Leeds United‘s Robin Koch collected his fifth yellow card of the season as his side drew 0-0 with Brentford at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.
The result puts Leeds in 15th place in the table and means they have won three of the last 19 games in all competitions, keeping the pressure firmly on head coach Jesse Marsch.
The Whites are three points off the bottom of the table and one point above the relegation zone in the league and play Nottingham Forest, Manchester United (twice), Everton, and Southampton in their next five league games.
Marsch will be without the suspended Koch for the key clash against fellow strugglers Forest.
The 26-year-old was booked for a foul on Ivan Toney late in the game stopping a counter-attack. He is eligible to play in Leeds’ upcoming FA Cup tie against Accrington Stanley or Boreham Wood, but not for the league game.
The frustration for the Whites is that the bookings slate was wiped clean at full-time on Sunday, meaning Marc Roca and Rasmus Kristensen are cleared to play against Forest, as they were both on four yellow cards, too.
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The suspension is not what the Leeds manager needed in the current situation.
Koch has had an up and down season, but his absence will require Diego Llorente to fill in at right-centre-back or a left footed defender to fill in instead. Neither of the options are ones that Leeds fans will be particularly keen to see.
The key run of fixtures will be what makes or breaks Leeds’ season. Marsch has to get a win as soon as possible and settle the nerves down.