Leeds United under-23’s Professional Development League fixture against Burnley on Monday was postponed.
Carlos Corberan’s side were set to travel to the Tameside Stadium in a bid to extend their unbeaten league run against their Lancashire rivals.
The young Whites were going into the game in great form, having swept aside Bolton 4-1 in their last fixture in a very commanding display at Thorp Arch.
Leeds currently sit second in their league, six points behind top of the table Nottingham Forest with a game in hand.
The clash with Burnley could have seen the Whites go three points behind Forest, with a game against them coming up next week – a game which could have been made much bigger by three points on Monday.
Leeds United’s U23s travel to take on Burnley this afternoon (2pm KO). A chance to take control of second and put pressure on leaders Nottingham Forest, who visit Thorp Arch next week. #lufc pic.twitter.com/wFVv8whF1T
— Joe Urquhart (@JoeUrquhartYEP) February 17, 2020
Leeds could have gone level on points with Forest if they had beaten Burnley on Monday, and follow it up by beating the table-toppers at home next time out.
That chance to set up a crunch clash has gone for Corberan’s side, but that won’t take away from the fact that they have to beat Forest at Thorp Arch.
Corberan could be without a number of regular first-team names that he has had to call upon though. Jean-Kevin Augustin looks to be nearing full fitness after coming on against Bristol City, and with Barry Douglas and Gaetano Berardi both returning from injury, they may not feature again.
The one name they could be set to utilise is Ian Poveda. The January signing has featured in the last three under-23 games and has fallen out of favour with Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa explained that he likes two players in each position – defence, midfield, and attack when discussing Poveda’s absence recently, and that isn’t expected to change.
Yes, Leeds missed the chance to make the game against Forest even bigger next week on Monday but they must still go into that clash like any other – hunting for three points.
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