Marcelo Bielsa comments on Eddie Nketiah injury for Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United arrives prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on November 02, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Eddie Nketiah did not play for Leeds United against Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United arrives prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on November 02, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has admitted to Leeds Live that he does not know for how long Eddie Nketiah will be on the sidelines.

Nketiah, signed on loan from Premier League club Arsenal in the summer transfer window, did not play against Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds announced on their official website before the Championship game that the 20-year-old picked up an abdominal injury in training on Friday.

 

Bielsa said after the match that he does not know the extent of the injury suffered by the England Under-21 international, and has admitted that he was going to include the striker in the starting lineup against QPR on Saturday.

Bielsa told Leeds Live about Nketiah: “Last night after training he went home, he had a pain in his abs and it didn’t allow him to participate today.”

The Leeds head coach said when asked for how long the striker will be out: “No, at this moment we don’t know.”

Bielsa added: “Yes he was going to play today at the beginning of the match.”

Eddie Nketiah of England during the UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier between England and Austria at Stadium mk on October 15, 2019 in Milton Keynes, England.

Disappointment for Nketiah

Nketiah has yet to start a game in the Championship for Leeds this season, and it will be a massive disappointment for the youngster that he could not start against QPR due to injury.

However, Leeds did well without the Arsenal-owned striker and deservedly picked up all three points from the encounter.

It remains to be seen when Nketiah recovers, as he clearly seems to be close to starting for Leeds.

Eddie Nketiah of England during the UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier between England and Austria at Stadium mk on October 15, 2019 in Milton Keynes, England.

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