'It’s disappointing' - Christiansen delivers injury update on Leeds defenders
By Danny Wright
Thomas Christiansen has made it clear that he is disappointed by the fact that Leeds suffered two defensive injury blows in their win over Bolton on Sunday.
Although the Danish manager saw his side earn all three points with a 3-2 victory at the Macron Stadium, a first win for the Elland Road boss came at a cost as Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington were both forced out of action through injury.
Christiansen, 44, has now said that the duo will learn of the extent of their injuries within the next few days.
Berardi, 23, had been filling in at left-back, but was stretchered off in the 38th minute and was replaced by debutant Vurnon Anita.
Pennington, 22, was also making his debut against the Trotters, but he had to be substituted off in the 64th minute.
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Natural midfielder Conor Shaughnessy was forced to play in the centre of defence due to the unfortunate turn of events at Bolton, but Christiansen has said that he was delighted with the players who came in.
“Berardi’s injury was his shoulder and Matthew Pennington’s was his ankle,” said the Whites boss, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We will know more in the next couple of days. It’s disappointing, but at the same time I was very pleased with the contribution of Conor Shaughnessy and Vurnon Anita.
“They came on and did well, so there were negatives and positives and overall I enjoyed it a lot.”
If either Berardi or Pennington are forced out of action for an extended period of time, it will leave Leeds with further worries in the left-back and centre-back departments.
ESPN has reported that Manchester United left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson could complete his loan move to Elland Road in time for Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Port Vale, but the Yorkshire side will still be without the suspended Pontus Jansson, as well as potentially Pennington in the centre-back area.
That means that Liam Cooper could be the only centre-back available for the clash and that Shaughnessy may be forced to play out of position once again against the League Two side.
In other Leeds news, Christiansen has made an admission about this striker’s future at Elland Road.