Leeds United under-23s continued their impressive winning run in the Premier League 2 on Monday, beating Stoke City 1-0 at Thorp Arch.
Mark Jackson had a number of first-team players available with the Premier League game with Southampton postponed this week.
It would be easy to miss some of the players missing with those names, but Joe Gelhardt was once again a notable absence.
Gelhardt has been missing for a number of weeks now.
Sam Greenwood was handed a chance in the first-team in the FA Cup against Crawley, but his equally-dangerous partner was missing from the defeat.
Many would have thought that the 18-year-old would stick with the under-23s squad, but he has since missing games against Burnley, and the one with Stoke today.
The mystery appears to continue then.
Leeds are quiet with their COVID-19 policy, so Gelhardt could have tested positive for the virus, missing vital opportunities to make a big impression on Marcelo Bielsa.
Gelhardt could be injured, but his last outing was against Fulham before Christmas – meaning that a month on the sidelines could make it a serious blow.
Bielsa is clearly a big fan of Gelhardt.
El Loco has previously described the striker as “very dangerous”, so given the chance, you would have thought he would have atleast travelled to Crawley.
As well as that, the 18-year-old has been labelled as the next Wayne Rooney previously, so his lack of football in the past month is baffling without reason.
Hopefully, this is cleared sooner rather than later, and with a crunch under-23s clash against Wolves coming up, fingers crossed he is fit enough to return.
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