Leeds United midfielder Lewis Bate has withdrawn from England’s U20 squad due to injury.
The Lowdown: Elland Road knock
The young midfielder, who arrived from Chelsea last summer, suffered an injury in a 3-0 win for the U23s against Manchester United at Elland Road last week.
Bate had to be helped from the pitch after going down on two separate occasions but did feature days later against his former side at Stamford Bridge, with the 19-year-old playing an hour in a 1-0 defeat on the weekend.
The Latest: International withdrawal
As reported by LUFC Youth Academy on Twitter on Monday evening, Bate has been forced to pull out of England’s U20 squad due to injury.
Bate was included in Andy Taylor’s squad for games with Poland and Germany, but like Aston Villa forward Cameron Archer, now won’t be available for selection.
The Verdict: Setback
It seems as if Bate has suffered a setback following his knock against Manchester United last week to now pull out of the England squad, considering he had initially been deemed fit to return against Chelsea.
The update isn’t ideal, but hopefully, Leeds and the player have made the decision purely as a precaution and he won’t miss much action when domestic football returns.
Bate has missed just four of the last 13 senior Premier League matchday squads, establishing himself as a regular on the bench and impressing in a 3-2 win over West Ham in January, so fingers crossed he will be able to make a full recovery over the coming weeks.
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