Silvestri delivers Instagram message to express Leeds frustration
By Ian Hunt
Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has revealed on Instagram how he is having to dig deep to avoid slipping into a pit of despair.
The Italian has been forced to spend most of the season on the sidelines after losing his No1 spot at Elland Road following the signing of Rob Green last summer.
The veteran 37-year-old keeper, who joined on a free after his contract with QPR had expired, was immediately installed the first choice by manager Garry Monk and has started all 33 of the team’s league fixtures.
The only action for Silvestri has come in cup competitions, with his fringe status exemplified by just six appearances all season in the FA Cup and League Cup, in which Leeds reached the quarter-finals only to be knocked out by Premier League giants Liverpool.
Silvestri posted a message on his personal Instagram account on Monday morning, that he also uploaded on Twitter, in which he made clear his frustration at his diminished status.
“A person who falls and gets back up is much stronger than a person who never fell,” wrote Silvestri, accompanied by the hashtag ‘resilience’.
A person who falls and gets back up is much stronger than a person… https://t.co/vOQVGbzpuG
— Marco Silvestri (@MarcoSilver1991) February 20, 2017
It is unclear what inspired Silvestri to post the message, or whether he had suffered a new setback beyond his fringe status in the squad.
The former Italy Under-21 international took his place on the substitute’s bench for Leeds’ 1-1 draw at Ipswich on Saturday.
Silvestri last figured in the humiliating FA Cup defeat to non-league Sutton United on 29 January and it appears that only an injury to Green will give him the chance of first-team football between now and the end of the season.
Leeds are pushing strongly for promotion and began the week well established at fifth in the Championship and seven points clear of seventh-placed Norwich.
SIlvestri’s future is likely to be thrashed out in the summer, when he will have 12 months remaining on the four-year contract that he signed when he joined Leeds from Italian club Chievo in the summer of 2014.