Confirmed Leeds United team news v Wolves: Seven players ruled out
Leeds United will look to get the new season started on the right note when they take on Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.
Liam Cooper, Luis Sinisterra, Luke Ayling, Junior Firpo, Adam Forshaw and Stuart Dallas have all been ruled out due to injury while Dan James will miss out as he serves his ban.
The expectations are that they’ll return to full fitness in two-three weeks.
Beren Cross shared the updates from Jesse Marsch’s press conference on Leeds Live, “Cooper Achilles issue from off-season programme on a treadmill. Taken him a while. Pitch this week individually. Not available this weekend, hopeful team training next week.
“Firpo scan today and ahead of schedule. More aggressive with him. Two or three weeks away from match eligible.
“Forshaw good progress with MCL issue, but hopefully next week training. Ayling made progress, ahead of schedule. Not pressuring him too much. On the pitch and in training couple of weeks.
“Luis on the pitch today looking very good, getting closer to top speed. Hopefully in full training next week.
“Dallas good progress feel he is on track.”
After losing both Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips in the summer, it’s going to be a Herculean task for Leeds to survive a relegation battle this season.
Despite signing a number of players, one can argue that the team is no stronger than it was last season.
There are no guarantees that the new arrivals will hit the ground running as a number of players have struggled to adapt to the Premier League.
With no experience in England’s top flight, it’s naive to assume they’ll all be successes.
That said, Wolves have proven to be an extremely erratic team and this is the opportunity for Marsch and his side to take advantage.
Playing in front of a packed Elland Road is certainly going to give them that morale boost and hopefully can guide them to three points.
In other Leeds United news, a 29-year-old has snubbed interest from Europe to move to Elland Road with the move subject to a work permit.