Surgery could see Struijk out out action for 3 to 4 months

19 Mar 2024 08:58 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Tuesday 19th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Surgery could see Struijk out out action for 3-4 months

Pascal Struijk could be out of action for 3-4 months if the Leeds Skipper undergoes surgery on his troublesome groin injury. Struijk, 24, has been out of action since the 2-1 defeat at Deepdale on Boxing Day. He had been expected to at least have returned to first team training by now, but his condition has been hampered by a cartilage problem.

Hip joint pain from a tear in the cartilage (or labrum) is a common cause of groin pain in footballers. Struijk has been undergoing injection therapy to try and get him through the season, but to no avail. Rob Price, Leeds Head of Medicine and Performance, and first team Doctor Rishi Dhand have discussed the matter with specialists, and will make a decision shortly. At least if he had surgery now, he should be fit for the start of next season!





International break comes at wrong time for Leeds

Out of the top contenders in the Championship, Daniel Farke will be the least happiest Manager with the timing of the latest International break; according to Elland Road journalist Phil Hay. Discussing the matter on the 'Square Ball' podcast, Hay insisted that Farke wouldn't choose to take a breather at the moment as he wouldn't want to break the teams momentum and impetus, and secondly, they don't need a rest!

Sixteen players (not including Rutter) from the Leeds roster have been called up for International Duty. Not only does this make life difficult for Farke's training sessions, and preparations for forthcoming games, as well as risking injury whilst representing their Countries. To make matters worse, Junior Firpo does not return home until the day of the Watford game, which makes it highly unlikely he will play!

Leeds have the momentum and the impetus. "Farke is probably the one of the three managers at the top who is the least happy about this break coming around. I think he can see the value of having a breather and I think it will be good for Leeds to be able to draw breath, but you don’t genuinely choose to take a bit of rest bite when you don’t need it, which Leeds don’t at the moment.

I think the reason why it’s not the big help that it could be is because a lot of players will be away and a lot of players will play during it. He won’t get much in the way of full training sessions with the squad. I don’t think it handicaps Leeds massively that they won’t necessarily be able to do a huge amount of preparation for Watford away, but as Farke said, it’s likely Firpo will miss that game.

He’s going to be away with the Dominican Republic and I don’t think he’s due back until that Friday, certainly that’s what Farke was saying. That means a change to that position in the team and, whether you rate Firpo or want him at left-back or whatever else, the results speak for themselves. The team as it is at the moment is really settled and is going along nicely.




Rutter to undergo Hernia Operation

Georginio Rutter will under laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery in the next day or so to rid him of a hernia problem which has been troubling him for some weeks. The procedure is non invasive in so much that it doesn't penetrate the abdominal wall, meaning a much quicker recovery time. The club intend on using the International break to good effect, and get the French U21 International treated, and back to tip top condition ahead of the final push. Recovery time can be as quick as 10 days, so there's hope he'll be fit for the trip to Watford on the 29th.





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Chilli D wrote on 20 Mar 2024 10:59 am

1964white wrote: Wed Mar 20, 2024 10:48 am With Paddy the only regular first-teamer.
I completely forgot about Connor Roberts who will of course be on duty with Wales.

1964white wrote on 20 Mar 2024 10:48 am

Chilli D wrote: Wed Mar 20, 2024 9:33 am That pretty much only leaves Shackleton, Anthony, Byram, Bamford and Piroe back at Thorp Arch doing training.
With Paddy the only regular first-teamer.

Chilli D wrote on 20 Mar 2024 09:33 am

1964white wrote: Wed Mar 20, 2024 8:02 am No rest for the majority of our squad then :roll:
That pretty much only leaves Shackleton, Anthony, Byram, Bamford and Piroe back at Thorp Arch doing training.

1964white wrote on 20 Mar 2024 08:02 am

Chilli D wrote: Wed Mar 20, 2024 7:47 am Meslier
Gray
Rodon
Ampadu
Firpo
James
Gnonto
Gruev
Kamara
Summerville
Cresswell
Klaesson
Cooper
Joseph

I can only think of 14
No rest for the majority of our squad then :roll:

Chilli D wrote on 20 Mar 2024 07:47 am

Kennyb41 wrote: Tue Mar 19, 2024 9:41 pm 'Sixteen players (not including Rutter) from the Leeds roster have been called up for International Duty.'

Who can name them ^
Meslier
Gray
Rodon
Ampadu
Firpo
James
Gnonto
Gruev
Kamara
Summerville
Cresswell
Klaesson
Cooper
Joseph

I can only think of 14