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Leeds dealt huge boost ahead of Brentford

Leeds United have been handed a huge boost ahead of their Premier League meeting with Brentford this Sunday.

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That’s according to injury analyst Ben Dinnery, who revealed that Ethan Pinnock – who missed the Bees’ 3-2 victory over Everton on Sunday with a thigh injury – only has a 25% chance of making a return to first-team football against Leeds at the Brentford Community Stadium this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the win at Goodison Park, Thomas Frank said of the centre-back’s condition: “Ethan will not be ready for Everton, maybe Leeds.”

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Marsch will be buzzing

Considering the fact that Leeds simply must secure all three points against Brentford if they are to have any hope of avoiding relegation this season, in addition to how impressive Pinnock has been in the heart of the Bees’ defence this term, the news that the 28-year-old looks likely to miss out against the Whites this weekend is sure to have left Jesse Marsch buzzing.

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Indeed, over his 32 Premier League appearances in the current campaign, the £9m-rated talent has been an absolute rock at the back, helping his side keep seven clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.6 tackles, 4.6 clearances and winning 6.8 duels – at a success rate of 68% – per game.

The centre-back has also impressed in an attacking capacity, scoring one goal, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 0.5 shots, making 0.4 key passes and completing 0.3 dribbles per fixture.

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These returns have seen the £27k-per-week Jamaica international average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.01, ranking him as Frank’s second-best performing defender and sixth-best player overall in the top flight of English football.


As such, should Pinnock indeed be ruled out of Sunday’s final day clash, it is clear to see that it would provide Leeds’ chances of securing all three points – and subsequently, survival – with a huge boost, with the 28-year-old’s absence being exactly the sort of marginal gain that Marsch will be hoping for in the buildup to the fixture.

AND in other news: Orta must ruthlessly axe £40k-p/w Leeds “mistake” who’s “nothing short of a liability”

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