By Nick Ware

8th Oct, 2021 | 1:10pm

Paul Robinson: Leeds United winger Raphinha needs to rest to reach 100%

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United.

Paul Robinson suggests Leeds United winger Raphinha needs to rest in order to reach his peak levels.

Raphinha, 24, has been nursing a hip issue in recent weeks, with the problem forcing him off against Newcastle United last month [LeedsLive].

He missed the League Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Fulham, though he was unlikely to play anyway, but returned to score against West Ham on September 25, being substituted in the 68th minute.

A week later, he played the duration of Leeds’ 1-0 win over Watford.

Former Leeds goalkeeper Robinson is hopeful that the Brazilian has taken a few days off this week to heal properly, despite being called up by his national team for their World Cup qualifiers.

“There were doubts before the game [Watford], I know he got injured in the weeks before and they were working hard treating on him,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

“With the international break you’re given the opportunity to have a few days off to rest and recuperate and you’d like to think that by the end of the international break, he’ll be back to where he was a couple of weeks ago.

“It’s so difficult when you’re carrying an injury and you’re never quite 100% fit.

“If you keep playing and playing when you’re injured you never get to the level where you need to be at and it’s frustrating for the player because you can’t play as you want to, so the international break is an important time for him to get himself right.”

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