It has been unclear whether Tyler Adams will miss the rest of the season, ever since he picked up his hamstring injury. Javi Gracia has failed to rule the Leeds star out, saying he himself is still unsure if he will play again this term.
Adams, 24, picked up a hamstring injury before the win over Wolves, in training. It meant that the USA star had to undergo surgery, and he has since been sidelined. He last played in the 2-2 draw with Brighton, missing five games.
It is clear that Leeds are missing him. In those five games, Leeds have conceded a whopping 18 goals. The midfield screen of Adams is pivotal for Leeds – especially because, Marc Roca and Weston McKennie are different players.
Gracia was asked in Thursday’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s match against Fulham, with seven League games to play, if Adams will be back before the end of the season. He replied by saying he simply does not know.
“I don’t know, if I tell you something, then I would be lying to you. he’s working very hard but we need time to tell you if he will be ready or not. He’s a player that plays in a position where we do not have many options,” Gracia said.
“We have Adam Forshaw; he is now ready, but he [Adams] is an absence in an important position. We do not have the solution for that,” Gracia continued in his press conference on Thursday, as per the club’s YouTube channel.
Gracia fails to rule out Adams but is unsure if he will play again this term
Leeds need Adams. But it does look as though that even if the USA star is fit, it might be a while before Leeds get the best Adams back. He is going to need a solid pre-season, full of rest and rehab before he is back to his best.
But, if the Whites are relegated, it might be that Adams is sold – and if he does not play again this season which as Gracia states is a possibility, then there is a chance he has played his last game for the club. A horrible thought.