Round up of the press conferences from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of FPL Gameweek 38+. All the latest team news for fantasy football managers to digest before making those all-important transfers.
Eddie Howe refused to rule Nathan Ake out of Sundays' game despite the centre-back missing the last two after suffering a muscular issue. "Nathan's a big part of our squad, whether he's fit for the game we'll have to wait and see. He's got a very minor groin problem," he said. Adam Smith is expected to return for the first time since suffering a head injury in the draw with Tottenham earlier this month. "He should be fit after his concussion, apart from that we've got a few knocks and niggles but nothing major to reveal." Charlie Daniels, Chris Mepham and Simon Francis (all knee) will miss the final fixture, a game they must win to stand any chance of remaining in the top-flight.
There is no change in the Arsenal treatment room. Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) has been ruled out of the "remaining matches", and further details on his recovery programme will be announced in the coming days. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has an outside chance of facing Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup as he aims to be back in full training next week. Mikel Arteta remains coy on whether Mesut Ozil or Matteo Guendouzi would play again this season, although the Spaniard confirmed that both players "are available" if required. Gabriel Martinelli will not feature again this year while Pablo Mari should be back in September. Reiss Nelson, who missed the loss at Villa Park due to a groin injury, is a doubt although an update was not offered.
Villa gave themselves a fighting chance with an unlikely win over Arsenal, and their survival hopes rest in their own hands. Victory at West Ham should be enough to see off Watford who dropped into the bottom three following the heavy home defeat to Manchester City. Dean Smith confirms Elmohamady will miss the final game and Frédéric Guilbert looks set to deputise: "Ahmed came off [Gameweek 37] with a hamstring injury, so he won't be fit." Neil Taylor is due to train on Saturday, and if the full-back comes through the session unscathed, then he will be included in the matchday 20 although Matt Targett is expected to retain his place. Elsewhere, Wesley, Tom Heaton and Bjorn Engels are the only other confirmed absentees.
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Graham Potter is expecting the "same squad" from the 0-0 draw with Newcastle on Monday evening. Long-termer Jose Izquierdo remains out while Steven Alzate had surgery to remedy a persistent groin problem. Alireza Jahanbakhsh has recovered from a tight hamstring and is hoping to force his way into the squad for the final game.
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