Kalvin Phillips has been ruled out of the Leeds United game against Wolves on Friday night and it presents yet another selection problem for Marcelo Bielsa.
The back four was ripped up against Arsenal and it didn’t really work out.
Leeds went 4-0 down before stabilising things in the second 45.
Bielsa has exactly the same problem this week.
There was some good news in the pre-match press conference. Diego Llorente is back, seemingly ahead of schedule.
He’s said to be fit but we think that Bielsa will take a big gamble and leave him out for the Wolves game, despite major issues with the defence because of the absence of Phillips.
Llorente came back too early last time and doing the same again would be a disaster.
Mateusz Klich has also been passed fit after playing the Arsenal game with a slight hip injury.
He’ll be needed in midfield and, much as it pains us to say, we think Pascal Struijk is going to play in the holding midfield role again.
Bielsa said he was an option but didn’t confirm that’s where he would be playing. However, neither Stuart Dallas nor Klich are defensive midfielders and there’s no perfect solution.
Struijk is at least getting minutes there and should be improving.
We think there’s an outside chance of Niall Huggins starting but that suggestion was shouted down by a lot of other fans.
We’ll bow to the collective wisdom and put Gjanni Alioski at left-back but we’re still not looking forward to him up against Adama Traore.
It means that we think the most likely starting XI is unchanged from the 4-2 against Arsenal.
It’s not perfect but we think it’s the most likely solution to an ongoing problem.