Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts has withdrawn from the Wales squad this week and it throws doubt on whether he’ll be able to play any part in the Premier League opener v Liverpool.
They said that Leeds were being cautious and that Roberts hadn’t picked up a fresh injury.
However, they added that Roberts had been training to a different workload to the rest of the first-team players. They said Leeds are aware they need to manage his fitness ahead of the new season.
The 21-year-old only made 23 Championship appearances last season, with just 12 starts, after a number of injuries kept him on the sidelines.
Leeds have signed Rodrigo but the former Valencia striker hasn’t played a competitive game since July 1 and will be far from match fit.
It means that Leeds will have to face Liverpool with just Patrick Bamford up front and Jack Harrison and Helder Costa on the wings.
That’s a combination that struggled to score in the Championship at times and Liverpool will be a different sort of test entirely.
We’re hoping to see something of Rodrigo on Thursday when his Spain side take on Germany. If he doesn’t make the bench it means that his fitness is really lacking – and that’s before Marcelo Bielsa runs the rule on him.
We’re extremely happy with Leeds’ business so far in the transfer window and the short break was always going to be tough – for everyone, not just the Whites.
But we do worry about where the goals are going to come from against Liverpool, and the sooner that Bamford has proper back-up, the better.
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