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. Dannyb
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    A Zaha and Lukaku to Foden and Vardy - 4
    B Lukaku to Vardy?

    1. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Foden could also be Havertz

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Palace play Newcastle. Wouldn't be so quick to loose Zaha.

      1. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yeah good point, the flag is a worry though.

        1. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          “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.” From the Palace press conference.

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          B - Oct 22: "Wilf is good, he started training with the team a couple of days ago. He will be in the squad tomorrow."

  2. AnfieldLad
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Cap
    A) Kane
    B) Salah

    1st on bench
    C) Hwang
    D) Livramento

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      BC

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

    A Jimi to Toney -4
    B Start Livra
    C Start Jimi

  4. dshv
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Play one:

    Saka or Hwang

    1. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Hwang

  5. SALVA
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Worth a -4?
    Ronaldo, Sissoko -> Antonio, Havertz

  6. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Haverts(c) , Foden and Jesus , let's go my very capable differentials

  7. cfreel
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Jimenez, Antonio or Edouard for the next few GWs?

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Edouard

    2. No Salah
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Lol, I have all three

  8. TheBiffas
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I've gone for a maverick punt. Lukaku + Saka > Son + Watkins (-4) 😆 G2G?

    Ramsdale

    Trent - Cancelo - Christensen - Rudiger

    Salah - Raphinha - Son

    Antonio - Watkins - Vardy

    Foster - Livramento - Brownhill - D luiz

  9. Footieboot
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Start 2 of Jota, White, Marcal, Livramento.

      Leaning towards Livra and Jota atm.

    • jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Have 2 scout picks, should be a good weekend then!

    • DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Benrahma to Havertz for a -4? Already did Ronaldo to Vardy for free.

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yeees

      2. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yes

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yes

      4. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yes

    • Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Is Jesus nailed after Mahrez scored a brace in UCL?

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Who knows. Wouldn't surprise to see Mahrez start

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        He only didn't start the 1st game of the season and Mahrez has been Cities top goal scorer all season

    • iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Any suggestions?

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

      1.8itb, 1ft

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Saka to Havertz? Coufal to City defender?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          So Saka is definitely out? Good moves but ideally want to keep Bukayo for now.

    • bozankrkic
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ronaldo, Antonio, Greenwood to Vardy, Toney, Son for a -4?

    • james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Any of you considering Lukaku to Firmino?

      Not seeing him mentioned much…

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No. Still a rotation risk with Jota

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Jesus then?

          1. XX SMICER XX
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Auba?

    • tim
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Foden to Havertz -4?

      Already did Kaku to Vardy.

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        no

      2. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Only if you captain Havertz

        1. tim
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Mo(C)

          1. XX SMICER XX
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Then I would say no

    • Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Jimenez or Antonio out for Toney?

      Have to do it to fund Havertz.

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Close but I would lose Jimenez

      2. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Jimi

      3. Men in green tights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Jimi , could be benched this weekend

    • jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      What time do arsenal arrive at stadium?

      Will we know if saka is on the bus pre deadline?

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        He trained so will be with the squad

      2. Men in green tights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        If he plays suspect will be off the bench for 25 minutes at the most depending how the game is going.

    • XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Which order for my bench:
      A. Livramento, Townsend, Brownhill
      B. Townsend, Livramento, Brownhill

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        b

    • james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      How many hits are you taking this week?

      A. Zero
      B. One
      C. Two
      D. Don’t ask

      1. dwain100
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        One

      2. Bobby_Baggio
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        A or B - undecided

      3. Men in green tights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        C ,have taken 2

      4. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        D

      5. james 101
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I’m between b and c just now

    • Bobby_Baggio
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ok which moves do you prefer people? 2FT and 1.1m ITB.

      Sanchez
      TAA - Livramento - Rudiger
      Benrahma - Jota - Salah - Raphina
      ASM - Ronaldo - Antonio

      White - Marcal - Brownhill

      A) Ron + Jota > Vardy + Son
      B) Marcal + Jota + Ron > Cancelo + Foden/B.Silva + Vardy (-4)
      C) Jota + Benrahma + Ron > Foden + Havertz + Vardy (-4)

      1. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        A I reckon. Two trusted fantasy assets in for no hits

    • Millie7
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      last minute Wildcard team...any good?
      Keep Antonio or punt on Jesus??

      Ramsdale Foster
      TAA Chilwell Cancelo Livra Duffy
      Salah Havertz Raphinha Mbeumo Townsend
      Vardy Davis XXXX

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Can you extend to Kane/Aubameyang

        1. Millie7
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I can't unfortunately i only have 9.4

    • Lucas8406
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Who out for Havertz?
      A) Sarr
      B) Benhrama
      C) Gray

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        B or C

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Sarr

      3. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        B

      4. dhamphiir
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        B

    • mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bench two. Play two:

      Antonio, Livra, ESR, Gallagher

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Livramento and Smith Rowe

        1. mcsteely
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Disclaimer - I would quite like to play smith rowe as going to the game

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Hmmm. Then Antonio.

    • jimmy.floyd
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Drop Saka or Benrahma ?

    • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Is it worth bringing Havertz in for a hit or start Livramento/Armstrong?

      1. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yes, do it

    • Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Is Jimenez likely to start?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Seems not

    • bombonera
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Best defender to bring in up to 6.2m? Already have Rudiger.
        Thinking it is between Azpilicueta and Dias

      • Pep Roulette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Which option?

        A. Armstrong to Toney (-4)

        B. Play Livramento, bench Armstrong & do A for free next gameweek.

      • Klip Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Play Manquillo (away to Palace) or Allen (home to Watford)?