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The latest news on Lukaku’s ankle injury ahead of FPL Gameweek 9

Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) looks set to miss Gameweek 9 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) after twisting his ankle in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League.

The Belgian limped out of Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Malmo and while an exact timeframe on his recovery is still not known, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed after full-time that his striker would miss “some matches”.

Lukaku was the second most-bought FPL forward of Gameweek 9 before news of his injury broke, sitting in over a third (36.3%) of Fantasy squads in total.

Well over 60% of the top 10,000 FPL managers owned the Belgium international, too.

Lukaku had also been top of our captaincy poll for the upcoming Gameweek, with over half of our voters backing the premium striker with the armband:

We’ve now reset the results of that poll, which you can vote on again in the sidebar of this page.

TUCHEL’S COMMENTS ON LUKAKU’S INJURY AND ROTATION

It was a double-whammy for Chelsea on the injury front, with Timo Werner (£8.6m) succumbing to a hamstring strain shortly before the interval.

Tuchel said of his injured strike duo:

“Romelu twisted his ankle with the foul in the box and Timo has a hamstring injury. It will take a while for both of them. We need more examinations to be more precise but they will be out for some matches.

“If I knew before [the game], I wouldn’t have [started Lukaku]. But how can you know it before and it was necessary that he was on the pitch and he started very strong. I spoke with him about the situation, that I think that he carries a bit of mental fatigue around with him. I think that is also normal but he is our number nine and is our reference upfront.

“The best thing against mental fatigue is a goal and we knew that we could be the dominant team. We knew that we wanted to build our attack today with Mason and Timo around him and him as the reference up front in the middle.

“I had the strong belief that in a Champions League match he could turn things around in terms of scoring and being decisive, which he actually did because he was super strong in our start. He took the foul and without him maybe it’s not 2-0,

“So no, I don’t regret it. It’s not a muscle injury or because of physical fatigue. He is a little bit overplayed, this is my opinion and maybe I’m not even right. This was a moment to give him confidence and let him play. I don’t regret it, things like this can happen. It was bad luck.”

There were also some ominous words on rotation from Tuchel, who named a strong team for a routine win over the Swedes:

“This will be maybe one of the shortest pre-match meetings in my history of coaching because we want everything on the same level. We have the chance to switch on some positions, to demand from everybody physically the same input.”

Ben Chilwell (£5.7m), Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.2m) and Andreas Christensen (£5.1m) started their second successive matches of the week, although the first two of those were handed breathers midway through the second half.

Antonio Rudiger (£5.8m) and Thiago Silva (£5.5m) were both back in the starting XI after missing Gameweek 8 but Reece James (£5.5m) and Marcos Alonso (£5.9m) were again only substitutes.

WHO PLAYS UP FRONT NOW FOR CHELSEA?

On the assumption that Werner and Lukaku do indeed miss Gameweek 9, Chelsea need a new attacking spearhead against the Canaries.

With the likes of Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi gone from the club either on a permanent basis or on loan, the European champions are short of options up top.

Enter Kai Havertz (£8.1m).

The German replaced Lukaku after 24 minutes of Wednesday’s clash, going on to score his side’s third goal with a fine finish having earlier wasted a clearer opening. Havertz racked up four shots in all, the most of anyone on show.

Havertz has occasionally played as false nine in the past and ended 2020/21 mostly being used in that role, although hasn’t had a look-in through the middle since Lukaku joined. He’ll very likely be the man playing centrally on Saturday and at 3.9% owned, is a veritable FPL differential for the visit of the Premier League’s basement club.

“Always, always a chance and it is always necessary to prove a point. We will have some games without Romelu and Timo so everyone is invited to join the race for minutes on the pitch.

“When they are on the pitch, they need to show their hunger and determination to be decisive and be in the box.

“This is how it is and they did it today but there’s still room to improve and on Saturday we need the same performance, hunger and determination from whoever starts for us because we need goals to win matches. We want to find solutions without Romelu and Timo, that’s clear. Everyone will join the race to be decisive for us.” – Thomas Tuchel on Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi

WHO ARE THE BEST LUKAKU REPLACEMENTS IN FPL?

We’ll have an article out tomorrow looking at the best replacements for the Belgian in FPL.

In the meantime, you can propose your own alternatives in our Hot Topic and see what our Rate My Team projections think for the coming six Gameweeks.


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1,519 Comments Post a Comment
  1. XX SMICER XX
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    A. Alonso & Lukaku to 5.3M Def & Kane -4
    B. Brownhill & Lukaku to Havertz(c) & Broja -4
    C. Lukaku to ????
    D. Leave

    Ramsdale
    Canelo Dias Rudiger Alonso
    Salah Townsend Raphinha Mbeumo
    Vardy Antonio

    Foster Livramento Brownhill Lukaku

    1FT, 0.0ITB

    1. Cutlerini
        3 months, 5 days ago

        If you think Alonso starts over Chilwell, then option D to leave it is fine. Your team is good IMO.

        Otherwise, Luk to Auba could be worth the punt? Don’t see the need to 4pt hit with Livra on your bench.

