Leeds United have been handed a potential injury boost concerning right-back Rasmus Kristensen.
According to a report by Leeds Live, despite the 25-year-old having missed out on the Whites’ defeat at Brentford after picking up a training ground injury in the week before the match, Kristensen has now been called up to the Denmark national team for their Nations League fixtures against Croatia and France later this month.
The report goes on to state that this is a clear indication of the severity of the defender’s knock, alleviating apparent fears that the former Red Bull Salzburg full-back’s injury was worse than initially revealed – as well as being something that should see the Dane available for the Whites’ next Premier League game against Aston Villa on October 2.
Considering how impressive Kristensen has been for Leeds since his £10m move to Elland Road earlier this summer, should the right-back indeed be fit enough to feature for his country later this month, it would undoubtedly be good news for Jesse Marsch and his side.
Indeed, over his five Premier League so far this season, the £13.5m-rated defender has enjoyed a fine start to life in England, helping his side keep one clean sheet, as well as making an average of 2.0 tackles, 2.0 interceptions, 1.8 clearances and winning 3.4 duels per game.
These metrics have seen the eight-cap international average a SofaScore match rating of 6.82, ranking him as Marsch’s sixth-best performer in the league so far in 2022/23 – an impressive feat for a player who only arrived in Leeds in July.
Furthermore, while Luke Ayling did impress during his 20-minute cameo against the Bees last time out, considering just how shakey the Whites were without Kristensen on the right of their backline – shipping five goals against Thomas Frank’s side – it is evident just how important a part of March’s side the 25-year-old has already become.
As such, should the defender indeed be fully fit by the time Aston Villa make the trip to Elland Road at the start of next month, it would most certainly come as a huge boost to the club’s chances of picking up all three points against Steven Gerrard’s side – a result Marsch will be desperate for following the humbling defeat at the Gtech Community Stadium last time out.