BBC Radio Leeds pundit Noel Whelan claims right-back Luke Ayling may have jarred his back as Leeds United beat Crystal Palace on Monday night.

While the attention is rightly on the fact the Whites won 2-0 to move up to 10th in the table, there are still some concerns about the state of the Elland Road pitch.

Leeds have had the pitch relaid in recent weeks but bad weather in West Yorkshire has meant that the field has taken time to settle and that was apparent on Monday night.

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Leeds and Palace players were slipping all over the place and ex-Whites striker Whelan noticed that Ayling may have suffered a back injury versus the Eagles.

“It’s when you’re looking at the ball, in the lead up to the play, and you push off. You might not even get the ball but it’s that quick movement and it just goes from beneath your feet,” Whelan said on BBC Radio Leeds on Monday night [BBC Sounds, 22m55s].

Whelan added: “When the ground and the turf is not solid out there, because it’s been relaid, it’s a lot harder and there’s not much give in there at the minute.

“It’s not just Leeds United players. You saw an abundance of Everton and Crystal Palace players [falling over].

“I go back to Ayling down there, trying to keep the ball in. He looked like he slipped and jarred his back. These little things are a factor you do not need, is your pitch injuring your own players.”

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Two more weeks to settle

Leeds do not play again at Elland Road for another two weeks when they welcome Southampton to West Yorkshire.

They’ll play away at both Arsenal and Wolves before that match and hopefully, by then, the weather will have improved and the pitch becomes a lot safer for the players to play on.

It wasn’t great seeing Ayling go down in the manner he did against Palace and we hope he hasn’t suffered any kind of injury that will see him miss many games.

He might be feeling sore at the moment but hopefully, there’s nothing more than that and he’s able to travel to the Emirates this weekend.

Mateusz Klich also had a moment on the pitch where he looked as though he could have hurt himself and, of course, Kalvin Phillips went off with an injury towards the end.

Whether or not the pitch has anything to do with that remains to be seen while we’re also yet to discover the extent of the injury to the England international.

Leeds simply had to relay their pitch.

It really hasn’t been ideal but before it was changed, it was as though the players were playing on a cabbage patch and that is just as likely to cause injuries.

This pitch should improve whereas the old one would have only got worse.

In other Leeds United news, Whelan was wowed by this player in the win against Palace as a BBC journalist made a £10million claim.


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