By Joe Ellis

20th Oct, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United back themselves into corner with only one left-back ready to face Leicester

Leeds United will be looking to arrest the slide down the Premier League table when they travel to Leicester City on Thursday (20 October).

The Foxes themselves are really struggling to pick up results under Brendan Rodgers as they currently sit rock bottom of the division with just five points from 10 matches.

Jesse Marsch has named a very strong squad for the trip to the King Power Stadium, as relayed by Leeds Live, but there is one very worryingly hole without an obvious player to fill it.

Junior Firpo, who has been out injured for much of the season, is the only recognised left-back on the coach to the East Midlands which has seen the Dominican Republic international heaped with pressure to play the entire game.

Pascal Struijk has been deputising in that role while the 26-year-old recovered from his injury but he has now picked up a knock of his own and won’t be involved against the Foxes.

That leaves maybe Jack Harrison as the only natural replacement should Firpo be forced off through an aggravated injury and even he is not a full-back in truth.

There is a wealth of right-backs involved in Rasmus Kristensen, Luke Ayling and Cody Drameh who could all move over to the opposite flank if required.

The biggest problem with that is a lack of a left-footed option which is important in Marsch’s system with overlapping full-backs as they won’t be able to cross to the best of their abilities on their weaker foot.

The American manager will have to cross his fingers very tightly that Firpo does not go down away at Leicester with his only proper backup option also out of action.

In other Leeds United news, Tony Dorigo was singing the praises of the Whites despite their 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday (16 October).