“Some people in the club feel…”

Journalist DeanJones claimed that Leeds United left-back Junior Firpo could be back sooner than expected after his recent injury.

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The Lowdown: eight-week delay

The 25-year-old, who is the only senior left-back available for Jesse Marsch, picked up another injury in the club’s first pre-season friendly against Blackpool.

As a result, the Spaniard didn’t travel to Australia with the manager taking on youngster Leif Davis instead. Firpo was due to be out for eight weeks but Jones made an exciting claim after speaking to people inside Elland Road.

The latest: Jones’ comments

Talk to The Transfer TavernJones was asked about the possibility of a new left-back arriving due to the 25-year-old’s injury.

He said “some people at the club” believe Firpo could be back in six weeks instead of eight, which could impact the club’s search for a new full-back.

Jones said:

“I think it will depend on how long Firpo is actually out. There is talk of eight weeks, but in fact some people at the club think it could actually be more like six weeks.

“If it’s six weeks you might be able to get by, so I think that’s what they need to weigh.”

The verdict: is a new left-back needed anyway?

Even if Firpo returns two weeks earlier than expected, it could be wise for Leeds to bring in a new left-back regardless.

They did it on the opposite flank in the summer with Rasmus Kristensen, who will compete with injured Luke Ayling to become the long-term first-choice right-back.

Firpo suffered a number of injury issues last season so there’s no guarantee he’ll stay consistently fit over the next 12 months.

Moreover, with the versatile Stuart Dallas also out for the foreseeable future, it could be a good idea for Leeds to sign a new senior left-back in the coming weeks.