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Injury updates on Rudiger, Lukaku, Jota and more: Early Gameweek 8 team news

As always seems to be the case over international breaks, the injury flags are stacking up in Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

The pre-Gameweek 8 press conferences on Thursday and Friday will hopefully tell us more about the condition of the Premier League players who have picked up knocks, muscle strains and illnesses over the international fortnight but for those Fantasy managers thinking of making early transfers, we’ll round up what we know already here.

ROMELU LUKAKU

Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) played no part in Belgium’s UEFA Nations League third/fourth play-off against Italy on Sunday, withdrawing from his national team’s squad ahead of that fixture with “muscle fatigue”.

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez said of the issue in his pre-match press conference:

“Romelu Lukaku is suffering from muscle fatigue, same as Eden Hazard. They’re not in best conditions to play. They’re leaving the national team camp due to these problems – I don’t know how long it will take.”

ANTONIO RUDIGER

Antonio Rüdiger (£5.8m) missed Monday’s World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia with back problems.

The Chelsea stopper was absent from Germany’s final training session before that game but national team coach Hansi Flick had played down the severity of Rudiger’s injury:

“Antonio Rudiger didn’t train as a precautionary measure, he received treatment and was doing well today.

“It was a precautionary measure. The final training was more a matter of regeneration anyway. So it was okay for him in the hotel.”

DIOGO JOTA

Diogo Jota (£7.6m) missed Portugal’s win over Qatar on Saturday and has subsequently withdrawn from his national team’s squad.

Portuguese website SAPO Desporto initially reported that the Liverpool man hadn’t trained with his compatriots ahead of that international friendly “due to muscle problems” but comments from Portugal head coach Fernando Santos on Monday seemed to imply that Jota isn’t too badly injured:

“He trained a while ago, increased the intensity today with [the physio] but he didn’t train with us. The probability [that Jota will play] will be little. I’ll talk to him and see how he feels.

“If we see that he is in any condition to be on the bench and then he can come in, that’s fine. If we don’t, we won’t take the risk with a player who hasn’t been able to train with us for a long time. I’ll make the decision shortly, and if he can’t play, he’ll head back to Liverpool.”

RAPHAEL VARANE

Raphael Varane (£5.5m) picked up a muscle injury in Sunday’s UEFA Nations League final against Spain, limping off shortly before half-time.

The defender was subsequently pictured with ice on his right thigh and, on Tuesday, was ruled out for “a few weeks” by his club.

Owners of Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) will be watching with interest as Manchester United could be without both first-choice centre-halves for the clash with Leicester City, as Harry Maguire (£5.4m) remains a doubt for Gameweek 8.

LUCAS DIGNE

Missing out on France’s Nations League final success altogether was Lucas Digne (£5.3m).

The Everton left-back had previously withdrawn from his country’s squad due to a minor hamstring injury, despite being on the bench for Les Bleus’ 3-2 win over Belgium on Thursday.

The last update from the Toffees on Friday said that he would “return to USM Finch Farm to be assessed by the club’s medical team.”

VLADIMIR COUFAL

Vladimír Coufal (£4.9m) withdrew from the Czech Republic’s squad last week due to a minor groin injury – presumably the same problem that initially rendered him a doubt for Gameweek 7.

West Ham United’s Head of Medical, Richard Collinge, said:

“Vladimir has a slight groin injury that has caused him some discomfort. Both ourselves and the Czech Republic medical team agreed that it would be beneficial for him to get some rest during this period, and we will manage his recovery carefully with a view to him being available for selection again as soon as possible.”

OTHER INTERNATIONAL BREAK INJURIES/ILLNESSES

Kristoffer Ajer (£4.5m), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m), Josh King (£5.5m), Mathias Normann (£4.5m), Che Adams (£6.8m), Jonny Evans (£5.4m) and Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) have also all withdrawn from their respective national team squads but haven’t yet been ruled out of Gameweek 8.

Francisco Sierralta (£4.3m) will miss the upcoming Gameweek with a hamstring injury that forced his withdrawal from the Chile squad, however, while Francisco Trincao (£5.9m) must surely be a doubt for Wolves’ trip to Aston Villa after testing positive for Covid-19 while away with Portugal last Wednesday.

Curtis Jones (£5.0m) recovered from groin tightness to be on the bench for the England under-21s’ clash with Andorra on Monday, while Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.0m) had shaken off a knock that he picked up against Central African Republic on Thursday to feature against the same opposition on Sunday.

LATE RETURNEES?

