Leeds United danger man Rodrigo may now miss no further action
Leeds United could be set to welcome top-scoring Rodrigo back from injury without him missing any further game time because of postponements.
The Spanish forward has four goals and an assist so far this season after a start more like what the club had envisaged when they signed him for a record fee.
But he dislocated his shoulder in the draw with Everton on 30 August, which set in motion a chain of events that saw a sudden rush to sign a forward before the transfer window closed, failed moves for at least three options, including the deadline day farce with Bamba Dieng, and the late, late decision to bring Wilfried Gnonto’s January move forward.
According to Premier Injuries the 31-year-old is due for a return to action in the meeting with Aston Villa on 2 October, and there could now be no further Whites matches before that date.
Following the death of the Queen on Thursday (8 September), all football from top to bottom was postponed this weekend, and now with the funeral scheduled for Monday 19 September there are fears within the Premier League that further matches will be called off next week as well [Guardian].
While it is thought some matches may go ahead even if others can’t, should the major clash between Leeds and old rivals Manchester United the day before be postponed it would mean that, with the international break the following week, the Villa game is the next on the schedule.
In addition, full-backs Rasmus Kristensen and Junior Firpo are scheduled to be fit to feature from next weekend by Premier Injuries, so would both receive a further fortnight of recovery time.
The Danish summer signing missed the 5-2 defeat at Brentford, and Firpo is yet to feature at all this season, forcing Pascal Struijk onto fill-in duty.
With the defence a particular issue in the loss last time out it would be especially useful for Jesse Marsch to have all options at his disposal as he plots a solution.
But in light of his sparkling form so far this season, it is sure to be most beneficial to the manager to be able to call on Rodrigo, who has thrived under the American.
The postponements in light of a major but unexpected event have been controversial within the world of football considering other sports have gone ahead along with so much else, but clubs can only react to the situation they are provided with and in this instance it may prove beneficial to the squad’s strength.