Leeds legend Nigel Martyn gives view on goalkeeper Marco Silvestri's injury, who then replies

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Leeds United legend Nigel Martyn has given Marco Silvestri the benefit of the doubt.

Marco Silvestri has been a key player at Leeds United this season, and has emerged as one of their best goalkeepers since Nigel Martyn.

So it was with real disappointment that Silvestri was named by the Yorkshire Evening Post as one of the six players who had pulled out of the squad with an injury ahead of the Charlton game.

Amid a backlash from fans suspecting foul play, Silvestri took to Twitter to plead his innocence - and he was given the benefit of the doubt by former star Martyn via the social networking site yesterday.

Martyn was approached by a fan of the club, asking if he would have played with the same injury Silvestri posted as evidence of him not being fit enough to feature.

The 48-year-old, who left Leeds in 2003, replied to say he felt the injury could be worse than a mere surface scratch, believing Silvestri is the sort of character who would not cry off a game for no reason.

Hours later Martyn received a reply from none other than Marco Silvestri, who welcomed the former star's words. 

He also elaborated, which he did not originally, that the injury which kept him out was worse than the scratch his picture displayed.

The attempts Silvestri has made to plead his innocence and insistence his injury is genuine, combined with his committed performances for the club this campaign may just, as Martyn suggests, see him given the benefit of the doubt. 

As for the remaining five, the situation is far from clear, with fans in the dark as to what is or is not going on at the club thanks to a lack of communication from the hierarchy - it's little wonder suspicions and conclusions are easily jumped to.

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