All seven Leeds United players will be deprived of Premier League clash with Arsenal
Leeds United are expected to do without seven first-team players on Saturday when Arsenal travel to Elland Road for the late kick-off.
The Gunners will be looking for three straight wins when they travel to Yorkshire for the clash and they look set to be helped by an injury crisis that has gripped their opponents.
Following their impressive first season back in the top flight, Leeds hit a rocky area, currently in 16th place and just five points clear of Burnley, who sits last in the relegation zone.
Some have speculated that this was due to Marcelo Bielsa’s style of football developed by their opponents, but it’s hard to believe that the large number of injuries is not the cause.
“[Jamie] Shackleton and [Daniel] James stepped out. [Robin] Koch is available. These are the new things, “Bielsa said in his pre-match press conference, reported by Leeds Live.
“Shackleton has a problem with the Achilles tendon. James has a problem with the adductor muscles.”
Shackleton and James were both injured when the Whites were beaten 7-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad on Tuesday night.
Not only are Leeds players’ injuries plentiful, but almost all of them relate to key players in Bielsa’s squad first team.
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England internationals Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford were both missing midweek with hamstring injuries while club captain Liam Cooper suffers from a similar issue.
Rodrigo appears to be missing due to bilateral healing pain and center-back Pascal Struijk will also be sidelined after suffering a strange foot injury in training.
Fan favorite Luke Ayling remains active but could well return against Arsenal after spending 45 minutes with the Under-23s this week.
Meanwhile, the only serious injuries for Mikel Arteta are Bernd Leno and Sead Kolasinac as the Gunners look to consolidate their place in the top four.