Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has suffered a fresh injury setback as news emerges on Junior Firpo’s status.
The Whites went down 3-0 to Aston Villa on Thursday night, dragging them further into a relegation dogfight as we head into the business end of the Premier League season.
Firpo was forced off on a stretcher in the second half following a strong challenge, and it now appears that he could be out for the foreseeable future.
Speaking about that setback in his post-match press conference, Marsch revealed: “We don’t [know] yet but it’s probably something on the inside of his knee like an MCL so we’ll evaluate that and see where’s he at. I would guess it keeps him out for a while.”
Firpo had an awful display against Villa, losing Matty Cash for the second goal and being run ragged by the away side’s constant movement – a performance which had former Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny fuming.
He said: “I’ve not been impressed by Firpo. He doesn’t have much defensive awareness and his positioning is poor. I watch him so often and he’s flat-footed or fast asleep. Leeds let Alioski go and I think that was a mistake. Firpo is not an upgrade on Alioski. Is he good enough for Leeds and to wear that shirt? No, I don’t think he is.”
However, while Firpo’s performance against Villa and general performances this season have left a lot to be desired, he’s still a vital member of this squad at a time when the Whites can ill afford any more injuries.
The club don’t have a natural senior left-back to cover for the Brazilian while he’s out, and that is likely to see another unwelcome reshuffling of the pack, with potentially Stuart Dallas moving across or Pascal Struijk filling in again.