Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has provided explanations for the respective absences of Rodrigo and Robin Koch from his matchday squad to face Everton.
The Whites were back in action a short time ago.
Bielsa and co. welcomed Everton to Elland Road, for the club’s 2nd Premier League outing of the campaign.
Leeds headed into proceedings eyeing a bounce-back performance, and result, on the back of a harrowing 5-1 opening day defeat at the hands of Manchester United last weekend.
And, when all was said and done in West Yorkshire, though the hosts were forced to settle for a share of the spoils, they did look much improved.
A pulsating 2-2 stalemate was ultimately forthcoming, after Raphinha’s pinpoint left-footed effort 20 minutes from time cancelled out strikes from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray, either side of Mateusz Klich’s finish shortly before the interval.
FULL TIME: The referee brings the game to a close, with both sides battling out a 2-2 draw at Elland Road pic.twitter.com/cxJM2fVxkE
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 21, 2021
Whites stars miss out
Leeds’ comeback draw this afternoon, however, came with Marcelo Bielsa having been unable to call on a key pair of members of his first-team setup.
The players in question? Attacker Rodrigo and versatile defender Robin Koch.
In turn, speaking on the back of the action coming to a close at Elland Road, the Peacocks’ boss was inevitably drawn on the whereabouts of the duo.
And Bielsa went on to reveal that Rodrigo has picked up a muscular issue, whilst Koch missed out with ‘pain in his pubis’:
Bielsa satisfied with the fight and result. Thought Leeds should have created more with all the possession they had. Thought Everton were able to create too much.
Rodrigo had a muscular injury earlier this week. No laughing at the back but Koch was out with “pain in his pubis”.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 21, 2021
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