Leeds United battled their way to a 3-1 win against Leicester City on Sunday, but it wasn’t without casualties at the King Power.
Marcelo Bielsa was forced into the numerous changes throughout the game, with Rodrigo and Raphinha being substituted after picking up injuries.
The Whites finished the victory with a squad full of players they had in the Championship, with key games against the likes of Everton coming up.
Phil Hay relayed the news on his personal Twitter account after the game, with Bielsa sharing key updates on both Rodrigo and Raphinha.
El Loco confirmed that the Spaniard is “very likely” to miss the clash with the Toffees at Elland Road, but wasn’t as clear with Raphinha.
Bielsa said the result was "very important" but thought Villa, as one example, was a better performance.
Rodrigo very likely to miss Everton. Bielsa not sure about Raphinha.
Said he always had confidence in the players who served him in the Championship coping in this league.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 31, 2021
Both picked up muscle-related injuries, which are always likely to be worst than impact blows such as dead legs – something Patrick Bamford picked up.
The worry would be that both marquee signings are ruled out for prolonged periods of times in the Premier League.
If you asked any Leeds fan, the majority would surely prefer to have Raphinha available over Rodrigo if given the choice.
Mateusz Klich, Tyler Roberts or Pablo Hernandez could all replace the Spanish international, but the options out-wide are limited and also limited in class.
Raphinha has been magical since arriving at Rennes.
The 24-year-old picked up another assist today to back up his two-goal involvements against Newcastle and has quickly become irreplaceable at Elland Road.
His class was clear to see against Leicester, with his assist beautiful to see with the perfect weight on the pass for Patrick Bamford to smash home.
Rodrigo looks set to miss out, let’s hope Raphinha can make it.
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