Injuries

Injury updates, team news and predicted line-ups for FPL Gameweek 9

A Friday night match gives an early start to Gameweek 9 and we’ve got all the important team news information in our latest press conference summary of the week.

You can catch the headline updates from Thursday’s pressers – featuring Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley, Leeds United, Southampton and Watford.

For much more detailed information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed plus Az and Neale’s video here:

CHELSEA

Thomas Tuchel provided a Friday update on the injuries of Romelu Lukaku (ankle) and Timo Werner (thigh), ruling them out of Norwich (H) and their midweek Carabao Cup tie.

“No big news for Romelu [Lukaku] & Timo [Werner], the thing I can say is that they are out for tomorrow, they will be out for the Southampton game. Then we will see what’s next, I don’t think that it makes any sense to go into speculation about how long.”

Christian Pulisic is still out with an ankle injury.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Bruno Fernandes is a doubt for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool after receiving some rough treatment from Atalanta in midweek. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refuses to rule him out of proceedings.

“Games like Wednesday night will always bring knocks and bruises. Bruno [Fernandes] might be a doubt but he’s doing everything he can to be fit. I’m not going to rule anyone out from Sunday but I’m not sure if everyone’s going to be fit.”

Anthony Martial (knock), Marcus Rashford (dead leg) and Fred (hamstring) may also miss out, with Raphael Varane (groin) still injured from international duty.

MANCHESTER CITY

Apart from Ferran Torres (foot), there seems to be a fully-fit squad for Pep Guardiola. When asked if Man City have any fresh injury concerns, he replied:

“No, the team is in really good condition”

LIVERPOOL

Alisson and Fabinho are both back in action, after returning from international duty too late to face Watford. Harvey Elliott (ankle) is out long-term but Curtis Jones (hip) could return this weekend.

“Curtis [Jones] will train today with us completely, he did already parts of training before we went to Atletico. He should be in contention. Thiago, not, he is not in team training yet, will not be this week for sure.” – Jurgen Klopp

LEICESTER CITY

James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (leg) remain injured, as is Wilfred Ndidi (hamstring).

Brendan Rodgers confirmed Marc Albrighton could miss a few matches because of a “horrendous challenge” in Moscow on Wednesday night. Timothy Castagne (hamstring) should be okay and Ayoze Perez is likely to overcome an illness in time.

“He had a spasm towards his lower back. He looks fine. He’s on a recovery work today with the medical team, but he looks fine.” – Brendan Rodgers on Youri Tielemans

With three in-form strikers in Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Patson Daka, Rodgers has discussed how he will continue to manage their game-time.

“We’ve been keeping Jamie fresh for PL games; hoping he becomes more involved in the latter stages of UEL. That’s kept him full of energy. Kelechi is now a consistent performer. Patson was one we wanted to give time to.”

EVERTON

It was announced on Tuesday that midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has stressed a bone in his foot and will have a spell on the sidelines. He joins Andre Gomes (calf) and Fabian Delph (shoulder) on the injured list.

Whilst Rafael Benitez believes Richarlison is now available for selection, he admits “the match fitness is an issue” and has also ruled out Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh) for longer.

“How long he will be out, we need to see. It depends on how he reacts to the treatment. We will not see him for four or five weeks.”

Yerry Mina tweaked his hamstring in training, so will not take part against Watford.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Yerson Mosquera (thigh), Pedro Neto and Jonny Castro (both knee) remain long-term absentees, although Francisco Trincao has recovered from the positive Covid-19 test that kept him out of the win over Aston Villa.

Willy Boly will miss out and Bruno Lage will assess Raul Jimenez‘s energy levels before deciding whether to start him.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Interim manager Graeme Jones is without the suspended Jonjo Shelvey, while Martin Dubravka (foot) and Paul Dummett (calf) aren’t yet ready to return.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Nuno Espirito Santo is still without Matt Doherty (knock) and Ryan Sessegnon (knock) but Steven Bergwijn (ankle) and Ben Davies (abdominal) both took part in Spurs’ Europa Conference League defeat to Vitesse.

WEST HAM UNITED

Vladimir Coufal missed the win at Everton because of a groin injury that forced him to withdraw from international duty. It is believed that the Czech right-back will be out for another couple of games.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Eberechi Eze (achilles) and Nathan Ferguson (achilles) remain the Eagles’ only absentees, with Patrick Vieira confirming that Wilfried Zaha is back from the illness that kept him out of Monday’s trip to Arsenal.

“Wilf [Zaha] is good – he started training with the team a couple of days ago. He will be in the squad tomorrow. We are looking good.”

BRENTFORD

Thomas Frank had little to say in terms of team news, just commenting that:

“Yoane Wissa will be out for a few more weeks with an ankle injury. The others are closer and will be assessed before the game.”

He refers to Mads Bech Sorensen (knee), Josh Dasilva (hip) and Shandon Baptiste (shoulder), as well as Vitaly Janelt, who has missed the last two matches with a thigh problem.

NORWICH CITY

Owners of Billy Gilmour will hope it’s not another weekend of rotations and surprise benchings, as the Chelsea loanee is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Christoph Zimmermann has yet to play this season and Daniel Farke has confirmed the defender will remain out for a while longer.

“I can confirm he needs ankle surgery that will take place on Monday coming and think he will be out for 6 weeks or so.”

Sam Byram (thigh) and Todd Cantwell (achilles) remain out.


