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Leeds: Jesse Marsch handed Rasmus Kristensen boost

Leeds United have been handed an early injury boost ahead of their Premier League meeting with Nottingham Forest next Monday.

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That’s according to a report by the Yorkshire Evening Post, in which it was revealed that, despite missing the 5-2 defeat to Brentford on Saturday afternoon after picking up a knock in training, the right-back is expected to be available for selection for the visit of Steve Cooper’s side in six days’ time.

Speaking about the Denmark international’s injury following the humbling defeat in west London, Jesse Marsch said: “Rasmus picked up the injury right at the end of training so Cody [Drameh] didn’t have much time to prepare. I thought, for the most part, Cody did okay.”

Marsch will be buzzing

While it is true that Drameh was one of the Whites’ only bright sparks in a defensive capacity at the Gtech Community Stadium last weekend – with the 20-year-old’s SofaScore match rating of 6.4 bettering that of all three of his fellow defenders – considering just how solid Kristensen has been for Leeds so far this season, the Dane’s return to fitness is sure to have left Marsch buzzing.

Indeed, over his five Premier League fixtures since his £10m arrival at Elland Road this summer, the £13.5m-rated full-back has impressed on the right of Marsch’s backline, helping his side keep one clean sheet, in addition to making an average of 2.0 tackles, 2.0 interceptions, 1.8 clearances and winning 3.4 duels per game.

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These returns have seen the 25-year-old average an extremely solid SofaScore match rating of 6.82, currently ranking him as the Whites’ sixth-best performer in the top flight of English football – an incredibly impressive feat when taking into account that the defender will still be adapting to both life in Leeds and the pace of Premier League football.

Indeed, his metrics are incredibly impressive when compared to his teammates, with the full-back ranking sixth in the squad for tackles per match, joint-first for interceptions and fourth in terms of clearances, demonstrating just how vital he is to their cause.

As such, it is clear to see that the news Kristensen should be available for selection for the visit of Forest next week will provide the Whites’ chances of picking up all three points with a huge boost – a result Marsch will be desperate for after such a heavy defeat to Brentford last time out.