Leeds United star Raphinha is still injured ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester United, if boxer Ebanie Bridges is to be believed.
The 24-year-old Raphinha has been an exceptional signing for the Whites, shining in the Premier League this season, bagging six goals and assists apiece.
He has been one of the standout players for Leeds in 2020/21, playing a key role in them playing such attractive, high-energy football under Marcelo Bielsa.
Unfortunately, Raphinha hasn’t played since limping off late on the win away to Manchester City, missing Monday’s 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool.
Boxer claims Raphinha is still injured
He’s injured! Lol and it’s hard for the players to get out and about really, cos of covid.. can’t really be mingling 🙈
— Blonde Bomber 🥊💣💁🏼♀️😈 (@EbanieBridges) April 23, 2021
Should Bridges’ comments be true – there is no reason why she shouldn’t be believed – it means Raphinha is surely a doubt for Sunday’s visit of United, and Phil Hay has since confirmed from Marcelo Bielsa’s press conference that the winger is not yet in full training.
Transfer Tavern take
The forward is a hugely influential player – he has been described as ‘amazing’ by Andy Hinchcliffe and his 12 goal involvements as a young player on his first go at the Premier League back that up. So, potentially not having his services to call upon against Manchester United acts as a major blow.
A tussle with Luke Shaw has the potential to be fascinating viewing, but if Raphinha is out, it makes the left-back’s job easier, with all due respect to whoever takes the Leeds star’s place.
That being said, the Whites still held their own against Liverpool without their brilliant winger, so they should still be confident heading into Sunday’s game.
In other news, Marcelo Bielsa’s worries about one Leeds player have been revealed – find out who the individual in question is here.
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