Exclusive: Pundit makes big Rodrigo claim after latest Leeds news
Michael Brown is “confident” that Rodrigo Moreno will be able to keep his fitness levels high despite his period of isolation away from Leeds United training.
The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested that the Spanish forward will have been given a special programme to do during his absence from the squad.
As confirmed by Marcelo Bielsa at his press conference last week, the club will assess the 29-year-old’s situation at some point this week once he has completed his mandatory period of self-isolation following a positive Covid-19 test.
From Bielsa's presser – Rodrigo obviously out of the Palace trip. Will be evaluated next week. Llorente still missing too. Raphinha has a chance but a decision will be made on him tomorrow. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) November 5, 2020
Brown has claimed that, despite spending 10 days away from the training ground, Rodrigo will be able to fully recover in around two weeks.
Asked if he thought it would take a long time for the forward to get back up to speed, Brown told Football Insider: “Yeah, it does but it depends on how bad – you can have a Covid test with no real symptoms that you’d be able to really have a full training programme.
“Yes, you could say you’re not getting football trained but the programmes and what you can do now in two weeks, I’d be confident I can sort myself out in two weeks, that I can get ready.
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“So it all depends on his health, how many days it’s affected, but it won’t be two weeks without training, that’s for sure.”
Rodrigo has played seven times – three times in the starting XI – and scored once for Leeds since his move from Valencia this summer.
He has been used primarily in a number 10 role, rather than as an out-and-out centre-forward, with Patrick Bamford still Bielsa’s first-choice striker.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan claims the Whites have another “Pontus Jansson situation” developing at Elland Road.