Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed goalkeeper Andy Lonergan is out for Wednesday’s clash against Wolves, while hinting that youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell could get the nod.
Heckingbottom said in his press conference that Lonergan is unavailable, and Peacock-Farrell and Kamil Maziek have both been involved with the first team squad.
PH: “Andy Lonergan is unfit at the moment.” He says keepers Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Kamil Maziek are involved with the squad at the moment. He says he would not hesitate playing the former if needed. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) March 5, 2018
“It came at a bad time for him and us,” Heckingbottom said of Lonergan’s injury today in his press conference.
Leeds’ defensive woes have been highlighted in recent weeks, especially in Friday night’s 3-0 drubbing at the Riverside.
Vernon Anita struggled to deal with Adama Traore, but most of the fans’ concerns were centred on goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald, who has had a torrid time recently.
Wiedwald was not exactly alert for Middlesbrough’s opener, before allowing a powerful Patrick Bamford strike to squeeze under him for the second goal before half time.
Peacock-Farrell actually played through Middlesbrough’s youth system before joining Leeds in 2013, but has made just one first team appearance. Asked if the promising youngster might play this week, the manager said he would not hesitate to give the 21 year-old the nod.
Playing the youngster against league leaders Wolves might be a disaster, but what is there to lose? Leeds fans, let us know your thoughts by commenting below…