The manager is eager to have a complete squad for the upcoming match against Norwich City. The international break can be a tense period for club managers due to the possibility of injuries, loss of form, or disrupted momentum. While it can bring back injured players, those participating in international matches may feel the effects as the season progresses.
Leeds United, under Daniel Farke’s guidance, would have preferred to avoid any new injury concerns before their crucial clash with Norwich City in the Championship this weekend. Unfortunately, one player missed training, leading to frustration for Farke.
Surprisingly, the international break has actually benefited Leeds United by adding players to their squad rather than depleting it. Jamie Shackleton and Wilfried Gnonto are back in contention, and Junior Firpo is back in training. However, Firpo and Stuart Dallas won’t be ready for the Norwich game, according to Phil Hay of The Athletic.
The latest injury news from Leeds raises concerns about Archie Gray, who missed full training after his international duty with the England U19s. Farke expressed frustration and discussed the need for a balance between representing one’s country and player development. He mentioned the potential risks of injuries and burnout due to excessive game time.
Archie Gray has played nine of Leeds’ 11 league games this season at the young age of 17. He has only been rested twice in all competitions, featuring in the Carabao Cup and all three of England U19s’ Euro qualifiers. Despite his impressive performance, there is a valid concern about potential burnout given his age.
Gray has garnered admiration, including from Farke, who commended his performance after a victory over Millwall. With Gray still in contention to play against Norwich, Leeds has the opportunity to make a significant statement against the Canaries in their quest for promotion in the Championship.