Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that Rodrigo will not feature for Leeds United in the game against Everton tonight. 

Marcelo Bielsa had said he was a major doubt in his pre-match press conference and that he was set for a scan on a potential groin strain.

In his pre-match press conference, Bielsa said, “The only thing to add is that the problem that Rodrigo has overcome to be available for Wednesday is bigger.

“The problems that Raphinha and Bamford have are more simple.”

There’s been no official word but Hay has said that Rodrigo has been ruled out and he would be “surprised” if Rahpinha makes it through a late fitness test.

Writing in The Athletic, Hay said, “Rodrigo will miss out tonight and having seen Raphinha limp off in the way he did at Leicester, I’d be a little surprised if he starts.

“That would leave a hole on the right which, you would assume, will fall to Costa or Hernandez.

“As for the midfield, I suspect that we’ll see a triangle of Phillips, Klich and Dallas – which might be good and solid against a side like Everton.”

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Rodrigo out, Bamford likely in, Raphinha the wildcard

It’s no real surprise to hear that Rodrigo will not play tonight but there’s still hope over Raphinha and Patrick Bamford.

Hay thinks that Mateusz Klich will come in for Rodrigo, alongside Stuart Dallas, although Pablo Hernandez could get a rare start.

That would be a straight swap but it would depend on whether Bielsa believes Hernandez can make it to the end of the game.

The last time he played 90 minutes was the win against Derby in the tail-end of the Championship season.

He hasn’t managed more than 67 minutes this season, although he has only started two games in the Premier League and three in the Premier League 2.

Hernandez didn’t play in the Under-23s game this week which suggests he could be being kept fresh.

Hernandez and Dallas, with Jack Harrison and Helder Costa/Raphinha would definitely give us more creativity, but with the Everton midfield, a more solid Dallas/Klich partnership could work well.

In other Leeds United news, View: Bielsa to hand 27yo first start since Nov – Likely Leeds XI v Everton after injury update

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