Leeds United manager Javi Gracia has just concluded his pre-match press conference and has provided an update on the injury status of some of his key players ahead of the clash with Arsenal in the English Premier League this Saturday.
Speaking to journalists, Gracia has said, “Sometimes its good because you see your players enjoying playing for the national teams. This break we had big problems, we lost important players for the next games. It’s a big problem for us.
“Tyler, we’ll see, after the surgery we’ll see if he can play any games this season. Gnonto and Wober have different injuries but they need time to recover. They are out this weekend.”
The news will be a massive boost for Arsenal as Gracia has effectively had three of his star players ruled out for the weekend. Midfielder Tyler Adams joined Leeds in the summer and has already had a huge impact on the team – not only performing at a high level, but also taking the captains armband for the club in a number of games. Max Wober is another recent signing, having joined in the January transfer window, and will be another loss to the Leeds defensive setup.
But the biggest news surrounds Italian international Wilfried Gnonto. Gnonto has been a revelation and one of the players in this Premier League season. Consistently one of the most dangerous players on the pitch, Gnonto has often been the spark for a Leeds side scrapping for points and will be a massive miss for Leeds.
Stressing on that, Gracia added, “They are important players and we don’t have a big squad. I am positive. I am optimistic and I believe in my squad.
“We have the chance to train with seven or eight players last week and we try to take this time to train and try and recover. We prepare in two days, yesterday and today and we have time tomorrow. This is the time we’ve had with the players.”
A few more Leeds players were also discussed by the manager. Luis Sinisterra has had long spells on the sidelines this season, missing more games than he’s been available for, and Rodrigo also missed the whole of February and the beginning of March.
Speaking on them, Garcia said, “Luis and Rodri are improving in condition but they are not in the best condition. They need time competing more with more minutes. Luis is feeling better day by day and I’m sure he will help us in the next games, as will Rodri.”
It seems as if both players are not quite ready for a full 90 minutes, so it’s possibly that Leeds could be without the services of 5 first-team players for the full 90 minutes on Saturday.