Team News

FPL Gameweek 9 team news: Injury updates on Sterling, Salah, Aguero and Rashford

The second part of our Gameweek 9 team news summary rounds up the headline updates and quotes from Friday’s pre-match press conferences, including the latest on Mohamed Salah (£12.3m).

We’ve now heard from all 20 Premier League managers ahead of Saturday’s Fantasy Premier League deadline, with some questions over player fitness cleared up and plenty more left unanswered.

The head coaches of Aston Villa, Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion all held their official pre-Gameweek 9 pressers on Thursday and you can read the stand-out injury news in a separate round-up here.

Our YouTube and podcast team news summary is available towards the bottom of this piece, while our Team News tab will be refreshed over the coming hours and provide even more detail on what we offer here.

LIVERPOOL

Mohamed Salah will miss the visit of Leicester City this weekend but it’s still unknown whether the Egyptian will be back to face Brighton and Hove Albion in Gameweek 10.

Salah tested positive for coronavirus a week ago and is over halfway through the mandatory 10-day period of self-isolation.

Only when he returns a negative test can he think about a comeback to training, however, with Jurgen Klopp telling the media on Friday:

He is probably back [in Liverpool] today. When you have a negative test, the process really starts. He is in a good place, feels well, no symptoms, so that’s all fine.

The Reds are decimated by injury elsewhere, with Virgil van Dijk (knee), Joe Gomez (knee), Trent Alexander-Arnold (calf), Jordan Henderson (muscle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) all definite absentees for the clash with Leicester City.

There may be better news on Fabinho (muscle) and Thiago (knock), at least, with Klopp saying:

Hendo, not, Trent not – that’s clear. All the rest (Fabinho, Thiago, Rhys Williams) we will see. They are all closer but we will see if it is close enough for the weekend.

MANCHESTER CITY

Pep Guardiola revealed that Sergio Aguero (muscle) has trained this week, while Raheem Sterling (calf) trained with the team for the first time today following his withdrawal from the England squad.

Fernandinho (stomach illness) and Nathan Ake (hamstring) are sidelined, however.

Guardiola said:

Except for Nathan and Fernandinho, the rest have started to come back.

Fernandinho is not fit. He has a little bit of gastroenteritis, something in his stomach. Sergio trained this week. Raheem, today, was the first training with the team.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Marcus Rashford (shoulder) was among the names mentioned by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his team news bulletin today, with the Manchester United boss saying:

Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are the only ones who didn’t join in parts of the training today. Bailly and Marcos Rojo joined the training today for the first time in a month at least, so they are not ready.

Marcus [Rashford] joined in the first time today. Hopefully there’s no reaction, I’m not sure.

Victor [Lindelof], we’ll have to check tomorrow because his back is not great.

There were more positive quotes on Rashford provided to the in-house media, with Solskjaer adding:

He’s worked in the gym and has got treatment. He joined in the session today and I hope he’ll hold his hand up and say he’s ready. That will be up to him. I think he feels okay.

On Mason Greenwood (illness), the United boss said:

Mason is fitter. He had eight or nine days away from us which is long time. He’s been training hard this week in the gym and on the grass. He’ll be back soon.

LEICESTER CITY

There are potential medium-term implications for James Justin with Brendan Rodgers confirming in today’s press conference that Timothy Castagne (hamstring) is back in contention for the Liverpool game on Sunday.

Ricardo Pereira (knee) is also back in training although, after eight months out, the Portugal international is still a little way off a first-team return and will first feature in a reserve game next week.

Wilfred Ndidi (adductor) and Caglar Soyuncu (adductor) are similarly training but remain a few weeks away.

EVERTON

Seamus Coleman (hamstring) and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin (Achilles) are Everton’s only confirmed absentees for the trip to Fulham, with Carlo Ancelotti providing some positive news on Richarlison and his returning South American contingent:

Gbamin is in the last part of his recovery, I think he will be here in 2-3 weeks to be ready to train and play. Coleman is not available for this game, the others are quite fit, good condition. [Delph, Allan and Richarlison] are all fit.

