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Leeds: Phil Hay makes Charlie Cresswell injury admission

Leeds: Phil Hay makes Charlie Cresswell injury admission -Leeds United News

Leeds United youngster Charlie Cresswell was set to face Arsenal on Saturday before a shoulder injury ruled him out of the match, according to journalist Phil Hay.

The Lowdown: Leeds thrashed by Arsenal

The Whites suffered another dispiriting Premier League outing on Saturday, losing 4-1 to the Gunners at Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa is having to tackle an injury crisis and it is showing on the pitch, with Leeds now sitting a worrying 16th in the table.

A relegation battle looks increasingly on the cards and a huge amount of resolve will need to be shown in the coming weeks, with signings required in the January transfer window.

The Latest: Cresswell suffers injury

Writing in a Q&A for The Athletic after the Arsenal game, Hay confirmed that youngster Cresswell was set to start before he picked up an injury of his own.

The journalist stated: “Cresswell was injured in training – shoulder problem. Was due to start today.”

The Verdict: More minutes coming his way?

Considering Leeds’ current injury woes, it may be that Cresswell soon gets another chance to shine, assuming he recovers from his shoulder issue.

The 19-year-old has already made four Premier League appearances this season (starting once) and he has shown he can compete at this level, earning a 7.93 rating from WhoScored in the Carabao Cup penalty shootout win over Fulham back in September.

Granted, it would be better not having to throw a teenage centre-back into the team, but it could end up proving to be invaluable experience further down the line. Indeed, going by how poorly Leeds defended against the Gunners, it’s not outlandish to suggest that Bielsa could have done with the teenager on Saturday.

In other news, three Leeds players struggled in the defeat to Arsenal. Find out who they are.

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