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Noel Whelan has admitted it was worrying to hear Marcelo Bielsa speak about Rodrigo Moreno’s lack of fitness at Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker questioned how the 30-year-old would get up to speed if he cannot get regular minutes under his belt.

As quoted by Leeds Live, Bielsa admitted Rodrigo had suffered another injury setback in the shape of a muscle strain picked up in training.

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The Argentine boss explained he felt he had to bring the forward back sooner than planned after his groin injury.

Bielsa also stated Rodrigo had also probably played more minutes than he would have liked following his six-game layoff.

Whelan admitted the manager’s comments were a concern and suggested fans would have to be patient with the summer signing.

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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “It’s not great when you’ve signed somebody for £29million and they’re not going to be able to give you what you want or require.

“That is worrying to hear that from the manager because you pay £29million, you’re wanting someone fit. Someone raring to go, giving you 100 per cent and what they can give you at their maximum.

“If you can’t push them to maximum, you’re not going to get that in games.

“That is worrying to hear, but we know he’s got talent. He will know when he can get to his maximum fitness. No one else will know that but him.

“He’ll know when he’s at the top of his game, when he’s confident and there’s more he can push himself fitness-wise.

“You get your fitness from training. At the minute, if you’re picking up niggles, you’re not going to get to maximum fitness.”

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