A number of Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to react to Marcelo Bielsa’s comments on Jamie Shackleton ahead of the Whites’ clash with Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
As reported by Leeds Live, Bielsa has confirmed that Shackleton will miss the next few weeks due to a muscular injury. The midfielder has made one appearance since the start of October.
It did appear that Shackleton had been ready to make his return. He came off the bench in the recent victory at Reading. However, it seems that the 19-year-old has suffered another setback.
Bielsa was asked about Tyler Roberts’s current injury status, and that prompted the Leeds boss to include a surprise update on Shackleton. He was then asked whether the youngster has sustained a new injury.
“The injury of him and Shackleton is an injury of about two or three weeks recovery and they are in this process of recovery,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live.
“He has a muscular injury and we wish he recovers fast,” he went on to add when asked about Shackleton.
It is a big blow for Shackleton. And it is a big blow for the supporters. The academy graduate has been excellent whenever he has played for the first-team. And he has stepped up wherever he has been used on the pitch.
It is also a blow for Leeds with Adam Forshaw still sidelined. It looked to be a fantastic potential opportunity for Shackleton to secure a prominent role in the team.
The fans are, understandably, disappointed. They have expressed a lot of sympathy for Shackleton, who cannot seem to catch a break this season.
It has also been mentioned that having Shackleton, Forshaw and Roberts sidelined highlights the need for new signings during the January transfer window.
Here is how some of the fans have reacted to the news concerning Shackleton…
Proving why we need a couple of players in January
— Aaron Taylor (@AzzaLufc) December 5, 2019
Poor lad, just when everyone was expecting him to kick on these niggles keep popping up
— OliverM (@Goug4) December 5, 2019
Pity for him as an ideal opportunity with Forshaw out but best to get him sorted . Time on his side
— peter-maurice (@petermauriceuk) December 5, 2019
Step forward Alfie McAlmont ??
— Ian blackburn (@ianblacky79) December 5, 2019
Shackleton could have made so many appearances this year were he not constantly injured. Mad that we’re in such a strong position considering how many midfield injuries we’ve had. Forshaw, Shackleton, Roberts and Hernandez have all missed a lot of games. #lufc
— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) December 5, 2019
No harm to shackleton but that lads muscles must be made of pulled pork hes injured that much.
— CMCM (@cmcm52irfc) December 5, 2019