    2. Steevo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Semedo -> Chilwell (-4) worth it?

    3. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      So, Chelsea without a recognised striker and Havertz(alongside Vardy) is really tempting me.
      Somebody talk me out of a -8 (a week after WC no less 😀 )

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        as long as you are not taking another -8 to get rid of them, it will be fine.

        1. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Havertz is an unknown under Tuchel, so can't really say if I'll be looking to keep him or ship him out soon. Will depend on how the next few games go. But with no other alternatives at Chelsea, really tempting tbh.

        2. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          *part of the -8 needs a Raphinha downgrade to 5.5, hence not committed to the idea yet. Just giving it a playful thought.

    4. jamie1972
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I'm stuck plying Dennis at the mo, with Brownhill 1st sub

      So

      a) Lukaku > Vardy
      b) Lukaku + Brownhil > Jesus + Havertz (-4 and makes Dennis 1st sub)

    5. stuck in a dream 🙂
        3 months, 5 days ago

        chilwell or rudiger?

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

          Chilwell

      • Zola
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Lukaku and Sarr out for a -4 to:

        A) Vardy and Havertz(c)

        or

        B) Edouard and KDB(c)

        1. Fadi AMJK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A but I would Captain Salah instead of Vardy

      • Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        strong bench is a big help again this gw,quite content to bench lukaku and play Sarr at everton ,

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Who would be your replacements?
          It’s really a “-2” given Lukaku isn’t playing and will miss “multiple games”

        2. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Looks like Lukaku is out for a while. Would be better to sell his as his fixtures will have turned(and his price dropped) by the time he's back.

        3. lilmessipran
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Should miss atleast a couple of gws...for a premium asset that's go time imo regardless of how strong your bench is

        4. Solanke
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Got a strong bench as well, but I'd only be content to bench him if he was missing 1 game, however looks like he'll miss more so an easy sell at the min

        5. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          ah,added complication already took a -4 to expel Torres,apologies

      • jdogg
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Wc
        Sanchez foster
        Chilwell laporte white livramento ______
        Salah raphina havertz brownhill _____
        Jiminez toney ______

        A taa mbuemo ronaldo
        B christiansen son vardy

        Also any other glaring mistakes?

        Cheers.x

        1. stuck in a dream 🙂
            3 months, 5 days ago

            imagine having TAA, SON and RON

            1. jdogg
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Would be nice.dont see how though.haha.x

          • Gold Monster
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            A with Vardy instead of Ronaldo

        2. Al Pacho
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Help needed!

            Sanchez
            TAA cancelo livramento
            Salah Raphinha Sarr Gray Gallagher
            Lukaku* Ronaldo
            Bench:foster, white, marcal, Scarlett

            Lukaku, Sarr out
            Jesus, Harvertz in (-4)
            G2G?
            Appreciate any help
            Thanks

          • mataave
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Is this way too punty on WC?

            Ederson
            Rudi - Christensen - TAA
            Havertz (c) - Son - Salah - Bernardo - Mbeuemo
            Vardy - Hwang

            Foster - Broja - Livramento - Manqillo

            1. jdogg
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              I like it.wee bit different.x

            2. Echoes
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              A did a punty WC last week(quite differential, as per fpllive), and jumped rank by 56%. Go for it whether it's template/punty if you like your team.

              1. n14mul
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                I would only want 1 Chelsea defence

            3. coolmule
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              too different... You need some dependable players since not all the differentials will come though & score points

          • kysersosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Lukaku to Aubameyang anyone??

            A) decent shout
            B) Vardy
            C) Kane

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

              A - between Auba and Jesus for me right now

            2. jdogg
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Decent should prefer vardy just though.x

            3. GreennRed
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              B

          • kysersosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Rotation worries

            Ram
            Christiansen, TAA, Dias, Cancelo
            (S)alah, Raphina, Mount
            Armstrong, *Lukaku, Antonio

            Forster, Liv, ESR, Brownhill

            * to become vardy, Kane or Aubameyang

            Thoughts?

            TIA

          • jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 5 days ago

            This havertz thing is a trap for sure. First of all he will be benched once Lukaku werner is back and we dont know when they will be. Then havertz will not going to score loads of goals suddenly because of the way tuchel plays. This is a short term pick

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              He’d be a mahoooosive trap if Kaku & Werner were fit, and a medium sized trap if only one of them were injured….

              But with both injured AND the the fixtures, it’s a lower risk higher return scenario now

              As in, if you backed him 100 times for this fixture run he’d probably deliver in 60-70+ of them (rather than maybe 10-20+ if everyone was fit)

              If you go Havertz to the IB and Son post-IB you also get a ready made exit strategy and a pretty nice run of fixtures

              1. jackruet
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 5 days ago

                We thought same about jota

                1. Holmes
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  He has done fine for his price

                  1. jackruet
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Just 1 goal and hundreds of open goal miss during firmino out

                    1. Fitzy.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Hundreds of misses? Why not exaggerate the goals too?

            2. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              This

          • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Any Kaku > Auba mavericks out there?

