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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. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ramsdale / Sanchez

    Cancelo Azpi Tomiyasu Livra (Marcal)

    Sarah Foden Townsend Saka (Kovacic)

    Lukaku Antonio (Maupay)

    Pretty set on Lukaku > Vardy

    But is it worth a hit for:

    A. Saka > Havertz/Mount
    B. Foden > Son
    C. Maupay > Edouard
    D. Marcal > Chilwell?

    Cheers guys

    1. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    2. Geordie19
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      That’s a proper hard one but yeah probably A

    3. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

  2. Geordie19
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Bottomed: Looks like vardy is going up tonight, lukaku down, worth pulling the trigger now?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes

    2. Devos
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yes

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Or wait to see if Antonio comes through unscathed.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Oh, that aged well!

            Yes.

    3. Kryptonite666
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Guys, need help. I’m blanking on what to do with Lukaku here for -4.

      0.3 ITB

      Sanchez
      TAA Cancelo Rudiger Livramento (Marcal)
      Salah Son Mbeumo Gray (Mendy)
      Vardy Lukaku (Perica)

      1. Geordie19
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Well I’d take him out, unless you start Marcal? Otherwise I’d look at maybe Jiminez or Eduaord?

      2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        If you did Lukaku to Toney, who could you get to next week with Perica or Mendy mate???

      3. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Has to be Jimenez, imo. Perica to Toney next GW

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Leeds are in ruins, Wolves are howling in attack

    4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Bottomed. Sorry for the repost.

      Best FWD under 7.4:

      A) Nacho
      B) Hwang
      C) Wilson
      E) Watkins

      1. Geordie19
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        C - Wilson. Bit biased but he scores goals

      2. waltzingmatildas
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Hmm maybe c

      3. Mo Mané No Problems
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        C

    5. Mo Mané No Problems
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Last decision on WC. Which one looks better? Player in brackets will be on the bench with Livra and Duffy.

      A) Hwang (D.Luiz)
      B) Townsend (Broja)

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

    6. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      On wc:
      A) vardy
      B) Kane

      1) foden
      2) havertz

      1. Mo Mané No Problems
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A1

    7. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      How’s that not a foul on Scarlett ?

      Joke

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Dunno. It's a Mysteron.

        1. Bolton’s Wanderers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Excellent reference!

        2. Goro Majima
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Round of applause.

    8. MGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Southampton fans, do you think A. Armstrong may start up too this weekend?

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        50/50

    9. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      First on bench (Keeping Saka in starting 11 right now)
      1. White vs Villa (home)
      2. Coady vs Leeds (away)

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        1

      2. Water_Pink
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        White

    10. merin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lukaku Saka -> Vardy Raphinha?

      Ramsdale Foster
      TAA Azpi Cancelo White Livramento
      Salah Foden Saka Mbeumo Douglas Luiz
      Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

      1 FT, 0.2 ITB

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Looks good

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Shift time

    11. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Evening chaps

      Lukaku & Mahrez to Kane & Havertz for -8?

      Yes or no?

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Anyone????

      2. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Not for -8.

        1. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Just Lukaku to Kane -4?

    12. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yep, no Antonio is the match squad.

      Jesus to the saviour?!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        More hits or bench depth needed.

        Whoever said benching headache 'eh?

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        West Ham United - KRC Genk lineups on SofaScore.com/west-ham-united-krc-genk/MsPhb

    13. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Auba (AVL, lei, WAT)
      Vardy (bre, ARS, lee)

      Really starting to fancy Auba over Vardy. Both nailed and on pens. Cheaper and more of a differential. Think I prefer Aubas fixtures. Brentford tight defensivly and Arsenal have improved as well. In addition, Auba in will give me a player to watch in the friday night game. Thoughts?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        No reason to agree, but I hope you are right. Am about 0.5 million short of WC I want.

    14. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Who to sell first

      Odegaard
      Sarr
      Raphinha

      Any ideas would be welcomed

      1. PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Why sell Raph?

      2. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Odegaard

      3. Snake Juice
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Odegaard

      4. Yank Revolution
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ode

    15. Snake Juice
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Saka's back in training.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yes one less worry

      2. Patron
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ayee!

    16. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thoughts on that WC team?
      Any other issues than no TAA?

      Raya/Foster
      Azpi/Cancelo/Chilwell/Livra/Duffy
      Salah/Son/Havertz/Raph/Mbeumo
      Vardy/Toney/Broja

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Looks good

      2. Birds of Prey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'd turn one of those Che def's into VVD. GL

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Good call

    17. cruzex
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Please,choose one:

      KDB + Toney

      Or

      Son + Jesus

      ty

      1. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Tough one- KDB and Toney I think

      2. Birds of Prey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        KDB and Toney seems due

      3. Patron
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A for me.

    18. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I had a funny feeling that there would be an Antonio injury issue too. But before the game... Is it that hamstring or another explanation?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A rest?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Less likely as West Ham are prioritising the Europa league after qualifying well along with the league.

          Likely something more serious but could be okay and patched up for Sunday?

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Lukasz Fabianski, Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio drop out.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Okay, in that case with 2 wins perhaps the Spurs rivalry is more important then.

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Albeit most of those are sat on the bench.

          2. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Still a rest.

      2. Brehmeren
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Rested

    19. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No Antonio, not even on the bench.

      1. Patron
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Id say thats good for owners

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yes- look how many starters are benched!

    20. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Who scores more over next two GWs:

      1. Toney (LEI, bur)
      2. Vardy (bre, ARS)

      Thanks

      1. Patron
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        U would say Vardy. I have Toney since the start but he really didn’t do much. Every time u watch him he is so close to a big haul, but never happens.

    21. King Huth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Is it worth doin grealish to havertz for -4 and (C)

      Differential upside and 3 game payoff

      1. Patron
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I wouldn’t.

    22. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Could use some help: Lukaku, Jota to

      A) Firmino, Son
      B) Toney, KDB
      C) Vardy, Havertz/Mount

      1. Patron
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B for me, bud I don’t think a lot will agree.

      2. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        C

      3. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        sure you want to lose jota?

      4. Yank Revolution
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        C, but forget Mount

    23. Patron
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      So down to this:

      a) KDB and Zaha
      b) Vardy and Jimenez

      1. Patron
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I had one job…

        KDB and Jimenez

        Or

        Vardy and Zaha

    24. cruzex
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      My WC team is Done.

      Gaita
      Cancelo Laporte Chilwel Livramento
      KDB (C) Salah Raph Mount
      Toney Vardy

      Bench: Raya White Mbeumo Scarlett

      KDB + Toney

      Or

      Son + Jesus??

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Let's talk about Kevin, prefer Jesus and Son

    25. ManofKent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Start Livramento -541 or Hwang 442?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        hwang!

        1. ManofKent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Probably sensible, but I can't see Burnley scoring...

    26. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I have no idea what to do with Jota. world is my oyster in terms of money, was however thinking raphinha. not keen on havertz.thoughts? thanks

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        could also upgrade to son

    27. lilmessipran
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Tonio just rested or injured or something?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        rested probably

      2. Siva Mohan
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        rested for Spurs

    28. Ronnies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Best option:

      A) Ronaldo > Kane
      B) Ronaldo > Vardy
      C) Keep Ronaldo

      Cheers.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        c

    29. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Gil needs to hit the gym, to lightweight for someone with no pace