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Gameweek 7 team news: Bamford out, Raphinha fit

Patrick Bamford (ankle) and Luke Ayling (knee) will miss Leeds United’s Gameweek 7 clash with Watford but Raphinha (hip) has been passed fit, as reported by their manager. Not the Gameweek 7 team news you’d hoped for.

Marcelo Bielsa was one of six Premier League head coaches to face the media on Thursday, with the other 14 top-flight bosses set to provide us with injury updates on Friday – be it in the form of a standard pre-match press conference or from embargoed quotes given after tonight’s Europa League and Conference League ties.

We’ll round up the key updates from today’s virtual conference calls so far in the article below. Don’t forget to keep checking our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans tab, which will be gradually updated between now and Saturday’s Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadline.

LEEDS UNITED

Leeds will not only have Raphinha available for selection against the Hornets but centre-halves Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk, too. The pair are returning from injury and suspension respectively.

“Raphinha is available, Bamford isn’t. And another player who was injured but who is [now] available is Llorente.” – Marcelo Bielsa

Bielsa offered us an update on Bamford’s recovery, which hinted that he would be nearing a return after the October international break given that the striker has sustained his ankle problem at Newcastle in mid-September.

“Bamford has an ankle injury that is surely going to take him a few more weeks to resolve, it hasn’t been a simple injury. It will likely take him from the period in which he was injured to when he returns, around a month.” – Marcelo Bielsa

Bamford himself had been discussing his injury on Leeds’ official podcast this week.

“It’s been about 10 days now, since I did it. In that 10 days, I’ve done very little. It’s not ready to run on yet. I imagine within the next 10 days, then I’ll be able to run.

“Once I can start running and changing direction normally, then back in with the team, probably a week.” – Patrick Bamford

Robin Koch (pelvis) and Luke Ayling (knee) are also set to remain out, joining Adam Forshaw (thigh) on the sidelines.

“Ayling has a problem in his knee that is going to require a simple surgical intervention. That will also require some time after this procedure is done.

Koch has a problem in his pubis which is a very rebellious injury. There is no prognostic for when he will be recovered because it can last a short period of time or a long period of time. That’s subject to his evolution.” – Marcelo Bielsa

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Graham Potter said that Yves Bissouma (knee) is “making progress” ahead of the clash with Arsenal, adding that a decision on his involvement will be made later in the week.

Danny Welbeck is seeing a specialist on his hamstring issue, while Steven Alzate (ankle), Adam Webster (hamstring) and Enock Mwepu (groin) are all out.

BURNLEY

Matej Vydra (back) and Jay Rodriguez (hamstring) could recover for the visit of Norwich City but Maxwell Cornet (hamstring) looks set to sit Gameweek 7 out.

“With Vyds, I think he has got a strong chance of being with us and available. I don’t think Maxwel will be, he’s going well but it will probably be too quick a turnaround. It’s probably too risky.

“Jay Rodriguez is back on the grass with the physio so he has got of chance of being involved on Saturday.” – Sean Dyche

Connor Roberts (match fitness/groin) and Dale Stephens (ankle) remain unavailable but Kevin Long is nearing a return to fitness after recovering from a long-term ankle issue.

ARSENAL

Except for Granit Xhaka, who was earlier this week ruled out for three months with a knee problem, the Gunners reported on Thursday that “all other players in the men’s first-team squad are currently fit and available for selection.”

WATFORD

The Hornets confirmed on Thursday that Peter Etebo tore a quad muscle in Gameweek 6 and is expected to be out for four to five months.

In better news, Tom Cleverley (concussion) and Daniel Bachmann (knee) are available for the Leeds game after returning to training.

SOUTHAMPTON

Longer-term injury victim Jack Stephens (knee) is the only confirmed absentee for Southampton’s trip to Chelsea.

