Leeds United have been dealt a double harm setback forward of Saturday’s Premier League assembly with Southampton.
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In a current publish on Twitter, Phil Hay relayed the feedback of Jesse Marsch relating to the present state of his squad forward of the Whites’ journey to Southampton this weekend, with the 48-year-old confirming that each Luke Ayling and Junior Firpo are nonetheless numerous weeks away from making a return to motion – and are subsequently unavailable for the journey to the south coast.
In his publish, Hay stated: “Firpo and Ayling nonetheless a few weeks away.”
Marsch will likely be gutted
Whereas it’s true that Leeds do have ample cowl at right-back, with summer time signing Rasmus Kristensen greater than prone to begin on the precise of Marsch’s backline at St. Mary’s as soon as once more, the truth that Firpo is but to recuperate from his knock is certain to have left the American supervisor gutted.
Certainly, with Stuart Dallas additionally being dominated out of motion resulting from harm, Marsch at present has no senior left-back obtainable for choice, with Pascal Struijk – who’s primarily a central defender – trying prone to as soon as once more function on the left towards the Saints.
Nonetheless, contemplating simply how a lot the 23-year-old struggled towards Wolves – with the Dutchman being accountable for permitting Hwang Hee-chan to arrange Daniel Podence’s opener, in addition to being overwhelmed by an opponent on three separate events and dropping possession of the ball 18 occasions final weekend – it’s clear that the £13.5m-rated expertise just isn’t overly snug on the left of a again 4.
As such, each Firpo and Ayling’s continued absence will definitely come as a supply of nice frustration for Marsch and his facet, who will undoubtedly be hoping to proceed their 100% document with one other victory over Ralph Hasenguttl’s facet this weekend.