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De Bruyne injury update impacts on Gameweek 8 captain conversation

Fantasy Premier League managers were rocked on Tuesday afternoon by news that Kevin de Bruyne (£10.0m) has picked up a groin problem ahead of Gameweek 8.

The Manchester City midfielder came off in the second half of his side’s 3-1 win at Everton and has since missed training with the first team.

On Tuesday, the club put out an official statement ruling him out of Champions League action this week, in which they offered no time-frame on his return.

“Kevin De Bruyne suffered a groin injury in the win over Everton and will miss the game against Dinamo Zagreb. The extent of his layoff depends on how well he responds to the rehabilitation programme overseen by the medical staff.” – Manchester City statement

At the time of writing, 16% of voters in the latest captain poll had declared de Bruyne as the best option for the armband in Gameweek 8, when Manchester City host Wolves.

However, we would now expect that number to drop in the build-up to the weekend.

Unfortunately, we do not have a specific update on whether de Bruyne will play against Wolves as the club are currently waiting to see how the player “responds to the rehabilitation programme”.

If de Bruyne is out this weekend, then his owners will have make a decision about whether to hold onto him, especially considering he has an international break to make progress in.

Either way, Pep Guardiola’s press conferences this week just became a whole lot more important.

The injury to de Bruyne may help to accelerate a shift in the captaincy conversation, away from the so far usual suspects.

After Liverpool started the 2019/20 campaign with some appealing fixtures, the quality of their opponents is set to rise in the coming weeks.

On Saturday afternoon they host a Leicester side that come into Gameweek 8 with the joint-best defensive record in the top-flight.

They have conceded just five goals in the first six matches of the season, level with Liverpool, who have let in the same number.

For that reason, Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) is already proving unpopular in this week’s captain poll and that may be the case for the next few weeks.

Liverpool travel to Manchester United in Gameweek 9 before they host Spurs the week after.

Salah, Sadio Mané (£11.6m) and their colleagues may receive some consideration again when they face Aston Villa at Villa Park in Gameweek 11, but Gameweek 12 pits them against defending champions Manchester City.

During that period, Arsenal sit top of the Season Ticker for attacking potential, which should bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) into the conversation.

The Arsenal forward is still without a blank this season and is embarking on even more encouraging fixtures than before.

He starts by hosting a Bournemouth side that has conceded five times in three away matches in 2019/20, which bodes well for Aubameyang to continue his run.

However, despite the latest injury news, some of Manchester City’s attacking options still hold their appeal for Gameweek 8 as Wolves come to the Etihad Stadium.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have struggled to hit the dizzy heights of their first season back in the Premier League and have conceded eight times across their last four matches.

Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) and Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) are both expected to challenge at the top end of the captain poll this week, which you can now vote in.

You can find it either below or on the sidebar of our website.

Joe and David also discussed the Gameweek 8 captaincy in-depth on our YouTube channel on Tuesday lunch-time.

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Lessons Learned from Gameweek 7

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  1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 1 Year
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    Pep Carnage.

    1. Sid1891
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      Strong line up this is

      1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        Strong bench

        Strong B team

        Strong Loan players

  2. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    Would you do Salah ➡ Sterling?

    1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      Advanced strategy, try get both.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      (S)terling?

      Probably.

  3. JJeyy
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    KDB out, will Cantwell step up?

  4. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    The rested Eriksen, Lamela & Lucas Moura behind Kane this weekend?

    1. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      Very possibly

  5. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 1 Year
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    Everyone selling KDB or what.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      Hopefully.

  6. SkeletONv01
    • 2 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    Any PC builders here? Thinking about upgrading my 5 year old i5 4460, thinking about Ryzen 5 1600, good pick? Its dirt cheap here right now.

  7. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    On wc and this KDB news is certainly an uneeded curveball. What to do....d’oh!

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      Placeholder until Villa at home.

      1. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        Was considering swapping out Sterling and going with Kun upfront but I think it would be madness to get rid of Sterling now.

        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          20 days, 14 hours ago

          You think correct

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          20 days, 14 hours ago

          Pep mess in full flow atm!

