Round up of the press conferences from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of FPL Gameweek 33. All the latest team news for fantasy football managers to digest before making those all-important transfers.
Eddie Howe admits: "This is the most difficult challenge we have in terms of trying to preserve our status in this league, possibly more difficult than the battle we had to stay in the Football League." And with no away points in 2020, it doesn't get much harder than a trip to Old Trafford where United have been firing on all cylinders. Callum Wilson will miss out again as he serves the second game of his suspension. Eddie Howe will assess "a couple of players" in training on Friday after they picked up knocks during the home defeat to Newcastle. Philip Billing, who has struggled with ankle and thigh problems in recent weeks, could be one of those after his withdrawal at half-time on Wednesday. Steve Cook was also withdrawn while Josh King is managing a minor ankle issue.
Lucas Torreira has been given the all-clear to return to competitive action after imaging confirmed his bone – fractured fibula – has fully healed. Mikel Arteta must now decide on whether he believes the South American is fit enough to be considered for the matchday squad having been sidelined since March. Mattéo Guendouzi hasn't been seen since the defeat at the Amex Stadium, and unless the Frenchman is prepared to change his ways, he won't be returning anytime soon… The Arsenal boss failed to go into specifics saying that in-house matters will remain private. No change in those ruled out long-term – Calum Chambers, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli or Pablo Mari – but Mesut Ozil will be assessed after missing the last two due to a back problem. At the same time, Arteta mentioned there were a "few issues" from the win over Norwich. "I won't mention the names, but obviously we have been playing a lot of games in the last few days, and some players are recovering. We will assess them and see who is in the best condition to start and be involved in the game."
Villa travel to Anfield after a week off, and manager Dean Smith admits it has "been beneficial" to aid recovery following such an intense period. "I was frustrated with the scheduling, but what we've had is seven days to recover." Matt Targett is "struggling" due to the hamstring injury that forced him off during last weekends' derby, but it isn't as severe as press reports initially suggested. "He could be back for Crystal Palace (GW35)." Neil Taylor is favourite to step in. Henri Lansbury and Frederic Guilbert have been training, but Bjorn Engels is expected to miss out along with Wesley and Tom Heaton.
Brighton and Hove Albion
The Seagulls may have only taken three-points since the restart, but Graham Potter's men have put daylight between themselves and Bournemouth in seventeenth. A win at Carrow Road in the early kick-off would all but ensure a seat at the top table for another year. There were a handful of changes against Manchester United, and with Davy Propper struggling due to tightness in his calf, and Adam Webster (hamstring) pushing to be included, the Brighton boss may look to freshen his side again. Leandro Trossard impressed from the bench and the Belgian, along with Neal Maupay, will be looking to start against the leagues bottom side.
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