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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. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Sanchez/steele
    TAA/Dias/Marcal/3.9/3.9
    Salah/Mbeumo/Gray/Gallagher/sissoko
    Lukaku/Vardy/Antonio

    2.2 ITB 0 FTs
    Original plan was to upgrade one of the 3.9 to Chilwell
    Did the early transfer of sarr to Mbeumo
    Had I not done that, I'd have done sarr + Lukaku to Toney + kdb
    Stick with that & do Lukaku to Toney? Gets me kdb in GW10
    Thoughts?

  2. Cruyff's Eleven
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Vardy has overperformed xG by 3..

    Yeah,makes sense. I transfer him in, he'll be back on level pegging in no time.

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

      He is still top amongst forwards for underlying numbers of late so is still a good pick

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Leicester's fixtures are favourable all the way up until gw17.

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

    What move looks best here ? Unsure om starting Alonso

    Foster
    TAA Alonso Rudiger Cancelo
    Sarr Townsend Salah
    Lukaku Jimenez Antonio

    Sanchez Benrahma Livramento Gilmour

    A. Lukaku > Vardy
    B. Lukaku> Toney
    C. Lukaku and Alonso > Kane and Chillwell -4
    D. Lukaku and Benrahma > toney and son -4

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

      A - you have enough decent bench cover to avoid the hits this GW

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

        Cheers Miguel

  4. EL tridente
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    How do this team look like?
    Sanchez, Steele
    TAA, Cancelo, Rüdiger, White, Williams
    Salah, Son, Foden, Raphina, Allan,
    Vardy, Toney, Saint Maximim

    1. EL tridente
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sorry Livra instead of Rüdiger

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      how many transfers / money itb?

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

    Might go a differential Captain this GW?

    A) Chilwell (NOR) - with Alonso VC
    B) Havertz (NOR)
    C) Vardy (bre)

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

      I'm on C currently.

    2. Athletico Underachieving
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I’m on B now. Whether I bottle it before deadline is another matter

    3. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      You have that nice defensive double up, go with that.

  6. The Tinkerman
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    0.1m away from Lukaku, Traore > Kane, Haevertz 🙁

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

      Shame

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Blessing in disguise

    3. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Vardy Havertz

  7. George James
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Best move?

    A) Ronaldo >> Vardy

    B) Ronaldo + Doucoure >> Vardy + Mbeumo -4

    C) Doucoure >> Mbeumo (keep ronaldo)

    D) Ronaldo + Doucoure >> Toney + KDB -4

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

      I'd just do A. I think Mbeumo can wait a week.

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

        do you think Mbeumo raising raising in price is not good and him being close to 6 mil, wat's ur thought ?

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

      B looks more of a set and forget option (nxt 3 GW)

  8. CONNERS
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Considering a hit to bring Havertz in this week. Would you lose Greenwood or Benrahma?

    (Have Antonio if that matters).

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

      Benrahma

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        agree.

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

      Thanks

  9. Akshatjazz
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Who do you think I should bring in ? Have only 1ft

    1- Transfer Lukaku out and bring in Vardy
    or
    2- Transfer Lukaku & Saka out and bring in Vardy & Mbeumo for -4

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

      In a similar boat (see below) - unless Saka is ruled out I don’t think Mbeumbo is worth a -4 unless the cash enables a move you want do next week

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

        Even I think the same

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

        Do you think bringing Vardy before 2days price raise will be good? Knowing that Lukaku might miss 1+ games

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

          Probably no need to make the move yet - Lukaku won’t drop and Vardy may not rise before the deadline tomorrow

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

            Yeah that's true

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

    Best move(s) here?

    A) Lukaku -> Vardy
    B) Saka/Lukaku -> Mount/Vardy (-4)
    C) Saka/Lukaku -> Mbeumbo/Kane (-4)
    D) Saka/Lukaku -> Gray/Kane (-4)

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Cancelo, Chilwell, Dias
    Salah, Foden, Raphina, Saka
    Lukaku, Antonio

    Foster, Livramento, Brownhill, Davis
    Bank 0.0m, 1FT, no WC

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

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

        Cheers. What about if Saka is ruled out?

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

          LIVRA PLAYS

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

      A

  11. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Will there be another Chelsea presser before deadline tomorrow?
    Any reason to wait before doing Lukaku to Vardy?

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

      May as well do the switch I think. His price will rocket now Lukaku is out.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Probably one on Friday lunchtime.

      May as well wait til then given their shouldn’t be any price moves around that move before.

    3. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I would wait for now. At least closer until the price rises.

  12. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    When did Christensen rise in price, wasn't the last update, correct?

  13. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Seeing a lot of Ron/Luka> Vardy but i think if you can afford Kane in one move that might be the play. Thoughts?

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      If you're simply comparing fixtures between now and gw18, Vardy's are arguably better.

      1. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Agreed.

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Leicester are poor defensively so they need to score goals. I think I prefer Vardy but, ownership wise it's Kane (but I can't afford him) so my decision between the two is fairly straightforward.

  14. Casual Player
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Sneaky Jota start vs Man Utd? Firmino played two full games after a long layoff, must be due a rest

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      You don't rest against another top team in the division, despite United's recent form.
      Rather, you pick your best team.

      1. Casual Player
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A man can dream

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I may be wrong, no certainties. But definitely would be very surprised

  15. Subzero (-4)
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Morning folks. Plan was ronaldo out to lukaku for a -4 this week and captain but obviously plan scuppered.

    Is Ronaldo to Kane for -4 worth it for the next 6 gameweeks (approx) worth it or better just to keep Ronaldo for Liverpool?

    Any thoughts appreciated 🙂

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I would keep rather than take the -4.

