Both the Leeds United players and fans will be reeling from their latest Premier League result. A trip to the Emirates ended in disaster for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who were handed a 4-2 defeat thanks to a relentless Arsenal.
Whilst this hasn’t dented their season too much, slipping down a spot in the league table will have definitely rubbed Leeds up the wrong way.
They will aim to come back with a vengeance in their next challenge which will see them take on Wolves on Friday – just two points separate the two teams at the moment, so the Whites won’t want to take another loss and slip further down the table.
Bielsa’s team has been hammered with injuries this season, and they are currently missing summer signings Diego Llorente and Robin Koch. They have also lost the likes of Kalvin Phillips on multiple occasions and are without Rodrigo at this point as well.
The Whites have been without his influence in midfield for the last three fixtures, after he picked up a muscle problem against Leicester in their 3-1 win.
According to Sky Sports, Ian Poveda was similarly forced out of action after an ankle injury caused him problems during an U23s clash.
However, fresh ahead of the looming fixture against Wolves, Rodrigo has given his teammates and fans a beacon of hope. The midfielder, dubbed a “class act” by Phil Hay for his impact on the team already, has taken to Instagram to post a positive message regarding his fitness.
The £57k-per-week summer recruit has posed at Thorp Arch with the caption ‘Day by day’. Fans have naturally flooded the comments section with their excitement as he could potentially be available for the upcoming clash at Molineux.
It could be a potentially huge boost for Leeds if they can include Rodrigo in their matchday squad this weekend.
They heavily missed his creative spark against Arsenal – averaging a joint-third number of key passes per game (1.3) – and could pose serious problems for the Wolves backline, who have leaked 25 goals from 24 games this term.