Leeds United managed to secure their fifth Premier League win of the season yesterday with an impressive 3-2 victory over Champions League-chasing West Ham United at The London Stadium.
Three goals from Leeds winger Jack Harrison secured the much-needed three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s side as they aim to move as far away from the relegation zone in the Premier League table as they can.
Despite the win, Leeds had Adam Forshaw and Junior Firpo forced off the pitch with injuries midway through the first half.
After the game, Leeds journalist Phil Hay took to Twitter to share what Bielsa had to say about the two injury issues. Sadly, the reporter revealed another two significant blows, saying that both Firpo and Forshaw had suffered muscular strains in the game.
The fact that there is currently no clear indication of the severity of these muscle strains suggests that it could be a worrying time for the two players and Bielsa until they get more details on the matter and how long the pair could be out of action for.
In full, Hay said: “Forshaw and Firpo have muscular strains. Too early to give timescales etc. Bamford isn’t injured but in the end, Bielsa thought it would have been “premature” to use him. Rodrigo was deliberately limited to a short outing after his injury.”
Given how the duo have made a combined total of 26 appearances in the Premier League so far this season, it’s safe to say that they are important players for Bielsa and will be missed if they have to spend a significant period of time on the sidelines as a result of their individual muscle strains.
In terms of who could replace the duo, with Stuart Dallas having played in the left-back position on six occasions across all competitions so far this season, Bielsa could rely on him to fill in for Firpo should the 25-year-old be ruled out for a while.
However, that then leaves options rather thin on the right-hand side of defence with Luke Ayling unable to slide over due to injuries in the middle of the backline.
Also, with Dallas having played in a central-midfield role four times this season, he could even fill in for Forshaw depending on the severity of his injury, which could make him a very useful figure for Bielsa in the coming weeks. The midfielder, thankfully, doesn’t look like he’ll be out for too long but the Northern Irishman will still prove invaluable while the former Boro maestro sits out.
That said, the fact he’ll have to shuffle the pack even further heading into next weekend is surely of huge concern. After all, it is a huge game for the Whites.
Leeds are set to take on relegation strugglers Newcastle United in their next Premier League clash at Elland Road on Saturday and everyone at the Yorkshire club will have their fingers crossed that Firpo and Forshaw will be fit enough to play in this match to potentially help Leeds secure a third league win in a row.