Leeds United are going to be without three players for the game against Liverpool on Monday, according to the latest injury/suspension update from Athletic journalist Tom Worville.
Liam Cooper is the known in that equation.
He had his yellow upgraded to a red in the win against Man City on Saturday and he’s going to miss three games now for serious foul play.
That will see him sidelined for the Liverpool, Man United and Brighton games.
More worrying are the reported injuries to Rodrigo and Raphinha. Rodrigo missed the game against Man City with a muscular injury. Raphinha went off late on in that game with a thigh injury after a shocking tackle from Fernandinho.
There wasn’t a definitive injury update after the game but Raphinha himself posted a shot of him with his thigh heavily strapped after the game.
According to Worville, both Rodrigo and Raphinha will miss the game with injuries that will see them return to action in between seven and 30 days.
Jack Harrison is the other name on the list but he gets the blue light which means he’ll be back for the game after missing Man City because of his loan deal.
Everton are the side with the most injuries in the Premier League at the moment 🤕
Big Sam's West Brom only have 37 year-old Branislav Ivanovic on the treatment table 👴
Wolves with 4 starters out for the long haul 🐺 pic.twitter.com/IjRjHtMjSH
— Tom Worville (@Worville) April 13, 2021
If Worville’s info is on the money this is a massive blow.
Cooper we can do without and it means a straight fight between Pascal Struijk and Robin Koch for the starting spot.
We think Koch might get it, despite Struijk coming on in the game against Man City.
Rodrigo has been in and out of the side since he signed and his injury record is pretty horrible. That’s a concern beyond Monday.
However, it’s Raphinha who would be almost irreplaceable. Harrison will be back, but Harrison and Costa carry nowhere near the danger of Raphinha and Harrison or even Raphinha and Costa.
Bielsa won’t risk him if he’s not 100% but it would be like Liverpool missing Mohammed Salah.
The Leeds pre-match press conference will likely take place on Friday this week and we’ll be hoping for good news but fearing the worst.
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