Marsch ‘hopeful’ on Sinisterra, Forshaw injury blows, claiming Palace draw one of Leeds’ ‘best games’

Jesse Marsch, Brentford v Leeds May 2022

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has insisted that he feels “hopeful” after Luis Sinisterra and Adam Forshaw suffered injury in Friday’s pre-season clash.

The Whites continued their preparations for the new season by playing Premier League rivals Crystal Palace. In a full-blooded encounter on a worse-for-wear pitch, the sides drew 1-1.

Rodrigo put Leeds in front with a 56th-minute penalty, but Jean-Philippe Mateta made the most of a Palace counter-attack to equalise.

Before both goals and a total of seven yellow cards, though, Leeds suffered a worrying injury blow after 14 minutes.

New winger signing Sinisterra limped off with a hamstring injury. The Whites’ fears increased when Adam Forshaw withdrew with 33 minutes played with a knee problem.

Marsch told his post-match press conference that Sinisterra has a “little” hamstring injury and is “hopeful it’s not too severe”.

The manager added that Forshaw “tweaked his knee but we’re hopeful that’s not so bad”.

All in all, Marsch felt delighted at how his side performed in what was one of their “best games” in one key aspect.

Marsch hails Leeds progress

“For me tonight was one of our best games in terms of tactical clarity,” the American said.

“The level the game is played at is so high that goals come at a premium. We have work to do. The additions have brought a lot. There is a real sense of optimism inside the team right now.

“I feel like it’s been effective but there’s so much work to do.

“I’ve never come out of pre-season and into the season feeling ready, it’s an ongoing process, that’s the reality.”

He added that “a lot of players are starting to grasp tactically what their roles are”.

Whites face final pre-season test

Marsch has clearly learned a lot from Leeds’ latest pre-season test, with the manager pronouncing something of a breakthrough in his players’ understanding of his demands.

And it is a good job given his side only have one more game left before their Premier League season begins.

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They face Cagliari at Elland Road next Sunday, their one and only match at home in pre-season.

Marsch will hope to cement the progress he has made this summer before going full throttle into looking to climb back up the top-flight table.