By David Woods

14th Jan, 2021 | 10:30am

'Livid' – Daniel Chapman addresses rumours key Leeds first-team player out v Brighton

There are ever-growing rumours online that Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the game against Brighton.

There’s been no official word on the health of Meslier but we should get a big clue in Marcelo Bielsa’s press conference due to take place at lunchtime on Thursday.

The rumours were discussed on the latest episode of The Square Ball podcast, with Daniel Chapman saying he would be “livid” if they turned to be true.

It would mean Kiko Casilla playing after his disastrous performance against Crawley on Sunday.

Talking about team news for the game against Brighton, Chapman said sarcastically, “Hopefully, there will be absolutely no question marks about who plays in goal for this game because there have been no rumours about the health of our first choice goalie whatsoever.

“So we can all be very comfortable.”

Host Dan Moylan said, “Maybe we could send him out there anyway but behind a plexiglass screen.”

Chapman continued, “Put him in a protective bubble. Obviously, we don’t know if there’s any truth in these rumours that he has COVID-19 but if he does I’m livid.

“If there’s one player we needed in between games to keep in a very protected plexiglass room, a conservatory showroom if necessary, then it was him because the merest little bit of hurt to Illan lets in the clown.”

If it’s true…

We’ve been calling for Leeds to get rid of Kiko Casilla, but the fact remains that he’s still at the club and the only senior option behind Meslier.

If Meslier is ruled out then we have to get behind Casilla. It’s not going to help him to see messages of hate put out on Twitter ahead of the game against Brighton.

However, if he plays and has another calamitous display, it could poke Leeds into making a move to bring another back-up keeper in.

Leeds have a policy of not commenting on COVID cases but by doing this they’ve created an issue from nothing.

There’s no stigma around contracting COVID and if the club had a policy of putting out a simple statement when any positive tests were recorded, it would stop rumours spreading online.

We hope the rumours aren’t true but they do seem to be picking up pace.

 In other Leeds United news, Major fitness blow for Brighton as another two players crocked v Leeds, 6 players on sidelines