Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has suffered a big injury blow this week…
The Whites’ next Premier League outing against Nottingham Forest on Monday is to be postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday afternoon and with their trip to arch-rivals Manchester United also in doubt, there may be no action until October.
That’s because there is also an international break soon on the horizon.
One player who isn’t likely to feature at all before then is Rasmus Kristensen after the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath dropped an update on his situation at Elland Road.
“#LUFC right-back Rasmus Kristensen set to miss a fortnight of action (max 3 weeks) with the injury that ruled him out vs Brentford last weekend,” he tweeted.
Regardless of whether we see Leeds out on the pitch in the coming weeks or not, it appears as if the £10m summer signing won’t be making a return until after the break.
This will come as a gutting blow to the American head coach as his first-choice right-back is likely to be unavailable for the foreseeable future, leaving him with the tough decision of either the returning Luke Ayling or the inexperience of Cody Drameh.
Kristensen was one of the manager’s first few signings in west Yorkshire and one of many that he has previously worked with, joining alongside the likes of Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams.
Therefore, it’s perhaps little surprise to see the Danish dynamo an instant starter under his stewardship, having worked under Marsch for two seasons at RB Salzburg.
After six league outings, the 25-year-old currently ranks as Leeds’ sixth-best performer with a SofaScore average rating of 6.82 – that’s the highest of any of Marsch’s other defenders to have started in 50% or more of their matches.
Evidently, he’s a key part of the plan at Leeds right now.
Once hailed as an “absolute leader” by his former boss Matthias Jaissle, it’s no wonder that Marsch has trusted him to adapt quickly to the Premier League and he would have undoubtedly stepped up to be some sort of leader in the absence of vice-captain Ayling.
“As a right-back, he has a very strong offensive drive, marches up and down the line and is also a goal threat,” the Salzburg boss added.
Marsch will surely be gutted to not have him available in the coming weeks, regardless of whether Leeds see the pitch in the Premier League or not, as Kristensen will almost certainly be out until October, at the very earliest.