Phil Hay has dropped an update on the current condition of Leeds United forward Rodrigo.
In a recent post on Twitter, The Athletic journalist revealed that, after being withdrawn in last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Norwich due to a tight quad, the 31-year-old is set to return to first-team training at Thorp Arch on Thursday – something which suggests the Spain international will be available for the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers in Friday evening’s Premier League meeting.
In his tweet, Hay said: “Rodrigo due to train today.”
Considering just how promising Rodrigo’s performance against Norwich was on Sunday, the news that the forward looks as if he will be available for an immediate return to first-team action tomorrow night is sure to have left the Elland Road faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his 60 minutes on the pitch against the Canaries, the £13.5m-rated Spaniard enjoyed 44 touches of the ball, completed 29 of his 33 attempted passes, found his man with two of his three attempted long balls and gave the Whites a first-half lead with a deadly finish.
These metrics saw the £100k-per-week 31-year-old earn a SofaScore match rating of 7.4, with only Raphinha receiving a higher rating than the forward on the day, while the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth also awarded Rodrigo an eight in his own player ratings, stating of the attacker’s display:
“A big improvement from his last outing. Besides the goal, there was some lovely play. Showed fight too.”
As such, the news that the hitman has returned to training ahead of the Wolves clash is undoubtedly a huge boost for Leeds, especially as the club are by no means out of the woods in their fight to secure Premier League survival just yet – with the Whites currently sitting just four points above Watford in 18th place in the top-flight standings.