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Leeds vs Arsenal: 15-year-old Archie Gray named on bench for hosts amid Marcelo Bielsa’s injury woes

Leeds identify 15-YEAR-OLD Archie Gray on the bench in opposition to Arsenal amid injury disaster which left Marcelo Bielsa with out 11 senior gamers… and Jack Harrison goes off injured in dismal first half!

  • Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has seen his squad decimated by injury of late
  • The Whites have a complete of 11 first-team stars at the moment nursing health issues 
  • Bielsa due to this fact named Archie Gray, 15, on his bench to face Arsenal on Saturday
  • Jack Harrison additionally hobbled off after half-hour to make issues worse 

Marcelo Bielsa was pressured to call 15-year-old Archie Gray on Leeds’ bench to face Arsenal with 11 of his senior stars out injured.

The Whites have been rocked by an injury disaster within the midst of their packed December schedule, with 9 first-team regulars at the moment unavailable.

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Bielsa has additionally hinted that Diego Llorente is battling Covid after confirming the defender might be out of motion for the following 10 days.

Marcelo Bielsa was forced to name 15-year-old Archie Gray on Leeds' bench to face Arsenal

Marcelo Bielsa was pressured to call 15-year-old Archie Gray on Leeds’ bench to face Arsenal

Bielsa is dealing with an injury crisis at Elland Road which has left him without 11 senior players

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Bielsa is coping with an injury disaster at Elland Road which has left him with out 11 senior gamers

And because of his depleted squad, the Leeds boss was left with no alternative however to call Gray amongst the substitutes for their Premier League showdown with Arsenal.

The academy starlet, who’s merely 15 years and 282 days previous, was given the nod to make the bench at Elland Road on Saturday evening.

If Bielsa chooses to carry him off the bench in opposition to the Gunners, Gray would smash the file for the Premier League’s youngest ever participant, which was set by Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott at 16 years and 30 days previous.

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Gray will become the youngest Premier League player ever if he makes it off the bench

Gray will grow to be the youngest Premier League participant ever if he makes it off the bench

The England Under-16 midfielder, who travelled with Bielsa’s aspect to Tottenham final month, would additionally grow to be the youngest participant in Leeds’ historical past if he makes it off the bench.

Nevertheless, Gray’s inclusion on the bench for Saturday’s assembly with Arsenal speaks volumes in regards to the injury woes Bielsa is coping with proper now.

And to make issues worse, Jack Harrison hobbled off on the half-hour mark at Elland Road after showing to maintain an injury.

Former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford mentioned on Sky Sports: ‘It’s been an absolute nightmare. I counted 11 gamers out injured. 

‘With that being taken under consideration, it has been a tough couple of weeks for Marcelo Bielsa.’

Before Saturday’s sport, Bielsa mentioned: ‘To win is at all times vital, after two defeats much more, and after a defeat just like the final one, much more so.

‘Until yesterday we have been kind of organised, however then within the penultimate coaching session (Charlie) Cresswell suffered an injury. From in the present day Llorente might be absent for the following ten days at the very least, so greater than the absences, however within the defensive zone there are seven gamers which might be absent, and that forces as much as quicken the return of (Robin) Koch.’ 

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