Press conference times and live updates

We’ll be bringing you injury updates from eight Premier League managers who are holding pre-match press conferences on Thursday.

The head coaches of Arsenal, Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Leicester City, Southampton and Watford are all due to face the media today, and we’ll be summarising the key information on this page.

A dozen more top-flight bosses will take questions from reporters on Friday, when we’ll bring you our second team news round-up of the week.

WHEN ARE THURSDAY’S GAMEWEEK 31 PRESS CONFERENCES?

ARSENAL

Bukayo Saka appears to have recovered from Covid-19 well in advance of Arsenal’s trip to Crystal Palace on Monday, while even medium-term absentee Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf) has a chance to make the game.

Doubts exist over Aaron Ramsdale (hamstring), however, and the goalkeeper still hasn’t trained as of Thursday.

Bukayo [Saka] is feeling good, he’s training today hopefully.

“Aaron [Ramsdale] is a doubt. He’s still not feeling great and he’s hasn’t trained yet. We don’t know what he’ll be able to do on Monday.

“I think [Tomiyasu] will be close [for Palace]. He’s been training more and more. He’ll be joining some sessions this week, so let’s see how it is.” — Mikel Arteta

LEEDS UNITED

Like Saka above, Rafinha is looking good for Gameweek 31 inclusion after recovering from coronavirus.

Patrick Bamford (foot) is out for six weeks, however, while Junior Firpo (knee), Leo Hjelde (knee), Tyler Roberts (hamstring) and Jamie Shackleton (calf) remain on the sides.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Patrick Vieira says Wilfried Zaha (hamstring) and Michael Olise (foot) will be assessed over the next couple of days before a decision is made over whether they can face Arsenal on Monday night.

Neither player has trained yet but the Palace boss said that the two wingers still “have a chance”.

“[Zaha] is still in the medical room. We will see how it is going to be tomorrow, but we have to wait for the next couple of days before thinking about him starting training with the squad.

“We have until Monday so hopefully, he will get better, and he can have a couple of days of training with the team. We have to wait and see what will happen over the next couple of days.

“The good thing about Wilfried is that he does not get injured very often. That is the hope about that. We just have to wait and see day after day.

“[Olise] just had an issue with his foot. Until he gets back from the French Under-21s, he is still in the treatment room as well. He is not ready to do some work outside. We have to wait day after day and see how he is feeling, and then we will see.

“Both of them still have a chance [of playing against Arsenal].” — Patrick Vieira

SOUTHAMPTON

Ralph Hasenhuttl said on Thursday that he wasn’t of any fresh injury concerned affecting his returning internationals, while Will Smallbone (Covid), Oriol Romeu (stomach illness) and Nathan Tella (groin) have all been back in training this week.

Alex McCarthy (hamstring) is back on the grass after an absence of almost four months, too, although is only in light training.

Hasenhuttl took a couple of questions on Armando Brojameanwhile, addressing the budget striker’s dip in form and the goal against Gameweek 31 opponents Leeds United that kickstarted his Saints career.

“I think the biggest change [since the first Leeds game] was that he learned what makes him successful. It is not making him successful waiting for one or two actions for 90 minutes and then being there and scoring those. It is more working for 90 minutes and being in several actions and getting the reward for the hard work you have done on the pitch, because then you get the reward and then you get the goal and then you get the chances. This is what he had to learn. Meanwhile, we see different Brojas, sometimes the one and sometimes the other.

“When you come in as a new player, you surprise everybody with the qualities you have. Premier League [teams] are not stupid, they look at you, they know what your qualities are and then they know how to defend. You have to adapt your game.” — Ralph Hasenhuttl on Armando Broja

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Graham Potter confirms that Adam Webster (groin) is still unavailable after a small setback, while Adam Lallana (hamstring) is also sidelined despite a return to training.

Moises Caicedo (illness) will miss out on the visit of Norwich City, too.

WATFORD

Watford say that they have “an almost fully-fit squad to pick from”, although returning internationals will be assessed today.

Nicolas Nkoulou is available but Kwadwo Baah (ankle) is still in “one-on-one” training.


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