By Mark Smith

30th Sep, 2021 | 1:03pm

Marcelo Bielsa confirms Leeds team news ahead of Watford clash

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed his Leeds United team news ahead of the Premier League clash against Watford on Saturday.

The Whites have numerous issues concerning their squad, including the fitness of Raphinha, Patrick Bamford and three defenders.

El Loco has now confirmed that Raphinha can play, but the striker will be missing once again, as well as Diego Llorente returning.

Sharing the news on their personal Twitter account was Phil Hay, with the Spaniard handing the Whites a major boost.

“From Bielsa’s presser – Raphinha is fit to play against Watford. Llorente is also available. Bamford still missing,” he wrote.


Raphinha is always the one player that will give Leeds a real chance of winning every game they play in the Premier League.

The Brazilian was sensational yet again in the 2-1 defeat against West Ham, scoring the opener and sending Elland Road crazy.

If it wasn’t for the post, he would have doubled that lead in the first half, and he was eventually forced off in the second half.

Bielsa is managing the Brazilian closely as things stand, with the winger nursing an injury that he picked up against Newcastle a couple of weeks ago.

No matter what happens, a win is needed desperately.

Leeds have never gone seven games without a win at the start of a season and Bielsa will be desperate to keep that record away.

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