Injury expert shares early Leeds United team news for showdown v Everton in Premier League
Leeds United are set to be without four injured players for their relegation showdown against Everton on Saturday (18 February), with a further four remaining doubtful, according to injury expert Ben Dinnery.
The clash at Goodison Park could go a long way to deciding the Whites’ Premier League status at the end of the season, but they will be without top-scorer Rodrigo, who is ruled out with a foot injury.
Writing for the Premier Injuries website, Dinnery revealed that Archie Gray and Adam Forshaw were “ruled out”, but could potentially return in Merseyside while Stuart Dallas was still out with no return date known yet.
Pascal Struik is “currently being assessed” for a head injury and stands a 75% chance of playing while fellow defender Liam Cooper is 50/50 to feature.
Luis Sinisterra could make a return from his thigh injury he picked up against Manchester United, standing a 50% chance of featuring, while Marc Roca remains a 50/50 doubt.
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Michael Skubala will have a tough job on his hands if he remains in charge for the clash against Everton this weekend, with the club no closer to appointing a new manager and the injuries continuing to pile up.
A worrying injury will be the doubt of Pascal Struck at left-back, with few other alternatives apart from Junior Firpo and Max Wober to take his place. If he recovers from his face injury, he will surely be drafted straight back into the starting lineup in this pivotal match.
Rodrigo will remain a huge absence as Patrick Bamford’s limitations continue to rear their head, and you can’t help but feel that the Englishman still needs more game time to get himself back to full match fitness.
In midfield, Roca will likely be kept out by Weston McKennie in the deeper lying role anyway, with options such as Brenden Aaronson able to play just in front.
Whichever personnel Skubala or a new manager decides to select, the match against the Toffees simply must win, and the Whites must be ready for battle in front of what will likely be a raucous Goodison Park crowd.
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