Leeds United suffer injury blow with defensive option set to miss Middlesbrough and QPR

Leeds United have lost one of their defensive options for next week's away double header at Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers.
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Connor Roberts suffered a reaction to his appearance in the 1-0 defeat by Blackburn Rovers, in which he featured for 67 minutes at right-back.

"Sadly some bad news with Connor Roberts," said Daniel Farke on Friday as he previewed Monday's visit to the Riverside. "His muscle showed a reaction after the last game during training and he will definitely miss the upcoming two away games. We tried to be really, really careful with him after he came back with an injury from the international break. But perhaps we were not even careful enough, so he will definitely miss the next two games. This is more or less the only bad news, apart from our long term injuries of course like Pascal Struijk but all other players are available."

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Leeds' other short-term injury absentee Jamie Shackleton is due back in training this weekend but his availability for Monday remains up in the air. "Not in team training yet but will join us probably from tomorrow on, it could be the game comes too soon for him," said Farke. "Definitely good news, he can join in terms of availability pretty quickly."

Farke could also be without one of his assistant managers, Christopher John, who was shown a red card late on in the defeat by Blackburn at Elland Road. The coach's incursion into the Rovers' technical area led to a dismissal and an FA charge of improper behaviour. "Yes because he had the choice to run through the opponents' dugout, because the fourth official was standing there," said Farke. "Sadly he crossed the line and has [might have to] accept he's not with us in the dugout for this game." It has not yet been confirmed by the FA if John will be suspended for the Boro game or Friday’s visit to QPR.

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