Predicted Leeds starting XI v Sheffield United
The interminable international break is almost over for Leeds United fans and it’s the last of the season, which is cause for celebration in itself.
Leeds have come through the international break relatively unscathed so far, although Mateusz Klich has tested positive for Covid and Tyler Roberts was sent home for breaking a Covid curfew.
There’s still a round of internationals to go, though, so we’re not out of the woods yet.
Klich revealed that he had some symptoms from Covid but could still be available for the game on Saturday.
We don’t think he starts, though. He hasn’t started the last two for Leeds and has complained about fatigue.
Rodrigo, Pablo Hernandez and Patrick Bamford were the three high-profile names missing from the latest Leeds training video.
We’re expecting Bamford and Rodrigo to be fit but we’re not so confident about Hernandez.
He seems to have fallen out of favour and we don’t see him starting a game for Leeds this season unless it’s a farewell appearance in the final game of the season.
Meanwhile, Liam Cooper is back in training and if he’s 100% then we think he comes back in, despite Pascal Struijk playing brilliantly in recent weeks.
Roberts was sent home early from the Wales camp after breaking a curfew in his hotel and we’re on the fence as to whether he’ll suffer more punishment from Bielsa.
He’s been playing really well but we’re sure that won’t come into Bielsa’s thinking. We’re leaving him out of our starting XI and if Rodrigo isn’t fit it could give Joe Gelhardt a spectacular shot at his debut.
That’s a lot to unpack and things could change in the next few days.
At the moment, though, this is the side we expect Bielsa to put out on Saturday.
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