Robinson blasts Premier League as Leeds United injury crisis worsens
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Paul Robinson feels Leeds United versus Newcastle should be postponed based on what’s been happening in the Premier League as of late.
Arsenal successfully requested to postpone their clash with Tottenham last weekend, citing COVID, injuries and the Africa Cup of Nations for their reasons to push back the North London derby.
However, Leeds have been struggling with mass injury issues almost all season and ahead of the clash with Newcastle at Elland Road on Saturday, Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed he’ll be without Adam Forshaw, Junior Firpo and Patrick Bamford, who’s suffered a new injury issue [20 January, Leeds’ Twitter account].
Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper, Sam Greenwood, Charlie Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton are among the other players who are injured and won’t be available for the squad against Newcastle.
Forshaw and Firpo both went off injured in the 3-2 win at West Ham, adding to Leeds’ injury woes while Bamford has suffered a new injury before being able to return from his previous hamstring issue.
Robinson is stunned by the Premier League allowing games to be called off for things like injuries and feels Leeds should easily have their games postponed too.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “Forshaw’s the biggest miss.
“I was looking at the injuries and I think it was probably seven first-team injuries before the game [at West Ham] so there’s another two.
“After the Arsenal-Tottenham game was cancelled, you’d have thought the Leeds game would be cancelled because of the number of injuries they’ve had.
“It baffles me because we’ve had injuries and the Africa Cup of Nations for years and years. Managers know players get injuries, they know they lose players to the Africa Cup of Nations – I cannot for the life of me understand why games are being cancelled for these reasons.
“Yes, COVID, I completely understand because your squad gets hit by it. That’s fine, no problem.
“But if you look at Leeds’ injury list and what they’ve had to battle on with for the last six weeks, if games are getting cancelled because of injuries then Leeds should’ve had at least four cancelled and the next one will definitely be cancelled too.
“They won’t though, they’ll just get on with it.”
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