Joe Gelhardt suffered a dead leg last night featuring for Leeds United’s U23s, it has been revealed.
Leeds have leaned heavily on Gelhardt in recent weeks and months to combat the injury suffered by Patrick Bamford against Newcastle United back in September.
Bamford and a host of other first-team stars are on the cusp of returning now, but Gelhardt’s involvement in Leeds’ Premier League fixture this weekend now seems in doubt.
As per Joe Urquhart at the Yorkshire Evening Post, Mark Jackson has revealed he substituted Gelhardt in the U23s fixture last night due to a dead leg.
Gelhardt had opened the scoring for Leeds, but Charlie Cresswell’s red card sparked a Leicester City comeback, with the Foxes winning 3-1.
Although just a precautionary, it remains to seen whether or not Leeds are able to call on Gelhardt when Brentford visit Elland Road tomorrow.
The 19-year-old has made three appearances in the Premier League for Leeds and started his first fixture against Tottenham last month.
It feels unlikely that Gelhardt is going to be able to feature for the first-team tomorrow given this injury issue.
Whilst it doesn’t sound serious, the short turnaround just works against Gelhardt and Leeds completely.
With Patrick Bamford set to come back into the squad tomorrow for Leeds, it cushions the blow of losing Gelhardt and probably means that Leeds don’t have to risk the teenager.
It’s frustrating for him all the same.