By Craig Scott

19th Dec, 2021 | 11:10am

Charlie Cresswell injured by Leeds United teammate in training - Phil Hay

Charlie Cresswell was due to start for Leeds United in their 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at Elland Road on Saturday, according to Phil Hay.

However, writing on The Athletic website, Hay reports that the 19-year-old centre-back was injured by a teammate in training after falling on the youngster’s shoulder.

It’s yet another injury blow for the Whites, who seem as though they don’t have any players available to face Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Unluckiest team ever?

Leeds’ injury crisis is well-documented.

It’s been the case almost all season with Marcelo Bielsa never really having a fully fit squad to choose from.

Injuries, illness and suspension ravaged his options for the clash against Arsenal so to lose by three goals was no shock at all – especially after the 7-0 mullering at the Etihad on Tuesday.

Cresswell’s done well in his senior appearances for Leeds so far this season and while we cannot say we’d have won if he started, it would have been a better option to have him rather than a Robin Koch who severely lacked match fitness.

Bielsa’s training methods and the way he pushes his players has been pointed to as something that’s caused the heap of injuries at Elland Road during his three-and-a-half years here.

However, you cannot legislate for Cresswell being injured by a teammate falling on his shoulder in training. It’s rotten luck.

We can only pray that things get better in time to play Liverpool and, in all honesty, calling off the game would do the world of good for the Whites.

However, we don’t want to sit here and wish for positive COVID tests or for the UK Government to halt all football fixtures.

In other Leeds United news, an ex-FIFA official says yet another Leeds ace should’ve been banned for the Arsenal match.