Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has claimed that Kemar Roofe could still be involved in tomorrow night’s crucial play-off clash against Derby County.
The forward starred in the first leg of the semi-final, scoring the only goal of the game as the Whites picked up a valuable win at Pride Park.
Therefore, it was a major blow for the Yorkshire outfit when it was confirmed at Marcelo Bielsa’s pre-match press conference that the ex-Oxford man would be missing the fixture at Elland Road.
Yet, Mills, who is now a pundit, told Football Insider that news of Roofe’s absence was premature.
“There is a chance Roofe will play. The calf injury is maybe not as serious as they thought it might be. They may well risk him tomorrow.
“Don’t rule it out. If he has a good chance to play, go with it. They would still have 12 days to get him fit for the final.”
The Rams will certainly be hoping that he doesn’t make it, with Roofe scoring four goals against them in three games so far this season.
This is very surprising from Mills but he wouldn’t make such a claim if he didn’t believe it would happen.
Generally, Bielsa has been very honest at press conferences, so it would be unusual for him to play mind games like this but you can’t rule it out.
Ultimately, we will see tomorrow evening but Leeds will hope to have Roofe available as he looked back to his best for large parts of Saturday’s game.
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