A frustrating injury development has emerged on Leeds United centre-back Maximilian Wober…
What’s the latest on Maximilian Wober’s injury?
According to The Mirror (20 February, pg. 6), the central defender is now facing a spell on the sidelines and could be out of action for up to three weeks.
Is this a big blow for Leeds?
The report claims that the Whites star could be out for between two-and-three weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in the 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League.
He was substituted at the interval in the loss to Sean Dyche’s Toffees after dislocating his shoulder and attempting to play on through the pain.
This will come as yet more horrible news to under-pressure interim coach Michael Skubala as the loss of Wober for a number of games is set to be a big blow for the Whites.
Since arriving from RB Salzburg in January, the defender has been one of the club’s top performers and has adapted well to playing in the Premier League, in spite of the team’s position in the bottom three.
The Austria international has averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.95 across his six appearances in the top flight and won 60% of his individual duels in that time, whilst making 2.7 tackles and interceptions per match.
Out of all of the players with at least one start, only Tyler Adams (7.00) and Rodrigo (7.07) have averaged a higher Sofascore rating than the centre-back for the Whites this season.
These statistics show that the 25-year-old enforcer has been an exceptional addition to the squad over the last six weeks with his performances having been better than what the majority of his teammates have been producing throughout the campaign so far.
Leeds will also miss his passion and fight, along with his qualities as a defender. At the time of his move to Elland Road, Wober said:
“Some of my biggest strengths are my personality and character, I’m never going to give up on the pitch, I will leave it all out there, it doesn’t matter what score it is or if we are winning or losing, I’ll give everything for this badge.”
With the Whites scrapping for points and attempting to battle their way out of the relegation zone, Skubala will surely be frustrated to be without Wober for the games against Southampton, Chelsea, and potentially, Brighton.
The Austrian warrior has proven himself to be a capable Premier League performer in his short time at the club so far and his absence in the coming weeks will be another big blow for the club in their bid to beat the drop.