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Paul Robinson believes that Mateusz Klich will not be “anywhere near the squad” for the game between Leeds United and Sheffield United on Saturday.
Klich tested positive for Covid over the international break but Marcelo Bielsa didn’t rule him out of the game in his pre-match press conference today.
He said that the protocols and dates were unclear and that a decision would be made nearer the game.
Robinson doesn’t think he will be risked even if the dates clear him for action.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “He won’t play. I don’t think he’s fit and I don’t think he will play.
“He’s been in and out of the team for the past few games and he was complaining about fatigue before he got Covid.
“He’ll have his fitness assessed stringently – we know that Covid affects people differently.
“I suffered badly from it in January and the effects afterwards can be pretty bad.
“I saw the Povetkin v Whyte fight on Saturday and Povetkin was hospitalised with Covid. He just didn’t seem the same fighter.
“You just don’t know what the long-term effects of Covid are going to be and for that reason I don’t think Bielsa will put Klich anywhere near the squad on Saturday.”
Klich tweeted earlier this week to say that he had suffered some Covid symptoms but that they weren’t severe.
Sore throat and headache 😅 I have had worse hangovers. I will be fine💪🏼
— Mateusz Klich (@Cli5hy) March 26, 2021
However, he hasn’t started the last two games anyway and it seems sensible to keep him out of the squad at the weekend.
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