      2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        Is that assuming he misses 2 matches? Can't remember

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          20 days, 14 hours ago

          Palace away after the break, if Son was said placeholder, I wouldn’t make the swap that week.

          1. Jellyfish
            • 7 Years
            20 days, 14 hours ago

            I wouldn’t go Son. Still wearing the burn marks from last season

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              20 days, 14 hours ago

              Hopefully Pep is nice to us on Friday.

            2. ZICO SENNA
              • 8 Years
              20 days, 13 hours ago

              Huh?

    2. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      Start Lord Kelly.

    3. Nicepix
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      I've had Big Ginger Kev since Day 1 so it would be madness to sell and then later re-buy. Given that there are no real prospects in the same price band (already have Son) unless he is out for more than 4 GWs I will keep him.

      1. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        I’m thinking of keeping with some contingency in the bank to jump on Mane or Salah if it’s long term

  8. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    IB wildcard looks good for me, so which would be the sensible 1 week punt...
    A. Cantwell to Yarmolenko
    B. KDB to Son (note: selling price 9.7, stand to lose 0.3).
    C. Rico to any 5.1 defender

    1. Sid1891
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      If don’t bother about .3 go B

    2. SkeletONv01
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      None, and play Cantwell this week 🙂

      1. Sid1891
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        That’s what lm doing as WC long gone

      2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        I am anyway - Kev out would mean Lundy comes in.

  9. stupendous
    • 7 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    If Kev is out some time..

    KDB and Ayew
    To

    Mahrez and C. Wilson
    Or
    McGinn and Auba

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      B

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      Not sure. Mahrez is starting tonight and Algeria game is one of the last internationals - 4 days before GW9 match
      B looks ok if McGinn works for you through tougher fixtures

  10. barracuda
    • 2 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    Would you do Salah to Son for free? Some cash needed. Only after tomorrow's match of course

    1. Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      depends what the cash is used for. I was considering selling Salah to fund Barnes to Auba

      1. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 13 hours ago

        That's my plan to. Maddison and Auba feels better than Salah and Barnes.

    2. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      Next week

  11. Rinseboy
    • 7 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    Madness to consider KDB and Barnes to Yarmolenko and Auba for free?
    If KDB out for weekend. Worry they wont want to rush him back to quick.

    Pope
    TAA Otta Soyuncu Rico Lunds
    Salah Sterling KDB Mount Cantwell
    Pukki Barnes Tammy

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      There's a 2 week break after this GW anyway.

      1. Rinseboy
        • 7 Years
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        are the moves mental then Epic?
        Want Auba in to be fair.
        Could drop Salah instead? thoughts big guy?

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          20 days, 13 hours ago

          Seems decent enough to me. A decent chance KDB might only miss 1 game though so that's something to think about. Obviously wait for actual news though.

          1. Rinseboy
            • 7 Years
            20 days, 13 hours ago

            will do. Ta

  12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    Brugge red card

    1. Brehmeren
      • 9 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      Again, Real favor. And now they scored. Jesus.

  13. HD7
    • 2 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    2 FT; 0.6 ITB

    Salah Greenwood to Auba Yarmolenko and go 3-4-3?
    will bench KDB if only missing 1 GW

    Pope
    TAA Ota VVD Guilbert
    Salah Sterling Mount KDB
    Abraham Haller

    Subs: Button, Greenwood, Dendonker, Rico

  14. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    On WC. Is Rico out for Kelly a good move (got Lundstram)?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Huh I was thinking of doing the opposite move!

      1. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        20 days, 13 hours ago

        Lol. Maybe have both?

    2. Visionaries
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Would rather have Rico
      Better fixtures

  15. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 1 Year
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    First hit incoming.

    KDB> Rez.

    No Brainer.

    1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Forgot IB, my bad.

  16. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    20 days, 14 hours ago

    Why is Vardy rising so quickly

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Scored 2 and 3 bonus

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Brace against 10 men and nobody checks fixtures

    3. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Pardy on.

    4. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      He got lots of points last game.

