We’ll be bringing you the key team news and injury updates from the pre-match press conferences of the eight Premier League clubs who are in Gameweek 30 action, plus those top-flight teams involved in FA Cup quarter-final ties.
Only Leeds United’s Jesse Marsch and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Bruno Lage held pressers on Thursday, with six more top-flight bosses facing reporters or having pre-recorded quotes released from an embargo on Friday.
For much more detailed information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed.
For other help and advice from our weekly Scout Picks to team reveals, head to our complete Gameweek 30 guide here.
GAMEWEEK 30 TEAM NEWS
There was very little to report from Mikel Arteta, who again said that “there is a chance” that Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf) returns after missing Arsenal’s last seven league matches – but the caveat that caution will be taken seems to suggest he will again miss out. Arteta has given a nod to Emile Smith Rowe following his recent illness.
“No [injury] news, obviously yesterday we just recovered after the game. Today we will have the first training session, so we will see how everybody is. He [Smith Rowe] had a little issue before the game but he’s been fine the last two days, so hopefully he can get now some consistency and momentum.”
Junior Firpo (knee) has joined Leo Hjelde (knee) and Tyler Roberts (hamstring) on the sidelines for the trip to Molineux but Kalvin Phillips (hamstring) and Liam Cooper (hamstring) are back involved after long spells out.
Strike trio Patrick Bamford (fatigue), Rodrigo (thigh) and Joe Gelhardt (back) are also set to be in contention, albeit with question marks over their game-time for varying reasons.
“Liam [Cooper] and Calvin [Phillips] are fully in training and are eligible for this weekend. We’ll make a decision today on exactly what we do with that and what the plan will be.
“They think [Firpo’s injury] is not so bad, it’s a little bit lighter, grade 2. From the date of injury, they think maybe 3-5 weeks.
“Joffy [Gelhardt] has a little bit of a back issue, that’s why he didn’t play in the U23 game.
“Rodrigo, I think he will train today. We’re hopeful that everything is going to be ready to go. When we did the scan, it seems like he has a little bit of an old injury and it’s just about managing some of the symptoms.
“[Bamford] was a little sore and physically the game was very demanding. But he seems to come out of it in a good way and he should be OK for tomorrow.” — Jesse Marsch
No news may be good news where Hwang Hee-chan (dead leg/lower back) is concerned.
The South Korea international wasn’t pictured in training ground images on Wednesday but was called up by his country for the forthcoming internationals and wasn’t mentioned by name by Bruno Lage in the broadcast section of Thursday’s presser.
The Wolves boss ruled out only Pedro Neto (foot), Nelson Semedo (hamstring) and Ki-Jana Hoever (hamstring) for the Leeds game on Friday.
“No news. We just have Nelson and Ki out of the game and also Pedro. I think the way they are working, maybe after the international break Pedro and Semedo will be back.” – Bruno Lage
WEST HAM UNITED
After last-night’s dramatic extra-time victory over Sevilla in the Europa League, manager David Moyes mentioned nothing on top of known injuries to Jarrod Bowen (Achilles), Vladimir Cooufal (hernia) and Angelo Ogbonna (knee).
“We’ll assess them all this morning and see how they are. It’s a bit early to know a lot about the team.”
Michael Antonio and Aaron Cresswell both recovered from minor Gameweek 29 issues to feature against the Spanish side.
FA CUP QUARTER-FINAL TEAM NEWS
Although Jurgen Klopp’s side don’t feature in Premier League action this weekend, the headline news is Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s hamstring injury. Klopp says it will rule the right-back out for “weeks” after their FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest, while there were minor issues involving Mohamed Salah (foot) and potentially a few illnesses.
“Trent [Alexander-Arnold] is out with a hamstring. He cannot be part of England as well – no good news, we will see how long that takes. Mo [Salah] felt his foot again a little bit after the game, so we have to see what we do with that. On top of that, some other bits and bobs and stuff like this so we have to wait.”
For the Blues’ FA Cup trip to Middlesbrough, there is doubt over the availability of Rece James (muscle), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Achilles) and Andreas Christensen (knock).
“We have Reece [James]Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and Andreas Christensen uncertain, they are in training but not yet in full training yesterday. Still some checks to do – it can be a very tight race and maybe it’s a bit too close.” — Thomas Tuchel
On James’ call-up to the England squad, Thomas Tuchel doubts that it’ll go ahead.
“I am not surprised. Yesterday, he was not match-ready. Let’s see what happens tomorrow. [He] comes after nine weeks of injury and we will test if he can do the full match tomorrow. If not, it makes no sense that he should go.”
Ben Chilwell remains a long-term absentee because of his knee injury.
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