Danny Mills has suggested Marcelo Bielsa will only “risk” Raphinha when he is not 100 per cent fit if the Leeds United fans are back in Elland Road for the final home game of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender claimed it is unlikely the Brazilian will start another Premier League game this season.
Marcelo Bielsa revealed in his press conference ahead of the trip to Brighton & Hove Albion it was difficult to put a timescale on Raphinha’s absence.
He explained: “It was a hit which created an internal hematoma. Until that hematoma disappears it causes pain and inhibits the mobility. This can be resolved quickly or it can take longer.”
Asked whether the 24-year-old may not play again this season with just five games remaining, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “There is a chance of that, always.
“Unless the fans are back in for the last game of the season. You might see a little cameo coming off the bench or something like that.
“You start to think, unless he’s 100 per cent, why risk him? What’s the need to push him?
“Of course players want to play but sometimes just hold off a little bit. Just hold back a little bit and wait.
“Unless he’s 100 per cent ready and raring to go, maybe the right thing is to write off the four games after this one and go from there.”
BBC Sport report Leeds are set to welcome over 9,000 fans back to Elland Road on the final day of the season when they host West Brom.
There could also be fans present for the away games against Burnley and Southampton.