By Noel Whelan

5th Aug, 2022 | 7:32am

Leeds United employee shares 'massive' Luis Sinisterra claim after early team news pre-Wolves

Noel Whelan has insisted Luis Sinisterra’s injury absence will provide someone with a “massive chance” to come in and impress for Leeds United.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was reacting to team news ahead of the first game of the Premier League season against Wolves on Saturday (6 August).

As quoted by Leeds Live (4 August), manager Jesse Marsch confirmed Sinisterra was “on the pitch today” at Thorp Arch and “getting closer to his top speed”.

The American revealed that his summer signing will likely return to full training next week and could be involved against Southampton (13 August).

Five-time Colombia international Sinisterra notched 23 goals and 14 assists for the Europa Conference League winners Feyenoord last season.

He joined Leeds United before the departure of Raphinha – but Whelan suggested he will be the like-for-like replacement for the new Barcelona winger.

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He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “You go through pre-season hoping and praying that you can escape injury-free, especially when you’ve just signed for a new club.

“It looked like a hamstring injury that he picked up against Palace – they don’t recover overnight. If it’s another week until he’s on the pitch, then it’ll also take a while for him to get up to match sharpness again.

“It’s a blow because I think the Leeds United fans were desperate to see him.

“He’s that Raphinha replacement and someone with the skill to get you off the edge of your seat.

“It’s disappointing that he won’t be playing against Wolves, but it gives someone else a massive chance to come in and impress.”

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