Leeds United have been handed an encouraging injury boost ahead of their return to Premier League action this weekend…
Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice left-back Junior Firpo has confirmed his availability for the Whites’ second trip to West Ham United in a week on Sunday afternoon.
The 25-year-old was withdrawn early with what appeared to be a concussion during their FA Cup clash last weekend. He had collided with teammate Illan Meslier in the first half and was soon replaced by Cody Dramah after the break.
However, despite the knock, the defender has revealed he has recovered already to BBC Radio Leeds (via LeedsLive). He said:
“I’m good, I’m good. We’ve just followed the protocols about this type of thing (concussion). I’m fit and okay to play on Sunday. Yeah it happened in the [collision with Illan Meslier]. Minutes later I felt a little bit dizzy and in this condition, you cannot play a game in this level because it’s difficult.”
This will come as a huge relief to Marcelo Bielsa and co as the last thing he or anyone at Leeds needs is yet another absentee.
Injuries have been piling up all season and the Yorkshiremen cannot afford to lose another key player, having already been without the likes of skipper Liam Cooper, midfield lynchpin Kalvin Phillips and leading talisman Patrick Bamford.
Bielsa does not really have a back-up at left-back, so Firpo is the only senior option, barring someone like Pascal Struijk – who is also injured – or Stuart Dallas playing out of position there.
After an inconsistent start to life at Elland Road, the former Barcelona man has put in some solid displays, including one against Chelsea, where he thwarted England international Reece James before putting in his best performance of the season against Burnley.
At one point, Bielsa was staring down the barrel of having as many as 11 first-team stars unavailable heading into their second clash against the Irons this week, so to have Firpo fit is certainly positive news.
A surely relieved Bielsa and the fans must be delighted by this update.
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