Bielsa confirms key injury for clash v QPR, one player back
There was fairly dramatic news from Marcelo Bielsa’s pre-match press conference (live in the Leeds app, 12.30pm) on Thursday afternoon.
The Leeds manager confirmed that Pablo Hernandez would be available for the QPR game at Elland Road on Saturday but that Patrick Bamford has a problem with his ankle after limping off in the game against Sheffield Wednesday.
Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas are doubts for the game, and Adam Forshaw is unavailable.
Getting Hernandez back is great news and even Bielsa admitted, “He’s a player we miss”. Leeds have struggled without him in the side, and have only won two of the six games since he’s been sidelined.
There is a readymade solution for Bamford, and after the debate has been raging as to whether Eddie Nketiah should be starting for Leeds, it’s typical under Bielsa that it’s going to take an injury for it to happen.
No one wants a player to be injured, although some fans were punting out stupid tweets after the news broke, but we will be happy to see Hernandez and Nketiah on the pitch at the same time. We need goals and surely they can provide them.
Alioski and Douglas will be a miss but Bielsa has options at left-back. Stuart Dallas could drop back to play there and Leif Davis could step up. Gaetano Berardi could also play there with Liam Cooper back in the centre.
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