As reported in our international break bible, there are 17 FPL assets representing South American nations over this two-week window.

Raphinha (£6.6m), Gabriel Jesus (£8.6m) and Emiliano Martinez (£5.5m) are among them.

Since that article, the head coaches of both Argentina and Brazil have confirmed that the Premier League contingent would not be returning to their clubs early and would instead be involved in World Cup qualifiers in the early hours of Friday morning, barely 36 hours before Gameweek 8 gets underway.

“There was never that possibility [of them returning to England early]. They were called up for the three games.” – Tite, Brazil manager

“We are not going to do the same as last time with the Premier League players. Before the game with Venezuela [in the September break] I said that they came to play all three games but the players raised a difficult decision for me and I understood it, I released them.

“Now the players are here to play the three games. Under no point of view, they will leave earlier.” – Lionel Scaloni, Argentina manager

RETURNING TO ACTION IN GAMEWEEK 8?

Thursday and Friday’s pre-match press conferences will be a must-watch not just for updates on the returning internationals but for the latest on the previously sidelined players who were earmarked for a comeback after this domestic football-less fortnight.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Richarlison (£7.4m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m), Patrick Bamford (£7.8m) and Ilkay Gundogan (£7.2m) are among the more notable names who could be poised for a Gameweek 8 return.

Klopp previously said that he “expected” Alexander-Arnold back after the international break and he has indeed been pictured in training as of Tuesday, while Pep Guardiola was “hopeful” on Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.3m) likewise being available.

Bielsa’s timeline of a month for Bamford suggests he could be nearing a return in Gameweek 8, while Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison had already been on the grass around the time of Gameweek 7 so should be close to a playing comeback.

A raft of Newcastle players, including Callum Wilson (£7.3m), were also anticipated to be back on the training ground.

322 Comments Post a Comment
  1. artvandelay316
      8 days, 23 hours ago

      Currently have TAA, VVD, Rudiger and Alonso.
      VVD to Cancelo or hold?

      1. Meechoo115
          8 days, 23 hours ago

          Wait for Trent news

        • KunDogan (B.D.)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 22 hours ago

          Ditch Alonso before VvD. Wait for TAA news.

      2. Dammit_182
          8 days, 23 hours ago

          Possible crisis or panic over nothing with these players in my squad:

          TAA
          Rudiger
          Raphinia
          Jimenez
          Lukaku

          My bench can absorb 2 of these 5 missing out. Going to wait till Friday but who do you think are the most likely to play??

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 days, 22 hours ago

            Crisis.

            1. Spike ⚽️
              • 10 Years
              8 days, 22 hours ago

              Crisis isn't on his list?

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                8 days, 22 hours ago

                Are you asking me or telling me?

          2. Meechoo115
              8 days, 22 hours ago

              Think Trent Rudi and Lukaku will play. Raph possible. Not sure what situation on Jimi is…

              Issue is all five are very decent picks so not worth transferring out!

              Wait for Friday as you say

            • Little Red Lacazette
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 22 hours ago

              I believe all will play save Raph

            • Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              8 days, 22 hours ago

              I expect Rudiger and Lukaku to be fine for GW8. We need to wait and see on TAA. Raphinha not looking likely to play GW8 as there is only 36 hours between Brazil's last game and Leeds 3pm KO away to Soton. Wolves confirmed on their official twitter page he will be back in time for the PL game. Mexico last game is Thurs 3:05am UK time and Wolves play Villa on Sat 3pm away to Villa. I think that is sufficient time for him to be available for selection if travel arrangements are in place.

            • Dammit_182
                8 days, 22 hours ago

                Cheers guys - not sure who crisis plays for but point taken it’s not clear if it’s a statement, question, ramblings of a mad man….

                Sound advice on not panic transferring anyone out and just accepting Raphinia will miss out but the others should be fine.

                Much appreciated

              • Bobby Digital
                • 4 Years
                8 days, 21 hours ago

                If all those miss out we'll all be in trouble.

                1. Dammit_182
                    8 days, 21 hours ago

                    Very fair point. Particularly those not on FH.

                2. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 21 hours ago

                  Season over.

                3. ryacoo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  8 days, 20 hours ago

                  I reckon Rudi Lukaku and Jimenez will be alright, Raphinha more dodgy and TAA who knows but can see him being saved for the United game potentially in theory

                4. St Pauli Walnuts
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  7 days, 17 hours ago

                  I have them all, plus Jota ha

              • Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                8 days, 23 hours ago

                Latest WC draft at the moment until the Internationals are finished and pressers later in the week.

