A new setback struck Leeds United last week as it emerged Kemar Roofe picked up a knee injury during their 2-1 win over Swansea City.
The Whites will now miss their main man for their next few weeks, which could be a problem, considering how tight the Championship title race is getting.
While Leeds face relegation contenders Bolton Wanderers at home next and won’t miss Roofe much, the games following it are the real headaches. While youngsters Jamie Shackleton and Jordan Stevens are primed to make an impact for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, creating the sort of impact Roofe does will be extremely difficult.
Roofe’s not only been their goal-scoring hero, but also the drive for allowing Bielsa’s attractive style to come into effect. He’s scored 14 goals for them this season(stats via Transfermarkt), always popping up with key goals to win them matches. With games against promotional rivals, West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City on the horizon, Roofe’s lack of presence can be telling.
While Bielsa is clever enough to shuffle around his options to make up his absence, it’ll be difficult for anyone to replicate Roofe’s influence in games. Leeds can now only hope Roofe can work with the medical staff and recover from his nagging issues soon.
As Leeds United head into the final stretch, they’ll need their impactful attacking midfielder to be fully raring to go. If Roofe’s injury issues end up causing a long lay-off, Leeds’ chances of winning the Championship will hit a major roadblock.