Colombian website WIN Sports claim that Leeds United have denied permission for Luis Sinisterra to play in a friendly on November 20 for Colombia against Paraguay – with the Leeds winger’s country failing to qualify for the World Cup.
The nation have a friendly against fellow South Americans Paraguay, a week after our final fixture against Tottenham. Sinisterra has already missed matches due to a hamstring injury picked up in pre-season. Leeds have made a decision.
With Sinisterra having already suffered an injury, and of course, missed the Palace loss through suspension – they have decided to block Sinisterra from playing. That is, despite Leeds’ next game being on Boxing Day – against Man City.
That is according to the report. It is not yet decided what Leeds are going to do during the World Cup break, with the majority of players set to remain. The likelihood is that they are given some time off, before warm-weather training.
Leeds have denied Sinisterra permission to play in Colombia friendly
It is probably the right decision. Colombia will argue that Sinisterra is not in action for six weeks while the World Cup is going ahead. But the travelling, and the chance of injury in the friendly, is hardly worth it for a meaningless match.
Indeed, it would likely take a 10-day chunk out of Sinisterra’s time off. Time, in which he will be given to rest. As stated, he has suffered a muscle injury already since his move to Leeds and that might also be a consideration by Leeds.
Leeds will want their players ready and raring to go. Especially with their first Premier League game back coming against Manchester City. Keeping Sinisterra in Yorkshire, or at least with the squad, enhances those Leeds hopes.