                If Raphinha misses GW8, Duffy comes in. Not ideal starting Mbeumo and Toney v Chelsea but it's a long term play and hoping to save FT in GW9.

                What's peoples thoughts on the draft?

                1.7ITB
                Ramsdale
                TAA Cancelo Rudiger
                Salah Foden Raphinha Mbeumo
                Lukaku Antonio Toney
                (Foster Duffy Livramento Brownhill)

                1. Meechoo115
                    8 days, 23 hours ago

                    Almost same as mine.

                    I have esr Laporte instead of Duffy mbuemo but zero itb. My TV not so hot

                  • Meechoo115
                      8 days, 23 hours ago

                      Btw surely play Duffy this week? Over mbuemo

                      1. Tonyawesome69
                        • 2 Years
                        8 days, 22 hours ago

                        Prefer the OOP midfielder in Mbeumo over Duffy but it doesn't matter anyway with Raphinha most likely not ready to play in GW8.

                  • Ooh Ah Cantona
                      8 days, 22 hours ago

                      I'm seriously considering going Werner as a cheaper Lukaku on WC.
                      Pray for me.

                      1. Meechoo115
                          8 days, 22 hours ago

                          Wouldn’t do it. DCL much better option if want to go without premium striker

                        • Bobby Digital
                          • 4 Years
                          8 days, 22 hours ago

                          I like it.

                      2. BOATIES FC
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        8 days, 22 hours ago

                        On WC what are folks doing if Raph is confirmed out for gw8.
                        Still buying but benching or leaving him out completely?

                        1. Bruno Commando
                          • 7 Years
                          8 days, 22 hours ago

                          I'm benching

                        2. Tonyawesome69
                          • 2 Years
                          8 days, 22 hours ago

                          Long term play for me is to bench him for GW8. I don't want to plan a transfer to bring him in later. Also he shouldn't have this issue in the next IB in November. Last Brazil game is Tues 16th Nov and Leeds play Sunday 21st Nov 4:30 KO

                        3. Meechoo115
                            8 days, 22 hours ago

                            Buying and have Toney on bench

                          • JBG
                            • 3 Years
                            8 days, 22 hours ago

                            Benching, have Duffy, Livramento and D.Luiz.

                          • Camzy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            8 days, 21 hours ago

                            Benching. I have Duffy for a reason.

                          • BOATIES FC
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            8 days, 21 hours ago

                            Seems pretty unanimous then. Buy on WC but bench. Cheers all

                          • Eh, just one more thing ...
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            8 days, 21 hours ago

                            Bench

                            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              8 days, 21 hours ago

                              Benny Sarr and Livro to pick from as a replacement

                        4. Meechoo115
                            8 days, 22 hours ago

                            On Wc

                            Have Cancelo and Ramsdale

                            A. Laporte. Brownhill. Toney. Antonio

                            B. White. Mbuemo. Armstrong. DCL.

                            Brownhill and white would be mostly benched

                            1. Tonyawesome69
                              • 2 Years
                              8 days, 22 hours ago

                              Bit of a tough one, probably B edges it

                              1. Meechoo115
                                  8 days, 22 hours ago

                                  Thanks. On A. Will wait to see if DCL fit first.

                                  I think DCL > Antonio
                                  Toney > mbuemo

                                  Comes down to if Laporte nailed and if Armstrong does the business

                            2. Karan14
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              8 days, 22 hours ago

                              Sanchez
                              TAA* Cancelo James* Livramento
                              Salah Saka Gray
                              Ronaldo Antonio Toney

                              (4.0 Raphinha Semedo Sissoko)
                              0 FT & 1.5m

                              If James/TAA are still injured take a -4 for Semedo to Dias?

                              1. Meechoo115
                                  8 days, 22 hours ago

                                  Nothing wrong with playing Semedo. Would just do James to Rudiger if fit as more secure anyway

                                • Tonyawesome69
                                  • 2 Years
                                  8 days, 22 hours ago

                                  If both are out, it makes no sense to remove Semedo for a hit. I would just ride the injuries and hope both are available in GW9

                              2. fc_skrald
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                8 days, 22 hours ago

                                Get one/two ManC player in now or just avoid them?

