Raphinha took a hefty knock in the closing stages of the Manchester City win, and he could be missing Leeds United’s clash with Liverpool.
Leeds travelled to Manchester City and caused a huge shock by beating the potential champions with two goals from Stuart Dallas.
Following Dallas’ winner, Raphinha broke away in search of a killer third goal. However, he was cynically hacked down by Fernandinho and took a hefty knock to the thigh in the process.
The Brazilian took to his Instagram story to showcase his heavily bandaged thigh after the game.
Now, The Athletic have revealed that he is part of Leeds’ injury list, marked down as one of the players out between seven and 30 days.
With the Liverpool clash up next, we take a look at one winner and one loser at Elland Road as Raphinha faces his first spell out…
Winner: Helder Costa
Helder Costa has seen his starting spot snatched away from him by Raphinha this season.
He can’t have many complaints though with how much the 24-year-old has raised the bar this season. and
Simply, it’s now up to Costa keep up.
However, the past few months have seen Costa put up an almighty fight for his place at Elland Road.
Starting his run of form away to Arsenal, Costa has been so much more lively in the final third recently and looks much like the player we spent £16million on from Wolves.
Since then, he has been in great form of the bench and was a vital cog in our win over Man City at the weekend.
He didn’t manage to add to his goals or assists tally, but two second assists showed his impact.
Costa has proven his worth in the past few months. This is his best chance yet to show Marcelo Bielsa just what he can do.
Loser: Luke Ayling
Luke Ayling has been one of Leeds’ most consistent performers ever since he joined in 2016.
Bielsa’s appointment has completely transformed him into a right-back with an outside shot of an England call-up though.
What has helped him get to that level was the scintillating link-up with Raphinha on the right wing.
This isn’t to say that Costa and Ayling haven’t shared the same passing moves. However, the seamless play betwen Ayling and Raphinha has been the best combination in our squad.
You don’t get these stats as a right-back without your winger bringing the best out of you.
Costa has stepped up his game in recent weeks, but it’s hard to see past Ayling having a lesser effect without his brazilian partner in crime.