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Marcelo Bielsa gave a fairly optimistic Leeds United fitness update ahead of the Premier League clash against Burnley on Saturday.
However, he did strike a note of caution over players who had been out of action for a period of time – and injury expert Ben Dinnery took that to mean Raphinha.
He said there would be a doubt over whether the winger would start on Saturday or come on from the bench like he did against Tottenham.
Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips should be okay, but that casts a doubt over Raphinha starting on Saturday having missed close to a month. Another week of training will help… As Bielsa said. "Decisions become difficult."
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) May 13, 2021
However, Leeds United have just released a video of the latest training session and there’s enough in there to make us think he will definitely start.
All three players who came on last week – Rodrigo, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha – can be seen getting put through their paces and are involved in the strenuous on-pitch activities.
Raphinha has had a full week of training since the Tottenham game and has obviously felt no ill effects from the game.
If Helder Costa was fit then Marcelo Bielsa might be minded to keep him on the bench.
But he’s out for the season and while Stuart Dallas did a great job in the match against Spurs, he’s not a right winger.
It all points to Raphinha starting the game, for us, and we think that if he does the three points are as good as in the bag.
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