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Javi Gracia in danger of missing Southampton game

Newly appointed Leeds boss Javi Gracia faces the real possibility of missing out on this weekend’s game against Southampton due to work permit issues.

Gracia was appointed on Tuesday, ending Leeds’ long search for a replacement for Jesse Marsch. But there seems to be a problem ahead of his potential first game in charge.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Gracia’s employment history is shy of the months required in management over the last five years, thus he cannot be officially allowed to take training yet. Though it is a serious problem, it just means that Leeds will now have to go through an exceptions panel due to rules brought in after Brexit.

Gracia will not be able conduct training or be at training, but he will have a say on the team selection. Michael Skubala could potentially be in the dugout for Leeds this weekend if the club fails to get the paperwork through on time.

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