Jesse Marsch has told his post-match press conference – as broadcasted on LUTV – that Leeds winger Luis Sinisterra has suffered a hamstring injury and will learn in the next few days just how severe it is.
Sinisterra, 23, was substituted after just 12 minutes in what was his first start in pre-season. The Whites ended up drawing 1-1 with Crystal Palace, after Rodrigo’s penalty was cancelled out by Jean-Philippe Mateta’s equaliser.
The Colombia international, bought for £25million from Dutch side Feyenoord, is seen as Raphinha’s replacement. The Brazilian has gone to Barcelona and Sinisterra started on the right flank, which Raphinha made his own.
But after stretching for a ball, Sinisterra went down, rubbing his hamstring. It is a big blow for the Whites given the loss of Raphinha too. Marsch gave an instant verdict on the injury following the match in a press conference.
“Sinisterra had a hamstring injury. We’re hopeful it is not too much, too long or severe. Any time we have a hamstring injury, I’m totally dissatisifed. But we’ll analyse him for sure. We’ll get more information in the next days.”
Marsch: Leeds winger Sinisterra has suffered hamstring injury.
The work Leeds have put in in the transfer window, and the switch to Marsch’s style of play, gives Leeds other options out wide. Dan James and Jack Harrison are the main options. Rodrigo replaced Sinisterra.
Brenden Aaronson can also play on the flank and given Marsch likes to play with inverted wingers, it allows Rodrigo and Aaronson to shine. So, Leeds do have options to cover the loss of Sinisterra. But it is a huge blow.