Leeds United left-back Junior Firpo is expected to be out injured for a sustained period of time, according to reliable journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Firpo suffers knee injury
The 25-year-old joined the Whites from Barcelona last summer, with Marcelo Bielsa bringing him in as a replacement for Ezgjan Alioski. At the time of the transfer, former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell hailed the one-time Spain under-21 international as “incredibly fit, quick and strong”.
The Latest: Hay predicts lengthy absence for Firpo
Speaking in a Q&A for The Athletic on Sunday morning ahead of the visit of Norwich City, Hay admitted that Whites supporters shouldn’t expect to see Firpo in action for a while.
He revealed prior to the match: “There’s no Junior Firpo today. He’s going to be out for a little while with this knee injury by the sounds of things.”
The Verdict: Not a massive blow for Leeds
In truth, Firpo has been a disappointing signing so far, so this news shouldn’t be considered a major setback for Leeds. It is a big blow for the player himself, of course, and the hope is that he makes a speedy recovery, but he has struggled in all facets of his game this season.
His attacking input has been disappointing, as we mentioned above, while defensively he has looked like a weak link all too often, with Leeds conceding 64 goals in 28 league matches in 2021/22 to date and the 25-year-old on the pitch for the majority of those.
It could be that Firpo doesn’t play again this season but it may end up being a blessing in disguise, with Stuart Dallas potentially filling in at left-back in an auxiliary role, a position from which he has been quite productive in the past.
The former Barcelona man shouldn’t be written off completely, though – new signings can take time to settle in, and the hope is that he returns a more rounded player under Jesse Marsch when he returns from this injury setback.
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