Following the news - published by the club's official website - that Leeds United player Rudy Austin will miss the next two to three weeks with what manager Neil Redfearn called a “slight thigh strain”, the Whites’ midfield options look worryingly thin.
With Tommaso Bianchi also ruled out and January loan signing Granddi Ngoyi no closer to making his debut, Redfearn has some decisions to make ahead of vital fixtures against the likes of Ipswich Town, Wigan Athletic and Nottingham Forest.
While the news regarding Austin is a big blow considering how well he played last weekend, his absence could mean an opportunity for a Leeds player who can rightly feel aggrieved not to have featured more this season.
Casper Sloth may have made 14 appearances for Leeds this season but he has barely featured in the last few months.
When he has, he has impressed, most notably against Reading, and while each has different skill-sets, Austin’s enforced absence could see Sloth get more chances to impress.
Indeed, this could be the make-or-break moment for the young Dane, with potentially five matches for Sloth to show Redfearn exactly what he can do when given a sustained run in the team.