Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has confirmed that the club are hopeful that centre back Matthew Pennington is fit enough for this weekend’s clash against Cardiff City to hand the Whites a major boost.
The Danish manager has experienced something of a crisis in defence over the past week, with Liam Cooper suspended for four games as a result of his red card against Millwall before the on-loan Everton defender picked up a training ground injury ruling him out of the visit to Hull City.
Things continued to go from bad to worse against the Tigers, with Pennington’s replacement Conor Shaughnessy stretchered off just minutes into in the game with what is feared to be a potentially serious ankle injury.
However Christiansen is hoping that Pennington can return for Saturday’s home clash against Cardiff, who sit fourth in the Championship table, in order to line up alongside Pontus Jansson, who himself is one yellow card away from a two match ban to add to the manager’s woes.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “He was a doubt because he had a problem after training but he had a scan and it showed there was nothing major
“He travelled and we treated him but it was not enough to make him 100 per cent to play.”
“It’s a big amount of players and it’s a problem, but we have to find solutions for the problems.”
Leeds welcome the Bluebirds to Elland Road on the back of a six game winless streak across all competitions, a run which stretches back to their 2-1 win over Burton Albion on Boxing Day.
In other Leeds United news, fans were left raving over one man’s performance in the draw against Hull.