By Craig Scott

19th Sep, 2020 | 6:30pm

Phil Hay: Leeds senior player 'Highly unlikely' to play for some time

Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is “highly unlikely” to play for Leeds United any time soon, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Casilla, 33, captained the Whites as they lost to Hull City on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

It was Casilla’s second appearance for the Yorkshire giants since ending his eight-match suspension for racially abusing Jonathan Leko last season.

Leeds have faced widespread criticism for not addressing the written reasons for Casilla’s ban and Marcelo Bielsa has been slammed this week for handing the player the captain’s armband against Hull.

According to Hay, Illan Meslier is expected to continue as Bielsa’s number one in the Premier League, which means Casilla’s not going to play for some time.

“The saving grace for Leeds, on this issue, is that they are out of the League Cup already and there’s no midweek game until just before Christmas,” said Hay on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show.

“Bar anything happening to Meslier with injuries or suspension, it’s highly unlikely we’ll see Casilla play for a while.”

Sorry, but this isn’t good enough.

Hay’s update suggests Casilla will play for Leeds again but that simply shouldn’t be the case.

Casilla was banned for racially abusing a young opponent and then tried to palm it off as though he didn’t know what the terminology meant.

We just cannot believe that Bielsa will even include hin in his squad, let alone hand him the captain’s armband.

Bielsa’s since justified that decision by saying that the players chose Casilla to lead them out at Elland Road against Hull but we’re really not buying that.

Bielsa hasn’t covered himself in glory with this.

If Leeds cannot sell Casilla, tear up his contract. But it’s probably too late for that now.

In other Leeds United news, this player’s turned down a Champions League club because he’d rather join the Whites.