By Noel Whelan

29th Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

Whelan: Leeds will take internal action after Raphinha's October fitness blow

Noel Whelan has claimed Leeds United will deal with Raphinha’s Brazil call-up internally amid his injury struggles.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the winger, 24, would “love” to link up with his national side if his fitness allows it.

On Sunday, Raphinha reacted to news of his Selecao call-up on his Instagram page, saying it would be an “honour” to play for Brazil during next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

However, the Leeds ace limped off for the second consecutive game against West Ham on Saturday.

After the game, Bielsa confirmed to Leeds Live that Raphinha was struggling with a knock sustained against Newcastle.

The 24-year-old could miss the Whites’ clash against Southampton on October 16 as a result of the call-up.

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Brazil take on Uruguay just a day earlier, on October 15.

Raphinha could also face a period of quarantine upon his return if Premier League clubs cannot strike a deal to make England-based players exempt.

Whelan admitted the Elland Road club will need to get used to the inconvenience of international call-ups.

“This is something Leeds will need to deal with internally,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“If he’s fully fit, I’m sure he would love to go and play for his country for the first time.

“He was electric at the weekend, he’s the sort of player that fans pay good money to go through the turnstiles and watch.

He can get you up off your seat.

“He’s not shy of putting in the hard work either. He works his socks off and that is invaluable to any team.

“When you have good players like Raphinha, you know that they’re going to be called up. It’s just part and parcel of having a successful player on your books.”

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