Max Wober was an unused sub against Liverpool for Monday night’s 6-1 loss and now, Javi Gracia has suggested that the Leeds United defender is fitter and in with a chance of starting against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Wober, 25, has now been sidelined for a month after picking up a hamstring injury during Austria’s 4-1 win over Azerbaijan. It has seen him miss our last four League games and in that time, the Whites have conceded 16 goals.

Clearly, Wober’s absence – alongside Tyler Adams – has hurt Leeds. But he was on the bench against Liverpool and now, he could be fit to play against Fulham. A massive plus, given he has only conceded 11 goals in his 13 games.

That is, while on the pitch. Gracia was asked about Wober’s fitness ahead of Fulham. He said he was on the bench but unused on Monday as he had only trained for a day or two – but hinted he is now ready to start against Fulham.

Austria v Azerbaijan: Group F - UEFA EURO 2024 Qualifying Round
Photo by Guenther Iby/SEPA.Media /Getty Images

“When he is available, he played as a centre-back. He had good performances. He was available for the last game but only trained one or two days. Now, he is in a better condition to help the team and we will decide,” Gracia said.

Gracia suggests Leeds defender Wober could start against Fulham

Having Wober back would be wonderful. But should he come back in at centre-back, or is it time for Gracia to insert a bit of leadership and bring Liam Cooper in? There are ways he could include both players in the starting line-up.

Perhaps, a three-man defence in which Wober plays on the left of a back three, with Cooper and Robin Koch. Or, play Wober in the Tyler Adams role – in which he did on his debut, coming on against Cardiff. Interesting to see.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leeds United - Premier League
Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images

Related Topics

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know