Leeds United suffer injury blow ahead of Aston Villa clash

Jesse Marsch will be without some key players for Thursday’s night visit of Aston Villa

Leeds United have suffered an injury blow ahead of their game against Aston Villa on Thursday evening (10 March).

Steven Gerrard’s side will travel to Elland Road after back-to-back wins against Brighton and Southampton, but Leeds forward Tyler Roberts won’t feature for the Whites after the Wales international was ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery to repair a ruptured hamstring tendon.

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The 23-year-old sustained the injury after appearing as a second-half substitute during Leeds’ 1-0 defeat to Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Tyler Roberts - in action for Leeds United against Premier League rivals Arsenal in December last year. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Leeds said in a statement: “Leeds United can confirm Tyler Roberts has successfully undergone surgery on a ruptured hamstring tendon sustained in last Saturday’s Premier League game at Leicester City.

“Roberts will spend the next three months on the sidelines. Everyone at Leeds United wishes Tyler a speedy recovery.”

Roberts stepped off the bench as a 76th-minute replacement for Jack Harrison and was forced off for treatment minutes later after stretching for a bouncing ball on the edge of Leicester’s penalty area.

He limped back into the action after treatment as Leeds had already used all three substitutes, but was clearly in some discomfort and saw out the rest of the game as a bystander.

Leeds have been dogged by injuries for most of their second campaign back in the top flight will also be without Kalvin Phillips and skipper Liam Cooper for the game against Villa on Thursday evening.

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