Leeds United midfielder Samuel Saiz is facing the prospect of a six-game ban after he was accused of spitting against Newport County on Sunday, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claims that referee Mike Dean showed Saiz, 26, a straight red card after allegedly spitting at Newport’s Robbie Wilmott, just moments after the League Two side scored the winning goal in an FA Cup third round upset that saw Leeds squander a lead to lose 2-1 at Rodney Parade.
It is understood that Saiz is now potentially going to be sidelined until the end of February if he is found guilty of spitting by the FA with a six-game ban the standard punishment.
The Spanish playmaker is set to miss until at least the clash against Derby County at Pride Park on February 20 and maybe even their Elland Road meeting with Brentford on February 24.
The report adds that Leeds’ fixture list may be altered due to Hull’s progression in the FA Cup.
Saiz has been a key player for the Whites this season and his absence for the next several matches will no doubt be a major blow to Thomas Christiansen, who will want all his star men available in order to launch a bid for promotion.
The ex-Huesca ace has made 25 appearances across all competitions this term, scoring nine goals and supplying five assists.
In other Leeds United news, this on-loan Whites striker is potentially out until March with a major injury blow.
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