December 20, 2023

Junior Firpo is expected to rejoin the Leeds United team for their Saturday matchup against Ipswich Town.


After suffering a hamstring injury during the 3-1 victory over Swansea City at the end of November, Firpo has been out of commission for the past three weeks.


In his pregame press conference prior to the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Coventry City, Daniel Farke confirmed that although Firpo had returned to training on Friday, he would not be ready to rejoin the team.


Firpo is now anticipated to be healthy enough to play against Ipswich, though it’s unclear if he’ll be ready to start at this point, per Leeds Live.


Due to Sam Byram’s injury history this season, Djed Spence has been forced to step in during the last few games, but it is unlikely that Firpo will be immediately put back in.


Leeds needs a new left-back, but Firpo’s return is welcome.


Leeds has struggled at left-back once more in recent weeks, and Farke’s team has been greatly affected by Byram’s absence.


Leeds have not yet won any of the six games that Byram has not started this season, though to be fair to Firpo, he has only started one of those.

Having missed the first three months of the season due to injury, Firpo has had a terrible season. After that, he made a brief comeback before developing a new problem.


Farke has already acknowledged that Leeds will desperately need a left-back in January, regardless of whether Firpo can stay healthy over the holidays.


Moreover, Firpo has been connected to leaving Elland Road in January, so it will be interesting to watch how much of a role he plays in the upcoming weeks.


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