Jesse Marsch has told Friday’s press conference that Leeds could be without seven players – including Jack Harrison and Mateusz Klich – to play against Tottenham on Saturday, in the final game before the World Cup break.
Leeds go into the last game before the pause to Premier League football, having won the last two League games. They did lose against Wolves in the Carabao Cup, but Marsch made 10 changes to his side – including four debuts.
Marsch will be looking for his Leeds side to continue their momentum in the league. They travel to the Capital to take on a struggling Tottenham side, who used many senior members against Nottingham Forest – a 2-0 Cup loss.
But Marsch gave an injury update on Friday. He says that Adam Forshaw was close, but is still out. Stuart Dallas could be sidelined until the end of December. Archie Gray has a new problem, while Luis Sinisterra is also missing.
The new injuries are that Patrick Bamford is still out, while Harrison and Klich – two of the starting players on Wednesday night – could miss Saturday’s outing. Here is what the Leeds gaffer said, as per the club’s YouTube.
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“Archie Gray – turned into an ankle injury. Situation with his age, have to shut him down 6-8 weeks. Unfortunate, he is down about it, but this is the best thing for him,” Marsch said. “Adam Forshaw has been training hard on the pitch.
“If the Tottenham match was three days later, he might have been eligible. Stuart making great progress, maybe back on the pitch end of December. Patrick is out for this match. Klich took a knee-to-knee knock against Wolves.
“He will be out. The other one is Jack Harrison, he is a little bit questionable, suffering a muscle strain in the Wolves match. But in the next 24 hours, we are hopeful that he can recover to be available for tomorrow as well.”
Marsch: Leeds could be without seven players against Tottenham
The chances are that following the win over Bournemouth, and given that Crysencio Summerville was rested at Wolves, the Dutch winger will start. Luis Sinisterra is also sidelined until the new year with a foot injury.
So, who could come in for Harrison? The chances are that it will be Willy Gnonto, who did come off the bench against Bournemouth – laying on a wonderful assist for Summerville. The combination is both on, and off the field.
Both players have struck up a friendship and their energy could really put Tottenham’s struggling wing-backs under pressure. Leeds will have every chance to go on and beat Antonio Conte’s side come Saturday afternoon.