Heckingbottom confirms Saiz fitness status for Leeds clash v Bolton
Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom has said that Samu Saiz could play in the Championship game against Bolton on Friday night.
Talking in the pre-match press conference, as quoted by Leeds Live, Heckingbottom said that he was “running at 95%”.
“Saiz has trained today,” Heckingbottom said. “He’s got an injury there and we need to conscious of it. He was running at 95 per cent yesterday. Hoping we can manage him through these games. Longer we keep him in training the better.”
BBC Radio Leeds also quoted Heckingbottom as saying that he hoped they could manage him through games, including the one on Friday.
TEAM NEWS: Saiz trained today, PH hoping they can manage him through the upcoming games, inc. Friday.
Dallas “should be fine”, Lonergan and Cooper both back and have trained this week. Hoping Roofe will be back training next week. #LUFC
— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) March 28, 2018
Heckingbottom also confirmed that Stuart Dallas was “okay”, that Andy Lonergan is back in training, along with Liam Cooper.
Football Insider verdict:
This is great news for Leeds fans. At the moment their side just isn’t the same without the attacking guile of Samu Saiz. This dependence on one man must change for next season but at the moment he remains their best chance of a win. He’s obviously still not 100% but there is hope he will be able to play some part in the game against Bolton on Friday.
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