Samu Saiz is set to miss more time after being a surprise scratch against Sheffield Wednesday.
Paul Heckingbottom gave an interview on the radio where he touched on many topics. One of them was the status of the Spanish talisman, Saiz. Heckingbottom confirmed that Saiz would miss at least the next two weeks, meaning that he’ll miss the next match on Good Friday against Bolton Wanderers.
Samu Saiz missed six matches earlier in the season after receiving a red card against Newport County in the 2-1 loss in the FA Cup. Leeds has had a remarkably poor record without Saiz in the lineup, but since his return from the suspension, Leeds have managed only a single win, coming at Elland Road against Brentford.
So what does this mean for Leeds? Saiz hasn’t looked the same since coming back from suspension, and this will only compound problems for a team in absolute free-fall in 2018 after starting the year in the playoff positions. Leeds have won only one match since Boxing Day, and with a number of red cards and otherwise preventable situations adding to the trouble with injury, Leeds are looking more and more like a mid-table train wreck instead of the team that was on top of the table in September.
If Leeds are to pull out of the tailspin the club has been in over the past few months against Bolton, it appears that they’ll have to do it without Saiz. Leeds will also be missing Liam Cooper as well as Luke Ayling, who’s been missing since the match against Nottingham Forest. Leeds may not have a complete squad at the moment, but it should still be enough to get a result against Bolton, right? Or will Leeds gift Bolton three points in their efforts towards survival? Only time will tell.