Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that star player Raphinha will miss Saturday’s match against Brighton.
In their first season back in the top flight since 2014, Bielsa’s side is currently ninth in the Premier League.
They are 13 points clear of Brighton ahead of their clash on Saturday, with Graham Potter’s side aiming to extend their lead over the relegation zone to ten points.
The Seagulls won 1-0 in the first leg at Elland Road in January thanks to Neal Maupay’s goal in the first half.
In the absence of Raphinha, Leeds forward, Rodgrigo, is likely to to face Albion in the 3pm clash at the Amex.
At today’s press conference, the Leeds boss said, via Leeds Live: “Raphinha: No. Rodrigo: Yes.”
He added on Raphinha: “More than serious is more difficult to give a diagnostic of and difficult to give return date.
“A hit that created an internal hematoma that hematoma disappears causes pain and inhibits mobility.
“Can be resolved quickly or take longer. Hematoma reduces and the player is no longer in pain he will return quickly. The impression is final stages before finally healed.”
On Rodrigo, he said: “[He is] healthy. That doesn’t mean he is fit to play. We will see how many minutes he can play.”
Leeds are still missing midfielder Adam Forshaw due to a muscle injury, and captain Liam Cooper is serving the final game of his three-match suspension after being sent off against Manchester City for a foul on Gabriel Jesus.
Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) and Solly March (knee) are out for the remainder of the season, while Florin Andone is out with a hamstring injury.