Leeds: Pascal Struijk ruled out v Man United
Leeds United will be without Pascal Struijk for this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Manchester United, according to Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Struijk a regular for Leeds
The Dutch defender has been a key figure for the Whites this season, featuring heavily at left-back under former manager Jesse Marsch. The 23-year-old has made 22 appearances in all competitions, missing just one Premier League fixture so far in the current campaign.
However, he went off early at Old Trafford on Wednesday after taking a Marcus Rashford strike to the face, and it looks like he won’t be featuring at Elland Road today.
The Latest: Struijk to miss Man Utd clash
Hay took to Twitter to relay news from Michael Skubala’s press conference from Thorp Arch on Friday.
When it came to injury news, it was confirmed that Struijk will ‘miss out because of concussion protocols’, whereas Liam Cooper, Marc Roca and Luis Sinisterra are being assessed.
The Verdict: A blow for Leeds
Not having Struijk to call upon isn’t ideal for Skubala, who like Marsch gave him the nod at left-back in midweek in his first game as temporary manager.
Struijk has actually been Leeds’ best-rated performer this season with an average match rating of 6.90/10, as per WhoScored.
He has chipped in with two goals and ranks highly for tackles made per 90, so it looks as if Junior Firpo – who has been one of Leeds’ worst performers statistically and a lightning rod for heavy criticism – could be forced to come in as his replacement.