The players from South America came back yesterday. They were OK, they tested negative. They trained today; they are quite fit, a little bit tired from their travels, but we have time to recover for Sunday.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Steve Bruce ruled Ryan Fraser (hamstring) out of the Chelsea game but says that Callum Wilson (hamstring) “has got a chance” of featuring.

Speaking on Friday, Bruce said:

Ryan won’t make it, unfortunately, but Callum has got a chance to. Obviously we’re going to make sure that if there’s any risk whatsoever, then he won’t play. But he has trained the last two days. It was very comfortable yesterday. We’ll see how he is today, but the boy wants to play.

We have to make sure he’s 100%, because the big problem for us all is the injuries – thankfully we’re getting a few back but it’s been a concern for all of us managers.

It might be a little bit early for Jonjo [Shelvey] but he’s trained two or three days. Matt Ritchie is another one who’s trained two or three days. That’s good news for us all, that they’re in and around the group again.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Jose Mourinho confirmed that Son Heung-min has tested negative for COVID-19 after returning from international duty with South Korea so is available this weekend.

The Spurs boss also revealed that Steven Bergwijn is fit but Harry Winks has returned from international duty with a “little problem” and Erik Lamela (unspecified) is still in the final stages of his recovery.

WEST HAM UNITED

David Moyes revealed that Michail Antonio (hamstring) is “much closer” to a comeback after a return to training although stopped short of declaring him fit to play:

Michail is back training and we’ve got a couple of days yet to see how he is. The truth is I can’t give you a complete answer [as to whether he’ll be available on Sunday], but he’s getting much closer that’s for sure.

Angelo Ogbonna (groin) is expected to be fit.

LEEDS UNITED

Marcelo Bielsa says that Kalvin Phillips (shoulder) and Rodrigo Moreno (self-isolation) are back in contention this weekend, with the former more likely to start than the latter.

Pablo Hernandez (muscle), Jamie Shackleton (quad) and Diego Llorente (groin) remain out, however.

ARSENAL

Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac will both miss the trip to Leeds on Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19 while away with their countries, while Thomas Partey is also sidelined with the thigh problem that forced him off in Gameweek 8.

Asked about the minutes that Bukayo Saka has racked up for England over the international break, Mikel Arteta said:

Obviously, he’s a 19-year-old kid and he’s played a lot of football in the last few months and we have to protect him. Let’s see how he comes back and try to get him fit and recovered and see how he is for Sunday.

SOUTHAMPTON

James Ward-Prowse (hamstring) and Ryan Bertrand (hamstring) have been back in training and Ralph Hasenhuttl said the pair “should” be fit to feature against Wolves on Monday.

Danny Ings (knee) is making good progress but remains out.

Hasenhuttl said:

Everyone else [bar Ings] is in training in the moment. I haven’t seen everybody coming back from the internationals (Djenepo, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Armstrong). We have all the guys back today and it’s an advantage that we play on Monday.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Nuno Espirito Santo was typically non-committal on the injury front, saying only that Wolves have “some issues” to assess.

Santo did at least acknowledge “the situation of Conor Coady“, with the centre-half having self-isolated following contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

The Wolves boss added that Saturday will be the first chance he has to gather all of his squad together.

SHEFFIELD UNITED

Chris Wilder said that Rhian Brewster (knock), Enda Stevens (knee) and John Egan (head) have “all got a chance” and will be given “the maximum time to recover” ahead of the visit of West Ham.

John Fleck is available while Lys Mousset (toe) has returned to training and could be an option.

Sander Berge is a “question mark” according to his manager, with the Blades awaiting instruction on whether the midfielder can take part this weekend due to quarantine rules in Norway.

