Kemar Roofe has told LUTV that he is in the final stage of rehabilitation after around six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury. Could Marcelo Bielsa fast track his return to the first team?
The 25-year-old has been in sensational form for the Whites this season. He has scored 14 goals in 26 Championship appearances, but has been missing since the start of February because of the problem.
Roofe said: “The knee is at a good strength and we can move it. I can see the finish line, which is getting back with the team. When you’ve been in the gym six weeks, then you’re back on the grass, your body needs to get used to it.”
Throughout the season, Bielsa has forced Leeds players to prove their fitness after injury in Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 side. Izzy Brown has featured regularly in the second string.
The likes of Barry Douglas, Gaetano Berardi, Adam Forshaw, Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison and Luke Ayling have all played in the reserves before returning to the first team.
Even if an important game has been on the horizon, Bielsa has insisted that players play at least once for the Under-23’s after injury. But that might change in the form of £3million signing Roofe (BBC).
With eight games to go, Leeds are in danger of failing to gain automatic promotion from the Championship. Indeed, the Whites currently sit in third – a point behind Sheffield United.
Saturday sees Leeds welcome bitter rivals Millwall in a crucial clash at Elland Road, before tricky away games against Birmingham and Preston. With Roofe close to returning, the striker needs to be thrown back into the firing line.
Ignoring his previous procedure, Bielsa should give Roofe special treatment and fast track him into the senior side – rather than making him play for the reserves first.