Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen has revealed that he could have played influential attacker Samu Saiz against Hull, but did not want to run any risks amid their hectic Christmas schedule.
Summer signing Saiz has been a revelation for the Whites this year, and the news that he was ruled out of the game against Hull with a calf strain was a massive blow.
Fans took to Twitter to voice their disappointment and worry at the news that the Spaniard had sustained an injury, but Leeds went on to secure a narrow 1-0 win without their key man.
Christiansen has now revealed that Saiz’s calf complaint was minor, and he took the brave decision to rest the attacking midfielder in light of their upcoming games.
As quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Christiansen said: “He had a small problem in the calf. I didn’t want to run any risk. We have a lot of games coming up now and I need everyone.”
The Dane confirmed that the 26-year-old would be available and likely to start their Boxing Day clash at Burton Albion, with the Whites having climbed back into the top six with the win against Hull.
That would mean one of the starters in Saturday’s triumph would be axed for the Lincolnshire trip.
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