The international break has come at a “great time” to help Leeds United to get players like Rodrigo back up to full fitness, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Whites would be able to work on getting certain stars physically and mentally ready for a return to action.
Speaking on Wednesday, as quoted by BBC journalist Adam Pope, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Rodrigo was a doubt for Friday’s clash against Fulham.
Bielsa says Rodrigo has played more minutes than he wanted to upon his return from injury & describes him as “a great striker. He becomes a starter when on form. When he finds his best form he’s a very dangerous forward & very useful.” #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) March 17, 2021
Rodrigo’s latest problem is a twist after he only made his comeback from injury in last weekend’s draw against Chelsea.
Liam Cooper is out with illness, while fellow defender Robin Koch has only recently returned to playing under-23s football.
Neither Cooper nor Rodrigo have been called up by their respective national sides.
Meanwhile, Koch is highly unlikely to be recalled to the Germany squad after his lack of game time.
As such, McLeish has suggested Leeds could benefit from the international break.
Asked if he thought the break could give Leeds a boost, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Certainly. If none of your players are going away over the international break. That is definitely the caveat.
“If you have players who have not been called up then it’s a great time to get them on the treatment table. You can pamper them, get them buzzing again, massage their muscles, their egos and mentalities as well.
“That’s the key, that is definitely the key for Leeds. Have them absolutely raging and raring to go when the international games are over.”
The likes of Mateusz Klich, Ezgjan Alioski and Tyler Roberts have all been called up to their respective national sides.
Meanwhile, Illan Meslier has been selected for France’s under-21s.