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. acidicleo
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    play...

    A) Sanchez and hope for save points!!
    B) Foster

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

      Same question here. Leaning towards Foster vs a seriously weakened Everton (without Doucoure, DCL, Richa)...

      Thoughts?

  2. Invincibles
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    1 FT, best Ronaldo replacement?:

    A) Vardy
    B) Kane
    C) Firmino
    D) Keep CR7

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

      A

    2. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I have Vardy but do like the Kane shout

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

    Anyone going Jesus(c)?

    1. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      God no

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

    Havertz captainers have crashed the site!

  5. Big Ronnie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who to bench? Saka right?

    A) Saka
    B) Raphinha
    C) Antonio

    1. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ci

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

      Easy A

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

      Yes

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

    OC

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

    Pick One from here?
    A. Azpi
    B. Rudiger

    Sell Ronaldo for?
    1. Aubameyang
    2. Son (He is striker in Skysport Fantasy)
    3. Jesus
    4. Kane
    5. Antonio
    6. Keep Ronaldo

  8. soup natsi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    anyone else rolling their ft?

    plan was ronaldo to lukaku - too early for kane, not bothered about vardy short term, can't get havertz for jota without a hit so will keep rollin rollin rollin rollin

    1. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      If you fancy Ronaldo to score vs Liv then keep

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

      yes i am

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

      Why

  9. XX SMICER XX
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Captain pick?
    A. Auba
    B. Mo
    C. Vardy

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

  10. fantasist
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Foden to Havertz for -4 hit
    Or
    Keep Foden

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

      100% keep Foden, really don't why people are even thinking of selling Foden, find another way

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

        Know*

      2. fantasist
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cos of rotation risk with Foden, whereas Havertz is nailed in to start upfront against Norwich

    2. ‘Tis the Season
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Tough one. Prob keep

    3. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Leep

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

        Was thinking the same, but with Mo(C) probs will skip

  11. Only a Hazard of time
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Jota to Havertz (FT) for me I reckon. Worth the short term punt.

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Easy

    2. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      100%

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yes

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

    Hey fam! Which option?

    A. Armstrong to Toney (-4)

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

    1. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

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

      B

  13. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Worth a -4?

    A) Edouard
    B) Hwang
    C) Neither. Bench Lukaku, transfer out next week.

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

      Wouldn't bench 11.7m. Edouard (vs. Newcastle) for a hit could pay off. What are your plans for the money saved?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Gallagher to Son next week.

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

    So whats the situation with Bukayo? What are the chanches of him playing?

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

      Cameo most likely. Shouldn't be risked if not 100% fit.

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

    Start ?

    A Livra
    B Sarr

    Leaning towards the attacker.

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

  16. Pub Crawl to the Townsend
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Any final thoughts on captaincy? Looks like a good week to take a punt on someone, but I'm on salah and will probably stay that way. I could go vardy or son but I reckon salah is best which is weird cos its at Old Trafford. Respect to anyone picking an outside captaincy tho

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Havertz OOPnplaying Norwich at home

      1. Pub Crawl to the Townsend
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Respect mate, can't knock that

  17. JorisLa
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    A) Raphina or
    B) B. SIlva. If funds is not a problem?

    1. JoeSoap
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Tough, probably Raphina

  18. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Play Livramento or Odergard ?

    1. JoeSoap
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Livra

    2. Pub Crawl to the Townsend
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Livra

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

    Am I mad to be looking at Hudson Odoi?

    Cheap punt for a few weeks and then happy to bench him

  20. JoeSoap
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Saka>Havertz (-4)

    Livra coming on if Saka doesn't play. Might even start Livra.

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

      Have some fun and bring Havertz

      1. JoeSoap
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Fair point

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

    Havertz will got a double rise by tomorrow

  22. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Any Wolves fans around? Will Jimenez start?

  23. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I've already done a -4 for Doucoure/Alonso out before price drops earlier in week (like a dumbass)...

    Would you also do Lukaku out for -8...? Got Antonio/Ronnie. So

    a ) Lukaku > Toney (Son in next week for 5.5m)
    b) Lukaku > Vardy
    c) Lukaku > Someone else
    d) Hold -8 is too much

    Cheers 🙂

  24. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bench one -

    A. ) Jimenez
    B. ) Toney
    C. ) Mbeumo
    D. ) Walker

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

      Oh. Reply button not working for me.

      Looks like a JS error somewhere - as nav is broken on homepage too... staff aware?

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

        ffs. Looks like it is - but it's at foot of page...

        C.

        Toney has higher ceiling.

  25. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Still confused which route to go down
    A) son, edouard (rotate with bench)
    B) Kane, normann

  26. ZiadHisham
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Thoughts about captaining mount?

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

      Salah or Mount or Antonio captain?

  27. J to the T
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Considering Shaw and Greenwood to Chabolah and Havertz (-4)

    Am I mad?

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

    Who should i start:
    a) Tierney
    b) Livramento

    Will Jimenez play tomorrow?

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

      Same dilemma for me.

      Been changing it all day.

  29. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Open Controls (c)

  30. trimpos
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Already done lukaku to toney
    For -4
    ESR for haverz
    Kovacic for haverz