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1,023 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bob.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Have 2.9 in my pocket after my WC draft. Cant really see where I would want to spend it! Plan on playing 4-4-2. Any obvious upgrades here? Really like Brentfords fixtures and I like Raph as a season keeper. Can get in Son for Hav when Spurs fixtures improve. Cheers

    Sanchez Foster
    Rudiger Dias Cancelo TAA Livramento
    Salah Havertz Raph Mbuemo Brownhill
    Vardy Toney Broja

    1. mcginnntonic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      son to havertz makes most sense after IB

    2. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Upgrade Broja maybe (Wilson, Jimi, Antonio, Richarlison) although with your defence you can cover no shows

    3. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Trust me don't plan a transfer just get Son

    4. Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I guess you could punt on eg Jesus for Toney, or a city mid for Mbuemo.
      But it's a great side. Keep the £2.9 for when you need it.

  2. Mr Johnson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Start ESR or Livramento? Thanks

    1. PascalCygan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I've gon Livra

  3. George James
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    GTG?

    Sa
    TAA Semedo Livra Walker
    Salah Havertz Raphina
    Antonio Kane Jimenez

    Steele / Sissoko / Williams / Doucoure*

    1. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Very weak bench this week with Walker on your team, but you know this

      1. George James
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        It’s a calculated risk yes

  4. Redranger
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Captain Vardy or Havertz?
    Bench White or sarr?

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

      Bench Sarr I think.

      Please help below thanks.

    2. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Havertz
      White

  5. mcginnntonic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who are we captaining then?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Haverts

      1. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        This

    2. Skorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Salah

  6. Gentle_Turks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    G2G? Any changes you'd make to formation / subs etc?

    Ramsdale
    Cancelo James TAA Dias
    Mbeumo Mo(c) Foden Raph
    Antonio Vardy
    (Foster Toney Livra Brownhill)

    Thanks and good luck this week.

    1. Redranger
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      G2G, strong team

    2. Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Excellent

      Shame to bench Toney mind

  7. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Was intending on doing Lukaku + Jota > Kane + Havertz but 0.1 off now 🙁

    Vardy + Havertz instead it is

  8. stefanbkanev
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bench 2:

    A) Foden
    B) ESR
    C) Raphinha
    D) Livramento
    E) A. Armstrong

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B and E

      1. dhamphiir
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        This

  9. Bishopool
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    a) Havertz
    b) Vardy

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Havertz for this week standalone, but longer-term, Vardy.

    2. dhamphiir
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Vardy

  10. JJO
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best mid + striker combo for 18,5 mil for next 2 gws guys?
    (Not Salah)

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Team below.

    A) Bench Livramento
    B) Bench Mbeumo
    C) Bench someone else instead?

    Sanchez
    TAA / Cancelo / Chilwell
    Salah / Jota / Raphinha / Mbeumo
    Vardy / Antonio / Toney

    Steele // Livramento / White / Bissouma

    Likely move next week is Jota > Son (for free).

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

  12. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    First Hit of the Season

    Guaita
    TAA Cancelo Reece
    Salah Kai (C) Raphinha Sarr
    Ronaldo Antonio Toney

    Livramento Sissoko.

    Good Luck All !!!!

  13. lilmessipran
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Start

    A Jimi
    B Livra

    1. tempest
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Just noticed that Jimmy is a doubt for start at least and Inam also on wc. Thinking if I am going to keep him at all and/or start over Livra.

      Tough decision.

  14. Bishopool
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    a) Raph
    b) Havertz

  15. tempest
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Start…

    A) White
    B) Saka

  16. Dammit_182
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Had Jimenez starting but after these comments I’m in doubt. Help please, start 1 of:

      A) Jimenez
      B) Saka
      C) Toney

      Thanks

      1. Gooner86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Toney

    • Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Is Ronaldo out or injured or something?

    • Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Jesus or Bobb

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Bobby**

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Jesus

    • dhamphiir
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Pick One from here?
      A. Azpi
      B. Rudiger

      Sell Ronaldo for? (For Skysports Fantasy)
      1. Aubameyang
      2. Son (He is striker in Skysport)
      3. Kane

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Whats in it for me other than the delight of seeing you spam this?

    • ChuckyPancamo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Any Saints fans knocking around? Likely that Adam Armstrong is benched again?

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Quick poll, Who would you rather own?

      A. Vardy+Havertz+Livramento
      B. Vardy+Sarr+Cancelo
      C. Kane+Sarr+Chilwell

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Just unsure on Vardy tbh.

    • DIMITRIS
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Start Tierney or Livramento?

      1. Mahjongking
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        This is the qns i have been asking myself. I still dunno

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Tierney more exciting

    • el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lukaku & Benrahma out
      Toney & KDB in
      -4 cost me, let hope it pays off over next few.

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Wish you luck

    • iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Coufal to Cancelo and bench Saka? Or something else?

      Sanchez Steele
      TAA Rudi Coufal White Livra
      Salah Grealish Saka Raph Bisso
      CR7 Antonio Scarlett

      1.8itb, 1ft (wc still avaliable)

    • mdm
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ronaldo and Sarr to Auba and Havertz for a hit?

    • phuang
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Thoughts on Mount as Captain for this GW?

    • jernej93
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Who to play?

      1. Mbuemo (LEI H)
      2. GALLAGHER (NEW H)
      3. ARMSTRONG (BUR H)

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        2
        1
        3

        Would be my order.

      2. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        1, 2, 3.

        Please help below, thanks.

      3. Krafty Werks
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        2,1,3

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

      Alonso and Benrahma > james and havertz -8 ?

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        -8 would put me off.

      2. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I wouldn't take a -8.

        Please help below, thanks.

    • Gentle_Turks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      G2G? Thanks and good luck this week.

      Ramsdale
      Cancelo James TAA Dias
      Mbeumo Mo(c) Foden Raph
      Antonio Vardy
      (Foster Toney Livra Brownhill)

      1. Skorr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I'd be tempted to push Livra to first bench, but looks fine either way.
        Good luck.

      2. Krafty Werks
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        G2G

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Start Mbeumo or Livramento?