Bielsa confirms big Leeds fitness boost ahead of clash v Wolves
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Pablo Hernandez is fit and available for the Wolves game.
Leeds play last this week with Bielsa’s men set for the Monday Night Football treatment from the Sky Sports pundits.
The big question mark was over Liam Cooper after it was said that he would face a late fitness test ahead of the game.
And Bielsa confirmed that he was at risk of missing the game, although he stopped short of definitively ruling him out.
Diego Llorente is expected to be out, while Bielsa said he had no news of any difficulties for Mateusz Klich.
As quoted on Leeds Live Bielsa said, “Pablo is fine. Klich, I have no news of him having any difficulties. Llorente has a muscular problem. Cooper also has a muscular problem, but it’s not as bad. Which puts him at risk of missing the game against Wolves on Monday.”
And there were no new injury issues with any of the other international players, with Bielsa saying, “All the internationals returned without problems: Klich, Alioski, Dallas, Roberts and the rest.”
Bielsa was talking in his pre-match press conference from Thorp Arch on Friday afternoon.
Diego Llorente is reportedly out for up to three weeks and will almost definitely miss Monday’s game but, all in all, Leeds haven’t come out of the international break in too bad a shape.
Liam Cooper will be a big miss if he doesn’t pass his late fitness test but there are clubs that have definitely suffered more than Leeds.
We were concerned about Illan Meslier after the outbreak of positive Covid-19 test results from the France Under-21 camp.
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard was the first of the players to test positive, with more announced this week.
However, it doesn’t sound like there are any Covid-related issues at the club and we should be thankful for that.
Having Hernandez back is a big boost but we don’t actually think he will start on Monday.
Rodrigo was in fantastic form against Man City and we think he’ll get the nod in the number 10 spot.
Hernandez will be the impact player off the bench if needed.
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