FULHAM

Scott Parker revealed that his players came back from international duty unscathed and said of Mario Lemina (muscle):

He’s been training for the last week or ten days, so he’s a lot closer than what he was last time. Whether this game comes a bit quick, not sure.



More detailed information and predicted line-ups can be found in the Team News tab, which will be refreshed soon.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed, too, for any late-breaking updates.

A video round-up with Andy and Neale can be found below, with the podcast version available via this link:

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99. A FREE trial is now available during December.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

337 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is Alex Telles likely to start this weekend? Ultimate differential and United must be good for a CS

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Should be starting yes.. Even though Williams may start ahead. But my money is on Telles starting. Irwin commented earlier this week that it is Telles' place to loose now.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Lose*

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        yes, I think so.

    • Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Mitchell or dallas first on the bench?

      1. keefyefc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Mitchell probably won't start & Dallas will probably concede
        Do you have any starting players in doubt of playing ?

        1. Whiskerz
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Salah

    • William.gallant
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Son + Kane —> Vardy + Debruyne for -8

      I know it’s not worth it but boy does it look tempting

      1. Phlajo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bit even sure I'd do it for free this gw, Son and Kane could easily outscore Vardy and KdB.

        Next GW for a -4 sounds nice though

    • That Was Easy!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Keep Mo and play Cancelo? Or transfer out for Mane/KDB/Sterling for a -4??

      Already have Bruno (C)

      1. OLB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Transfer out

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Don't transfer out for a hit unless you're captaining the replacement! Cancelo is an excellent bench option.

      3. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Definitely play Cancelo.

    • Obi-Wan Bissaka
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Does Salah just miss Leicester or Brighton as well? Can't seem to find anything conclusive.

      1. Sweetboi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        There's nothing conclusive because it all depends on when he returns a negative test.

        1. Obi-Wan Bissaka
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Ah OK, thanks

      2. William.gallant
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        call track and trace pretending to be Salah and see what they say?

      3. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        That's because there is nothing conclusive to find. We don't know until Salah tests negative, which he has not yet. I personally believe he will miss Leicester and Brighton based on the timeline of other Covid-positive players.

        1. OLB
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Agree +1

      4. MMN
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Doesn't the fact that be was able to travel back mean he's tested negative? Or he could come back to the UK before testing negative?

    • Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      If you had both, who would you captain:

      A) Werner (new)

      B) Bruno (WBA)

      1. Obi-Wan Bissaka
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I will when I get Bruno in, who I'lll be captaining 🙂

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        A

      3. cheese XL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bruno

      4. OLB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Have both - my captn is B and vice is A

    • Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I know Cancello is the trendy pick, but i really fancy a punt on Telles for United. Shaw had good attacking stats, and he is a better attacker.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        If you think Telles is better value than Coufal, Targett and the likes

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Captain

      A. DCL
      B. Bruno
      C. Ziyech
      D. Grealish

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        B

    • THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Jimenez to Vardy worth a hit?

      1. Phlajo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Not this GW

    • unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Best defender for next 7-10weeks

      A: Robbo
      B: Chilwell
      C: Cancelo

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        B

        1. unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          FYI - alreayd have reece

      2. OLB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Poss good points from having B and C

    • Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Anything need doing with this lot:

      Mendy
      Robbo Konsa Lamptey Zouma
      Berkley Zaha Bruno*
      Bamford Kane DCL

      3.2 itb
      0 FTs

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Midfield is weak. Look to improve it after this GW.

        1. Jellyfish
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Well I’ve got Salah on the bench which doesn’t help. Reluctant to take a hit as my defensive cover is sufficient. Thanks for your feedback

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            In that case you are gtg.

    • melvinmbabazi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Play Konsa or Lamptey?

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Konsa

      2. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Konsa plays, Lamptey 1st sub

    • zotter
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Bench one of

      A. Klich
      B. Dallas
      C. Lamptey.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        B

    • Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I hate the fact that with the impending deadline I need to finally make a decision on who to bring in for Salah. Has been avoiding this all week and now I have this pit in my stomach. Bound to be the wrong decision as well

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lmao pessimism at its finest.

