The Whites came back from two goals down to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night, but the victory came at a cost.
A whopping four players – Illan Meslier, Diego Llorente, Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford – were forced off with injuries at Molineux, while Raphinha didn’t make the trip to the Midlands at all after testing positive for the virus.
Cross relayed an update on three of the casualties on Sunday morning in Leeds Live.
He shared a link to the article via Twitter, stating: “Jesse Marsch expects Raphinha will have to withdraw from Brazil duty. Diego Llorente likely too. Illan Meslier a candidate with his knock too. Could be a hugely useful fortnight for the head coach with most sticking around.”
All three nations are due to play twice during the upcoming international break, and Cross feels that the break could actually prove to be ‘hugely useful’ for Marsch, with most of his players set to remain in Yorkshire.
Even before the Wolves game, Leeds were without left-back Junior Firpo (knee) and forward Tyler Roberts (thigh), so the returns of Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper to the substitutes’ bench were immediately offset.
Still, the Whites will hope that the three points have given them a safety net above the bottom three. They are now seven clear of the drop zone on 29 points, and it has been suggested that 35 (i.e. two more wins) should be enough to stay up.
If they can get most of their key players back fit and healthy for the final stretch of games, Leeds should be fine.
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