Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier issues injury update following Raúl Jiménez collision

Illan Meslier told Leeds United fans that his side's win over Wolves has eased the pain of his hip issue after the goalkeeper was forced off the pitch in the second half of the Premier League clash.

By Flora Snelson
Saturday, 19th March 2022, 3:37 pm
Updated Saturday, 19th March 2022, 3:40 pm

Meslier's 53rd-minute collision with Raúl Jiménez changed the face of the game at Molineux on Friday night.

Leeds were trailing Wolves by two goals when the Frenchman rushed out of his area to deny Jiménez a clear run on goal.

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Meslier beat Jiménez to the ball but the pair, in their rush to win the footrace, came together with some force.

Referee Kevin Friend showed Jiménez, already on a caution, a yellow card and so the Mexican departed the field of play, leaving the home side to play the best part of the second half with ten players.

The Whites shot-stopper was in some discomfort after the collision and so was forced off the pitch. On the bench, Meslier joined Patrick Bamford, Mateusz Klich, and Diego Llorente - who had all been substituted with injuries before the break - to become United's fourth casualty of the game, while 21-year-old 'keeper Kristoffer Klaesson was called up to make his Premier League debut.

After the game, Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch said that Meslier had picked up a hip contusion, the seriousness of which would be revealed in the coming days.

Illan Meslier and Raúl Jiménez collide during Leeds United's 3-2 win over Wolves. Pic: Marc Atkins.

On Saturday, Meslier took to Instagram to reassure fans about his injury.

"Thank you for all your messages!" Meslier wrote.

"I am doing well considering the circumstances.

"The comeback and the victory of the team make the pains less.

Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier limps off with the assistance of medical staff. Pic: Laurence Griffiths.

"I am in good hands and hope to be back on the pitch soon."

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