By Daniel Feliciano

21st Dec, 2022 | 7:47pm

Pundit wants Wilfried Gnonto taken off in Leeds United v Monaco as worry emerges

Commentators Bryn Law and Tony Dorigo wanted Wilfried Gnonto taken off the pitch during Leeds v Monaco after the Italian got injured in the first half.

The international winger started in attack and collided with defender Kevin Aguilar during the first-half and then went down for treatment a few minutes later after suffering ill-effects from it.

Speaking on LUTV on commentary (7:28pm, 21 December), both Law and Dorigo were in agreement that it wasn’t a risk worth taking and called for him to be taken off.

“Gnonto again, I knew it when he clashed with Aguilar earlier, he didn’t look 100% right and now he’s just fallen down wanting some treatment,” Law said on commentary.

“What we don’t need is any more attackers [getting injured].”

“This is exactly what Jesse Marsch is not wanting to see,” Dorigo responded.

“He’s already looking at making a change I think. Joseph has just been summoned back to the technical area down below as we see Gnonto fall over and sustain some sort of an injury there that requires treatment still.

Law then followed up and insisted he be substituted rather than be risked.

“Left leg is my concern, maybe his knee. If there’s any sort of doubt just get him off and make sure we get him fit for the important game v Man City.”

Risk

There is simply no need to take a risk in a game like this one, where there is nothing at stake other than getting minutes into the legs of the players.

The Premier League returns next week and we have got arguably the toughest start of anyone when we face off against Manchester City, so we need to have as many players available to Jesse Marsch as possible.

But by leaving Gnonto on the pitch after that knock is a big risk that simply didn’t need to be taken and the hope is that he is okay and it was simply a knock that he can run off.

With so many players missing this game for one reason or another, many through injury, the last thing we need is another problem, especially in attack where we have so many players struggling.

Gnonto is set for a big half of the season after making an impact late on in the first half of the campaign, so having his pace and directness available for the City game could be the difference between a good and bad result.

In other Leeds news, Phil Hay shares worrying concern for Leeds ahead of Premier League return next week