“Jack Stephens is still out. The rest, not so big issues. One or two players a little bit struggling. Yesterday we had everyone on the pitch.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl

Stuart Armstrong (calf) has rejoined training this week and will be assessed ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge:

“Since this week, he’s training with the team. We will have a look how he is, if he’s part of the squad on the weekend, then we will decide what we want to do with him. He was 42 days out, I think.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl

Theo Walcott and Will Smallbone had previously returned to the training ground earlier in September but have yet to make a playing comeback after their injury-enforced absences.

485 Comments Post a Comment
  1. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Bamford + Taa ➡ Lukaku + White

    Is this stupid even if TAA misses the Watford game and got few tricky fixtures afterwards?

    1. _figu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I like it a lot.

    2. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      do it and give Rom the armband

    3. Mozumbus
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I'm thinking of moving out TAA with 2FT and WC in GW8. Major problem with this is I'd need two transfers or a hit to get him back in the future keeping in view the price point. I think I'll still ship him out for the near future.

      • Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        The transfers are solid with a good run of fixtures. Liv have some patchy fixtures, but I'd want a plan to get TAA back at some point

      • caldracula
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Just bam out

    4. Strchld
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I there any Shaw rumours?

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        could just be illness as might be fit

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          He went off injured v Villa?

    5. _figu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Ramsdale
      TAA* White Semedo
      Salah Jota Sarr Gray
      Ronaldo Antonio Bamford*

      4.0 Digne Sissoko Livramenko

      1 FT, 1.3 ITB

      Any advice what to prioritize?

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Bamford easily

        1. _figu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Don't want Jimmy. Requires a hit for Vardy/Lukaku.

      2. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Ditch Digne for Rudiger/Christensen I think.
        If you want a hit then Bamford > Jimenez?

        1. _figu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Digne to Rudiger was earmarked for this GW. Looking at other options too.

          I can do that transfer next GW of I sell Trent & Bamford for a hit this week.

    6. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      quick fire votes! Thanks

      Midfielder choice:
      A - Saka
      B - Raph

      Defender choice:
      1 - Alonso
      2 - Rudiger?

      1. _figu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B,2

      2. Vertigo
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B2, if you can handle missing Raph GW8.

        1. Rinseboy
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          why is he out GW8?

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Called up for Brazil and the last game v Uruguay is around 37 hours prior to the KO on Saturday

          2. Vertigo
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Brazil play Uruguay the day before.

      3. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B,2

      4. caldracula
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Rr

    7. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Off to the game on Saturday so I can't not captain Lukaku really, good luck all I'm off to the pub now!

      Ramsdale
      Alonso Duffy Livramento
      Salah Benrahma Sarr Doucoure
      Ronaldo Lukaku(c) Antonio

      Steele Sissoko *TAA Tsimikas 0FT 0.0 ITB

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        this reads like it should be posted at 10.59am Saturday!

        looks good

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Must be a long boozing session to take you up to the game on Saturday

      3. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Lukaku hasn't scored in 3 or 4 games since I brought him in!

    8. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      "Koch has a problem in his pubis which is a very rebellious injury."

      My goodness

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Should change his name to Kroch.

    9. CoracAld2831
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A.

    10. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Repost

      Which pair scores most points this GW(WC in gw8)?

      A: Vardy + ESR
      B: Vardy + Gallagher
      C: Son + White
      D: Lukaku + Gray
      E: Lukaku + Luiz

      1. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        A or D

        1. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Thanks

    11. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Iheanacho not starting in Europe.....hoping he starts in the PL soon - Leicester fixtures are ok and he's dropped in price a fair bit too.

      1. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        He had a passport issue thats why he isnt playing but yeah, hope he starts soon

      2. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Some sort of documentation issue the reason for why he's not involved tonight.

      3. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        ah thanks for the info!
        might have talked myself into him on my WC as a wild punt...

