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Paul Robinson has said that Helder Costa is set to be handed a “massive opportunity” to win his shirt back in the game against Everton tonight. 

Costa hasn’t started since November but could make the XI tonight after injuries to both Raphinha and Ian Poveda.

Raphinha is set for a late fitness test while Poveda hobbled out of the Under-23s game against Sunderland on Monday.

Robinson said it would be a big blow if both Raphinha and Poveda were out but added that Leeds don’t have to worry anymore after wins against Leicester and Newcastle has left them three wins from safety after 20 games.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Raphinha has been excellent and to lose him for any length of time would be a massive blow.

“Ian Poveda would be his natural replacement, although he hasn’t been a starter this season. He’s made an impact from the bench. To have both Raphinha and Poveda out will be a blow.

“But I don’t think Leeds have got anything to worry about anymore. After wins against Newcastle and Leicester, they’re only three wins away from staying in the PL.

“The way things are looking at the bottom, 38 points will keep them up. Halfway through the season and they’re three wins away from safety which is an incredible achievement.

“The Leicester game was the best performance of the season from Leeds.”

Talking about Helder Costa, Robinson said, “This is his opportunity to take his shirt back.

“I thought he started the season well and then he had a big dip in form. Losing your place in a team happens to players, it’s how you deal with it that counts.

“If you’re not playing well your place is going to be taken and he was nowhere near the levels that he was at the start of the season.

“But this is a massive opportunity for him and if he gets a run of games and hits top form again then he could win his shirt back.”

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Leeds play for the first time on their new pitch tonight and all eyes will be on the surface that was laid 10 days ago.

Kick-off is 7.30pm and the game is live on BT Sport.

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