Quick links


Noel Whelan warns Leeds six should never play for club again if injuries unfounded

The backlash against Leeds United's reportedly injured players was quick to take hold.

A quiet day at Leeds United proved to be anything but. 

The calm before the storm was broken by a furious reaction to news reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post six players had notified the club they were injured and could not travel with the squad to play Charlton Athletic this weekend.

These were Marco Silvestri, Edgar Cani, Mirco Antenucci, Giuseppe Bellusci, Dario del Fabro, Souleymane Doukara. 

All of them signings under Massimo Cellino, and with recent events of assistant boss Steve Thompson's suspension, and no news on head coach Neil Redfearn's contract for next season fresh in the mind, worries about a possible rebellion, or undermining of the boss, took hold.

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, now a co-commentator for BBC Radio Leeds famed for his 'Get In' goal celebration on air, took to Twitter to demand action if it is to be found any injuries are not what they are claimed to be.

 It was a thought echoed by many supporters expressing their views on social media, and it was positive for fans to see a former players expressing it.

Marco Silvestri and Mirco Antenucci took to Twitter to defend themselves, but a level of bad feeling among supporters remains.

Until popular head coach Neil Redfearn is handed a new contract, circumstances like the sudden revelation of six injuries will continue to be treated suspiciously from the outside, thanks to a lack of communication from within the club as to what is actually going on.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch