Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich played despite being injured in the 4-2 defeat against Arsenal.
The Polish international went down injured against Crystal Palace last week but appeared to continue with no problems in that win.
Klich was dragged off at half-time, and it appears as though there was more to his substitution than just tactical reasons at the Emirates.
Speaking after the game, as relayed by Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account, Bielsa thanked Klich, who “sacrificed” his fitness to start.
“It was an act of generosity on his part,” he said.
“I value a lot that he sacrificed himself.”
Bielsa grateful to Klich for playing with a hip injury today. Wasn't 100 per cent but Leeds were obviously down on numbers. "It was an act of generosity on his part. I value a lot that he sacrificed himself."
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) February 14, 2021
Leeds were dominated in the first half against Arsenal, although it is hard to know if Klich’s injury in midfield played a big part in that.
Klich was replaced by Tyler Roberts, and the Welshman playing further forward in midfield allowed the Whites to take more control of the Gunners by pushing them back.
With the Wolves game a quick turnaround on Friday, we are hopeful both Klich and the missing Kalvin Phillips can return at Molineux.
The 30-year-old was obviously struggling against the Gunners, completing only 65.2% of his passes according to WhoScored – his worst total of the season.
Niall Huggins offers another option after making his senior debut, but he would be far more comfortable at left-back and may be a last resort against Wolves if needed.
Options in midfield are currently limited at Elland Road, and this would be another huge blow, especially with the January window having passed.
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