By Sam Stone

9th Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

Rodrigo set for World Cup news as Leeds star awaits for expected result

Rodrigo is set for a World Cup snub from Spain as the Leeds United striker awaits Luis Enrique’s squad announcement, according to The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Joe Donnohue.

The 31-year-old has featured 27 times for the national side, scoring eight goals since making his debut in October 2014.

The striker, who is reportedly on £100,000 a week [Times], has been in good form for Leeds with seven Premier League goals so far.

However, it appears he won’t be on the plane to Qatar along with fellow teammates, Pascal Struijk, Robin Koch and Illan Meslier also set to miss out for their respective countries.

Donnohue wrote (via Twitter, 8 November): “Rasmus Kristensen off to Qatar, he’s the first Leeds United player to officially make his country’s final World Cup squad.

“Klich, Llorente, Adams & Aaronson also expected to make the cut. Rodrigo, Struijk, Koch & Meslier set to miss out. Deadline this Sunday.”

More the merrier

The more players which remain at Thorp Arch the better for Jesse Marsch with the American eager to get to work with his squad on the training ground after a chaotic start to the 2022/23 season. A couple of weeks to settle down away from the pressure of a matchday will be vital for Leeds to try and install some much-needed consistency into their performances.

Qualification through to the next round of the League Cup and a point at Tottenham on Sunday would be the perfect way to lead into the international break, with there then hopefully being a gap between the Whites and the relegation zone. Players heading to the World Cup isn’t a bad thing for Leeds, with participants set to remain in peak physical condition whilst away with their countries.

Marsch will be desperate for his key men such as Tyler Adams to return fit and healthy from Qatar in order to continue his side’s upturn in form into the new year.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites could now be looking to sign an award-winning Ligue 1 ace to bring to Elland Road in January.