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Why Joe Gelhardt was absent from Leeds’ squad to face Leicester

Why Joe Gelhardt was absent from Leeds’ squad to face Leicester

 

An explanation for the absence of Leeds United talent Joe Gelhardt from the club’s squad to face Leicester City has been provided on Sunday evening.

Barnes cancels out Raphinha

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were of course back in Premier League action a short time ago.

After stringing together a much-needed pair of encouraging results over the last couple of weeks, the Whites welcomed Leicester to Elland Road, aiming to make it three without defeat heading into the international break.

And, much to the delight of the home support in attendance, this is precisely what Leeds ultimately went on to do.

After Raphinha’s opener midway through the first-half was cancelled out almost immediately by Harvey Barnes, the hosts, at times, rode their luck, to eventually emerge with a hard-fought share of the spoils:

Absence explained

Amid an otherwise positive afternoon for their side on Sunday, though, one concern brought to the fore on the part of the Leeds faithful came in the form of the absence of Joe Gelhardt.

Young hitman Gelhardt has of course been a regular in the first-team setup at Elland Road over recent weeks, with his displays off the bench having culminated in calls for more consistent game-time moving forward.

In turn, his complete omission from the Peacocks’ matchday squad versus Leicester came as quite a surprise.

Speaking in his post-match interview this evening, Marcelo Bielsa was therefore inevitably drawn on the situation.

And the Leeds boss went on to confirm that Gelhardt picked up a slight fitness problem during an appearance for the club’s U21s during the week, ruling him out of today’s proceedings as a result.

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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Leeds vs Brentford Full time result
Leeds
17/20
Draw
14/5
Brentford
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Brentford 6/1
Draw 4/1 10/1
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Brentford
Leeds vs Brentford Goalscorers First Last Anytime
Ivan Toney2/1 2/1 7/5
Patrick Bamford11/5 11/5 13/10
Moreno Rodrigo10/3 10/3 2/1
Joe Gelhardt7/2 7/2 2/1
Raphael Raphinha7/2 7/2 2/1

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table

# Team MP D P

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 5
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 4