Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is disappointed to have lost goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, after the goalkeeper’s loan was cut short by Chelsea following a fractured tibia.
The goalkeeper had been backup to Bailey Peacock-Farrell for part of the season, but Blackman was on the verge of making his breakthrough.
Unsurprisingly the Leeds United manager is disappointed about losing the keeper to injury, praising the player’s mentality and dedication.
“I’m very sad for him because of what happened. He was going to be a starter in the next game. He’s a great person and a great goalkeeper. He made a huge effort to do what we wanted him to do,’’ Bielsa told his Friday press conference.
”He lost 12 kilograms and this indicates his level of dedication as a professional. He was a great teammate for the other players and for us as a staff. When he won the opportunity to start a game, he got injured. I’m especially sad for him. The destiny is unfair with him.”
Leeds are now also without Peacock-Farrell to injury and are set to explore the loan market to sign cover for the position.
Bielsa’s men, who sit in third place in the Championship table, host Bristol City at 3pm on Saturday.