'I played through it' - Leeds ace makes injury revelation under charge of Monk
By Danny Wright
Leeds United midfielder Ronald Vieira has revealed that he “played through” a knee tendonitis injury for most of last term under the charge of Garry Monk.
Vieira, 19, had played little football this season before he was called back into the first-team by Thomas Christiansen on Saturday for the 3-0 hammering of Bristol City.
The midfield ace put in a man of the match performance in what was his first start of the Championship campaign having missed a good chunk of the earlier fixtures due to his injury.
Christiansen constantly played down the reasoning behind Vieira’s injury woe, but it seems that it has been going on for a lot longer than he had made out, with it effecting him while Monk was at the reins at Elland Road and during the summer.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s League Cup clash with Premier League side Leicester, Vieira has admitted that he doesn’t know whether or not he will be handed his second start in a row.
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But he has revealed the true extend of an injury which he claims got a lot worse this season and how he managed to get over it.
“It’s a bit of tendonitis,” he said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I think a lot of players suffer with it.
“I can play with it but I didn’t go away with England because it was a bit sore. I stayed and did some work on it and it feels alright now. It feels good.
“Last year I struggled with my knee as well but I played through it.
“This year it got a little bit worse. Maybe that’s what slowed me down but I’ve kept my head down and kept working and working, trying to get into the team.”
Vieira made 38 appearances across all competitions last term while Monk was in charge, but since Christensen came in, many fans were left puzzled about why the midfielder was constantly overlooked.
The Elland Road boss regularly plays his cards very close to his chest when talking about injuries and it was not long ago made clear that Vieira had been in the treatment room.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has claimed that this Whites first-team ace is overweight.