Leeds United fans have been left devastated on social media after news that attacking star Samuel Saiz has picked up a calf strain which ruled him out of the club’s clash with Hull City on Saturday.
The Yorkshire Evening post’s Phil Hay stated via his personal Twitter account that the Spanish forward, who was replaced by Pablo Hernandez in the starting line up for Thomas Christiansen’s only change from the win over Norwich City, had suffered an injury ruling him out of the match against the Tigers.
No Samuel Saiz for Leeds. Calf strain. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 23, 2017
Leeds confirmed their starting XI via their official Twitter account, as they look to secure a win which could see them leap back up into the top six as they hunt for a play off spot come the end of the season.
Wiedwald, Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Berardi, Vieira, Phillips, Cibicki, Hernandez, Alioski, Roofe pic.twitter.com/VdkositNlF
— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 23, 2017
However, despite a largely unchanged side, it was Saiz’s absence which got the Leeds faithful talking on Twitter, with many left distraught by what will be a major blow for the Whites’ attack on Saturday considering his importance to the side.
— Neil Royce (@royceylufc) December 23, 2017
— Ashleigh???????? (@ashlaurenn_) December 23, 2017
Thanks for ruining my Christmas Phil
— Jack (@lufc_) December 23, 2017
???????????????? call the bloody game off now
— Mikey Rob (@mikeyrob11) December 23, 2017
— Ben Randall (@leeds_ben) December 23, 2017
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) December 23, 2017
No Samu pic.twitter.com/49h80JYbAn
— Harry (@ClarkesvilleJNR) December 23, 2017
Saiz has been a crucial member of the Leeds squad this season, the 26-year-old having appeared in all but two of the club’s league matches this season.
In his 19 outings he has scored five goals and chipped in with a further five assists, and has not failed to appear since the end of September, starting the last 12 games for the Whites.
In other Leeds United news, the club’s star attacker has delivered a crucial update on his injury status.