By Ben Dinnery

7th Oct, 2021 | 2:50pm

Injury expert delivers crushing Raphinha news to Leeds fans

It is highly unlikely that Leeds United star Raphinha will be ready to face Southampton on 16 October.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis, as United fans await the latest on their star man.

Raphinha was called up by Brazil on 24 September for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay.

The Daily Mail reported on 4 October that Premier League clubs have asked their South American stars to withdraw early in time for game week eight.

But Dinnery insists that, unless the top-flight teams’ request is granted, it is very difficult to see Raphinha start against the Saints.

“It’s going to be a mission for those players,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“Brazil play Uruguay on 15 October at 01.30 am on the Friday. Leeds then play away at St. Mary’s at 3.00 pm the following day.

“That means that Raphinha has less then 36 hours to recover. He will have no pre-match preparation and he’ll probably be fatigued.

“Also, you have a flight back through different time zones and climates. Quarantine protocol could delay that return as well.

“I would certainly think it’s difficult to see how any of those Brazilian players can start at the weekend.

“It’s one to watch in terms of how many minutes he gets. If there is an agreement in place with the federations, that could change.

“But as it stands, it’s very, very difficult to see him back for that match.”

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