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Leeds United: Phil Hay drops fresh injury blow

Leeds United couldn’t get Jesse Marsch’s tenure as their new manager off to an ideal start over the weekend with his first Premier League game ending in a 1-0 defeat away against Leicester City.

With the Yorkshire club set to take on Aston Villa on Thursday evening, it seems as though the newly appointed Leeds boss has now been handed another blow that will not be happy with.

What’s the news?

According to a recent Twitter post from Phil Hay, Whites attacker Tyler Roberts is now facing three months out of action after undergoing surgery on a hamstring issue he picked up in their defeat at Leicester.

That means he is now set to miss the rest of the campaign in what comes as yet another gut-wrenching injury setback for a club that have been plagued with fitness concerns to key players all season long.

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Marsch will be fuming

Taking into account how the Yorkshire club have failed to score a goal in their three previous league games, it’s safe to say that Marsch could do with all the attacking options he has available to try and turn the club’s form around and get them away from the relegation zone.

Even though the 23-year-old has only managed to score one goal and provide one assist for his side in the league this year,  he has still been a regular and useful attacking presence for the team with an average of 1.3 shots at goal per game, which is higher than Jack Harrison’s average of 1.1 per game despite having played more minutes than Roberts this season.

Having only been on the pitch for 14 minutes at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, it’s safe to say that Marsch will be fuming that one of his attacking players will now be out on the sidelines for the rest of the campaign in what is a crucial period for the club. He’ll be even more enraged that he decided to keep the Welshman on when he was in clear discomfort.

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Moving forward, one shining light for Leeds is the return of striker Patrick Bamford, who was fit enough to be on the substitute’s bench at the weekend and could be involved in the match against Steven Gerrard’s side after being out with a hamstring injury since December.

If the Englishman is able to play and keep his fitness up for the remainder of the season, this should take some of the negative light off Roberts’ injury.

In the meantime, the Wales international will now be hoping that his teammates have what it takes to avoid the drop and secure their place in the top division for next season. Either way, this surely represents a big blow in their battle to beat the drop.

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