Charlie Cresswell was due to start for Leeds United in their 4-1 loss to Arsenal at Elland Road on Saturday, according to Phil Hay.
However, write on The athletics website, Hay reports that the 19-year-old center-back was injured by a teammate in training after falling on the youngster’s shoulder.
This is yet another blow for the Whites, who appear to have no players available to face Liverpool on Boxing Day.
The unlucky team of all time?
The Leeds injury crisis is well documented.
This has been the case most of the season, with Marcelo Bielsa never really having the choice between a team in great shape.
Injury, illness and suspension ravaged his options for the Arsenal clash, so losing by three goals was no shock at all – especially after going 7-0 at the Etihad on Tuesday.
Cresswell has played well in his senior appearances for Leeds so far this season and while we can’t say we would have won had he started it would have been a better option to have him rather than a Robin Koch who was seriously lacking in fitness for the game.
Bielsa’s training methods and the way he pushes his players have been reported as something that caused a bunch of injuries at Elland Road during his three and a half years here.
However, you cannot legislate for Cresswell to be injured by a teammate falling over his shoulder in training. This is bad luck.
We can only pray that things will improve in time to play for Liverpool and, in all fairness, canceling the game would do Whites good.
However, we don’t want to sit here and wish for positive COVID tests or for the UK government to stop all football matches.
In other Leeds United news, a former FIFA official said another Leeds ace should have been banned for Arsenal’s game.