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Why Junior Firpo missed Leeds’ meeting with Southampton as fresh Kalvin Phillips concern emerges

Why Junior Firpo missed Leeds’ meeting with Southampton as fresh Kalvin Phillips concern emerges

 

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has provided an update on the wellbeing of his squad, on the back of another disappointing result on Saturday.

Broja on target

The Peacocks returned to action a short time ago, in their first fixture on the back of the international break.

Bielsa and co. made the trip to St. Mary’s, aiming to make it two wins from two in the Premier League, and put some light between themselves and the relegation zone in the process.

When all was said and done in Hampshire, however, Leeds’ woes only continued to mount.

Another altogether sub-par display ultimately saw the visitors stutter to a deserved 1-0 defeat, to drop to 17th in the English top-flight table.

On-loan Chelsea hitman Armando Broja proved the difference-maker on the day, netting on the counter early in the 2nd-half to seal all three points for Southampton.

Firpo blow

Whilst the nature of their display, all told, proved largely inexcusable on Saturday, it must be noted that, in defence of Marcelo Bielsa, he was without arguably Leeds’ three most important players at St. Mary’s.

All of Patrick Bamford, Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips were forced to sit out the clash, due to various fitness concerns.

Speaking during his post-match media duties this evening, though, Bielsa went on to confirm that yet another of his first-choice XI has now been added to the treatment table at Elland Road, too.

The player in question? Junior Firpo.

Summer arrival Firpo suffered a muscle injury in training during the week, explaining his absence versus Southampton.

Not only that, but the aforementioned Phillips has picked up a hip problem, to go along with the calf injury which has kept him on the sidelines of late:

 

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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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Leeds
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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# 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
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 5
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