            Kaku, Armstrong, Saka > Jesus, Havertz, Auba

            That’ll put hairs on your chest

            1. Echoes
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              With my Lukaku c and to roll the transfer plan out the window, I'll be tinkering and entertaining every possible scenario this GW 😀

          • Finding Timo
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Antonio to nacho too risky?

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Yes imo

              1. Finding Timo
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Ok cheers will bin that idea!!

          • Camzy
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Here's a player I've seen absolutely no one talk about..

            CHO. He's 5.3m. With Werner, Lukaku, Pulisic out, he'll play as one of the front 3. Played quite well when he came on too yesterday. Him and Havertz seem to have an understanding.

            That price is really nice although I'm guessing most people don't need money.

            1. Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Sarr to CHO?

            2. Dušan Citizen
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              He may not play - Mount, RLC, Havertz could be the front 3.

              1. Finding Timo
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Oh guess risky then

            3. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Rather Kovacic at least he's long term asset

          • Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            A few injury issues like many others, but I could struggle through without Wildcard or a points hit.
            Just checking, there should be something worth saving the Wildcard for before Christmas?
            Usually a double gameweek?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              It's the fixture intensity over boxing day and New Year where the ability to fix injuries and suspensions is helpful.

              The FA Cup quarter final is the first big blank to free hit across.

              Doubles fall around Semi Final time often.

              Will be less intense without COVID-19 postponements all being well.

          • Villa Velour
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Chilwell likely to start?

          • Slitherene
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Confused with the 1st bench option!

            Sanchez ¦ Steele
            Rudiger Digne Azpilicueta
            Salah Raphinha Gray Gallagher Mbeumo
            Ronaldo Lukaku*
            ¦ White Dennis Dier

            Who would you place 1st on bench?

          • artvandelay316
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Have already used my FT on Lukaku to Vardy

            Is taking a -4 silly for one of the following? If not, which is best?

            A) Benrahma to Raph
            B) Benrahma to B. Silva
            C) Benrahma to Foden

            Cheers.

          • Fuddled FC
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            So many choices with Lukaku out

            a) Lukaku > Vardy
            b) Lukaku & Foden > Vardy & Havertz (-4)
            c) Lukaku & Foden > Kane & Raphina (-4)
            d) Lukaku & Gray > Toney & Son (-4)
            e) Lukaku & Mbuemo > Toney & Son (-4)

            1. Meechoo115
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Similar quandary for me. Either A or B tbh. Mind taking a look at mine below?? Ta

            2. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Who to start out of Armstrong Livra White

              Obviously bought the former for this good run. Any Saints fans with intel on him vs Broja?

            3. Atimis
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Possibly I'm down to that shape with blanks to be filled:

              1) TAA, Broja, Hwang
              2) Christensen, Jesus, Davis
              3) Azpi, Toney, Broja +0.5ITB

              Raya/Foster
              XXX/Cancelo/Chilwell/Livra/Manq
              Salah/Son/Havertz/Raph/Mbeumo
              Vardy/XXX/XXX

              Thoughts? I like 3) tbh as although there is no TAA, I take the advantage of great fixtures for all 3 players.

            4. Meechoo115
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Have Mount and James

                A. Lukaku to Vardy free
                B. Lukaku / Brownhill to Havertz / Jimi -4
                C. Same but Toney instead of Jimi (have Mb)
                D. Lukaku / Mount to Vardy / Havertz -4

                I guess much depends how much is Havertz an option above Mount now?

                1. Meechoo115
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    0.2 off getting Kane. Could do Armstrong to Hwang -4 to fund that

                2. The Parrot
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Benrama and Lukaku out
                    Mbeumo and Vardy in

                    Easy

                    1. Kiwivillan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      I want to sell Benrahma on WC but lose 0.3 although he probably drops. He does have a better fixture than Mbuemo. I have both currently. Spurs aren't that good just because they beat Newcastle

                  • Lfc91
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    A) Lukaku & Tierney to Toney & Chilwell (-4)
                    B) Lukaku & Tierney to Jesus & Chilwell (-4)

                    Then the following week 2 weeks I was going to look at getting Son for Sarr. If I go for B then I’d then do Antonio to Toney to make that happen

                  • Finding Timo
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Slightly worried Antonio be knackered for spurs game

                  • HaffNanner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Need to replace Lukaku in my draft league. Which is best from these available forwards?

                    A. Wilson
                    B. Iheanacho
                    C. Watkins

                  • PScholes18
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Currently on WC. Any thoughts on my first draft? Might be too punty.

                    Ramsdale - Steele
                    TAA - Cancelo - Rudiger - Livramento - Manquillo
                    Kdb - Salah - Gray - Mbeumo - Normann
                    Vardy - Hwang - Edourado

                    0,3 ITB.

                    1. PScholes18
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Could go Ederson + Christensen for Ramsdale + Cancelo since Cancelo might not start. or just Cancelo -> Dias.

                      Thought of going Havertz for a few weeks, but can't find the funds.