By David Woods

5th Nov, 2020 | 12:35pm

Bielsa confirms key Leeds star set for late fitness test, 3 players ruled out v Palace

Marcelo Bielsa has given a Leeds United fitness update ahead of the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

Rodrigo, Kalvin Phillips and Diego Llorente have all been ruled out of the game. Rodrigo is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

The big potential boost for Leeds is that Bielsa has said that Raphinha will face a late fitness test ahead of the game at Selhurst Park.

Bielsa was talking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday, as quoted by Leeds Live.

Getting Raphinha back would be a huge boost but it’s bad news about Diego Llorente. We were hoping he’d be back which could have seen Robin Koch move to holding midfield.

Instead, either Pascal Struijk will come back in or Jamie Shackleton will keep his starting spot.

Leeds will be looking to get back to winning ways against Palace after getting thumped by Leicester but fans are likely to boycott the game, which is being shown on BT Sport Box Office and costs £14.95.

The game is one of the last of the controversial pay-per-view games ahead of the international break.

The Premier League is meeting today to discuss future plans for fixtures that aren’t covered by the existing Sky and BT Sport broadcasts.

The hope is that the price will be halved or even scrapped altogether as fans have made it clear they’re not happy with the charges.

With a second lockdown in effect in England and many fans suffering financial hardship, we hope that the games are made free-to-watch again.

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