Leeds United fans got more bad news as it’s been confirmed that star attacker Samu Saiz is ruled out for at least another two weeks with a hamstring injury.
Saiz missed the 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday last time out but it was said he could return for the visit of Bolton Wanderers to Elland Road at the end of the month.
However, that has been proven overly optimistic as the attacker has now been ruled out for at least another two weeks.
That means he’ll miss at least the games against Bolton and Fulham, and possibly more.
BBC Radio Leeds confirmed the news on its Twitter page on Thursday morning, after their heckingbottom interview the night before.
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It’s a massive issue for Leeds – they just don’t do well without him.
They’ve lost five of the seven games he’s missed in 2018 and drawn the other two.
However, it’s not even certain whether he’ll still be at Leeds next season. He’s been one of the only highlights of a terrible Leeds season and the chances are he’ll be the subject of some offers in the summer.
Irrespective, Heckingbottom must assume he’s going to need to find goals elsewhere, and as well as rebuilding in the summer, with a creative, attacking player like Saiz top of his list, he should give Jay-Roy Grot every chance to prove himself in the last few games of the season.
The 20-year-old striker still hasn’t started in the Championship, but he scored his first league goal in a cameo off the bench against Sheffield Wednesday, and must be started against Bolton and Fulham.
Grot is a completely different player to Saiz – he’s no replacement for the diminutive creative force.
But Heckingbottom needs goals in Saiz’s absence and a win to boost morale.
Grot also needs a chance to prove he can go on a goal-scoring run.
This is the perfect time to give him his shot in the Championship.
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