Leeds United: Junior Firpo set for late August return to ease left-back concern
Junior Firpo is set to return to fitness at the end of August to ease concern of Leeds United over their left-back situation, according to Leeds Live.
The Dominican Republic international is currently the only recognised left-back at Elland Road after Leif Davis was sold to League One Ipswich Town for £900,000 on the eve of the new Football League season.
But the 25-year-old has been out of action for much of pre-season with an injury and as a result, Jesse Marsch has had to experiment with who can fill in at his role.
Pascal Struijk played at left-back for a recent friendly against Cagliari and could be set to start the season in that position unless a surprise transfer emerges but it might not be something that occurs long-term.
Firpo is set to be back in action around the 27 August when the Whites will travel to the South Coast to play Brighton and Hove Albion although he is still a couple of weeks away from getting back onto the pitch right now.
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For the sake of just a few games, Leeds United can probably afford to utilise Struijk in an unnatural position until Firpo returns but the question remains whether he is good enough to be the only left-back at the club.
Some of the Dominican’s performances at Elland Road so far have been far from inspiring and Marsch may want to address that with another new summer signing.
Even if he does put his faith in the 25-year-old, he could do with another left-back who can provide cover should he pick up yet another injury which can’t be ruled out given his track record in the Premier League so far.
Leeds fans would relax much easier knowing that their entire hopes haven’t been placed on Firpo but Victor Orta needs to start making moves and quickly to get some kind of deal over the line before the deadline.
He has a tough job though with a striker also high on the agenda and a goalkeeper addition would also be welcomed with Illan Meslier unchallenged for years.