Leeds United forward Luis Sinisterra is “making very good progress” in recovering from injury and could even be ready for selection in around 10 days, Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has revealed.
The Colombian winger has been absent from the Leeds squad for 10 weeks due to a Lisfranc injury but is due to undergo individual training in the coming days.
This will be a welcome development for Leeds fans who are clamouring to see more of Sinisterra after his impressive displays for the Whites when fit, having scored twice in nine Premier League appearances this season.
His last appearance for the Yorkshire club came during a 2-3 home defeat to Fulham, with the 23-year-old missing the following three fixtures before the World Cup break due to the aforementioned Lisfranc injury.
“Luis is making very good progress [and] has been on the pitch doing a lot of individual work, which is the next big phase for him. Maybe in 10 days, he’ll be with the team,” Marsch said in his pre-Newcastle press conference [30 December].
“This Lisfranc injury is strange and so it’s not always easy to know exactly how it’s going to respond, but right now a lot of real positive signs, which would be big for us.”
Sinisterra’s career at Leeds so far has been hampered by injury, but whenever he has appeared he has looked impressive.
Pacey, skilful and direct – the Colombian looks every bit as worth the €25m the Whites paid to bring him in from Eredivisie side Feyenoord last summer (as per transfermarkt).
It is these qualities which generate a general buzz of anticipation around Elland Road whenever he picks up the ball and drives at opposition defences.
In short, Sinisterra has taken to his unofficial role as Raphinha’s replacement extremely well and possesses the natural ability to make himself just as talismanic as his Brazilian predecessor.
As Marsch was speaking on Sinisterra’s injury before the Newcastle game on New Year’s Eve, 10 January becomes the date that the forward can be expected to be back out training.
This puts him well in contention for a return in vital clashes against either Aston Villa or Brentford. In our view, Leeds’ tricky Colombian can’t come back soon enough.