Noel Whelan has tipped Mateusz Klich to be missing entirely from the Leeds United squad for Saturday’s clash against Sheffield United.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there was no rush for the Poland international to be rushed back from his recent absence.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Klich was still in the process of completing the necessary protocols after testing positive for Covid-19.
The 30-year-old provided his positive test on international duty last week.
Ever-present Klich has played in every single Premier League game this season, although he started on the bench for the last two.
Whelan admitted even if the midfielder was fit, he would probably be among the substitutes.
As such, he has tipped Bielsa to leave him out entirely against the Blades.
“I think that’s the right thing to do after the week he’s had,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“He’s obviously not been training or doing any sort of exercise with the camp. I think right now it’s very touch and go whether he would be available for tomorrow. Even if he was, he’d be sitting on the bench.
“I think the most sensible thing to do is get him the Covid test. Even if it’s negative, take the pressure away from him for a week.
“Then bring him back after that he’s had a good week training. When he’s interacting with the players, back in the camp and ready and raring to go.
“I don’t see any kind of real reason why you should rush him back so quickly. It’s a very touchy situation when it comes to these Covid (cases).
“You’ve got to make sure he, mentally and physically, is in the right shape. He can’t be when he’s going through that Covid situation.”