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FPL Gameweek 9 injury and team news: Updates on Raphinha, Saka and more

We’ve got all the Gameweek 9 team news so far in our first injury round-up of the pre-match press conferences.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa was one of seven Premier League head coaches to face the media on Thursday, while a further 13 top-flight bosses are set to provide us with fitness updates on Friday.

Among them will be Thomas Tuchel, who may be able to supply us with more information on Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m). The Belgian suffered a twisted ankle on Wednesday night and, according to his manager, will miss “some matches”.

In the meantime, we’ll summarise the key updates from today’s pressers in the article below.

Don’t forget to keep checking our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans tab, which will be gradually refreshed between now and Friday’s Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadline.

LEEDS UNITED

Having missed out in Gameweek 8, Raphinha was mentioned in passing by his manager in Thursday’s press conference.

The Brazilian is isolating in lodgings near the club’s training ground but is able to leave his quarters to train and play, and there was nothing from Bielsa to suggest the winger wouldn’t be match-fit enough to face Wolves this weekend.

Robin Koch (pelvis), Patrick Bamford (ankle), Junior Firpo (muscle) and Luke Ayling (knee) remain out, however, while Kalvin Phillips (calf/hip) also looks set to remain sidelined despite a return to training.

“Ayling and Bamford are not going to be here for the next two games. Raphinha has acclimatised back to his return to England. Koch still has at least one month to go.

“Kalvin [Phillips] is healthy but he hasn’t competed for three weeks, if he played on Saturday it would be far too quick. After three weeks out, it’s necessary for more football training. In this stage, he’s done training sessions for recovery, physical preparation and progressive work with the ball. To think of him for Saturday would be to bring him back too soon before he’s back at his complete best.

“Firpo is evolving quickly and well. I could not tell you exactly how long he has left but the next two games, no. From Norwich (Gameweek 10) onwards, he has chances of being back in the team.” – Marcelo Bielsa

ARSENAL

Granit Xhaka (knee) is the only definite absentee for Arsenal’s clash with Aston Villa but Mikel Arteta was coy on the rest of his team news, with Bukayo Saka (calf) one of the players who needs assessing ahead of Friday’s game.

“[Saka] hasn’t trained yet, we have to assess him today and see how he is. It’s down to the doctors and himself to see how he recovers and how he is feeling between today and tomorrow.

“We have a training session today. We have two or three players that finished the game with some issues, and we have to review them today.” – Mikel Arteta

Kieran Tierney was among those not sighted in training yesterday but “bumps and bruises” were cited as the reason.

SOUTHAMPTON

Che Adams (muscle) has been passed fit for the weekend, leaving just Jack Stephens (knee) on the treatment table for Southampton’s clash with Burnley.

James Ward-Prowse serves the second game of a three-match ban, however.

“There’s still Jack Stephens missing. Ché Adams is back in training and is available for the weekend. There are no injuries there otherwise, so I can pick from a big squad.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl

Asked about his decision to start Armando Broja and bench Adam Armstrong in Gameweek 8, Ralph Hasenhuttl said:

“[Broja] had a slow start here but I think showed very quickly that he has some weapons you can use. Because of the injury to Che, it was the first chance for him to start and I think he grabbed his chance with both hands.

I’m 100% convinced about [Armstrong]. He had a good start with the first goal immediately and then also had a few good games, missing the second goal what he could score in a few games. I’m sure that he will make a lot of games. We have a lot of options up front, we have to look who gets the right decision in the right moments. He can score goals, he shows in every [training] session. It won’t take long until he scores his second in the league.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Steven Alzate (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (hamstring) remain out but Adam Webster (hamstring) has an “outside chance” of featuring against Manchester City following a return to training.

“Adam Webster’s been training this week, he’s had a good week and there’s an outside chance he’ll be available.

“Danny [Welbeck] and Steven [Alzate] are still obviously away, but everyone else is available for selection.

