MOT View: New Leeds injury worry comes at worst possible time amid Phil Hay update in last 24hrs

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Rodrigo saved one of his best performances in a Leeds United shirt until Sunday when he starred in the 2-1 win over Norwich at Elland Road.

Away from scoring the opening goal of the game in the 14th minute, the 31-year-old Spain international played an absolute blinder in the attacking midfield role.

Rodrigo was one of the key reasons behind Jesse Marsch getting his first win as the Leeds United manager and moving the Whites four points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

According to stats by WhoScored, Rodrigo had a stunning 91 per cent pass accuracy, which was higher than what any other player managed throughout the entire match on both teams.

The ex-Valencia attacker also played one key pass, scored with his only shot at goal and even chipped in defensively by attempting three tackles and making one clearance.

It was a stunning performance by Rodrigo and arguably his best in what has been a pretty poor season by the Spaniard’s standards.

However, it unfortunately came to an end prematurely when he was substituted off by Marsch in the 60th minute to be replaced by Jack Harrison.

And, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, Rodrigo was substituted off due to an injury concern.

Hay wrote via his personal Twitter account after the game on 13 March: “Rodrigo came off with a tight quad muscle.”

Now, that doesn’t sound serious.

However, it sounds as though it’s something that raises doubts about whether Rodrigo will be involved for Leeds in their next Premier League game, which is only around the corner.

After finishing up against Norwich on Sunday, Leeds’ next game is away at Wolves in the Premier League on Friday night (18 March).

Rodrigo’s issue, albeit a minor one, could not have really come at a worse time because after the game against Wolves, Leeds do not play again until 2 April due to the international break.

It means that Rodrigo could be looking at not playing again for three weeks, which is more than enough time for the momentum he gained against Norwich to dissipate.

We hope that’s not the case but this concern could not have come at a worse time for a player who’s been widely criticised since joining the Whites last year for a club-record sum.

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