By Dan Carter

11th Nov, 2023 | 7:10pm

Leeds United injury update as Graham Smyth shares immediate Sam Byram reaction

Leeds United believe that Sam Byram’s hamstring injury is a minor issue after he was substituted against Plymouth Argyle, according to Graham Smyth.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reporter revealed via Twitter (11 November) that the Whites don’t believe that the defender has had a reoccurrence of a previous injury or suffered anything more “sinister” after he was substituted after 54 minutes in the 2-1 win.

Although it doesn’t appear to be a serious issue, the expectation is that the 30-year-old will be sidelined for a matter of “weeks rather than months,” having played a part in 15 of the Whites 16 Championship matches this season.

Could be worse

There will have been plenty of Leeds United supporters with their hearts in their mouths at Elland Road when Byram was forced off on Saturday, but after Smyth’s latest update, it seems as though it could have been a lot worse for the full-back.

While there is never a good time to lose a player to injury, especially not one who has been in such impressive form as Byram has this season, it could be argued that it couldn’t have come at a much better time with all things considered at Elland Road.

Following the win over Plymouth Argyle, Farke’s side have two weeks to rest and recover over the international break, before the Championship season ramps up again for one of its busiest periods over the festive season, with games every couple of days.

It seems likely that Byram will miss the clash with Rotherham following the break, but the hope will be that he won’t miss too many games after that match on 24 November. Even if he is ruled out for the next three weeks, he would only miss one or two games.

The other huge boost for Leeds is the fact that Junior Firpo is finally back fit. He replaced Byram at Elland Road on Saturday and unless he picks up an injury in training, he should be ready to feature when the Whites face Rotherham later this month.

Hopefully, Farke has the resources at his disposal to cover the 30-year-old in his absence.

In other Leeds United news, Mike Dean has slammed the decision to not award Plymouth a penalty in the Whites’ win