Marcelo Bielsa outlined the severity of the injury problems at Leeds at the moment, when speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash with West Ham on Sunday.
The Hammers welcome Leeds to the London Stadium this weekend as both sides try to make it through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
West Ham have been flying high in the Premier League this season and are currently sitting in fifth spot in the table.
Leeds, meanwhile, have really struggled, and are languishing down in 16th position.
Don’t be fooled, though…the Whites can beat anyone on their day. Bielsa has worked wonders since taking over at Elland Road. Sure, they’re not the best defensively but the football they play really can be mesmerising at times.
Leeds may well have a huge disadvantage for the FA Cup third round clash with West Ham on Sunday, however.
Marcelo Bielsa shares Leeds injury news
The Argentinian was speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash with West Ham in a couple of day’s time.
And Bielsa suggested that as many as nine Leeds players could be unavailable for selection through injury, as quoted by Football.London:
“To the injury of Bamford and Rodrigo, we add the injury to Tyler Roberts and [Joe] Gelhardt who injured his ankle in training yesterday and who’s going to be absent for three weeks. Phillips and Cooper [are out] until March, Shackleton and Cresswell after the [January] international break and Pascal [Struijk] and Rodrigo Moreno their injuries we can’t predict when they’re going to be available and Tyler Roberts and Gelhardt approximately a month.”
That sounds like a real horror show for Leeds.
West Ham shouldn’t count their chickens of course, any game at this level is tough, especially if you are not 100 per cent focused and committed.
We will undoubtedly be favourites against Leeds but the Hammers players can’t afford to be complacent.
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It’s a big game both clubs on Sunday. Let’s hope that Leeds will be just too stretched to pose any kind of threat to us at the London Stadium.
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