Leeds United could be set for a huge and very timely injury boost after winger Jack Harrison was pictured back in the gym ahead of their Boxing Day clash with Liverpool…
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The 23-year-old limped off during their heavy 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend, a worrying sign with the side already barren due to injuries. Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa was missing as many as 11 players, of which nine were first-team regulars.
So losing another key man in Harrison would have been a major blow before such a massive and hectic period of the season.
However, it appears that all is fine with the former Manchester City youth product after he posted an image to social media of him training in the gym at Thorp Arch (via MoT Leeds News).
The £13.5m-rated ace was pictured on a bike and he captioned it by saying he was “recovering,” so presumably that means he is all good heading into the remaining festive schedule.
Whilst this does not completely confirm his availability, it is certainly an exciting sign, particularly given the ongoing injury nightmare in west Yorkshire right now.
With the likes of Patrick Bamford, Daniel James and Rodrigo, Bielsa was light on attacking options. If they are all absent yet again, Harrison’s involvement will likely serve as a huge boost at a desperate time of need.
His season so far has hardly gone to plan, registering only one assist from 15 league appearances, via Transfermarkt, but on his day, he is a crucial player for the Argentinian head coach.
For instance, last season he directly contributed towards 16 goals in 34 starts, only missing two games for the club.
Such form saw him rank as Leeds’ fifth-best player, per WhoScored figures, just behind Kalvin Phillips, whilst only Raphinha managed to create more key chances and dribbles per game than the Englishman.
“He’s a player who, when he manages to play at his best version, he has a big influence on our offensive game,” once lauded Bielsa. That only goes to show his importance to the side even more.
Therefore, supporters around Elland Road should be buzzing that Harrison could be available post-Christmas when the struggling Yorkshiremen face Steven Gerrard’s resurgent Aston Villa side.
The fact that he is in the gym is encouraging.