The Lowdown: Leeds nearly back in action
Leeds are back in league action on December 28th when they are faced with the daunting task of hosting reigning Premier League champions City at Elland Road.
Ahead of the game, a concerning injury update has emerged for the Whites.
The Latest: Meslier could miss out
Taking to Twitter, Hay admitted that Meslier could miss out against Pep Guardiola’s side, leading to Joel Robles being thrown into the team:
“Selection talk around Leeds v Man City has focused on Tyler Adams’ suspension but there’s a real chance that Jesse Marsch will be without his first-choice keeper too. That could mean a first league start in almost two years for Joel Robles.”
The Verdict: Huge pressure on Robles
This is far from ideal for Leeds if Meslier does end up missing out against City, considering what an assured and influential presence he has matured into between the sticks, being hailed as ‘top class‘ by Hay.
Taking on City is difficult enough when you have your strongest XI available but the Frenchman being out would immediately make the task so much harder.
The fact that Robles hasn’t started a league game in almost two years is problematic, with a lack of match practice understandable, and it could be one of the toughest assignments of his career against a team who create chances at will.