Ben Davies a doubt for Tottenham when they play Leeds United
Tottenham are likely to be without left-back Ben Davies when they take on Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The newspaper reports the 28-year-old Wales international is still “struggling with injury” after missing Spurs’ last five matches with a leg “complaint”.
Ex-Spurs boss Jose Mourinho hailed Davies for playing through the pain in the win over Aston Villa in March but the left-back hasn’t played since.
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— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) March 23, 2021
Davies has played 38 times in all competitions for Spurs this season and it is understood that he’s the London club’s only injury doubt going into their trip to Leeds.
Wish the same could be said about us
Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that he has several selection issues going into Leeds’ showdown against Tottenham this weekend.
While Liam Cooper’s return from suspension will hand Bielsa a full compliment of centre-backs to choose from for the first time in forever, Helder Costa is out and there are doubts lingering over Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.
TEAM NEWS: LEEDS UNITED
Ahead of visit of Spurs (Sat, KO: 12.30pm)
❌ Costa (back) out for rest of season
❓ Raphinha (thigh)
❓ Kalvin Phillips (knee)
— Adam Pope (@apopey) May 6, 2021
We doubt that either player will be risked in what is essentially a dead-rubber tie for the Yorkshire giants, especially as Phillips will want to be fit for England duty at the European Championships in the summer.
It could mean that Bielsa names a back-four that features Cooper and Diego Llorente in the middle with either Robin Koch or Pascal Struijk in the holding midfield role.
Struijk played there in the defeat to Brighton last time out in what was possibly one of the youngster’s worst displays in a Leeds shirt.
Koch may get a chance now he’s fully fit but there are definitely concerns about the attack without Raphinha.
We’ve found goals hard to come by as of late and with Jack Harrison off the boil, Raphinha is someone we’ll probably miss more than anyone if he’s out.
If Bielsa’s going to take a risk, it would be on Raphinha but we’re not suggesting that’s what should be done.
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa has made a shock U-turn on the future of this Elland Road ace.