  17. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    20 days, 13 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA Pieters Lund
    KDB Sterling Mount Cantwell
    Kun Tammy Pukki

    Ceballos, Kelly, Soy 1FT, 2.9M

    A Ceballos => Yarmolenko and play ahead of Cantwell
    B Pieters => Cresswell (have Pope)
    C Aguero / Pieters => Auba / OTA (-4)

    1. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      For sure doing a transfer if kdb is a doubt. Will need to bench to step in, so probably ceballos needs to go as priority

    2. Visionaries
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Seems very odd to be getting rid of Pieters. He's not going anywhere for me

      1. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        20 days, 13 hours ago

        It is the double up with Pope that I am kind of sceptical about

  18. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 2 Years
    20 days, 13 hours ago

    Jesus to start at the weekend ?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      How many minutes does Kun play tonight?

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 13 hours ago

        70-80

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          20 days, 13 hours ago

          Then no.

          Even if 95+, no.

          It’s Kun at the Etihad...

          1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 13 hours ago

            K

          2. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 13 hours ago

            so how long should Kun play for Jesus to start?

        2. Ser Davos
          • 4 Years
          20 days, 13 hours ago

          and then raring to go to catch up the 5 point gap

    2. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Cant believe pep will bench aguero two PL games in a row

      1. ZICO SENNA
        • 8 Years
        20 days, 13 hours ago

        He’s done many things odder than that, wouldn’t surprise me if he did

        1. andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          20 days, 13 hours ago

          I am selling aguero anyway, sooner rather than later. Was hoping for a good bye haul though 🙂

          1. ZICO SENNA
            • 8 Years
            20 days, 13 hours ago

            Yeah that would of been nice, much better with the likes of Auba imo

  19. Ser Davos
    • 4 Years
    20 days, 13 hours ago

    Standard English-media-bubble proclaiming Kane is ahead of Lewa

  20. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    20 days, 13 hours ago

    Who would be most likely to see more minutes of KDB was out for any amount of time or still in roulette territory. I would have thought maybe more Dilva minutes?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Gundog I guess, still roulette City, unless Bilva gets banned

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 13 hours ago

        if Bilva gets banned then advantage Mahrez.

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Kdb will rest for next 3 games ( club and country combined)

      Means he will be well rested for 9

  21. Visionaries
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 13 hours ago

    Have 2 FT

    Sterling, KDB, Mount Cantwell*, Mane*
    Kane, Pukki*

    A Cantwell > Mcginn
    B Mane & Pukki > Auba & Bilva/Maddison

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      KDB*

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        20 days, 13 hours ago

        Source?

      2. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        20 days, 13 hours ago

        What are we making of this?

        1. fclackless [RoboKlopp]
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          20 days, 13 hours ago

          groin strain i reckon

        2. Slouch87 Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          20 days, 13 hours ago

          Nothing more than he's injured and out tonight at the moment.

        3. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          20 days, 13 hours ago

          That people don't know how to pick between A and B.

        4. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          20 days, 13 hours ago

          Hoping Pep says more after the game

  22. SkeletONv01
    • 2 Years
    20 days, 13 hours ago

    So, Coutinho said he left Liverpool and joined Barca to win the CL, now he plays for Bayern, what happened? :>

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Did he actually say that?

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      He didnt get game time at Barca

  23. sirmorbach
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 13 hours ago

    Safe (a) to say that Sterling starts against Wolves and (b) to captain him instead of Salah (LEI) or Pukki (AVL)?

  24. Visionaries
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 11 hours ago

    Have 2 FT

    Sterling, Mane, Mount Cantwell*, KDB
    Kane, Pukki*

    A Cantwell > Mcginn
    B KDB & Kane > Auba & Son
    C KDB & Pukki > Yarmo & Auba

  25. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 1 hour ago

    I thought it was just a dream but I did sell Aguero for a hit last night in a random drunken move!
    Aguero + Zaha to Kane + Mahrez
    ...this is going to bit me in the ass isn't it lol

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 1 hour ago

      I was hacked, that was it...hate these hackers!

  26. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    KDB,Barnes > Dilva,Aubamayang for -4 worth it?