      2. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Stay relaxed!

      3. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        It's hardly that important. No matter who you bring in, he should score more than Salah this week. What's your choices?

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          KDB, Bruno, Ziyech. Think I have settled on KDB as he was my transfer in next week anyway

      4. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Or do you keep him??

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A) Sell both Trent & Salah (-4)
      B) Sell just one
      C) Sell none (Play Kilman/Mitchell & Brewster)

      Thanks

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I have already sold Trent and will be selling Salah shortly, so I would go with A

      2. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I’d be tempted to shift Trent so B

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Thanks both

    • unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Which combo would you prefer next few weeks

      A: RJames + Chilwell + Barnes + 1.7m
      B: RJames + Cancelo + Son

    • LanMi
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Why is Maddison not nailed?

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Has only started 2 of his last 8. Rodgers rotating midfield options.

    • tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I was all set and done on Salah > Bruno (C).

      And now I don't know anymore. If Bruno blanks and Salah is back GW10 it'll be a huge fail.

      I guess it's what they call "overthinking".

      1. Big Mac 24
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        As plum as His fixture is, Bruno seems to do his damage on the road and has two tidy away games coming up next

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Plenty have already done Salah > Bruno (c) so it wouldn't be a massive fail. Free transfer?

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          For free yeah.

          It'll be a fail because it could be a 20 pts swing.

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Maybe. Wolves after Brighton will be tough... Worth a gamble imo.

    • JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      G2g?

      McCarthy
      Chilwell - Saiss - Lamptey
      Bruno (C) - Son - Grealish - Zaha
      Kane - Werner - DCL

      Forster - Justin - Mitchell - Stephens

      GW transfer: Salah > Bruno (C)

      Cheers all

    • Taegugk Warrior
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A. Salah to Bruno (-4)
      B. Play Klich
      C. Play Mitchell

    • JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Can someone confirm if Werner was pictured in training today please? Likely to play?

      1. Sweetboi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        He was.

    • Olson
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      who's got some hopes pinned on a bit of a differential this week then

      reckon my lad Bowen has a fine chance for scoring. needs to, on thin ice

    • Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Would you rather do
      A) Trossard > Jota -4 [Werner(C)] then Bowen > KdB next week
      B) Trossard > Rashford (C) -4 then Rashford > KdB next week
      C) hold Trossard this week then do Trossard > KdB next week

    • DK_13
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Best 3 week punt?

      9.6 or less(whatever money remains stays in the bank, rest of the team is set)

      I have bruno kdb grealish DCL Vardy

      A) rashford
      B) werner
      C)ziyech
      D) richalison
      E)other. If yes whom?

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Rash or Rich.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Rich Zaha or JRod

    • trimpos
        1 month, 29 days ago

        What is the possibility for sterling to start?
        Should i swap him for kdb?

        1. Il Capitano
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Think he'll start

        2. Ray In Bruges.
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Bottomed.

          Which 2 to start?

          ASM, Brewster, Justin, Kilman, KWP

        3. United84
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Martinez
          James Chilwell Cresswell Lamptey
          Rashford Bruno Son
          Kane DCL Watkins

          Steer Foden Mitchell Anguissa

          3.3M ITB

          Gtg? Anything worth a hit? Correct bench?

        4. BOATIES FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A) Salah and Wilson to Vardy and Ziychek

          B Salah to Bruno (c)
          C Salah to KDB

          Cheers

        5. MMN
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Any thoughts on how to use the single transfer this week? Likely Salah or Wilson out with Kilman stepping in for the other. 0 ITB.

          McCarthy
          Bellerin, Zouma, Chillwell
          Zaha, Salah*, Graelish, Son
          Kane, Wilson*, DCL

          Forster, Kilman, Riedewald, Phillips

        6. Coaly
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Zouma or James?
          Bamford or Watkins?