Team News

The FPL Gameweek 9 team news and injury updates

Having brought you up to speed on the ten pre-Gameweek 9 press conferences to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, we now turn our attention to the remaining Premier League manager pressers.

There were a number of well-owned Fantasy assets who we were seeking clarification on, one of whom was Kevin De Bruyne (groin).

Asked about the Belgian, John Stones (thigh) and Benjamin Mendy (hamstring), Pep Guardiola said:

Yeah, some of them are better. Kevin is back and John trained the last two days good. Mendy as well. Mendy a little bit later, but as well.

FPL bosses hoping for clear-cut information on Alisson (calf), Mohamed Salah (ankle) and Joel Matip (knock) were left disappointed by Jurgen Klopp’s press conference, meanwhile, with the Liverpool boss saying of the Reds’ injury situation:

Better – how good, we have to see, that’s the truth. There are two more sessions to come from this afternoon and we have to see. Then we’ll make decisions, that’s how it is. Nothing is fixed.

The players from international duty all came back healthy which is very, very important, so we have now three or four days with the full squad to prepare.

Matip had declared himself fit a day earlier, while a scan on Salah has at least shown no lasting damage.

Frank Lampard has been left counting the cost of the international break, with N’Golo Kante (groin), Andreas Christensen (hamstring) and Mateo Kovacic (thigh) having picked up injuries – although the Croatian midfielder looks set to recover.

The Chelsea boss said:

N’Golo is not fit. He had a small groin issue [with France] and we didn’t get him back until after the second game.

Kovacic had a knock on his thigh but has trained the last couple of days so is in contention. Ross [Barkley] is fine.

Andreas Christensen has got a hamstring injury which will see him out probably for the next two weeks. Rudiger is training outside with the physios. A bit of work to be done for him for match-fitness but really positive for us that he’s back outside.

There were no updates on Reece James (ankle) and Emerson Palmieri (hamstring) in the broadcast section of Frank Lampard’s press conference on Friday but both players have been involved in training this week.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s injury list in early-October was almost as bad as Daniel Farke’s at Norwich and David de Gea (groin) is the latest casualty, having hobbled off while playing for Spain.

Solskjaer said on Friday:

I don’t expect him to play but it wasn’t as bad as feared. When I saw the game I thought, ‘that’s him out until the next international break’. But it’s not as bad as feared.

Much like Klopp, the United boss was frustratingly ambiguous about the wider fitness picture, saying:

Of course, I would like to tell you positive news, we’ll see on Sunday who’s come through the last two sessions. There are players who have just started training, just on the verge of coming back.

His quotes from an interview with Sky Sports on Wednesday may give owners of Aaron Wan-Bissaka (tonsillitis) and Anthony Martial (thigh) some hope, at least, although Paul Pogba (ankle) is definitely sidelined.

While United’s injury situation remains unclear, Norwich’s is looking much rosier.

Farke revealed on Friday that Tim Krul, Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons, Sam Byram, Alex Tettey, Tom Trybull, Jamal Lewis and Onel Hernandez are all fit after their respective issues, with Mario Vrancic back in training and working on his fitness too.

Grant Hanley will be out for seven to eight weeks after groin surgery, however.

Farke’s opposite number this weekend, Eddie Howe, may have Adam Smith (hamstring) back after a hamstring problem.

The Bournemouth boss said:

He’s trained. We’ve had to take our time with his hamstring injury, it wasn’t an absolute clear low-grade strain. We’ve had to be careful with him. He’s close.

Dan Gosling (hip), Junior Stanislas (knee) and David Brooks (ankle) remain out, while Howe was annoyingly vague about a few other fitness issues that the Cherries have.

Howe said:

I think we’ve seen everybody now, there’s a couple of slight concerns. You’re always slightly fearful how they’re going to come back but we can be relatively pleased.

Nuno Espirito Santo was similarly non-committal about whether a cluster of his injured or ill players would return this weekend, saying:

We had some issues. Players that came from their national team, Leander [Dendoncker] struggling with some problems, Romain [Saiss], Diogo [Jota], Pedro [Neto], Jordao, we have some problems that we had to manage.”

We’ll give them space and time to recover well so they can help the team. Some of them will be inside of the game, the others not. We’ll have to wait and see.

Mamadou Sakho (muscle) and Connor Wickham (match fitness) will again miss out for Crystal Palace this weekend, while Roy Hodgson said on Friday that a couple of other unnamed players will be assessed ahead of the visit of Manchester City – although did say that he expects those in question to recover.

Steve Bruce confirmed that Matt Ritchie (ankle) and Florian Lejeune (knee) are his only two injury-related absentees for the trip to Chelsea.

Finally, Marco Silva brought us news of Everton’s injury latest.

