Mateusz Klich set to travel to Austria with Leeds United despite injury problems

Mateusz Klich.
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MATEUSZ KLICH will travel on Leeds United’s pre-season tour of Austria despite missing their last two friendlies through injury.

Head coach Thomas Christiansen hopes to ease Klich back into training in the next few days after allaying fears that the midfielder’s muscle problem would sideline him for an extended period of time.

Klich – a £1.5m signing from FC Twente last month – featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Harrogate Town eight days ago but was ruled out of Saturday’s 5-1 win at Guiseley and Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over North Ferriby United.

Christiansen, whose players are travelling to Austria for a three-match tour today, said: “He will go with the team. We expect that during the next few days he will do part of the training but we still need to discuss that.”

Klich was one of a number of absentees at North Ferriby on Wednesday. Pablo Hernandez and Hadi Sacko were also absent due to minor injuries picked up at Guiseley but both are in the travelling party for Austria.

New signing Samuel Saiz will join them on the trip to the continent and Leeds hope to see winger Ezgjan Alioski follow with the Elland Road club poised to sign the Macedonia international from Lugano.

Christiansen, meanwhile, said the fight for the goalkeeper’s shirt at Leeds was wide open after giving opportunities to all of his three senior options in United’s domestic friendlies.

Felix Wiedwald, who recently signed from Werder Bremen, has played in all three matches while Rob Green started against Guiseley and Harrogate and Marco Silvestri made his first appearance during the second half at North Ferriby.

Green was first-choice under Garry Monk last season but Middlesbrough and Sunderland are monitoring his situation with a view to moving for him if Wiedwald’s arrival relegates Green to the bench.

Leeds took Green to North Ferriby but did not include him in their squad.

Christiansen said: “Right now I have three goalkeepers. I came with them all and the friendly games and the training sessions will tell us who will be first in goal.”

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