By Jonty Banks

9th Jan, 2023 | 4:10pm

Jesse Marsch offers major injury update on Luis Sinisterra at Leeds United

Jesse Marsch has admitted Luis Sinisterra will hopefully be back in training before Leeds United take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Friday (13 January).

The Colombian forward has been missing for more than 11 weeks with a Lisfranc injury, but it seems he could finally be joining his teammates in their preparations for their next league match in the coming days.

Since moving to Elland Road from Feyenoord in the summer Sinisterra has struggled with injuries, but his return will come as a huge boost to Marsch as he desperately looks to propel his side away from the relegation zone.

Speaking after his side’s 2-2 draw with Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round (Sunday 8 January), the American manager gave an update on the 23-year-old’s recovery.

As quoted by Leeds Live, he said: “So we’re just waiting on Luis to get into training which hopefully by the end of the week will have happened.”

January signing

Sinisterra looked a real handful in the early season before picking up a troublesome injury, and his return will be a huge morale boost for the rest of the Leeds squad.

The attacker scored three goals in 10 in all competitions before being sidelined, including back-to-back goals against Everton and Brentford between late August and early September.

He is a versatile forward who can play in most attacking players but seemed to be at his best when deployed on the left flank – a role which is a hard one to fill following the summer departure of Raphinha.

Marsch will not want to rush Sinisterra back into the starting XI, no matter how desperate he may be for game time, as another injury layoff might have a pivotal impact on Leeds’ season.

The attacker’s return could be like a new January signing for the Whites, and it will hopefully help Marsch’s side return to some of their early-season form.

In other Leeds United news, the club are in talks over three January moves, with Jesse Marsch eyeing up a first-team striker.