The Toffees’ head coach said:

Fabian [Delph] is still in doubt. We have 24 hours until the game and still in doubt, let’s see how he will react. He did not a full session with the team but he’s getting better.

Like you know, JP [Gbamin] will be out long-term. Cenk Tosun as well, he came from the national team with a small issue in the muscle in his groin. Nothing special, not too long, but will be out of tomorrow’s match.


For a round-up of yesterday’s press conferences, click here.

Predicted line-ups and more detailed information can be found in the Team News tab, which is being finalised this afternoon.

You can view a video round-up or listen to the podcast summary of Gameweek 9’s press conferences below.



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854 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ElBuffalo20
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 13 days ago

    I have 2 ft’s, anything needing changing here you think?

    Ryan (Button)
    Taa Vvd Soyuncu Lund Kelly
    Salah Sterling Kdb Mount Cantwell
    Pukki Abraham Ayew

    Not as sure to the double Liverpool defence

    1. Hart-ake
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      I would downgrade VVD and upgrade Ayew.

    2. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Vvd to Otamendi and can then bring back after city vs Liv. can advice me.below?

    3. Saif_LFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      No pressing or obvious change to be made. But maybe bring Connolly for Ayew and then upgrade Kelly. Palace fixtures are horrendous.

  2. RECKLESS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    Who would you prefer?
    1) Salah + Cantwell
    2) Pepe + CallumWilson -4

    1. Hart-ake
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Are you playing Cantwell?

      1. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Yes Playing all of above

        1. ElBuffalo20
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 months, 13 days ago

          A for me

          1. ElBuffalo20
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Or 1 sorry

            1. RECKLESS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Thanks bro. And also what hart said makes sense. Ayew could be king if you downgrade vvd to burnley defender

              1. ElBuffalo20
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                7 months, 13 days ago

                I had cash, so done vvd-Otamendi and ayew-Jimenez

  3. gaurava1216
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    In order to Bring in Vardy and Mount i need to get rid of:

    A) Sterling
    B) Salah

    (own KDB)

    Which would you?

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      A

    2. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Salah

    3. Diaby Does Gallas 22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      neither. stick

  4. CHARLIE HULL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    Who do you fancy over the short term?

    A) King
    B) Jimenez
    C) Haller

    1. Hart-ake
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Jimmy.

    2. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Haller

    3. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Jiminez. Better team and they have hit form

  5. snowman
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    Ceballos >

    1. Jorginho or

    2. Noble

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      What why would you do either

      1. snowman
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Thinking of someone who plays and chance of assist/ take pens

    2. FOO FIGHTER
        7 months, 13 days ago

        You may as well keep Ceballos.

      • G Banger
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Can afford cho?

        1. snowman
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Who?

      • Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 13 days ago

        That's as sideways as it gets. I'd hold and do something else with 2 FT or take a hit.

    3. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Crazy to think at the start of the season the 2 highest owned strikers by far would be Pukki and Tammy, so anyway would you guys to Pukki to Tammy

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        I did on WC

    4. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      WC
      A) Dunk, playing most weeks, but 2 from him Soyuncu Lundstram Rico
      B) Kelly, bench most of the next few due to bad fixtures and have to play one of Lund/Rico. Also no Brighton defence then (they’ve been decent)

      1. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        A as it seems you love brighton defence...

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          I was just thinking could be a good differential w decent fixtures and attacking threat.

          Worth saving money w Kelly and rotating though?

    5. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Who is more essential to have this gw?
      1) Pukki + Kdb
      Or
      2) Pepe + Wilson

      1. G Banger
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        1 for me

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Pepe is never essential IMO
        1 is brilliant

    6. G Banger
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Quick one... Play 2 of the following:

      A. Soyunco
      B. Tomori
      C. Lundy
      D. Otamendi

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Do not own any.

          If I had to choose it would be B and C.

        • Gunner Boy
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          A and B

        • Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 13 days ago

          A and B

      2. gooner_112233445566
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 13 days ago

        A) odoi and Wilson
        B) Maddison and king

        Own perreira, mount and tammy

      3. masyuris
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Please choose best priority to improve my bench:
        A. Button >> Gazzaniga
        B. Kelly >> Rico
        C. Cantwell >> Traore
        D. Cantwell >> Saka

        1. RECKLESS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          c as saka would lose next gw to Lacazette. But play traore bro worth a punt

        2. FOO FIGHTER
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Cantwell more nailed than Traore and Saka.

        3. Amey
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Nice touch by FPL by having No room for Racism message on Home page !

