Leeds United forward Rodrigo may have suffered an ankle injury against Wolves and was ‘limping heavily’ late in the game on Saturday, Phil Hay reports.

The Lowdown: Big win

The Whites were once again involved in a thriller at Molineux exactly a year on from their dramatic 3-2 comeback win last season. Javi Gracia’s side came away with a much-needed 4-2 victory this time to take them from 19th to 14th in the Premier League table.

Goals from Jack Harrison, Luke Ayling and Rasmus Kristensen gave the visitors a three-goal advantage before Jonny and Matheus Cunha pulled two goals back for the hosts to set up a nervy finish.

Jonny was then set off for a challenge on Ayling, with Leeds managing to hold on before Rodrigo secured the three points. However, it may not be all good news, with Hay sharing what he spotted in the closing stages at Molineux regarding the forward.

The Latest: Hay’s post

Hay, Leeds’ correspondent for The Athletic, was providing live updates on Twitter throughout the match and said that ‘Rodrigo looks like he’s done something to his left ankle’.

The reliable reporter added that the forward was ‘limping heavily’ and ‘seemed to go down as a high ball came to him’ shortly after the board went up for seven added minutes.

The Verdict: Fingers crossed

Three minutes after Hay’s post, Rodrigo raced through to score Leeds’ fourth in injury time, so hopefully, the striker hasn’t done anything too serious. He has only recently returned after suffering bone and ligament damage in his ankle earlier in the year against Accrington Stanley. The 31-year-old underwent minor surgery on the issue, missing six Premier League fixtures.

He netted his 11th top-flight goal of the campaign on Saturday and was Leeds’ second-best performer of the afternoon, as per SofaScore. Rodrigo recorded a match rating of 7.3/10 after replacing Patrick Bamford on 67 minutes, with another substitute in Crysencio Summerville the only player to receive a higher score for his cameo display after providing the assist for Rodrigo’s effort.

The striker won three duels and made two tackles to go alongside his late strike, so Leeds will be hoping he hasn’t damaged his ankle once again. He’ll have some time to recover from a potential issue during the international break, though, and hopefully, the top scorer will be fully fit for some crucial home games in April against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace as the club look to retain their top-flight status.


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