Leeds United striker Eddie Nketiah could be out of action for around three weeks, that is according to former Whites striker Noel Whelan (via Football Insider).
The youngster is currently on loan at Elland Road from Premier League outfit Arsenal but looks set for a spell on the sidelines.
Nketiah missed Leeds United’s recent 2-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers, with the club saying that his absence was due to an abdominal injury he had picked up in training (via @LUFC).
The official statement didn’t say how long the club expected the striker to be out for, but Whelan believes that with it being a stomach injury he could spend around three weeks out of action.
Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds forward said: “He has a stomach muscle strain and those are nasty injuries. He was going for a scan and we are awaiting the results of that, but I think he will be unable to play for around three weeks, maybe more.
“It doesn’t surprise me he has a strain around that region because he is a dynamic player and those types are more prone to them.
“It will take time to repair the damage, and that is a major blow as he would have started on Saturday.”
If Whelan’s thoughts are correct, then that would certainly rule him out of Leeds’ clash against Blackburn Rovers this weekend.
Added to that, it would also mean that he will miss out on England under-21’s upcoming fixture against Albania under-21’s.
Losing Nketiah is definitely a blow, however it is not a major issue for Leeds United if it is a period of three weeks he is out for.
After their game against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend there is an international break, which will give the Arsenal loanee two weeks to nurse himself back to full fitness.
He may not be fit for the first game back against Luton Town, but you would expect him to be back after that meaning that he would only miss a couple of games.
Added to that, the striker hasn’t even started a game for Leeds this season (Transfermarkt), with Marcelo Bielsa opting to play Patrick Bamford instead.
With that in mind, they should be able to do without Nketiah for the next couple of games.
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