    12. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Am i silly considering Shaw + CR7 > Azpilicueta + Lukaku -4? I’m planning the move for the next 5GW’s, i fancy Lukaku to run riot, and he will be my (C) just not convinced by Man United at the moment.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I don't think Ronaldo to Lukaku is worth a -4 when Ronaldo is a good captaincy pick but if you are not convinced then go for it. As you said it's long term moves

        1. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Hmmm but obviously i’d hold Lukaku for 5 GW’s. Tough one

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I don't want to change your mind if you have a gut feeling about Ronaldo/ United but that's my opinion from this GW point of view

            1. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Agree

    13. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Unfortunately no answer in the previous page

      A bit unclear on what to do before WC in GW8. I may end up with only 10 players (need min 3 defs) with Alonso a rotation risk

      A. TAA to Azpi and play Brownhill or Livramento
      B. A + Bamford to Wood/Jimenez (-4)

      1FT 0.1ITB
      Foster
      Alonso Veltman TAA*
      Salah Benrahma Raphinha Jota
      Ronaldo Antonio Bamford*
      (Bachmann Brownhill Livramento Ayling*)

      1. _figu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Why not WC this week?

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I think my team can hold out for 1 more GW. Prefer the idea of WC over the IB.

      2. Cojones of Destiny
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B with wood punt

    14. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Jota is livestreaming fifa, should I ask if he plays sunday?

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        nope

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        absolutely, ask him if he is starting* on Sunday

      3. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Ask him whether he'll haul or not on Sunday

      4. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Is he missing a lot of big chances?

      5. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        he said he plays fifa on sunday!

    15. jimmy.floyd
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Sarr or Saka?

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        saka

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Saka - long term pick

    16. tabby98
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      What to do here guys??

      Sanchez, Foster
      TAA, Rudiger, Veltman, Ayling*, Tsimikas
      Salah, Benrahma, Sarr, Raphinha, Sissoko
      Ronaldo, Toney, Antonio

      £2.8m ITB
      1FT

      A) Ayling —> Alonso/Azpi
      B) Ayling —> Cancelo/Dias
      C) Toney + TAA —> Lukaku + Semedo (-4)
      D) TAA + Ayling —> Cancelo + Alonso
      E) Hold

      Or any other suggestions?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        You most likely will only have 2 playing defenders so do Ayling to Azpi

      2. Champ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Dias for Ayling

    17. YoungPretender
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      TAA, Bamford & Jota > Rudiger, Lukaku & Saka? (-8)

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        actually think that'll pay off

      2. YoungPretender
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        The alternative is a miserable Livramento & Williams double up

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I am starting this "miserable duo"

          Reece and TAA crocked. Holding them for GW8.

          Jota> Saka is my transfer this week.

      3. Bob Vrabkab
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Definitely

    18. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Jota>Saka for free?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        yes

    19. VIVA_RONALDO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Is Toney to Jimmy for this week worth a -4?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        no

      2. Champ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Don’t think so.

      3. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        No

    20. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Keep Ronaldo for this GW or sell for Lukaku?

      1. Champ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I would keep

      2. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Keep and see how lukaku plays vs soton. His underlying stats is far behind Ron atm

    21. TheYogaDaddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      What to do here?

      Sanchez (Steele)
      TAA* Shaw* White (Livramento) (Amartey)
      Salah Jota Sarr Greenwood (Brownhill)
      Ronaldo Antonio Toney

      2ft, 1.2 itb, Wildcard still available, but trying to save for gw 8.

      Should I transfer out TAA and Shaw for two Chelsea defenders? And then hope that Greenwood and Jota get some minutes?

    22. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      2FT, £0.0 ITB, still have WC

      Meslier, Foster
      TAA, Marcal, Digne, White, Tsimikas
      Salah, Raphina, Torres, Gilmour, Benrahma
      Bamford, Ronaldo, Antonio

      A) Bamford to Jiminez and roll FT for International break

      B) use both transfers to get rid of Torres and Bamford (prefer not to)

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Both are not ideal to hold but if you prefer to have 2FTs over the IB then remove one of them this GW

      2. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        TAA and Torres to Rudi/Azpi and Sarr. WC gw8

      3. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Even Bamford to Jimmy and the TAA move, wc gw8

      4. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Hoping to save WC for now.

