Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds’ pre-Brentford press conference – as per Leeds Live – that Tyler Roberts will miss Tuesday night’s trip to Griffin Park after taking a heavy knock to the calf in the 2-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest.
Roberts, 21, has struggled to make an impact this season with a number of injuries preventing the Wales international from featuring on a regular basis. He made just his third outing in the last 12 league games, coming on as a sub against Forest.
He replaced Pablo Hernandez just before the half-hour mark, in what was a disappointing night for Leeds who are under pressure having won just two of their last 10 league games. He failed to make the difference.
Bielsa confirmed ahead of Tuesday night’s game against Brentford that former West Brom star Roberts would not be involved, after taking a heavy knock to the calf. Bielsa claims it was a surprise that Roberts even played on, complimenting his bravery.
“He is not going to play tomorrow. He took a strong kick. It’s incredible with this kick he continued in the match. He proved he is really engaged with the team and was brave to continue playing,” Bielsa said. “There is no injury, just a big kick to the calf.”
TBR’s view – A blow for Leeds, Roberts was pushing to start
The fact Bielsa replaced Hernandez – arguably one of Leeds’ best players – for Roberts even before the hour mark, shows just how highly the Argentine rates Roberts. Certainly, the position alongside Mateusz Klich is up for grabs.
Roberts was surely edging towards that position and although the kick to the calf is not a lasting injury, it is a blow that he will be sidelined for Tuesday’s crucial clash with fifth-placed Brentford.