It’s been claimed that Leeds United are hoping to recover Junior Firpo in time for Sunday’s clash with West Ham United in the Premier League, despite losing the left-back to dizziness in the FA Cup meeting with the Hammers last weekend.
Leeds’ squad is stretched massively due to injuries right now, with Firpo a fresh concern after he was forced form the field as Leeds crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of West Ham on Sunday.
Despite losing Firpo in the 69th minute, Leeds are hoping that they will be able to call on the 25-year-old this weekend when they, once again, head to the London Stadium to take on West Ham.
Adam Pope has claimed on the BBC Sport website that Leeds are hoping to recover Firpo after he was replaced due to dizziness, despite carrying on for a period after clashing with Illan Meslier at the end of the first-half.
“It is hoped that left-back Junior Firpo has recovered from the dizziness which saw him substituted in the second half on Sunday.”
Firpo clashed with Meslier shortly before half-time, with both players able to carry on after the break.
However, Firpo was clearly struggling heading towards the 70th minute mark and was helped from the field by the medical staff.
He took to Twitter to explain the situation shortly after full-time:
With Cody Drameh set for a move to Cardiff City in the next 24 hours, Leeds need to hope that Firpo is fit and available in the coming weeks.
He’s the club’s only recognised senior left-back and Leeds could really do with him putting together a run of appearances for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the summer signing’s season has been very stop-start. The minute he’s put in an encouraging performance, he’s been injured or suspended, so it’s important he gets as much exposure as possible.
In addition to that, Leeds are just so short of bodies and need players to start maintaining their fitness levels.
A bad situation is consistently becoming worse, with Leeds missing so many key players all at once.
They can’t afford for Firpo to add to their problems.