available.” – Thomas Tuchel
Harry Maguire (knee) is set to return from a three-game absence for the Red Devils’ trip to Brighton. Meanwhile, there are doubts over Eric Bailly (back) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (knock), whilst Marcus Rashford has been ruled out because of bronchitis.
Also missing is Jadon Sancho (tonsilitis), Luke Shaw (leg) and Paul Pogba (calf).
“Harry [Maguire] is back in training. He trained the whole week, since the [first] or the second day after the Brentford game. So, he will be available for tomorrow and be part of the group.” – Ralf Rangnick
Jurgen Klopp has an almost fully-fit squad for Liverpool’s Double Gameweek matches against Tottenham Hotspur (H) and Aston Villa (a). It’s just Roberto Firmino (foot) causing a headache.
“He’s back in training, so now we have to make a decision about that. The foot thing didn’t let him do a lot, we had to let it settle. Now we have to make sure he has a few proper sessions. It might be possible that it makes more sense to train through the weekend, a big step closer for Tuesday, for example.”
Richarlison was withdrawn with cramp during the latter stages of the win over Chelsea. Additionally, Frank Lampard believes that the Brazilian forward’s recent ankle strain is still manageable. Donny van de Beek (groin), Andre Gomes (groin), Ben Godfrey (thigh), Andros Townsend (knee) and Nathan Patterson (ankle) remain injured.
“Richarlison is a bit sore from the ankle he twisted at Liverpool, that’s been around since then, but hopefully he will be fine. We’ve had a pretty good week, a bit of recovery time for the lads. A couple of little niggles but hopefully we’ll be the same as we were.”
Wilfred Ndidi and Ryan Bertrand both have knee injuries but Jamie Vardy played all 90 minutes of the defeat to Roma, as he regains match fitness.
Popular cheap midfielder Jacob Ramsey is “a big doubt” for Saturday’s trip to Burnley. According to Steven Gerrard, this is one of several issues that have developed over the week. Leon Bailey was taken off early against Norwich City last week with an ankle problem, whilst Kortney Hause (abdominal) remains unavailable.
“[We’ve had] a few disappointing situations that we’re going to have to deal with in the next 24 hours. Leon Bailey won’t make the game. He left the pitch last week and unfortunately this game will come too soon. We had an issue in training with young Jacob Ramsey as well, so we’re analysing his situation and he’s a big doubt as we stand.”
However, Morgan Sanson (knock) is back in training and will return to the matchday squad.
An unexpected boost was revealed in this week’s training pictures, showing both Callum Wilson (calf) and Kieran Tripper (foot) back with the first team. There’s even “a good chance” that Wilson makes the squad at Manchester City, with Trippier slightly further behind in his recovery.
Elsewhere, Ryan Fraser (hamstring) likely won’t be risked again this season and there’s uncertainty over Fabian Schar (foot).
“We hope he’ll be back available but he’s not trained yet. He got a knock on the top of his foot so went for a scan after the Liverpool game because it was swollen. Fortunately, there was no fracture.” – Eddie Howe on Fabian Schar
Jesse Marsch has given an update on the broken leg suffered by Stuart Dallas during the 4-0 defeat to Man City.
“He had a successful [but long] surgery [around] five and a half hours. The outcome was very positive and they say it will be a long, but a full recovery.”
He remains “cautiously optimistic” that Patrick Bamford will return imminently, with Tyler Roberts (hamstring), Adam Forshaw (knee) and Crysencio Summerville (ankle) “heading in the right direction”.
Liam Cooper (knee) and Diego Llorente (knock) are back in training.
Speaking on behalf of Bruno Lage was Tony Roberts, as the head coach has caught COVID. Roberts confirmed that Nelson Semedo (hamstring) and Max Kilman (knee) are out for the season. Midfielder Daniel Podence (foot) will be assessed.
WEST HAM UNITED
The Hammers have a quick turnaround from Thursday night’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt but David Moyes has acknowledged that his side need to win games in order to have another European adventure next season. Craig Dawson returns from suspension, with Angelo Ogbonna (knee) the only known injury.
“I think we’re okay. There are a couple of niggles, but overall everybody’s okay.”
Thomas Frank says that Ethan Pinnock (hamstring) and Sergi Canos (hamstring) aren’t quite ready to return for Brentford against Southampton tomorrow. Regarding the others, both Zanka (thigh) and Frank Onyeka (ankle) are likely done for the season, although Saman Ghoddos (ankle) could appear.
Almost nothing to worry about for Patrick Vieira, with just Nathan Ferguson (hamstring) ruled out for this weekend.
“Everybody trained this week and the only one [out] is Nathan Ferguson who is following his individual training on the field. Hopefully, he’ll train with the group before the end of the season.”
The season is over for Josh Sargent (ankle) and Kenny McLean (foot), joining Adam Idah (knee), Ozan Kabak (hamstring) and Andrew Omobamidele (back) on the sidelines. Sargent made a brief return last week but subsequently suffered a recurrence.
Dean Smith has also ruled Christoph Zimmermann (groin) out of the Canaries’ Double Gameweek.
“Kenny [McLean] and Josh [Sargent] are out for the rest of the season. Like Andrew [Omodambiele] and Adam [Idah], they will work to get ready for pre-season. Zimmermann is still out with a groin problem.”
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