Leeds United winger Ezgjan Alioski had to return to West Yorkshire early during the past international break.
It was reported by a Macedonian outlet that the Whites player had suffered a hamstring injury – something that would keep him out for a number of weeks.
Marcelo Bielsa didn’t deliver an update on Alioski in his press conference on Friday, something that suggested some to believe that he had recovered.
We could have been given our first clue that isn’t the case though.
LUTV have released a video of their training at Thorp Arch ahead of the Arsenal clash, where it shows Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo in the thick of things.
In the final few seconds, Alioski is spotted at the training complex with coaching staff, but he isn’t training and instead just greeting others with his massive grin.
Wearing a Leeds jacket and a winter hat, it is clear that the Macedonian isn’t in the thick of training ahead of the clash with the Gunners.
Alioski looks in high spirits, and that would suggest that he isn’t ruled out for too long in his recovery from this minor setback.
The 28-year-old started the 4-1 defeat against Crystal Palace last time out and didn’t exactly shine in that clash.
Alioski lost the ball 11 times at Selhurst Park according to WyScout, and was also at fault for the fourth goal – losing Jordan Ayew at the back post.
After the high of helping Macedonia to their first-ever European Championships, this is a massive blow to be missing a run of Premier League games.
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