Leeds United injury round-up after Raphinha and Robin Koch’s Carabao Cup absence

Raphinha and Robin Koch were two of the players who missed out completely as Leeds United beat Crewe Alexandra 3-0 on Tuesday night.

The Whites ensured safe passage to the Third Round of the Carabao Cup and managed it without a few of the first-team regulars.

It was still a strong starting XI that took to the field at Elland Road and eventually saw off the League One side as a couple of recently-injured players got vital minutes in the tank.

Diego Llorente returned to the team and played the first half before being replaced by Luke Ayling, whilst Adam Forshaw got an hour under his belt following his lengthy lay-off.

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

It is expected both will be eased into more regular action with Llorente in line to make the squad against Burnley this Sunday.

There will be an opportunity for Marcelo Bielsa to give yet more minutes to some of his returning players in this Friday’s under-23 clash between Leeds and Derby County.

It is a strategy Bielsa has used before, particularly with Llorente and Forshaw.

Raphinha strikes a blow to Everton’s hopes of securing all three points at Elland Road with an arrowed effort from 18 yards

Meanwhile, after his heroics in the 2-2 draw with Everton at the weekend, Raphinha was omitted from the squad.

With Marcelo Bielsa understandably wanting him fresh for Sunday’s trip to Burnley, it is assumed he was rested for the cup tie versus lower-league opposition.

It had looked as though the 24-year-old would be travelling to South America for his nation’s World Cup qualifiers next week but, after it was announced that Premier League players will not be allowed to travel to ‘red list’ countries, he may have to wait for his Brazil debut.

Whilst disappointing for Raphinha, it comes as welcome news for Leeds supporters who will be desperate to have him fully fit for the visit of Liverpool which immediately follows the international break.

Robin Koch also missed out for the second match in a row with a knock that Bielsa revealed as “pain in his pubis” after the Toffees clash. The German was involved in local community activity on Wednesday afternoon, indicating that his impingement does not appear serious and that he may well be back in contention this weekend.

After being entrusted with the captain’s armband, Kalvin Phillips looked much closer to the sharpness that he demanded of himself following the weekend’s draw. The England midfielder broke the deadlock in the 79th minute and was involved heavily throughout.

It will be interesting to see the XI that will be selected against Sean Dyche’s Clarets with Bielsa having the luxury of an almost fully fit squad and no new injuries to report.

Source link