Paul Robinson: Raphinha injury is 'massive worry' for Leeds United
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Paul Robinson is worried about Raphinha after the Leeds United winger was taken off against West Ham with an injury on Saturday.
Raphinha, 24, has scored in each of Leeds’ last two Premier League matches but on both occasions against Newcastle and West Ham, he was substituted off not long after an hour.
After the 2-1 defeat to the Hammers on Saturday, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that Raphinha was struggling with a hip injury [LeedsLive].
It remains to be seen whether the Brazilian will be available to play Watford at Elland Road on Saturday but Robinson is concerned about Leeds’ ability to win matches without the in-form winger.
“It’s a massive worry for Leeds because they were in full control when he went off,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“In the first half, they were outstanding. I was at the game and I was with a good friend of mine who watches West Ham every week and he turned to me at the end of the first half and said, ‘nobody’s done that to us this season’.
“That’s how good Leeds were and Raphinha was the difference and when he came off just into the second half, there was a huge difference.”
Raphinha has scored three goals in six Premier League appearances for Leeds this season.
The former Rennes attacker is clearly the most in-form player at Elland Road right now even though he’s nursing an issue with his hip.
Despite Raphinha’s strong form, Leeds are yet to win in the Premier League and there’s a chance Marcelo Bielsa will have to play him on Saturday against Watford in order to end the barren run.
In other Leeds United news, this player will return to the starting line-up against Watford according to a BT Sport pundit.