          1. RECKLESS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            i cant find it. Where exactly?! And will be great if you can advice me on my above to queries. As for you, fire away if you any doubts needing opinion as you have been pretty helpful inspite of first year in ffs 🙂

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Thank you for kind words 🙂
              The message is just below the pitch view button on mobile view.
              Replied above mate. I'd get KDB IN at any cost

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                7 months, 13 days ago

                And yes, i took a hit this gw to have this:
                Pope Button
                Taa Otamendi Soyuncu Lundstram Rico
                Mane Raz KDB Mount Cantwell
                Vardy Tammy King

                Hopefully a green arrow 😀

        4. FOO FIGHTER
            7 months, 13 days ago

            This will be the most interesting GW yet.

            1. RECKLESS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              So much chaos and unpredictability. no wonder epl is most fun league in the world

            2. Zico Senna
              • 8 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              For sure, will probs end in disappointment though like every GW 😉

              1. Tempestic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                7 months, 13 days ago

                Yeh, most likely

          • Oggle22
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            G2G?
            Pope
            TAA Otemendi Lundstarm
            Salah Sterling Cantwell Mount
            Pukki Kun Abraham

            Button Guendouzi Rico Kelly
            Pukki to King?
            Cheers

          • Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Worth doing Pukki to Wilson, Vardy or Jimi for a -4? or hold?

            Pope
            TAA Otta Soyuncu
            Sterling KDB Yarmolenko Mount
            Auba Tammy Pukki
            Button Cantwell Rico Lunds
            2.8ITB

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                7 months, 13 days ago

                Go reaserch the Bournemouth defence this season..

              • Amey
                • 1 Year
                7 months, 13 days ago

                Hold this gw i guess

            2. FOO FIGHTER
                7 months, 13 days ago

                I am happy not to be stuck with the bandwagons of James and Ceballos.

                1. In a Rush
                  • 3 Years
                  7 months, 13 days ago

                  Yes ceballos went for me this week was sick to the teeth of him but he’ll probably score on Monday!

              • In a Rush
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 13 days ago

                Have I got everything in order here?
                Any thoughts welcome cheers

                Pope
                Taa Otamendi soyuncu
                Salah kdb Cantwell sterling(v)
                Haller Abraham Wilson(c)

                McGovern fredricks lundstram Guendouzi

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                    7 months, 13 days ago

                    Would rather start Lund over Soy. Points table suggests that plus SHU are a different animal at home.

                    I am a Pool fan and thought we were a bit lucky for the 3 points vs SHU. You make your own luck though.

                    1. In a Rush
                      • 3 Years
                      7 months, 13 days ago

                      Cheers for the advice I still think Leicester have more chance of a clean sheet. Although lundstram could get an attacking return, yes Liverpool certainly didn’t have a great game against Sheffield Utd!

                2. FPL_DON
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  7 months, 13 days ago

                  Is Webster nailed chaps?

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      7 months, 13 days ago

                      Sorry, who?

                      1. FPL_DON
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        7 months, 13 days ago

                        Brighton boss

                        1. FOO FIGHTER
                            7 months, 13 days ago

                            Dunk from Brighton is nailed.

                            1. FPL_DON
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              7 months, 13 days ago

                              Yeah that 0.2 difference is key though!

                    • gooner_112233445566
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      7 months, 13 days ago

                      2 questions to decide my wildcard

                      A) odoi and Wilson
                      B) Maddison and king

                      Own perreira, mount and tammy

                      1. gooner_112233445566
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        7 months, 13 days ago

                        1) salah
                        2) aguero

                        Have taa, kdb, sterling

                        Plan is right now having aguero for next 3, then bringing salah in for him

                        1. FOO FIGHTER
                            7 months, 13 days ago

                            Pep roulette.

                      2. Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        7 months, 13 days ago

                        I believe there might be an issue with Salah. Why would Klopp engage in mind games with a relegation side? Poor form.

                      3. BhavinB
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        7 months, 13 days ago

                        Evening all, thoughts on the below for the next few games...

                        a) Firmino, Vardy, Pope
                        b) Aubameyang, C. Wilson, Gazzaniga + -4

                        (have to downgrade keeper by 0.2 to tweak the front line...)

                      4. Devo-McDuff
                        • 1 Year
                        7 months, 13 days ago

                        Bit harsh of Frank to say that Kante has a small groin issue.

                        1. Tony Moon
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          7 months, 13 days ago

                          Lol

                      5. jez_wright
                        • 8 Years
                        7 months, 13 days ago

                        Gtg?

                        Heaton
                        TAA Soyuncu Tomori
                        Mane Mount KDB Maddison
                        Auba Tammy (V) Wilson (C)

                        Pope, Lund (1), Dunk (2), Cantwell (3)

                        0FT £0.7m ITB

                      6. Olaf Sabres
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        7 months, 13 days ago

                        Who to captain king or Abraham?

                      7. Mc3
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        7 months, 13 days ago

                        Rank these please...
                        A) Rico
                        B) Lund
                        C) Lowton