Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has revealed that star forward Samu Saiz was fit enough to take part in the club’s clash with Burton Albion on Boxing Day.
The Whites managed to come from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at the Pirelli Stadium, courtesy of goals from Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe, but had to do so without their talismanic attacker Saiz, who missed his second consecutive clash with a calf strain.
However, Danish boss Christiansen delivered the surprise news that the Spaniard was perfectly fit to take part in Tuesday’s match, although admitted that it hands his side a boost for the club’s upcoming match against Birmingham City on Saturday.
There was less good news for midfield enforcer Ronaldo Vieira, who was the victim of a rash and dangerous tackle in the victory against the Brewers, with the manager confirming he is a potential injury blow ahead of the Blues clash.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, he said: “He (Saiz) could have played but now we can be doubly satisfied that we didn’t force him to come in. He will for sure be there (against Birmingham).
“He (Vieira) took an important kick. I don’t know (if he will be okay). He was on the bench but I will see it now.”
Saiz has been one of the club’s most important players this season, missing just two league matches prior to his current layoff, with 22 appearances, nine goals and five assists to his name.
Victory over Burton ensured that the Whites remained in fifth place as fourth placed Derby County drew and Sheffield United picked up victory.
In other Leeds United news, fans were left fuming over the display of one man in their win at the Pirelli Stadium.