Phil Hay has dropped an update on the condition of Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier.
In a recent article for The Athletic, the Leeds United correspondent revealed that the 22-year-old – who was withdrawn in the recent 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers after a collision with Raul Jimenez – now looks set to miss out on international duty with France U21s as a result of his knock, with the shot-stopper set to have a scan on his hip to determine the seriousness of his injury.
In his piece, Hay wrote: “Illan Meslier, part of France’s U21 squad for a European Championship qualifier against the Faroe Islands and a friendly against Northern Ireland, was also taken off in [the Wolves] game and is likely to miss out for his country. The goalkeeper will have a scan on the hip injury he sustained against Wolves.”
While the back to back victories against Norwich City and Wolves have eased Leeds’ relegation fears somewhat – with the Whites now sitting seven points above the drop zone – with 18th placed Watford having a game in hand on Jesse Marsch’s side and 19th placed Burnley having three in hand on Leeds, the potential loss of the club’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of the Premier League run-in is sure to have left the American manager gutted.
Indeed, while it is true that the Whites have shipped a league-high 67 goals this season, Meslier has nevertheless impressed over his 30 league outings in the current campaign, with the £18m-rated Frenchman keeping three clean sheets and making an average of 3.8 saves – the most of any ‘keeper in the Premier League – per game.
These returns have seen the £41k-per-week shot-stopper average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.85, ranking him as Leeds’ sixth-best player in the top flight of English football this term.
As such, while Kristoffer Klaesson did impress on his debut for the club after replacing Meslier against Wolves, losing the services of the 22-year-old first-choice would nevertheless come as a huge blow to Leeds’ chances of survival this season – with relegation to the Championship being an outcome everyone involved with the Elland Road outfit will be desperate to avoid.