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Kiko Casilla has been granted an extension for his appeal against the charge of alleged racial abuse against Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.
The Spaniard now has until November 27th to put together a case to plead his innocence, but this extension may actually be a bad thing for the Yorkshire outfit.
If the former Real Madrid man is found guilty he will be handed a minimum six-game ban, and if he’d stuck to the original timeframe that wouldn’t have been such a bad thing.
If the verdict had come back this week and Casilla was found guilty it wouldn’t have been the end of the world for United as their upcoming games are more than winnable without their number one stopper.
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Indeed, Leeds’ next six matches are all against clubs sitting in the bottom half of the table, but if Casilla submits his plea on the 27th and the FA still find him guilty he’ll be absent for two of the most important games of the season.
Casilla’s extension may prove to be a bad thing if he’s still found guilty as it will lead to him missing the two fixtures against Fulham and Preston.
These are games where Leeds may have to rely on their goalkeeper to earn them the points, but now they’re running the risk of being without him for those matches as if he receives the minimum six-game ban he’ll miss those vital clashes.
Kiko Casilla proved his worth against fellow promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season, making four saves and three high claims. His influence was absolutely vital so they could be left to suffer if he’s absent versus Fulham and Preston.