By Will Butcher
Leeds defender Kyle Bartley has revealed, via a reliable journalist, that loan star Hadi Sacko has picked up a “few knocks” after Tuesday night’s draw against Wigan.
Sacko was replaced by Matt Grimes in the 66th minute, before Wigan midfielder Shaun MacDonald scored an injury-time equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Garry Monk’s side.
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account that Bartley had told him Sacko was carrying multiple injury concerns.
@LukeyyyyyC Bartley said Sacko had been carrying a few knocks. Think Monk wanted to keep the system as it was.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 19, 2016
Sacko, who was one of Monk’s 11 summer signings, played a crucial part in the game against Wigan, creating Chris Wood’s opener in the first half.
He reached the byline before providing target man Wood with an inch-perfect cross. The New Zealand international made the most of Sacko’s curling ball, by controlling with his chest and finishing with aplomb past Latics goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.
However, Sacko was taken off by Monk leaving fans puzzled.
The Elland Road faithful will be worried to hear that Monk’s choice was not a tactical one, as Saturday’s tough away game against Walter Zenga’s Wolves approaches.
The Sporting Lisbon star has been in magnificent form on the right of the Leeds attack this season, scoring once and making another three goals.