Leeds could miss 5 players vs Arsenal after triple international withdrawal
Leeds United face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, and they have a few injury concerns to worry about before that game.
Wilfried Gnonto lasted just 22 minutes for Italy against Malta on Sunday, forced off after picking up an ankle injury.
Roberto Mancini said after the game: “Gnonto is dealing with a sprain, I hope it is nothing to worry about.”
Maximilian Wober also suffered an injury over the international break, limping off with a thigh problem in the 34th minute of Austria’s win over Azerbaijan.
Wober told social media he’d suffered a “small” injury, but it was enough to see him pull out of the Austria camp ahead of Tuesday’s game against Estonia.
Before the international break had even kicked off, Tyler Adams had to pull out of the United States squad with a hamstring injury, with the suggestion that he won’t be fit to face Arsenal.
Both Gnonto and Wober haven’t been officially ruled out yet, but they’ll now face assessments to be fit against the Gunners.
Longer-term absentees Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw also won’t be back, but they’ve hardly played any part in this season between them, so that’s no surprise.
The potential losses of Gnonto, Wober, and Adams are more significant for Leeds.
Gnonto and Wober both started Leeds’ last game against Wolves, and Adams had started every Leeds game of 2023 before his injury.
If all three are out, Leeds’ starting lineup will probably be something like the following:
Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Firpo, Roca, McKennie, Aaronson, Harrison, Sinisterra, Bamford