LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross has told Leeds United fans to wait and see what Marcelo Bielsa says about Illan Meslier’s situation amid rumours he’s tested positive for COVID-19.

Meslier, 20, was nowhere to be seen on Sunday as Leeds lost 3-0 to Crawley in the FA Cup with Kiko Casilla starting in goals and Elia Caprile sitting on the bench.

The French youngster’s absence has led to a lot of questions about whether or not he’s self-isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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In a Q&A session on the LeedsLive website, a fan told Cross that he’s heard rumours about Meslier’s absence. Cross responded by saying: “This one’s spread like wildfire across social media since the Crawley match.

“We will have to see what Bielsa says in his press conference tomorrow (Thursday), if anything at all.

“[Tyler] Roberts’s exclusion wasn’t discovered until the teamsheet was released at Spurs.”

On Roberts, another player who has been the subject of COVID speculation, Cross said, “Bielsa will not go beyond saying Roberts is “unavailable.”

“There was a strange moment at Spurs when he asked for advice on how to answer a question on Roberts from one of the Leeds media team.

“However, he did ask for the media not to press him on COVID-related absences in his squad during his pre-Crawley press conference. He admitted journalists could read between the lines of his answers.”

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Huge issue if rumours are true

We really hope that Meslier hasn’t tested positive. Firstly because we don’t want to see anyone – whether they’re associated to Leeds or not – test positive for COVID-19 and secondly, because it means Casilla could start in goals this weekend against Brighton.

Casilla, 34, is an absolute joke of a goalkeeper who shouldn’t even be anywhere near English football after being banned for racism last season.

The ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper is also a horrifically bad shot-stopper, who doesn’t deserve to be playing for a club like Leeds United.

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Just look at Casilla’s performance against Crawley.

He was absolutely awful against a League Two team, conceding two goals that he should have stopped and almost conceding a third when he decided to go on an adventure outside of the penalty area.

If Meslier is forced into self-isolation, then we pray that Bielsa plays Caprile on Saturday against Brighton.

Caprile is 19-years-old and has never made a senior appearance in his career but we would still rather see the Italian teenager play in goals over Casilla.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared a major update on the postponement of Leeds’ clash versus Southampton.


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