Leeds United will be without Pascal Struijk for three matches as his red card suspension has been upheld by the FA.

The Whites face a trip to similarly sunken Newcastle United this weekend, with both sides hopeful of picking up their first win of the season.

Both Steve Bruce and Marcelo Bielsa have major absentees to think about as they gear up for the clash, though.

As the Magpies soldier on without striker Callum Wilson, Leeds have a problem in who would be deployed to halt their attack, as centre-backs look scarce.

The Athletic reported that both Diego Llorente and Robin Koch look unlikely to feature on Friday, but Struijk’s presence has also been in doubt too.

Struijk picked up a controversial red card on Sunday against Liverpool after the horror injury to Harvey Elliott, and it has now been confirmed that the Leeds defender has had his ban upheld by the FA.

While the injury to Elliott was horrid, the intentions and lack of foul from Struijk should have been taken into consideration here.

However, the decision stands and Leeds now have to face Newcastle with one senior centre-back.

Fans were fuming with this update, but barely surprised…

It’s not even a shock that we’ve seen this upheld, because it clearly seems a means to justify protection to Elliott here.

The consistency in Premier League refereeing is non-existent. A challenge from Fernandinho in our win over Man City went unpunished despite blatant malice, and Son Heung-min had a red rescinded despite causing a similar injury.

If this is the precedent they’re setting, then every injury caused by a tackle is surely worthy of strict punishment.

A three match ban for a tackle that didn’t even warrant a free-kick. Scandalous.