Leeds United have a number of injury issues ahead of the game against Everton tonight.
Rodrigo is almost certainly going to miss out with a groin strain, while there are doubts over Raphinha and Patrick Bamford.
Bamford is the least worrying. He lasted the full game against Leicester and said afterwards that he was just suffering from a dead leg after being spotted in pain.
Raphinha hobbled off after 80 minutes and has a chance, although we think he probably plays from the bench tonight if he is okay. Leeds won’t want to take any risks with their star winger.
If he is out we think Crysencio Summerville might get a place on the bench.
We had Ian Poveda down as Raphinha’s replacement but he was injured during the Under-23s game on Monday.
Poveda posted an update on his Instagram page on Tuesday saying, “All good no worries” but he had his leg up and crutches by the side of his sofa.
We think that means a first start in the Premier League since November for 27-year-old Helder Costa.
He didn’t impress all the fans on Monday at Thorp Arch but we think he had a good game and has done enough for a place on the new Elland Road pitch tonight.
Pascal Struijk can carry on building on his new-found confidence at the back, while Mateusz Klich will sit out against after a goal-scoring display from Stuart Dallas in midfield.
The Leeds squad is being stretched at the moment and its creaking slightly under the pressure but this side is still good enough to get all the points against Everton.
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