By Daniel Feliciano

18th Dec, 2021 | 2:00pm

Jeff Stelling can't believe 'absolutely staggering' Leeds injury situation

Sky Sports pundit Jeff Stelling says it is ‘absolutely staggering’ that Leeds’ game against Arsenal is still scheduled to go ahead despite all their injury problems.

The Whites are in action on Saturday evening against the Gunners in the only Premier League fixture of the day, with all other games postponed due to illness/COVID-19 outbreaks.

Despite this, the Leeds fixture is scheduled to go ahead even though the Elland Road club have a double-digit amount of players unavailable for the game.

Speaking live on Soccer Saturday, Stelling felt compelled to talk about the irony in the Leeds game going ahead despite their problems and said it was ‘ironic’ but ‘absolutely staggering’ that the game was still happening.

“It’s ironic isn’t it?” he said. “Listen to their injuries at the moment; Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper, Rodrigo, [Pascal] Struijk, [Jamie] Shackleton, probably Dan James as well.

“It’s ironic that with all the games going off, their game is going ahead – absolutely staggering.”


Without a doubt, this is a very depleted Leeds squad, with other players such as Charlie Cresswell and Junior Firpo also unavailable for the game.

But injuries are part of the game and not contagious in the same way COVID-19 is, so if there isn’t a threat of infection to the players and it is simply an injury crisis then the game should go on.

It seems inevitable now though that the Premier League will need to take some sort of break to allow teams to recover, which could give Marcelo Bielsa’s side a chance to get some players healthy once again.

It’s crazy that it’s ended up being the only game happening, but Leeds should focus on getting a much-needed three points more than anything else.

In other Leeds news, Leeds ace heaps praise on ‘teacher’ Marcelo Bielsa.