Injury problems have been the bane of Leeds’ existence for the last 12 months, massively derailing the side’s momentum after a stunning first season back in the Premier League.
With Jesse Marsch at the helm, not much has changed where that misfortune is concerned, with pre-season bringing up further issues.
The 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace saw Luis Sinisterra only last 11 minutes before hobbling off holding his hamstring.
While Marsch has revealed he believes it is not a serious setback, there is no concrete timescale on his recovery.
Here, our LeedsAllOver writers Kris (FA5) and Alfie (N12) discuss the Colombian’s injury concerns…
When I saw him on the deck clutching his hamstring, it’s hard to not instantly think the worst, especially with our luck on the injury front.
Pre-season isn’t the time to take risks with these sorts of issues, and it could be the fact that Sinisterra felt something and let the staff know straight away, as not to blow it into a full-on injury.
We saw Adam Forshaw hooked shortly after that with a similar precautionary substitution, and that might be the case here.
There’s little we can do right now but hope that Sinisterra isn’t carrying a major problem here, because that would be a big blow for the start of the season.
It’s a shame because, even with only 11 minutes to look at, he looked a great fit for the side with and without possession, contributing very well to the pressing system.
Is Sinisterra replacing Raphinha a good move?
We need to know the details still, but it’s hard not to be concerned a little bit.
Leeds have brought the Colombian in to be the box of tricks that Raphinha was, so Jesse Marsch isn’t going to want to be without him for months on end.
There’s enough depth in the squad to cover his absence for a couple of weeks, it’s more the longer term that Leeds have to be worried about.
Realistically, Marsch needs 80% of his new signings hitting the ground running. If one of them is sat in the treatment room, it’s not much good to anyone.
Fingers crossed it’s nothing serious, but it’s hard not to be concerned when it’s a hamstring.