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Spotted: Leeds United star clutches hamstring on Thursday int’l outing after scoring brace

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Leeds United winger Willy Gnonto scored twice and assisted another for the Italy Under-21 side that beat San Marino 7-0 yesterday.

From a selfish Leeds perspective, the main hope for fans is that the key players representing their countries come out of the international break without any injuries.

There are plenty to keep up with, including Willy Gnonto featuring for the Italy under-21 side, having previously been in the senior side earlier in the season.

Italy 7-0 San Marino: How did Gnonto play?

A home clash against San Marino’s under-21s side was always going to be something of a doddle for the Azzurri, and it was as they won 7-0.

Gnonto showed his quality with two goals before half-time, the first making it 2-0 as he tapped in a goalmouth scramble at the back post, and his second made it three as he was played into the box 12 yards out, lashing the ball into the top corner.

Gnonto then won a penalty that could have given him his hattrick, but he instead handed the ball to Sebastiano Esposito, who converted.

Gnonto injured?

10 minutes after winning the penalty, Gnonto was then forced off with injury as he clutched his hamstring out wide, having to come off before his side then went on to make it 7-0 before full-time:

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It’s a real shame that he’s picked up this injury, and we just have to hope he’s in good shape for the time our football returns.

That would likely be the end of his time in the international side for this month, you’d expect, and Daniel Farke will be sweating now.

We have enough cover to not totally rely on him, but right as he was getting up to his peak form again, this is the last thing Gnonto needed.

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