Leeds United are heading to Spain for a mid-season training camp but four players will be missing from the squad.
The Whites already have Stuart Dallas out with injury, after he sustained a long-term one at the back end of last season when breaking his femur. Adam Forshaw has been missing for much of the start of this campaign but is expected to be involved. Whereas Luis Sinisterra is still continuing his recovery from a foot injury sustained against Fulham in October.
The first-team are due to play Elche this Thursday, followed by Real Sociedad on the 16th of December, before hosting Monaco at Elland Road prior to Christmas. The league campaign will get back underway with Manchester City’s visit to Leeds on the 28th of December.
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As reported by Beren Cross of LeedsLive, Jesse Marsch will be without goalkeeping pair Illan Meslier and Kristoffer Klaesson as they have gone down with viruses. Neither of them is expected to travel out to train, leaving duo Joel Robles and Dani van den Heuvel as the options against Elche.
Patrick Bamford‘s injury woes are persisting, the striker is expected to miss much of the camp, Phil Hay of The Athletic is reporting that he has undergone a minor groin procedure in Munich and is due back in two weeks.
The fourth and final absence from the camp is Junior Firpo, who has barely been involved in the current campaign. The Spaniard has played in just three competitive games so far, and suffered a minor groin strain on Friday at Thorp Arch, but after some treatment he is expected to fly out to Spain and be involved in training sometime before the first friendly.
The need for signings has never been highlighted so pertinently.
The two main areas of focus this January window are at left-back and centre-forward. It would be beyond negligent to not recruit some extra support in those positions as a minimum.
Leeds simply cannot afford to hope that Bamford and Firpo will be fit and available for any sustained period of time. The evidence suggests that these will not be their last knocks of the season, and whilst the club precariously sit only a few points above the relegation zone, some reinforcements are required.