If things were not tense for Leeds United and their fans before the Sheffield United game, they surely will be now! The defeat to their arch-rivals will have handed them a blow in their pursuit of an automatic promotion spot and with just eight games to go, there will be some nervous figures at Elland Road.
And, those feelings may not have been eased following the events of the game, as Marcelo Bielsa may have been handed a further blow.
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Kiko Casilla was shown a red card in the final few moments of the game on Saturday when he brought down Billy Sharp outside of the box when the Blades were on the counter-attack and will now be expected to face a potential suspension.
However, in his media briefing (via TeamTALK), it would appear Bielsa will appeal the sending off, believing the decision was incorrect.
“For me it was not a red card. There were covering defenders. We don’t blame the referee though,” he said.
Casilla’s potential suspension could be a huge blow to Leeds’ promotion efforts this season as the former Real Madrid has been a key player following is arrival in the January transfer window.
The Spaniard has kept three clean sheets in their pursuit of returning to the Premier League and he has looked rather solid in between the sticks.
The match he could miss, should the ban be upheld, will be against Millwall – a side that are known to have made life difficult for the Elland Road outfit over the years.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell would be the man to replace him, and although the Northern Ireland international has picked up some big-game experience over the season, there may be concerns about whether he can step up and perform well in what would be a tense atmosphere.
Leeds fans, do you think the club will win an appeal against Casilla’s red card? How big of a blow will it come if he is suspended? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.