Leeds United youngsters Jamie Shackleton and Lewis Bate have both picked up injuries on Under-23s duty, according to journalist Adam Pope.
The Lowdown: Leeds youngsters see off Man United
The young Whites enjoyed an evening to remember on Tuesday night, as they took on Manchester United in a Premier League 2 clash.
It was Leeds who prevailed 3-0 at Elland Road, with Stuart McKinstry, Max Dean and Archie Gray finding the net and the latter’s strike a stunner from 35 yards.
Shackleton and Bate also featured for the Whites but a negative update has emerged regarding the pair.
The Latest: Bate, Shackleton “doubts”
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, BBC’s Pope confirmed that Shackleton and Bate picked up knocks during the match, although they are only thought to be minor issues:
“Shackleton & Bates picked up small knocks in the Under 23s 3-0 win over Man Utd.”
According to Leeds Live, both players are now “doubts” vs Wolves on Friday.
The Verdict: Blow to Marsch’s depth
In terms of Jesse Marsch’s first team, Shackleton and Bate’s injuries are not going to majorly affect their plans, with the pair not expected to play key roles between now and the end of the season.
That’s not to say that they can’t be important players one day, but with a relegation battle on the cards, experienced heads are needed in the next couple of months.
That said, it is yet another blow to the manager’s already dwindling depth – Bate has made a Premier League bench nine times this term while Shackleton has featured somewhat regularly, playing 683 top flight minutes.
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