Leeds United have suffered a major blow over Mateusz Klich whilst on international duty, with Marcelo Bielsa surely concerned.
The £13m-rated midfielder was called up by Poland for their World Cup qualifiers this month, with one of those games of course coming against England at Wembley Stadium.
However, Klich is now unlikely to take part in that game or any of the other two fixtures either, with it being confirmed that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
Despite seemingly falling out of favour for Bielsa in recent weeks – he’s completed the full 90 minutes just twice in Leeds’ last 11 Premier League games – there’s no questioning an in-form and on song Klich can be a real dynamic presence.
In his first 16 top-flight games, the Polish ace bagged himself two goals and picked up five assists, and it was no surprise that former Leeds man Danny Mills waxed lyrical about him.
He said: “I think Mateusz Klich has done very, very well because when Bielsa first came in he was almost surplus to requirements, he wasn’t being used an awful lot before he came in and could have been on his way.
“He’s got talent, he’s a clever midfield player, he’s very fit and he’s reliable. Undoubtedly he’s got quality. Maybe it’s a little bit of a stretch to say he could play in any team in the world. He’s just trying to say ‘I rely on this player, he’s been fantastic for me’ and he has, he’s been absolutely superb.”
If everything gets confirmed about Klich after a second test is done, then the 30-year-old will of course have to isolate and potentially missing training which will leave Bielsa frustrated.
The midfielder hasn’t missed a single league game all season, while there’s also no real telling about how contracting it can have a short-term or long-term impact on a player – you only have to look at how Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin has seemingly struggled all season with it.
Bielsa will surely be concerned over the news surrounding Klich.