Raphinha, Rodrigo, Bamford – Leeds United injury list after Tottenham Hotspur defeat

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Leeds United suffered their first Premier League defeat in four matches following a 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

The Whites dominated the opening 45 minutes and deservedly took the lead through Dan James, who tapped home after an enticing cross from Jack Harrison.

But Spurs began the second half brightly and turned the game on its head courtesy of two quick-fire goals from Pierre Emile Hojberg and Sergio Reguilon.

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Despite all the injury issues coming into the game, Leeds put in an excellent performance and have been praised for their front foot approach.

Raphinha and Rodrigo were among those who were missing, while Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling and Robin Koch sat out once again.

Nevertheless, here’s a round-up of how the treatment table is looking.

Patrick Bamford

Having missed the last nine matches, it remains to be seen when Bamford returns to action after picking up an ankle issue in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United in mid-September.

At the start of the month, Marcelo Bielsa revealed that Bamford’s problem wasn’t a ‘simple injury’ and hinted that it was worse than first feared.

He remained absent for the trip to Tottenham but could be available for the game against Brighton & Hove Albion if he manages to recover in time.

Patrick Bamford

Luke Ayling

Like Bamford, Ayling has been out since the game at St James’ Park with a knee problem and his return date hasn’t yet been set.

Before the game against Tottenham, Bielsa admitted that the defender is progressing ‘positively’ and his ‘evolution is controlled on a daily basis’.

He said: “The evolution is controlled on a daily basis and I wouldn’t want to give you a date that won’t be met. When my responses are brief it is because I cannot offer any certainty so I prefer not to say.”

Raphinha

The Brazilian winger was left out the Leeds squad to tackle Tottenham through illness after returning from international duty at the end of last week.

Although the Whites put in a terrific display, his absence was felt and Bielsa will be hoping he returns for the game against Brighton this weekend.

Rodrigo

Similarly to Raphinha, Rodrigo missed the game against Tottenham, but the Whites revealed that he had a ‘minor foot injury’ that ruled him out.

He could be back to face Brighton, although the extent of his issue hasn’t yet been named and Bielsa is expected to provide more information in his pre-match press conference later this week.

Robin Koch

After featuring just once all season, Koch continues to be sidelined with a pelvic injury that has kept him out since the opening day defeat at Manchester United.

It has been a frustrating first year at Leeds for the German and it’s likely that he’ll miss a few more matches with this problem after Bielsa claimed that it’s a ‘long injury’ after the loss at Tottenham.

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