Alex McLeish has suggested Mateusz Klich may return to Leeds United fresher than before after testing positive for Covid-19.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, tipped the 30-year-old to benefit from an enforced absence from international duty and training.
As confirmed by the Polish national side’s media officer, Jakub Kwiatkowski, Klich tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday morning, although he is asymptomatic.
Reprezentacja Polski otrzymała dziś rano wyniki badania na obecność SARS-Cov-2. Niestety w przypadku Mateusza Klicha wynik jest pozytywny. Zawodnik czuje się dobrze i nie wykazuje objawów choroby, ale jego wyjazd do Budapesztu jest wykluczony. Dziś test został powtórzony.
— Jakub Kwiatkowski (@KwiatkowskiKuba) March 24, 2021
The midfielder has been a mainstay for Marcelo Bielsa’s men this season, with 25 starts in 29 Premier League appearances.
However, he revealed to Polish publication Sportowe Fakty he has been struggling with fatigue and minor injury issues recently.
He was named on the substitutes’ bench for Leeds’ last two Premier League games against Chelsea and Fulham.
With the 30-year-old showing no symptoms, McLeish suggested a break from playing and training could be a silver lining.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “We wish him all the best. Because you expect young people to brush the Covid virus away very quickly, then you would expect Klich to do that as well.
“It could be it gives his body a chance to recover, reboot. Much as I don’t want anybody to get Covid, sometimes this can be a relief for the player going forward.
“You’ve got to keep that glass half full.”
Klich has made more appearances (126) for Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa than any other player.
Jack Harrison, Ezgjan Alioski and Luke Ayling are all within 10 games, although the Poland star has still played over 700 minutes more than any of them.