Leeds’ hopes of landing Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez looks to be in tatters following an injury to Bernd Leno.
Leno was taken off early on a stretcher in the 2-1 defeat to Brighton and left the Amex Stadium wearing a brace and using crutches.
It is understood Leno is still being fully assessed before the extent of the knee injury will be known, but his season could well be over.
Martinez replaced Leno and is now likely to become first choice for Mikel Arteta after playing the role of back-up goalkeeper following the retirement of Petr Cech last summer.
However, Martinez’s rise will be bad news for Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds.
According to The Athletic, Leeds are one of the clubs interested in the 27-year-old Argentine.
Leeds no.1 keeper Kiko Casilla is currently suspended after he was found guilty of racially abusing Charlton’s Johnathan Leko and handed an eight-match ban.
His future remains unclear, but Leeds are looking at alternatives and they are expected to make a new goalkeeper one of their targets if they are promoted into the Premier League.
On-loan 20-year-old Illan Meslier is set to be handed a permanent deal, but Bielsa is not expected to throw the Lorient youngster into the cut and thrust of the top flight if they go on and win promotion.
However, a move for Martinez now looks highly unlikely with Mikel Arteta set to be without Leno for the start of next season.
Martinez sad to see Leno injury
“In the goalkeepers’ union, you don’t want the other goalies to get injured because it can happen to anyone,” he told arsenal.com.
“We train every day together, we support each other, we’re really close, we even have a WhatsApp group for just me, Bernd and Matt (Macey) – it is devastating to be honest.
“I wish him a speedy recovery and if he needs the rest of the season, me and Matt will try to do a good job in the Premier League and try to cover him as much possible.”
“The last time I played in the Premier League was three years ago,” added Martinez.
“But I wasn’t thinking about it when I just came on. I made a save straight afterwards but I am so disappointed for the result, I thought we deserved to be 2-0 or 3-0 up. But you just take it and learn from it.”