Leeds star says he’s played 15 games this season with ‘very painful’ injury

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Leeds United star Rodrigo has revealed he has spent most of this campaign in pain due to an injury he picked up before the start of the season.

The 31-year-old Spaniard joined Los Blancos from Valencia for a record fee of £26m in the summer of 2020. (BBC)

He has played 54 times for Leeds so far in all competitions and has scored just 12 goals which is not a great record for a striker of his caliber.

Rodrigo really wanted to make a big impact this season but revealed he was out of form for most parts of the campaign. To be precise, before leaving the team in November for medical treatment, he played 15 games and he says he suffered in each of those games.

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Leeds striker Rodrigo: I’ve been in pain since the start of the season

Talk to The Yorkshire Postthe Spaniard said: “It was a very bad moment for me because it’s a terrible pain. This problem in my feet started more or less in pre-season, in the middle of pre-season and went worse from week to week, it’s really painful.

“I felt really uncomfortable and played with the pain for a long time until I couldn’t handle the pain anymore. I had to stop for six weeks more or less. It was important for me after the international break (in November) that I quit because I couldn’t handle the pain anymore.

“I remember the game against Brighton (in November), the last 10 or 15 minutes I was literally walking on the pitch because I couldn’t run anymore.

“I feel really good now, I’ve had it for a few weeks, 100 per cent.”

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One of the main reasons Leeds United have struggled this season is Patrick Bamford’s injury. Marcelo Bielsa was really hoping Rodrigo would step in but he could only score two goals in his first 14 league appearances of the season.

We now know why!

Leeds fans should be really happy now that Rodrigo is feeling fully fit. The Spaniard has scored in each of his last two games and it has helped the Whites move seven points clear of the relegation zone.

The danger is not completely out of the way for Leeds, but if Rodrigo keeps shooting they should be able to avoid the fall quite comfortably.

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