Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts made the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Monday after he was sent home from the Wales international camp.
Along with Hal Robson-Kanu and Rabbi Matondo, Roberts was sent home for breaking FAW protocols.
According to The Athletic, this was for being outside of his hotel room past the allotted curfew.
There’s been no suggestion of him breaking the team bubble or bringing anyone into the hotel.
As breaches of protocol go, it’s one of the least severe you could imagine. It’s basically staying up past your bedtime.
However, joking aside, it was considered serious enough for Wales to send Roberts home.
And, knowing Marcelo Bielsa, there may well be further punishment waiting for him at home.
Bielsa is a stickler for discipline and respect in the game. He won’t like Leeds being dragged into a breach of protocol, no-matter how small.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Roberts was dropped from the Leeds squad to face Sheffield United on Saturday.
We’ll find out more in the pre-match press conference, which will take place on Thursday, along with a fitness update on Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez.
Rodrigo hasn’t started a game since January and missed the win against Fulham through injury. He was also missing from a training video that was put out by Leeds on Friday.
Another player who was absent from that video is Hernandez. He hasn’t played for the last three games with injury.
Mateusz Klich, who had already complained about being fatigued, is currently quarantining after testing positive for Covid. If he’s missing, Stuart Dallas will play there and wouldn’t be able to add no.10 to his burgeoning CV.
It all adds up to a potentially big hole for Leeds.
If all these players are out it could leave a massive opportunity for Joe Gelhardt to make a sensational Premier League debut.
He’s been on the bench recently without getting on the pitch, but he’s been banging in the goals for the Under-23s and for the England Under-21s.
He’s played first-team football for Wigan in the Championship so, while it’s a big step up for him, he shouldn’t be out of place.
The Leeds fans are desperate to see him play. And a home game against struggling Sheffield United who are also suffering from injuries seems tailor-made for him.
It would definitely be a case of sticking him in before Bielsa would have wanted.
But it could be a case of needs must and if it happens it would be fascinating to see if Gelhardt could grasp the massive opportunity afforded to him.
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