Leeds United could go into the clash against Aston Villa really light in midfield.

Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo and Jamie Shackleton are definitely out. Mateusz Klich faces a late fitness test.

We’re going to assume that he’s going to miss the game, too. He’s been playing through a hip injury and looks in real need of a rest.

With Diego Llorente back we can afford to give him that.

Llorente is in line for just his third start and could play in the holding midfield role, although it will be nervy to see him play there considering his injury problems.

Pascal Struijk is better at the back. Luke Ayling can stay on the right but Gjanni Alioski should come back into the side on the left. Stuart Dallas will be needed in the Klich position.

Patrick Bamford will lead the line and we expect Jack Harrison to get the nod over Helder Costa despite the latter being bar far the better player against Southampton as each got 45 minutes.

Another 45 minutes like that for Harrison and he could well be facing the chop.

Here is the starting XI we expect to see Marcelo Bielsa put on later today.

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