Leeds United boss Javi Gracia is unsure when injured Whites defender Max Wober is set to return, with his fitness something the club staff are keeping an eye on ahead of Monday’s clash with Liverpool.
Wober has impressed since joining Leeds from Red Bull Salzburg in January, and has quickly established himself as a mainstay of the Whites XI as a result.
Whilst many amongst the Elland Road faithful expected Wober to fill the side’s often-problematic left-back position upon his signing, the Austrian international has actually been predominantly deployed at centre-back – a role in which he has excelled.
Almost as important as his technical ability on the pitch are his leadership qualities, as he remains a cool head in a Whites defensive line which has been exceptionally leaky this season.
Since the 25-year-old picked up an injury whilst on international duty in March, Leeds have shipped 10 goals in 3 matches, signalling his importance to the side’s defensive solidity.
Now, it appears as if Wober’s recovery is progressing, but not at a rate which will see him line up in the starting XI to face Liverpool on Monday.
Gracia had this to say when asked about the status of Wober’s injury in today’s press conference (via Yorkshire Evening Post):
“To be honest I don’t know yet. He is training some days with the team. We have two days more before the game, it’s something we’ll have to see before the next days.”
More alarmingly for the Leeds fanbase, Gracia also claimed that other players at the club are suffering from “different issues”, but didn’t name any of those affected.
“We have some players with different issues, some of them without training. We have to evaluate them and decide. Maybe some of them will be out for the next game.”
Whites fans will be hoping that these currently unknown issues are nothing too serious, and that Wober’s return to Premier League action comes sooner rather than later.