Bielsa delivers update on Tyler Roberts injury v Reading
Tyler Roberts went off injured in the 1-0 win against Reading, going down in the 35th minute and eventually being replaced by Helder Costa.
That ended up working for Leeds, with Costa providing the winning goal, and it’s likely to see the former Wolves man get a start against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Talking after the game, Marcelo Bielsa said of Roberts, “He felt something in a muscle. He wanted to continue in the match but we thought that was a little bit risky and we decided to substitute him.” [The Athletic]
Phil Hay also said he’d been told it was a hamstring but that Leeds didn’t think it was serious.
If it does see him miss the Middlesbrough game, we’d expect Pablo Hernandez to drop into the middle. He wasn’t good against Reading and nothing he tried really came off.
By contrast, Costa looked dangerous and he’s starting to show the sort of form we want from him.
His touch might have been slightly off last night in situations where we’d expect him to dazzle – especially after a ball from Pablo Hernandez found him in the box.
He cut back inside but his touch was too heavy and Reading cleared.
However, he doesn’t seem that far off the player we thought we were signing.
We certainly wouldn’t mind Hernandez back in the number 10 role with Costa and Jack Harrison out wide.
It’s unlucky for Roberts though, who just can’t get a run of games without breaking down with an injury.
He missed the first six games this season with a calf injury, and he was absent for the play-offs at the end of last season and two other notable periods last campaign.
He really needs a run to try and find some consistency.
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