Leeds’ Injury Crisis Continues TSS January 5, 2012 Leeds United 42 Comments Leeds’ injury crisis continues with news that Patrick Kisnorbo will be out for the rest of the season. After missing almost the entirety of the 2009/10 campaign through injury, Kisnorbo returned this season and was later handed a two-year contract after proving his fitness to Simon Grayson. Regardless, another injury follows some poor performances this season from the Australian leaving many to suspect Patrick Kisnorbo could have played his last game for The Whites. Paddy’s name is added to an injury list that currently features the following players; Defence Ben Parker – perpetually injured. Currently lacking fitness following a series of injuries over the last two years. Andy O’Brien – Not technically injured, but will never play again following a falling out with Simon Grayson. Rumoured to be leaving for Bristol City. Tom Lees – Due to return following a concussion that sidelined him for the 4-1 loss at Barnsley and 2-1 win over Burnley. Leigh Bromby – Calf problem, out for two to three weeks. Alex Bruce – Another new addition to the list, Bruce has a hamstring problem which means Darren O’Dea is our only centre-back currently in training – Tom Lees is expected to return towards end of week. Midfield Robert Snodgrass – Appendix operation ruled him out of the last few games. May be back for Crystal Palace on the 14th, but could be longer. Jonny Howson – A knee injury has left the Leeds United captain ruled out for the foreseeable future. “Months not weeks” to quote our chairman. Strikers Davide Somma – Returned to light training mid-December, but will still be out for some time following an injury to his cruciate ligament. Ahead of schedule, but it’s not the type of injury Leeds will want to rush. I suspect the overwhelming amount of injuries we’re currently struggling with has forced Simon Grayson’s hand somewhat with regards to potential signings. The loss of Jonathan Howson for such a lengthy period demands we bring in a central midfielder, whilst our defence is incredibly threadbare and desperately needs addressing. Everyone knows that the best chance of getting back to the ‘promised land’ this year is through having a fit and healthy squad, and we need players who are training hard, and playing hard. Maybe, it might be time for Grayson to start handing out the creatine supplements from Maxiraw shop to give the squad the fitness kick they need. It’s either this, or we need Ken Bates to open his wallet during the January sales. Luckily, the Leeds United boss has over a week to address the situation thanks to a pointless FA Cup match at The Emirates that we can afford to lose by several goals – The Whites simply can’t afford additional fixtures and must heed caution to avoid adding more names to the above list.