'Impossible' – Exclusive: Paul Robinson delivers Augustin warning after Thorp Arch shutdown
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Paul Robinson has said it’s “impossible” to know in what condition Leeds United striker Jean-Kevin Augustin is going to return to Thorp Arch in.
The Leeds players are all training from home after Thorp Arch was shut down completely on Tuesday.
The plan had been to train this week but it was decided by head of medicine and performance Rob Price that it was too big a risk to carry on.
Leeds fans have been hoping that this will give Augustin a chance to make more of an impact this season but Robinson isn’t so sure.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Clubs are shutting down. They’ve shut Thorp Arch so no one’s training any more, at least in group sessions under Bielsa.
“I think every club’s treating it differently but it’s going to be hard for anyone to get match fit because no one’s in full training.
“Let’s be honest… Jean-Kevin Augustin was struggling to get to full match fitness when he had full training sessions under Bielsa.
“He ended up getting injured and that put him back even further so it’s impossible to say how he’ll be if and when the season resumes.”
It’s been a torrid time for Augustin since he arrived at Leeds to huge fanfare.
He hasn’t started a game for his new club and the excitement from fans has turned to exasperation.
However, his fitness is in his hands now, literally. If he works hard at home and comes in at the same level as his teammates, there’s every chance he could slot straight back into the squad of 18.
Football is suspended until April 30 at the earliest although very few people think it will resume at that point at the moment.
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