By Matthew Chadder

20th Nov, 2023 | 4:49pm

Daniel Farke checks on Pascal Struijk ahead of Leeds United clash with Rotherham United

Leeds United boss Daniel Farke will be “checking in” on defender Pascal Struijk, with the view to bringing him back into the fold as early as Friday, according to Leeds Live.

The digital news publication reported online (20 November) that the German will catch up with Struijk early this week to see where the defender is at with his recovery and if there is a chance he could be available for Friday’s clash with Rotherham.

Struijk missed the Whites’ most recent game, a 2-1 win against Plymouth Argyle, having undergone successful surgery on a hernia issue.

The 24-year-old’s return date is unknown, although the club were hopeful that the international break would offer him a chance to recover without missing too much club action.


The return of Struijk to the Leeds United starting line-up would be a welcome boost for Farke and would certainly strengthen the German’s defensive options.

Despite rumours suggesting the Dutchman was set to leave Elland Road during the summer, he stayed put and has so far been a mainstay in the team this season.

With a number of injuries to other key players at the moment, the return of the centre-back would be a welcome one, as the Whites look to pick up three points on Friday and continue to pile the pressure on Ipswich Town and Leicester City, who currently occupy the two automatic promotion spots.

A win would put Leeds five points behind the top two, who have both faltered in recent weeks, with Leicester having lost their previous two matches. Three points at the New York Stadium would be huge, and Struijk’s return would go a long way in helping Leeds pick up those points.

In other Leeds United news, an injury expert has revealed another player at the club could be kept out for months.