Christiansen delivers bad news ahead of Leeds clash against Millwall
By Harry Sykes
Matthew Pennington has been ruled out of Leeds United’s Championship clash against Millwall on Saturday as well as their League Cup showdown against Burnley.
The on-loan Everton defender had been expected to be passed fit for the trip to the New Den after spending a month sidelined with an injury he sustained on the opening weekend of the season.
But manager Thomas Christiansen revealed at his weekly media briefing on Friday that the centre-back is not ready to return.
Quoted on the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot, Christiansen explained that Pennington is “close” to a comeback but is now targeting the home league match against Ipswich in eight days’ time.
Matthew Pennington not ready for this weekend but TC says he is “close”. Has a chance of making Ipswich game the following weekend. #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) September 15, 2017
It means that the 22-year-old will also miss the trip to Burnley for next Tuesday’s League Cup fixture.
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Christiansen faces the prospect of being once again left with only two senior centre-backs for the Millwall, in skipper Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson.
He did not name a central defender on the bench on Tuesday night as Leeds leapfrogged Cardiff City to take first spot in the league in the wake of their 2-0 win over Birmingham City.
It was the fourth win on the trot and followed convincing victories against Sunderland, Nottingham Forest and Burton Albion.
In other Leeds United news, the Yorkshire giants and Newcastle United have made rival bids to sign a defender and he has now agreed a deal.