Alan Hutton has raised fears Leeds United could be missing Raphinha for “weeks” after Marcelo Bielsa’s injury update.
The former Premier League defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Argentine boss did not want to disappoint anyone about a potential return for the winger.
As quoted by Leeds Live after Monday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, Bielsa stated the 24-year-old is “in the process of recovery” after picking up a knock against Manchester City.
The Argentine boss went on to say the winger was being assessed on a daily basis ahead of this weekend’s tie against Manchester United.
Raphinha has missed just two league games since joining Leeds, with six goals and six assists to his name.
His absence against Liverpool ended a run of 23 consecutive top-flight starts.
Hutton insisted he understood why Bielsa wanted to remain coy over the winger’s injury status.
However, he suggested it could mean the Brazilian may be out for longer than Leeds would like.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “It could mean a number of things. The process of recovery, he could still be on the treatment table. There’s so many steps.
“He could just be out with the physio, jogging, we don’t really know. He’s playing those cards very close to his chest. It’s very much like the Jack Grealish thing. It just seems like they don’t want to put a date on it and let people down.
“‘Oh, he’ll be back next week,’ and then he’s not back next week, he’s back in three weeks’ time. Then all the questions keep getting asked and stuff. I understand why clubs do it, they don’t really like giving too much away.
“The sooner they can get him back, the better, because there are only a few games left now.
“You want to see him towards the end, really try and rip it up and do his best for the club.”