      1. Rankbajin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'd hold.
        Its not worth a -4

  16. Ooh Ah Cantona
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Versus Malmö after Werner and Lukaku got subbed off inured, did Chelsea keep their same formation in the second half with two players playing behind one striker? Was it Hudson-Odoi and Mount behind Havertz?

  17. jia you (The No BS League -…
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Settled on Lukaku + Greenwood to Vardy + Havertz(C)...not the worst hit in the world I guess 🙂

  18. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Kane 5% ownership is just tempting, 0.1 off doing Lukaku >Kane but could do Alonso>chillwell to raise the money. Feels like Good Long term moves even though its for a hit

    1. jia you (The No BS League -…
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I would if I didn't have Ronaldo also who can become Kane if he looks good again v Hammers

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Do you have Vardy, if not I'd probably avoid taking the hit and just grab him over Kane.
      Up until Newcastle, Spurs had looked very average going forward. And not against quality opposition.

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

      Looking at similar but from Ronaldo (have Vardy already) but querying whether Chelsea defence swap is worth it this week - could well bring in a cameo for a hit.

  19. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Have Vardy and Antonio so who to replace Lukaku with from:

    A) Aubameyang
    B) Jesus
    C) Watkins/Ings
    D) Jimenez/Hwang
    E) Toney - have Mbeumo

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

      Ings

    2. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B just for short term

    3. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      If Villa's defence is like it was against Wolves again then I really don't mind Aubameyang.
      Watford & Newcastle in the next 5 also, definitely a differential play.

  20. DagheMunegu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    TAA Cancelo Rudiger
    Salah Raphina Grealish Benrahma Saka
    Antonio Lukaku

    Livra White

    A. Kaku to Vardy
    B. Kaku Saka (if out) to Vardy Mbeumo -4
    C. Kaku Saka to Havertz Toney -4
    D. Kaku Saka Benrahma to Vardy Havertz Mbeumo -8

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

      B

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

      B

  21. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Which one tickles your fancy?

    A: Lukaku -> Vardy (FT)
    B: Lukaku + Armstrong -> Auba + Wilson (-4)
    C: Lukaku + ESR -> Antonio + Havertz + 1.0 itb (-4)

    1. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      c, roll the dice on chelsea running it up

  22. Garth Marenghi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    drop sarr or benrahma? Have Antonio. Leaning benrahma, their fixtures are similar

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

      I have both and will be dropping Benrahma.

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Will the one you keep be a hold long-term or are you also looking to offload that player in the coming weeks?
      Neither have great fixtures.

      1. Garth Marenghi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Will keep sarr for now, was leaning that way anyway. After this week's everton game is southampton at home, so in theory that's a decent game for a return. After that is Arsenal, so who knows there--but if not that gameweek then soon after Sarr offload.

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Drop Ben - Sarr could have scored vs Liverpool

    4. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      thx all

  23. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Guaita
    TAA Reece Cancelo
    Salah Saka Sarr Raphinha
    Ronaldo Antonio Jimenez

    Livra Sissoko

    Best option?
    A Saka/Sarr to Mbuemo. Salah(C)
    B Saka/Sarr and Antonio to Toney and Havertz(C)

    Leaning towards B. Can see Toney outscoring Antonio in the next 5. Can't get Mount instead of Havertz if Lukaku is out for long.

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

      I like B as a differential - presumably for a -4 though?

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yes. Like B too.
        Cheers Mate!

  24. JPSpurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Early transfer from Ronaldo to Lukaku is looking pretty stupid now. Any update on Rudi?

    With No FTs, would you:

    A. WC
    B. -4 Lukaku to Vardy
    C. Do nothing and hope for the best?

    Sanchez
    Cancelo, Rudi, Livra
    Salah, Son, Gray, Sarr, ESR
    Antonio, ASM

    Subs: Foster, White, Veltman, Lukaku

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Do nothing, for now, otherwise, it is probably B.

      Rudiger played against Malmo.

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

        Thanks - will probably try to ride it out. Sarr + Lukaku to Havertz + Vardy would be a nice move but not for -8

  25. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Are rumors of Raphinha being in isolation just twitter nonsense?

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      He was at St Mary's.

    2. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Its not rumours, its the current rules. Players returning from red list countries have to isolate but they can take part in training and be involved on matchdays.

  26. HurriKane
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Is Salah the best captaincy option this gw with the injury to Lukaku?

    Most inform player in the world against a leaky manchester united defence. There is no other stand out captaincy option as well

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Salah.

  27. tibollom
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    was planning on getting Lukaku.. should I go for Vardy or Kane?

    2 FT and 0.1 ITB
    Shaw + Ronaldo to Dias/Cancello + 
    a. Kaneb. Vardy
    Sanchez FosterTAA Shaw Livra Rudiger MarcalSalah Raph Benny Saka BrownhillAntonio Ronaldo Ings

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

      B. Still too early for me to have faith in Kane.

  28. FPL Kaka
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What is a better option?

    A) Vardy (-4)

    B) Havertz (-8)

    Option A means no Chelsea attack against Norwich though

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Unless people trade to Havertz like you are proposing then no Chelsea attack against Norwich will be quite popular.
      I'd go A.

    2. Beatle
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      What is the no hit option?

    3. Root
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      C

  29. citizenkane
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Best move?

    A) Lukaku>Vardy (start Mahrez/Armstrong)
    B) Lukaku,Mahrez>Vardy,Son(-4)
    C) Lukaku,Mahrez>Vardy,Havertz(-4)
    D) Lukaku,Mahrez>Vardy,Foden(-4)

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo James Livra
    Salah Raphinha Mbeumo Mahrez
    Lukaku Antonio

    Foster A.Armstrong Brownhill Duffy
    1.4 ITB, 1FT

  30. Jones Kusi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What do you think?
    Greenwood, CR7 > Kane, Havertz (-4)