Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams is currently being assessed by a “specialist” after it was announced he had picked up a hamstring strain in training yesterday.
Whites head coach Javi Gracia provided an update on the American’s status in his press conference today, and also hailed his importance to the squad.
Adams – who has been a constant in the Leeds midfield all season – is set to miss his side’s clash with Wolves on Saturday, and is also absent from the USMNT squad for their upcoming international matches.
Due to the recency of his injury Gracia was unable to provide a potential return date for the 24-year-old, but reassured supporters that they have enough depth in the side to cover his absence.
“Tyler is injured and in this moment he is with a specialist and will see how long he is out of the team,” Gracia said (as per Yorkshire Evening Post).
“We have other players, we know all of us know that Tyler is a key player for us but we have to manage with the squad we have. We have other players ready for the next game.”
Gracia was also incredibly praising of Adams, claiming he is “different” to any midfielder at the club. The Spaniard was quick to stress that the side is not lacking in players to replace him, however.
“Tyler is different than others. There is no-one like Tyler. In this case we have other players ready as you can see in the last games we played.
In the last one we started with Tyler and Marc [Roca], the game before Tyler and Weston [McKennie]. We have others waiting for their chances. Maybe this is the moment for them.
I’m sure all of them are ready to compete at a high level.”
Gracia provides update on Adams
It’s hard to argue with Gracia here, Adams is a special player and his loss will be keenly felt in the midfield against Wolves on Saturday.
He brings a combative edge to the middle of the park which has often prevented the Whites from being overrun in that area. And this isn’t even mentioning the endless energy and determination he shows on the pitch.
I expect Marc Roca and Weston McKennie to start against Wolves at the weekend – and after Gracia’s comments this definitely seems to be the case. Who are the “others” waiting in the wings that he refers to, though?
Could Saturday bring a start for one of the talented youngster in the squad; Darko Gyabi or maybe even Archie Gray?
Only time will tell, but the makeup of the Leeds midfield on match day will definitely be something to keep an eye on.