By Nick Ware

25th Oct, 2021 | 5:10pm

Paul Robinson shares Raphinha fears after Leeds United star injured in Wolves draw

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 fears Leeds United star Raphinha may have picked up a troublesome injury during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.

Raphinha, 24, was forced from the field at Elland Road in the 54th-minute following a robust challenge from Romain Saiss, but the Wolves defender only received a yellow card for his indiscretion.

It was a big blow for Leeds as they were looking to draw level following Hwang Hee-Chan’s 10th-minute opener.

Crysencio Summerville was the Brazilian’s replacement, but it was another Under-23 star who stole the headlines as Joe Gelhardt’s mazy solo run drew a foul in the final minute to earn a penalty, which was duly converted by Rodrigo.

Nevertheless, despite the club’s ability to rescue a point in the absence of Raphinha, ex-Whites shot-stopper Robinson fears Marcelo Bielsa’s side could struggle if their star man is ruled out for an extended period.

“The lad should have been sent off,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “It was a straight red card, he’s cost Leeds their best player.

“Obviously, Raphinha wasn’t able to carry on, he had to go off and he was helped off which doesn’t bode well for Leeds going forward.

“I’ve seen red cards given for a lot less. It was off the ground and out of control and he badly injured an opponent – there’s a lot of boxes ticked there as to why he should have had a red card.

“It’s Leeds’ luck at the moment that he didn’t I think, they’d have gone on to win the game if Wolves had gone down to 10 men, and it was a big loss for Leeds losing their best player.

“They’re going to need him, they need all their best players available. You’ve seen how three or four injuries can impact on the squad because it’s so light and if they’re missing him for any length of time again, it will be a massive miss.”

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