Leeds United are set to be without England international Kalvin Phillips after he suffered a shoulder injury against Wolves in the Premier League last time out.
It has been reported Phillips could be out for around six weeks, although Marcelo Bielsa has suggested that it might be a shorter absence.
It leaves Leeds short in central midfield, especially with Diego Llorente and Adam Forshaw also still out of action.
That means Leeds are likely to push Pascal Struijk into midfield and Leeds fans will be slightly disappointed the club did not end up winning the race for Michael Cuisance.
Leeds had a deal for the versatile central midfielder wrapped up. As reported by the Daily Mail, an £18 million deal for the Bayern Munich talent fell apart due to a medical.
The Frenchman later rejected that assertion and ended up joining Marseille instead.
Whatever the reason was, Leeds decided not to make the deal happen and they now appear to be short in the central midfield position.
Whether Cuisance would have been capable of playing in Phillips’ holding role, or could have seen Mateusz Klich pushed back into the position, would have been down to Bielsa but given his talent and versatility, he would undoubtedly have been an option instead of the inexperienced Dutchman.
Leeds fans will have trust in Struijk, who performed admirably in the role toward the end of the Championship season, but the failure to sign Cuisance is starting to look suspect when giving Leeds’ central midfield options a thorough investigation.