Leeds United have been handed a significant boost regarding the fitness of Luis Sinisterra.
Speaking in his post-match press conference on Saturday evening (via Leeds Live), Jesse Marsch revealed that the winger – who missed the weekend’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool due to a knock – should be back in first-team training this week, as the 23-year-old’s foot injury appears to be getting better with each passing day.
Regarding the condition of the Colombia international, the 48-year-old said: “We hope that he will be in training this week. We hope that it’s not too bad. You’d have to get Rob Price in here to talk through all the details of exactly what the injury is, but it’s a little sprain in his foot. He was still pretty sore yesterday but the swelling has gone down each day and, hopefully, we can get him on the pitch this week.”
While injuries have somewhat hampered Sinisterra’s start to life at Elland Road following his £21m move to Leeds this summer, Marsch’s claim that the forward should be back in first-team training ahead of the Whites’ meeting with AFC Bournemouth this weekend is undoubtedly great news for the American coach.
Indeed, despite only starting six of Leeds’ 12 Premier League fixtures so far this season, the £35m-rated talent has nevertheless shown in flashes why Victor Orta wanted so badly to bring him to LS11, scoring a spectacular goal in a 1-1 draw with Everton as well as netting against Brentford in a 5-2 defeat.
The seven-cap international also highly impressed in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal earlier this month, making two key passes, completing two dribbles and taking four shots at the Gunners’ goal, as well as winning nine of his 13 duels and making four tackles and interceptions combined.
These metrics saw the 23-year-old earn an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.2, ranking him as Marsch’s second-best player – as well as the joint fifth-best player from either team – against the top-of-the-table side.
As such, it is clear to see that Sinisterra’s return to fitness ahead of Bournemouth would come as a huge boost to the Whites’ chances of picking up back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time this season – something Marsch will be desperate for in order to move his side as far away from the relegation zone as possible.