By Mark Smith

6th Jan, 2021 | 9:04am

Adam Pope shares transfer update on Leeds forward, questions COVID-19 exposure

Adam Pope has claimed that Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts won’t be leaving Elland Road on loan during the January window.

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that the Welsh international was “unavailable” against Spurs, leading to speculation around his future with the club.

BBC journalist, Pope has questioned whether or not Roberts had instead tested positive for COVID-19, something that could have been kept under wraps.

Speaking on the BBC’s West Yorkshire Sport Daily, Pope had his own ideas behind the absence of Roberts against Spurs.

“We don’t know why Tyler Roberts was left out at the weekend,” he said.

“We know there have been instances [of COVID-19] at Leeds with Rodrigo, who had to isolate, so is he injured? It doesn’t look like he’s going out on loan at this stage.

“It’s around, I think it’s inevitable that other clubs might and Leeds might [get positive cases].”

Roberts isolating?

It has been quiet surrounding Roberts, and Bielsa did seek clarification from the media team before answering the question on his availability.

With Pope saying that the forward doesn’t look like leaving Elland Road, the only other possibility that could require a sensitive answer would be COVID-19.

Should that be the case, Roberts will be missing from the FA Cup clash against Crawley, but should return to the squad for the Premier League game with Brighton.

We should learn more this week when Bielsa faces the media ahead of the clash against the League Two side on Sunday.

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