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Opinion: Roofe injury has given Bielsa and Leeds a real dilemma following Saiz’s departure

Opinion: Roofe injury has given Bielsa and Leeds a real dilemma following Saiz’s departure

Leeds United were dealt a massive blow in the race for Premier League promotion after it was confirmed by the club that Kemar Roofe had damaged ligaments in his knee in a recent 2-1 win over Swansea City.

The Championship outfit now face having to go into some crunch ties without the 26-year-old, leaving Marcelo Bielsa with a No.10-shaped problem.

In recent weeks, Roofe had been playing just behind the striker instead of leading the line himself like earlier in the season with Bielsa keen to utilise his well-rounded attacking skill set.

But with the former Oxford United man now set for some time on the sidelines, Bielsa will have to look elsewhere and come up with something clever with Samuel Saiz, of course, no longer being an option he can turn to either.

The No.10 role was fulfilled well by Saiz before he left Elland Road for Getafe back in December with a personal situation the motive behind his move (BBC Sport), making the transfer a reasonable one.

However, with Leeds fighting for so much this campaign and Roofe now sidelined, you cannot help but think about the much better predicament the Yorkshire club would have found themselves in if Saiz was still here as they prepare for some big games.

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