Raphinha alleviates Leeds fears as the Brazilian insists the injury in the Wolves clash was ‘nothing serious’
Raphinha eases Leeds’ fears as the Brazilian insists the injury in the Wolves clash was “ nothing serious’ ‘and that he will be “ back soon’ ‘after limping and being seen on crutches.
- Leeds started against Wolves without key men Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford
- When Raphinha limped off the field, the white fans worried about having more problems
- The Brazilian winger returned to the substitute bench on crutches
- Raphinha took to her social media to assure fans that she was not seriously injured.
Leeds winger Raphinha has revealed that the injury he sustained in Saturday’s Premier League draw against Wolves is “nothing serious”.
The Brazilian international limped from the 1-1 draw at Elland Road after a sliding challenge from Wolves defender Romain Saiss early in the second half.
Leeds had started the game without a host of first-team regulars, including Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford, and fans feared the worst when Raphinha returned to the bench on crutches.
Raphinha left the field injured during Leeds’ clash with Wolves in the Premier League
The Brazilian winger was cut by Romain Saiss and appeared to be in severe pain
Coach Marcelo Bielsa was waiting to find out the extent of the injury in his post-match press conference, but Raphinha later said in an Instagram post: ‘Hi guys, I just came to say I’m fine.
‘It was nothing serious, so I’ll be back soon. Thanks for the messages and concern. ‘
Saiss received a yellow card for his tackle in the 54th minute, while Leeds fought back to salvage a point and deny the Wolves a fourth consecutive top flight win thanks to Rodrigo’s penalty in injury time.
The Wolves seemed keen to keep their slim lead after Hwang Hee-chan scored his fourth goal in six Premier League appearances in the 10th minute.
Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa already runs out of leading men Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford
But Leeds replacement Joe Gelhardt fell under the challenge of Nelson Semedo and Rodrigo scored his first goal of the season from the spot in the fourth minute of overtime.
Teenager Gelhardt, signed from Wigan in August 2020 for an undisclosed fee, helped fuel Leeds’ return in just his second Premier League appearance after coming off the bench in the 62nd minute.
He forced a brilliant save from Wolves goalkeeper José Sa in the closing stages before his breakthrough in the area caused Semedo to be fouled.
Gelhardt told LUTV: ‘It was very good, going in and making my home debut in front of the fans in the Premier League, the noise was crazy.
‘I was a bit numb to be honest. When I hear the noise, all your tiredness disappears, you don’t feel tired, you just feel ready.
Raphinha has been electric this season and will soon return to terrorize the full-backs
‘They’re like a twelfth man, it really shows. It was a good point on the board, the way we had them in the last 20 minutes, we could have had three on another day. ‘
The wolves would have been catapulted to fourth place had they held, but Captain Conor Coady remained philosophical.
The England defender told the Wolves ‘official website:’ It’s hard to accept. People will look and say that we came to defend ourselves, but I cannot explain how difficult it is to come here. It is such a different way of playing, as Leeds play.
They make it difficult, as intense as they do. We conceded at the last minute so we are disappointed, it feels like a loss.
“But we scored at the last minute last week (to win 3-2 at Aston Villa), these things happen, it turns around, so we take a point and move on.”