Leeds United have been hit with a blow two days before taking on Derby County in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final.
The Whites will look to defend a 1-0 lead given to them by Kenar Roofe at Pride Park on Saturday evening, but it appears as though they are going to have to do it without their match-winner in the midlands.
The Leeds forward picked up a calf injury during that contest, and boss Marcelo Bielsa has ruled the former Oxford United ace out of the second leg against Frank Lampard’s men.
Roofe is one of a number of injuries that the Whites are contending with, with midfielder Adam Forshaw also picking up a problem in the win over Derby on Saturday.
Bielsa provided an update on the Leeds pair ahead of the second leg, but it was not a positive one with Wednesday night’s match in mind.
“Roofe won’t be available either. Kemar’s problem is more simple than Adam’s, but still he won’t be available for Wednesday’s game and we have to take care of him.” Sky Sports quote him as saying.
That means that options are limited for the Whites’ boss, although he will be able to call upon Patrick Banford for the second leg, after he has completed his ban for conning an official against Aston Villa last month.
Wales international Tyler Roberts is another who can play down the middle for Leeds at Elland Road, but Bielsa would undoubtedly have preferred to have Roofe to call upon, given the wonderful season that he has had.
It is not yet clear whether the 26-year-old will recover in time for the play-off final at the end of the month should the Whites make it there, as the Yorkshire side go about making up for missing out on promotion automatically, by achieving their goal at Wembley Stadium instead.