By Sean Fisher

16th Nov, 2022 | 5:40pm

Leeds United World Cup stars facing 'ominous' injury threat according to FIFPRO report

Leeds United have three players taking part in the World Cup this winter – Jesse Marsch will be hoping to avoid any key injuries.

Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Rasmus Kristensen are all jetting off to Qatar this week ahead of the start of the 2022 World Cup.

The three summer signings have all been regular starters for Leeds this season, but they’ll all hope that their huge tally of minutes in the Premier League doesn’t catch up to them during the tournament.

However, the FIFPRO report crunched the numbers and studied players’ workload going into the tournament. Their key findings read: “Significantly reduced preparation and recovery periods before and after this FIFA World Cup 2022
pose an ominous threat to player health and hinder performance optimisation.”

The report added that compared to previous World Cups, players on average have just seven days to prepare for the tournament, compared to 31 days in previous editions. Recovery time is also down from 37 days to just eight, meaning the chance of injury when they return is also high.

The only silver lining is that USA players are in the bottom half for minutes played across club and international games, totalling 107,106 minutes, meanwhile Denmark are also near the bottom of the list with 96,133 minutes.

Worry for Marsch

Marsch will be worrying about the World Cup as much as he enjoys it. He’ll naturally be keeping a keen eye on the US national team and the progress of Aaronson and Adams, but he’ll likely have his fingers crossed hoping they avoid injury.

Both American stars have been a crucial part of Leeds’ midfield this season and would be huge misses should they be sidelined as the Premier League resumes in December.

Kristensen has also been a regular starter, and while he does have backup in the shape of Luke Ayling, he too would be a big absentee.

But in a wider context, Leeds don’t have too much to worry about. Many Premier League clubs have more players in their squad jetting off to the World Cup and will have many more injuries to worry about.

Plus – realistically – neither Denmark nor USA are expected to get very far in the tournament. As much as it’d be nice to see Leeds players enjoying a good run in Qatar, it’d be just as satisfying to see them return to Elland Road in good health so they can rest up for the second half of the season.

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