Injury expert makes '100%' Raphinha claim after Bielsa's 'difficult' Leeds confession
Leeds United star Raphinha made the right call when he asked to be substituted against West Ham last Saturday.
That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Brazilian winger Raphinha was substituted off with 20 minutes left to play in the eventual 2-1 defeat to the Hammers on 25 September.
He has been a doubt for the clash after he sustained a hip injury in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United the previous week.
As quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post after the match, Marcelo Bielsa claimed: “He let us know that it was becoming difficult to stay on the pitch.”
The 24-year-old, who netted his third goal of the season against the Irons, was pictured receiving treatment after his withdrawal.
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And Dinnery insists he made the right call when he alerted staff to his discomfort.
“It’s the right thing to do, absolutely,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“If you aren’t feeling 100 per cent, do you push on and risk potentially suffering a more serious setback?
“Or do you do the sensible thing and flag that to the medical team and ask to be removed.
“We know Raphinha had problems going into the Newcastle game. There were question marks about whether he would be involved at all.
“He had missed large parts of training due to what Marcelo Bielsa referred to as a ‘hip issue’.
“If he isn’t getting those sessions in on the training pitch, fatigue could be a factor.
“He is such a pivotal part of how Leeds play, so this could have been discussed with the staff before the game
“They might have said that he could come off if he was feeling it. That’s great management from both sides.”