“Tariq [Lamptey] responded really well. He was excited to be on the pitch, he enjoyed it. He’s got a lot of work to do, we just need to keep helping him get back to the Tariq Lamptey we all know.” – Graham Potter

ASTON VILLA

Matty Cash (dead leg), Leon Bailey (thigh) and Bertrand Traore (thigh) are all available for selection, leaving Trezeguet (knee) as the only Aston Villa player on the sidelines on Friday.

“Bertrand Traore and Leon Bailey have come back from four or five weeks out, so we’re building up their fitness. They’ll be in the squad but I’ll have to assess where they are. They’ve both got a chance [of starting]… but are probably lacking fitness minutes.” – Dean Smith

Keinan Davis (knee) has returned to training but looks set to be given game-time with the under-23s before being considered for a first-team return.

BURNLEY

Ben Mee (illness), Matej Vydra (knock) and Charlie Taylor (knock) will all be assessed ahead of the Clarets’ trip to Southampton, while Dale Stephens (ankle) remains out.

“We are going to have to make a decision on all three of them because they are close. It is a three-game week so we will have to make a decision on them. They are all close to it, it’s who we decide for what reasons. We are hopeful on those three but we will have to make a call on it tomorrow.

“Dale Stephens is out on the grass, a longer-term situation.” – Sean Dyche

WATFORD

Peter Etebo (thigh), Nicolas Nkoulou (lack of match fitness), Francisco Sierralta (hamstring) and Christian Kabasele (hamstring) will all miss the trip to Everton but Joshua King has recovered from the knee injury that forced him off in Gameweek 7, having returned to full training this week.

“His best position is right wing. I tried to put him very close to the Liverpool centre-backs and attack on their shoulders. It wasn’t possible and in the second half, I put him in his position. He is much better there.” Claudio Ranieri on Ismaila Sarr

“Ben, in training sessions and on the pitch, is always concentrating. He is thinking of his future. He’s a great actor, great goalkeeper – that’s it.” – Claudio Ranieri on questions over Ben Foster spending too much time on his YouTube channel


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670 Comments Post a Comment
  1. GS456
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Did anyone spot Sakah on the Arsenal training videos they posted?

      1. GS456
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks

  2. C_G
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    good to go? 2.2 ITB

    used my FT early in the week. pls RMT and help!

    Sanchez

    TAA White Livra Alonso

    Salah (c) Son Raph Benrama

    Antonio Vardy

    Steele King Allan Williams

  3. Cynical
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Lukaku out for -4 or play Livramento and transfer Lukaku next week?

    1. baines is god
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      play Livramento

  4. DagheMunegu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Lukaku Saka Benhrama to Vardy Havertz Mbeumo -8?

    Yes or no ?

    I still have the WC and I don't have enough money for the first two only

    TAA Cancelo Rudiger
    Salah Raphina Grealish Benrahma Saka
    Antonio Lukaku

    Livra white

    1. baines is god
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      no need for the 8 point hit when you have two good subs to pick for this wek.

      Any way to get Havertz in without a hit?

      If not I'd just do Lukaku to Vardy

  5. lewis274
      1 month, 15 days ago

      is Lukaku to Vardy worth it for a free transfer ??

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        You don't spend much time round here do you?

      2. TKC07
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Try Lukaku to Havertz for a hit..

      3. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        No coz kaku can easily score 0 points. So worth keeping.

      4. Plonatron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        No way .. easy hold in your case

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Another good night for winks lots of sideways passing and zero impact on the game

    • Bumbaclot
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Foden or Havertz ladies and gents?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Both for the cool kids

      2. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Havertz surely? Nailed and better fixtures

      3. Sad Pablo Arsecobar
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hav will probably play CF for a few weeks as well

    • Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Start Jota or Hwang?

      Ta 🙂

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hwang

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hwang

      3. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hwang

      4. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks all

      5. King Kun Ta
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hwang

      6. Hwanging by a Fred
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hwang

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Still doing Saka to Haverts-4

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Sticking the armband on him, too??

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Think so yeah

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Am doing it myself. Fingers crossed he supplies the goods for us...!

