Put another one on the injured list for Leeds United this season.
Further injury woe for Roberts— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) February 14, 2018
ℹ️ Leeds United say striker Tyler Roberts has cracked his shin in training & will be out for an extended period of time.
️⚽️ Roberts, 19, is yet to make his debut after signing from West Brom in the transfer window. #LUFC pic.twitter.com/U63YngWZyo
Teenage forward Tyler Roberts, who made the switch to Elland Road from West Bromwich Albion back in January, has yet to play in a match for Leeds. He reportedly cracked his shin in training, meaning that he will be out for an extended period of time.
Leeds have had some rather poor luck with injuries this season. Caleb Ekuban came back last week in the derby loss at Sheffield United after being out for two spells this season with a broken foot. Yes, he broke his foot, came back and broke the same foot again.
Luke Ayling had appeared in every match for Leeds this season before going off injured against Nottingham Forest. He originally posted that he was going to be fine, but the club later announced that he would be out for the season.
Matthew Pennington was injured on his debut against Bolton Wanderers, and Pontus Jansson has missed time after getting injured as well. Liam Cooper was out injured a few times, and Conor Shaughnessy is likely to miss an extended period of time after an ugly injury against Hull City.
Stuart Dallas was injured during a World Cup qualifier for Northern Ireland, and despite reports that the injury wasn’t serious, he ended up missing a great deal of time. Ronaldo Vieira who spent some of the summer away on international duty for England, also spent time on the bench because of injury a few times this season, including his most recent spell because of an injury against Burton Albion on Boxing Day.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga missed the better part of a month for Leeds after taking a knock and building back his match fitness as well. Throw in the occasional knocks that occur in a long season, and Leeds have had extremely poor luck with injuries this season. Many people have pointed to the coaching of Thomas Christiansen as a reason for the poor play, and while that might have a good deal to do with the lack of results, all too often his hand was forced into playing players out of position because of a lack of fit options.
Here’s hoping that the plan moving forward also means that Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta also plan on spending a great deal of money on a first class medical staff and training team. There are not “FFP” regulations when it comes to training staff, so getting the best people in who can help prevent injuries and help keep the players fit will pay dividends almost immediately.