The Whites’ official website released a brief statement on the 26-year-old forward on Monday to share that the player had damaged his knee ligaments and was set for unspecified amount of time on the sidelines.
Given how important Roofe is to Marcelo Bielsa’s side, especially in relation to their Championship promotion hopes, it was a huge set-back that he is definitely going to be unavailable for a least a few games.
The forward has scored 14 goals in 27 outings this season and it’s not easy to find a player capable of matching his goal output.
However there may be a player just about ready to step in for Roofe and dry the eyes of Leeds’ supporters, in the form of Izzy Brown.
The 22-year-old attacker, who is on loan from Chelsea and yet to feature for the senior side this season due to injury, looked very sharp featuring for the U-23s on Monday.
Brown may not have got on the score sheet but he was showing all the rights signs and getting in the sort of positions that means goals are always likely to come for him.
The versatile attacker can seamlessly play in several different positions, including the one that was occupied by Roofe in the senior squad, and there’s no reason to suggest he couldn’t cover the player.
This is especially the case when you consider that while featuring the U-23s lately, he has been among the goals in his outing.
Also while Brown did give everyone a scare on Monday as he appeared to start limping near the end of the first-half of the U23’s latest outing, he soon ran that off much to everyone’s relieve.
The on loan Chelsea player was the subbed at half-time and just like Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross tweeted via his personal account, that seem to be more a good sign about his chance of featuring for the senior side on Saturday.
— Beren Cross (@BerenCross) February 18, 2019
Therefore many Leeds United fans can stop crying over the major blow which is Roofe’s injury as the sighting of Brown potentially being saved for the weekend and due to how sharp he looked, should be enough to dry their eyes.