    • Kryptonite666
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Thinking of

      Lukaku, Gray and Perica to Wilson, Toney and Havertz for a -12.

      One return should pay it off ?

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Not a big fan of spreading the cash around or a benching headache. But the moves look good.

      2. BOATIES FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Sounds very drastic

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Wow -12, makes me feel better sitting on -4 & thinking of Lukaku > Auba for another hit 🙁

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Bodø 6 - Roma 1

      Fixed?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Defo a bung in there

      2. TKC07
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Mourinho back in PL soon?

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      2FTs, 0.4itb. Considering the below…

      Ronaldo+Mount+Shaw >> Vardy+Havertz+Chillwell (-4)? Or no need for a hit?

      Sanchez
      Rüdiger. TAA. Livramento
      Salah. Mount. Raph. Sarr
      Ronaldo. Antonio. ASM
      (Foster, White, Shaw, Gilmour)

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Don't, think Mount will step up now too.

    • Riverside Red
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      With a Man U renaissance possible against Pools I've gone for Havertz (c) and also transferred in Vardy for (-4). Can't see Salah outscoring Havertz this week. Supported by FF Hub predictions tool.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Havertz can bang this week for sure

    • Siva Mohan
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      2 FTs

      Salah | Raph | Ben | Saka*
      Vardy | Antonio | Lukaku*

      Saka + Lukaku >> Kai + Auba

      do it?

    • FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Sanchez (4.0)
      Alonso cancelo liv (marcal williams)
      Salah mahrez jota gray (sissoko)
      Ronaldo jimmy antonio

      Thinking jota + mahrez -> Kai + raph -4

      Mahrez I feel def won't start. Jota and Alonso have an outside chance but Jota against united. If Alonso doesn't play, marcal comes in.

      Thoughts?

    • FCSB
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Bottomed

      Ramsdale
      TAA Cancelo James
      Salah Foden Mbeumo Raphinha
      Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

      Foster Livramento Duffy Brownhill

      1FT, 0.4 itb

      1. Toney (get Vardy for Antonio GW11)
      2. Vardy (get Toney for Antonio GW11)
      3. Kane

      Thanks

    • thepancakeman123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Sarr + Lukaku > Son/Havertz + Toney for a -4.

      Yay or nay?

    • Eastman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Play 2 from
      A. Livramento (BUR)
      B. Toney (LEI)
      C Foden (Bri)

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        BC

      2. cheese XL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        AC

    • TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Havertz worth a hit from any of Mbuemo, Raphinha or Foden?

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Tricky as think all of them got good chance of scoring !

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Don't think so for a hit
        Especially when bearing in mind Raph has Norwich in GW10, Mbeumo Burnley and Foden Palace

    • Fernandito
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What should i do guys?

      A Keep Ronaldo
      B Ronaldo to Kane/Vardy
      C Ronaldo & Gray to KDB & Toney

    • Alex1995
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Hate to take a hit one week after wildcarding last week, but is Saka > Havertz worth it?

      Current team:

      Ramsdale
      TAA Azpi Cancelo Livra
      Salah Raph Saka*
      Vardy Jimi Antonio

      Foster Mbuemo Brownhill Duffy

    • Forcella Boys
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Should I pull the trigger tonight on Lukaku & Sarr > KDB & Toney, I’ve got 2 FT, would leave 0.00 in the bank

      1. WenzelK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Oh yes!

        1. Forcella Boys
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Ta mate I’ll do it now

    • Forcella Boys
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      At mate I’ll do it now

    • Tripleh123
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      G2G?

      Sanchez
      TAA Cancelo Dias Alonso
      Salah Benrahma Raph Gray
      Antonio Vardy

      Subs: Sarr, Duffy, Scarlett

      For a hit of -4,

      a. Alonso> Rudiger
      b.Alonso>Chilwell
      c. Stick

    • FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Fingers crossed for Saka.

      What a player!

    • Mr. Mystic
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Start Mbuemo or Livramento?