Phil Hay has dropped an update on the recent injury picked up by Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts.
In a recent post on Twitter, The Athletic journalist stated his belief that the 22-year-old, who went down unopposed with what appeared to be a calf injury midway through the second half of the Whites’ 3-1 win over Burnley on Sunday, looks as if he will need a considerable amount of time to recover from his knock.
In his tweet, Hay said: “Roberts looked like he’ll need time to recover from that injury.”
Considering the sheer amount of injuries a number of Marcelo Bielsa’s side have sustained so far this season, the news that Leeds could be without Roberts for a substantial period of time as a result of yet another injury is sure to have left the Elland Road faithful fuming.
Indeed, Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk all also missed the fixture against Burnley as a result of various knocks, with Bielsa suggesting prior to kick-off on Sunday that Bamford could still be some way off a return to first-team football.
Should this be the case, the Argentine manager may well be left with 19-year-old Joe Gelhardt as his only option at centre-forward for the Whites’ trip to West Ham in the FA Cup on Sunday, something that, despite the youngster’s undoubted potential, would appear to significantly reduce United’s chances of securing a victory in the clash.
As such, should Roberts indeed be ruled out of action for a number of weeks, as Hay has suggested, it will certainly come as a major blow to Bielsa and his side, as the Whites are already incredibly thin on the ground.