By Beck Pascal

7th Jan, 2022 | 10:45pm

View: Bielsa must reconsider training methods amid Leeds United injury crisis

Marcelo Bielsa has to reconsider his training methods with several Leeds United players being injured whilst training at Thorpe Arch.

The injury crisis continues at Elland Road with in-form starlet, Joe Gelhardt, being the latest addition to the Whites injury list having sustained an ankle injury in training on Thursday (January 6).  

This comes after Pascal Struijk and Charlie Cresswell suffered unnecessary injuries in training in an already difficult season in terms of player welfare.

“As it has been happening habitually this season, players are injuring themselves in the same position,” Bielsa told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“So to the injury of Bamford and Rodrigo, we add that the injury to Tyler Roberts and Gelhardt who injured his ankle in training yesterday and he’s going to be absent for three weeks. Tyler Roberts a similar amount of time. The return of Rodrigo we don’t have a precise date. Bamford is likely to be able to play the game on Sunday.”

Bielsa added “We can end on this subject of injuries – Phillips and Cooper until March, Shackleton and Cresswell after the international break and Pascal and Rodrigo we can’t predict. Roberts and Gelhardt approximately a month,”

Get on with it 

Leeds simply can’t afford to keep adding to their injury list, especially when it is avoidable.

One of the greatest things about Bielsa as a manager is his intensity, he demands absolutely everything from his players at all times. There needs to come a point where he considers taking his foot off the gas and looking after his players though. Even more so with the current state of the squad.

Players get injured in football, there is no changing that but when it is happening in training and can be avoided, it is infuriating. The physios are surely losing patience and soon someone may have to have a quiet word with the Argentine.

Leeds currently have seven first-team players out of action and with the unpredictable nature of the season with covid rampantly dismantling entire clubs, who knows what will happen next. 

Any additions in the January window would obviously come as a huge boost for the team but the Whites can’t be reliant on any incomings in January to get them out of this mess. 

It has been an incredibly unfortunate season as we all know too well but it is time for the players to pull their socks up and the fans to get behind the team. 

Football and the Premier League are relentless. The Whites need to do their best to weather the storm and go again next season. 

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