Leeds United’s young starlet Zan Benedicic, who joined the club from AC Milan on loan during the summer, was forced to withdraw from the club’s Under 21 clash with Queens Park Rangers earlier today, as reported by BBC Radio Leeds.
The 18 year old attacking midfielder suffered a head injury after the side had already made three substitutions, and had to leave the pitch, leaving Leeds with only ten men for the remainder of the game.
Having been involved with match day squads during the opening weeks of the new season, Benedicic has been less involved since the sacking of Dave Hockaday, although he did make his league debut under caretaker boss Neil Redfearn as a substitute against Bolton Wanderers, a game which Leeds won 1-0.
The Milan loanee made his debut for Leeds against Accrington Stanley in the League Cup, a game which the club won 2-1.
Leeds face Reading in the league on Wednesday, and it remains to be seen if Benedicic will be available for selection.
Liverpool star Adam Lallana has revealed that he is finally approaching full fitness, having played well for the Anfield club against local rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday, as reported by the Daily Express.
The midfield maestro was one of Brendan Rodgers’s side’s best performers against the Toffees, despite the Reds having dropped two points.
Having suffered an unfortunate injury prior to the season, shortly after he signed for Liverpool from Southampton for £25 million, the player is now happy about his improving fitness levels, and feels yesterday’s display was only a sign of things to come in the future.
He said: “After every game I’m feeling more comfortable.
“I just want to keep working hard and I still feel I can improve even more, get better and put in better performances.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but I did miss pre-season. It’s a valuable part of getting the rustiness out. It’s just going to be with game time now.
“Because of the injuries we’ve had, I’ve probably played a lot more than I would have done coming back from injury.
“But it has been great – that’s what you need as a player.
“I felt great out there, fitness-wise, and it’s just disappointing we couldn’t get the three points.”
Liverpool have struggled slightly since the start of the season, and have missed the influence of Daniel Sturridge up front.
It will almost certainly be a boon to Rodgers to hear that one of his more talented players is on the cusp of returning to his previous heights after indifferent form so far.
Manchester United have reason to complain after Diafra Sakho allegedly headbutted debuting defender Luke Shaw during Saturday’s clash, as reported by the Daily Express.
The West Ham striker could therefore face a charge from the Football Association, should the incident be proven by the Old Trafford club.
Man Utd stormed into the lead against West Ham, but the Red Devils struggled to keep the Hammers at bay.
A moment of madness from Wayne Rooney, which saw him kick out at Stewart Downing and receive a straight red card, put them under even more pressure, with an offside flag the only thing denying West Ham a late equaliser.
Rooney is set to miss three games, and the same punishment could befall Sakho, if he is charged.
The FA await the report from referee Lee Mason before deciding what to do to Sakho.
Shaw apparently complained to assistant referee Andy Garratt about the incident, and was left with a black eye.
Speaking about the game, Shaw said: “We have actually had a lot of bad luck, especially with Wazza’s red card as I would say there was a handball before that but the referee didn’t stop play.
“Earlier in the game, Sakho did the same to me.
“But I just focus on winning games and I’ll keep doing that.”