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Journalist details Leeds United star facing worrying race to be ready for Aston Villa clash

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Leeds United winger Luis Sinisterra’s international duty with Colombia is presenting some concerns about his readiness for the home clash with Aston Villa.

It’s been nearly three weeks since Leeds’ last Premier League outing, a 5-2 loss against Brentford, where Luis Sinisterra’s second goal in the league counted for very little in the end.

However, it did contribute to the decision of Colombia manager Néstor Lorenzo calling up the winger to the national side for the upcoming international fixtures.

Sinisterra and his country have two fixtures in the coming days, with Sunday (00:30am UK time) seeing them take on Guatemala, before Wednesday’s clash with Mexico.

Colombia’s meeting with Mexico is to take place at the Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, before Sinisterra has a quick turnaround on his hands to make it back to Leeds for the weekend’s clash with Aston Villa.

Leeds are set to take on Steven Gerrard’s side on Sunday 2nd October at Elland Road, with the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Joe Donnohue reporting that this schedule could leave Sinisterra a doubt for the game.

He writes:

“Assuming Sinisterra returns to the United Kingdom immediately following Colombia’s game, he faces a 10-hour flight, potential jet-lag and consequently, the earliest he will be back in training will likely be Friday, September 30 – just two days before Villa arrive at Elland Road, casting doubt on his readiness for that particular game.”

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It’s like groundhog day. We had the exact same issue this time last year with Raphinha’s return from Brazil duty, seeing him miss the trip to Southampton in 2021/22.

Sinisterra missing out would be a big blow to us based on his recent form, but at least we know that we have relatively good depth to accommodate for these issues now.

I’m expecting plenty of players to be back in the fold and at full fitness for this game, so one issue like this might not be the end of the world.

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