Leeds United fans have had mixed news this international break. On the positive side, Crysencio Summerville scored an excellent goal for the Netherlands under-21s in their 3-0 win over Norway, while Mateo Joseph scored twice on his first start for England Under-20s. Summerville's goal was a sublime piece of skill, as he got past a defender and then angled the ball into the net from a tight angle. In the England Under-20 group, Mateo Joseph scored twice on his first start, including the game’s opener, as the Young Lions defeated the United States in Marbella.
But it wasn’t all good news, with injuries to key players. Defender Max Wober sustained a muscle injury in his thigh while on international duty for Austria and will return to Elland Road on Sunday. Wober had to be substituted after just 34 minutes in Austria's 4-1 win over Azerbaijan, with Stefan Posch replacing him. This injury could be a significant setback for Leeds, as Wober has been outstanding since his arrival in the January transfer window.
Things got even worse on Sunday when Wilfried Gnonto suffered an ankle injury during Italy's Euro qualifier against Malta. Gnonto had just scored his debut goal in the previous match against England. However, he had to leave the field shortly after appearing to twist his ankle while dribbling past a defender. Despite trying to continue, the wing wizard had to be replaced, leaving Mancini worried on the side lines.
The extent of the injuries until the players are assessed by the Leeds United medical team, but it could be a huge blow to Javi Gracia, especially with Tyler Adams already out with a hamstring injury. Gnonto has scored 4 goals and made 3 assists since his arrival from FC Zurich in the summer whilst Wober has had a transformational effect on Leeds United’s defence since his transfer from Red Bull Salzburg in January.
Leeds face league leaders Arsenal on Saturday but the upcoming games in April against Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Bournemouth will be crucial for Leeds United’s Premier League survival. Gracia will hope to have a strong squad to pick from as Leeds face their rivals in the bottom half of the table.