Leeds: Daniel Farke Provides Update on Injury Concern After QPR Victory
Leeds United, guided by Daniel Farke, have been steadily improving their performance, with just one loss in their last eight Championship matches signaling a turnaround under the former Norwich City manager. The Elland Road faithful are hoping to maintain this positive momentum, especially as the fixtures come thick and fast.
For Farke to lead Leeds into playoff contention this season, having a fully fit squad is vital, which makes the recent injury scare all the more frustrating for the team.
Who is currently injured for Leeds?
Despite securing all three points against QPR, it was not an entirely smooth evening for Leeds fans. They witnessed another injury setback for Farke, who is already missing key players like Stuart Dallas, Wilfried Gnnto, and Djed Spence. Moreover, Jamie Shackleton, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury, missed the QPR game. Now, Farke may also have to manage without Jaidon Anthony for a brief period, as the winger was forced to leave the mid-week fixture due to injury.
Farke confirmed the injury during his post-match press conference, stating:
“Good. No pre-season with us. While away since he started the last time with Bournemouth. Solid first half. Involved in many good scenes. Rolled his ankle a little and felt some pain in the second half.”
The duration of Anthony’s absence remains uncertain, but Leeds hopes for a speedy recovery for their loan signing. Anthony, in particular, will be disappointed with this setback, as he had earned his first start for the club, only for an ankle injury to cut it short during the second half.
Jaidon Anthony’s Potential:
On loan from Bournemouth, Jaidon Anthony made a strong impression during his first start for Leeds. This performance had been building up, exemplified by his goal against Watford in a recent 3-0 victory, showcasing his potential. At just 23 years old, the winger has room for further development.
When fit, Anthony may need to compete for a starting spot, given the competition from players like Dan James, Crysencio Summerville, and Gnonto, all vying for a place on the wing. Nevertheless, Anthony’s recent performances have given Farke valuable options for team selection.
Anthony has received significant praise in the past, including from former Bournemouth manager Scott Parker, who commended his contributions on both attacking and defensive fronts. Parker noted that Anthony’s qualities extend beyond what is immediately noticeable and emphasized his positive impact on the team.