By Joe Ellis

14th Sep, 2022 | 2:10pm

Leeds United must keep players playing during long layoff - Tony Dorigo

Leeds United are due to have missed 29 consecutive days without a game when they eventually return to action on 2 October.

Aston Villa will be the visitors on that day once the international break has been done and dusted with but the players may well be rusty when the day comes.

Former Whites favourite Tony Dorigo is keen to see Jesse Marsch keep his players match sharp between now and then no matter how he has to do it.

“I think what is important is somehow getting that high-intensity 90 minutes or 75 minutes into the boys’ legs as often as you can,” he said to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Whether it’s behind closed doors friendlies or games amongst themselves or even the Under 21s fixtures, something will have to be done.

“You can’t just keep training because mentally that’s tough. Physically, there’s nothing quite like a game, and obviously, it won’t be exactly the same but it’s the best you’re going to get in the circumstances.”

Friendly time

Some of the Elland Road stars will be heading out on international duty which will take care of some of the rustiness they might be experiencing but for those who aren’t on their nation’s radar right now, they need intervention.

Leeds United should be in contact with other Premier League or even Championship clubs to host a friendly of some description which will not only allow the players to get some minutes in their legs but also Marsch could try out some new tactics that he thinks might work.

With a good portion of the squad likely to be representing their country, taking on a team from the second tier might be more suited to the specific group of players likely to be available and someone like Archie Gray can get a game against genuinely top players and see how he does.

If he performs, he may even be set for a loan move to the same level in January if a more regular place in the Leeds side is not likely to come into his reach.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch would be the ideal man to make Todd Boehly’s dreams come true of a Premier League all-star game.