Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville and Archie Gray ruled out of Leeds United clash v Cardiff City - Phil Hay
Leeds are set to be without 5 players for their FA Cup replay with Cardiff City at Elland Road on Wednesday (18 January), Jesse Marsch has confirmed.
Adam Forshaw and Crysencio Summerville have been ruled out among the first-team regulars through injury according to the boss, while youngster Archie Gray is also unavailable. Stuart Dallas remains a long-term absentee.
Captain Liam Cooper is a doubt with a knee injury, with a decision set to be made on game day. But in more positive news, Luis Sinisterra has returned to training and could feature in the squad for the game.
Marsch talking ahead of Cardiff in the FA Cup – Forshaw, Summerville and Gray are all out,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account. (17 January) “Cooper is a doubt with a knee issue. Decision tomorrow.
This is a must win game for the Whites, regardless of everything else going on at the club and in the Premier League.
As it stands Marsch has claimed just two wins in the last 17 games in all competitions, a run that could easily have seen him sacked elsewhere had it not been for other results not sending us plunging into the relegation zone.
But we are still just two points clear of the relegation zone and being eliminated from the cup at the first hurdle to a team in the division below would really set a cat amongst the pigeons in the fan base.
Marsch played a rotated and weakened side in the first game and needed big changes to turn things around, and made a point after the game of saying they couldn’t take Cardiff lightly in the second game.
Expect a stronger team this time around, and if the players can get the job done earlier then we can start to look towards the Premier League at the weekend and rest some legs because this is a brutal run of games coming up.