    23. Bluebloodedkiwi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Would you switch Bamford for Jimenez for a -4 hit?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        If you don't have a good replacement then it's worth considering

      2. Mozumbus
          2 months, 2 days ago

          No bench?

          1. Bluebloodedkiwi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Some - Duffy & Allan. But with TAA and Jota in the starting line up it’s looking a thin bench!

      3. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Lukaku Gallagher > (V)ardy Benrahma -4?

        Sets me up to get Cancelo and Dias for GW8. I am not going any CHE defence.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          🙂

        2. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          not for me

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I will have still have Ronaldo and GW7. Antonio staying long term.

            Vardy getting his rest tonight as well. Just waiting for the West Ham match to see what happens with Benny.

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              strange moves. I think you are only looking at it for only this GW. Lukaku and Gallagher are good long term picks

        3. caldracula
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Yeah not a chance from me.

      4. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Jota> Saka tonight? Can catch the price rise. Or better to wait?

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Another set of pressers tomorrow. If you have the bench to cover the risk then it's worth considering to do tonight

      5. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Talk to me, want to hit wildxard gw8, 1ft 1m itb

        Sanchez
        TAA* Shaw* Semedo
        Salah Jota* Greenwood* Bemrahma Sarr
        (R)onaldo Antonio
        Steele* Ayling* Amartey* Scarlett*

        *doubt/dud
        Thinking TAA to Rudiger bedore deadline. Any other ideas even with a hit?

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Depends on the Shaw news. You may end up with only 1 playing def

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Have 1ft though?

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Yeah I ignored that bit and went straight to the hit part of your post.

              You may end up with only 2 playing defs* Another playing defender for a hit could be worth it as a long term move

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          TAA to Rudiger is a good move. Hopefully Shaw is good. Wait for pressers/more info on Jota & Greenwood. I'd have a draft wc ready in advance though, just in case ..

      6. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Is this solid enough to hold for 1 more week, before gw8 wc? FT currently being held for Shaw news. If not positive, then will move to a Che def. Gilmour is obviously a bench worry. Jota .. I'll run with.

        1FT, 0itb
        Foster
        Duffy, Shaw*, White
        Salah, Jota, Benrahma, Raph, Gilmour*
        Ronaldo(c), Antonio(vc),

        Subs: Bachman, TAA**, Ayling**, Bam**

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          If Shaw is fit then you could roll with it

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            That's my thinking. If Shaw is fit, then thoughts on the FT usage?

            Looking at the possible weakest points

            Gilmour to Brownhill v Nor - so I'm not fielding 10 players
            Jota to Sarr v Lee - has perhaps more upside

      7. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Emerli scores for Warsaw against Leicester City.

      8. Will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Best 4.0 defender? Manquillo (NEW)?

        1. Maeki2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Think so

      9. tabby98
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Who to replace Ayling with? (already have rudiger)
        A) Azpi
        B) Cancelo
        C) Dias
        D) Alonso

        1. Mozumbus
            2 months, 2 days ago

            B

          • fricky_
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Long term probably Cancelo, for one GW, Azpi

            • Maeki2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 2 days ago

              B

          • The 12th Man
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Which option?
            1 FT 0.0m itb.
            Meslier
            TAA*, Dias,Rudiger,Shaw*
            Gray,Salah, Raphinha
            Ronaldo,Lukaku,Dennis

            Gunn,Livramento,Bissouma,Gilmour

            A) Shaw,Bissouma >> White/Tomyasu + ESR/Odegaard -4 ( bench TAA)
            B) TAA, Bissouma >> Christiansan, Saka -4 leaving enough for Dennis > Toney another week.

          • SKENG
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Would you WC this? 1 FT, 0.9 ITB

            Foster Bachmann
            Azpilicueta Duffy TAA* Ayling* Amartey*
            Salah Jota Greenwood Benrahma Sarr
            Ronaldo Antonio Obafemi*

            1. Strchld
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              No. I have worse team and won't WC yet. Just get a playing defender and your should be fine.