Leeds United manager Daniel Farke has revealed today that he opted to leave Archie Gray out of team training following a hectic international break for England under-19s.
Up next for Daniel Farke’s Whites is a journey to his old stomping ground at Norwich City, aiming to continue in his encouraging run of form that sees Leeds firmly in the promotion picture.
The German’s injury updates ahead of the match have provided a lot more positive news as he prepares his side for another tough away clash.
Will Archie Gray start?
A minor surprise on the Leeds team sheet last time out at home to Bristol City was Archie Gray’s inclusion as the right-back, as he lined up on the right side of defence and did incredibly well.
It was the latest impressive performance of a 17-year-old who is becoming harder and harder to leave out of the starting lineup, even with Leeds’ depth in midfield and at right-back when everyone is fit.
Over the international break, there was no respite for the teen, as he embarked on England under-19 duty, playing three full 90 minutes against Montenegro, Wales and Austria.
Farke shares Gray update
Farke knows that he cannot stand in the way of a player’s international ambitions, as much as it is hampering his fitness in the long run for Leeds in the Championship.
When asked about the midfielder during his pre-match press conference, Farke shared that he actually held Gray back from team training today in order to properly recover (via the YEP):
“I’m happy that Archie came through without injuries, but the load was immense which is why today I chose to leave him in the dressing room to do a recovery session. You have to accept it.”
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It’s the right decision to keep him in a healthy state and sometimes that means sacrificing him on some occasions in the league.
He’s only 17, so playing every game for 90 minutes isn’t going to do him any favours down the line when injuries potentially creep in.
There are so many players who we see burst onto the scene at a young age and play absurd amounts of football, only for their careers to tail off early – Eden Hazard being the prime example.
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