                                a. Shaw + Fernandes -> Cancelo + KDB
                                b. Shaw -> Cancelo
                                c. Amartey -> Livramento

                                Sánchez
                                Shaw, Alonso, TAA, Duffy
                                Sarr, Salah, Fernandes
                                Ings, Antonio, Toney

                                Steele, Raphinha, Gilmour, Amartey
                                2 free transfers, 1.4 million in the bank

                                1. Meechoo115
                                    8 days, 22 hours ago

                                    I would do shaw Bruno Antonio to Cancelo Foden lukaku and join the wc crowd

                                    1. fc_skrald
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      8 days, 22 hours ago

                                      Thanks. I would like to keep the forwards as they are. And KDB should be a better captain choice if ever needed instead af Salah...

                                2. Echoes
                                  • 1 Year
                                  8 days, 22 hours ago

                                  If Che Adams is out for a while, does it favour or hinder Armstrong?

                                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                    • 4 Years
                                    8 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Guess that young lad, Walcott, will go up front. Whether it will help or not, I just don't know. Doubt RAlph and the two of them know either.

                                    1. Echoes
                                      • 1 Year
                                      8 days, 21 hours ago

                                      Good point. Cheers.

                                3. Joker91
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  8 days, 22 hours ago

                                  Ramsdale, Foster
                                  Azpi, Rudiger*, Dias, Cancelo, Livra
                                  Salah, Foden, Raph, Son, 4.5m
                                  Lukaku, Armstrong, 4.5m

                                  Thoughts on this wildcard? Squeezing in Son and 2x City and Chelsea def at the cost of a stronger front line (Inc. Antonio, which could backfire...)

                                  *Rudiger could be other Chelsea defender

                                  1. Bobby Digital
                                    • 4 Years
                                    8 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Rud Raph nd Lukaku might miss out

                                  2. KunDogan (B.D.)
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    8 days, 22 hours ago

                                    I think four expensive defenders can become a burden If you need to upgrade front 8 later on

                                4. Champions League Varane
                                  • 2 Years
                                  8 days, 22 hours ago

                                  1ft any suggestions please!? 0ITB
                                  Thanks

                                  Sa
                                  Semedo Trent Livra Christensen
                                  Salah Gallagher Raph
                                  Lukaku Ronaldo Antonio.

                                  Steer D.Luiz Sissoko Williams.

                                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                    • 4 Years
                                    8 days, 22 hours ago

                                    WC?

                                  2. KunDogan (B.D.)
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    8 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Save

                                5. Dthinger
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  8 days, 22 hours ago

                                  Brownhill is only 4.4 now? Should I sell Gilmour for the extra .1 ITB?

                                  1. Bruno Commando
                                    • 7 Years
                                    8 days, 21 hours ago

                                    Yes

                                  2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                    • 4 Years
                                    8 days, 21 hours ago

                                    If you need it

                                  3. KunDogan (B.D.)
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    8 days, 21 hours ago

                                    Would not waste a transfer to do that

                                  4. Eh, just one more thing ...
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    8 days, 21 hours ago

                                    Only if you have 2FT and nothing to do with them … don’t lose one when you can nab 0.1 and buy yourself something nice later.

                                    1. Dthinger
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      8 days, 21 hours ago

                                      I do have two transfers. Gilmour hasn't played in three of the last 4 GWs so I'm also concerned his price will drop

                                      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 9 Years
                                        8 days, 21 hours ago

                                        Cool … if no other pressing concerns, I’d do it.

                                  5. GreennRed
                                    • 10 Years
                                    8 days, 21 hours ago

                                    Who's keeping Gilmour out of Norwich team? Playing great stuff for Scotland and Norwich fixtures are easing a bit from GW10.

                                    1. Dthinger
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      8 days, 21 hours ago

                                      I don't know. Change of formation, maybe?

                                6. Dr Funk
                                  • 9 Years
                                  8 days, 21 hours ago

                                  Go with Foden and a cheap mid or have two out of Mbeuno, Townsend, Gallagher, Smith Rowe etc..?

                                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                    • 4 Years
                                    8 days, 21 hours ago

                                    I'd go with the cheapies myself.

                                7. Kun Tozser
                                  • 6 Years
                                  8 days, 21 hours ago

                                  Alonso > chilwell on WC?

                                8. theswallow1965
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  8 days, 5 hours ago

                                  Do I need to do anything with this bunch?

                                  Ramsdale / Begovic
                                  TAA / Cancelo / Alonso / Livra / Williams
                                  Salah / Saka / Sarr / Gray / Allan
                                  Ronaldo / Lukaku / Dennis

                                  0 itb
                                  1 FT

                                  Cheers guys.