Pascal Struijk likely to be dropped for Leeds United clash v Leicester - Sky Sports pundit
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Pascal Struijk could be dropped by Marcelo Bielsa if Junior Firpo is fit to play for Leeds United when they face Leicester at Elland Road on Sunday, according to Paul Robinson.
Firpo, 25, played for the Under-23s against Arsenal last week, suggesting that the left-back is in line to start against Leicester after a recent spell on the sidelines with an injury.
If the ex-Barcelona player is fit, Stuart Dallas is likely to move back into the midfield to free up the left-back.
Unless Luke Ayling is also fit, Robinson doesn’t see any other changes for Leeds after they beat Norwich last weekend.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “If Ayling’s not fit then I think the back-four will stay as it is.
“Firpo has probably got a chance. [Cody] Drameh did okay in the Carabao Cup and gave himself an opportunity.
“For me, as soon as your first-choice full-backs come in, Firpo comes back in Dallas goes into the midfield and then Struijk misses out.
“[Kalvin] Phillips drops in and Dallas plays a bit higher. But the way they played against Norwich, they may play more defensive with two defensive midfielders rather than just Phillips.”
Struijk has played eight times in the Premier League for Leeds this season, starting six times and missing just the games against West Ham and Newcastle.
He’s played in the midfield against Wolves and Norwich amid an injury crisis at Elland Road but it seems he could drop back to the bench this weekend as players start to return to fitness.
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