By Gabriel Agbonlahor

14th Sep, 2022 | 11:46am

Agbonlahor: Leeds United hit by major blow after confirmed news behind-the-scenes

The break in the schedule is a major disadvantage for Leeds United, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward suggested Leeds may play behind-closed-doors friendlies with other clubs to keep match fit.

Leeds are next in action next month (2 October) when they host Aston Villa meaning they have four weeks between Premier League games.

All football in England, including the Whites’ game with Nottingham Forest, was called off at the weekend as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Leeds then confirmed on Monday (13 September) that their trip to Man United scheduled for Sunday (18 September) had been postponed due to events surrounding the Queen’s funeral.

The Premier League will pause for an international break after this weekend’s action leaving the Yorkshire club with a gap in the schedule.

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“I think it’s a disadvantage, to be honest,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“As players, you want to play. Four weeks off doesn’t mean you are going to get 10 days holiday.

“What they will do is, they’ll do practice games. They’ll have practice games between the squad and with the Under-23s. They might play another team that doesn’t have a game.

“You’re still going to be playing the games and it’s not ideal but it’s out of their hands.

“They’ve just got to use the four weeks fit and keep players match fit by giving them practice games.”

Leeds lost 5-2 away to Brentford in their last game earlier this month (3 September).

Jesse Marsch’s side are currently ninth in the table after winning two of their opening six games.

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