Leeds first-team player picks up another injury after return with Under-23s
Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton has picked up another injury after making his return for the Under-23s at the end of November.
He played the first 45 minutes against Sheffield United but has picked up a new muscular problem and will be out for two-to-three weeks.
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that news in Thursday’s press conference (live in the LUFC app, 12.30pm) and also that Tyler Roberts wouldn’t be fit for the game against Huddersfield on Saturday.
Bielsa also gave another update on long-term injured Adam Forshaw, who still has no date for return from his hip injury.
“So far he’s not been competing for three months,” Bielsa said. “In this period he didn’t complete his recovery.
He’s working hard every day. He’s very professional, he’s working hard, he’s put a lot of attention into his recovery. The same with the medical staff, but we don’t have a date that he’s going to come back with us.”
“Of course it’s frustrating for him and for us. If you look at the next game he could have replaced Phillips.”
It’s frustrating news about Shackleton and Forshaw. Both are players that offer something different to Leeds, and as Bielsa said, Forshaw would have been the perfect replacement for Phillips who is suspended for Saturday.
Instead, Bielsa is set to dig up his defence, with Ben White moving into the holding midfield position and Gaetano Berardi likely to come in to replace him.
Forshaw has been missing for the last 10 games and hip injuries are notoriously troublesome.
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