Bielsa delivers big fitness update ahead of clash v Burnley
It was an early start for Marcelo Bielsa as he delivered his Leeds United pre-match press conference at 9am from Thorp Arch on Thursday.
The good news for Leeds is that Liam Cooper is back and Crysencio Summerville is available.
As relayed by BBC journalist Adam Pope, three players have been ruled out – attackers Joe Gelhardt and Helder Costa, and Adam Forshaw.
Gelhardt would likely only have made the bench but will now be struggling to make his debut this season. He missed the last game of the season for the Under-23s with injury, too.
They’re the only fitness issues ahead of the clash at Turf Moor on Saturday. Rodrigo, Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips are all available, and Bielsa admitted that his options have given him a selection dilemma.
TEAM NEWS: LEEDS UNITED
✅ Liam Cooper (gluteus)
✅ Crysencio Summerville
❌ Joe Gelhardt
❌ Helder Costa
❌ Adam Forshaw
— Adam Pope (@apopey) May 13, 2021
How high can we go?
Aston Villa play tonight and a win would see them leapfrog Leeds. Arsenal beat Chelsea on Wednesday and that leaves them five points ahead of us.
With three games left it would still be possible to break into the top eight but it would be unlikely.
Leeds are the favourites to beat Burnley on Saturday and claim another three points. And our remaining games against Southampton and West Brom are both very winnable.
It means a top-half finish is well within our grasp and the fact that we’re battling for places with Arsenal in our first season back is nothing short of remarkable.
Beyond that achievement, though, each place in the Premier League is worth a few million so there’s still plenty to play for.
And some lucky Leeds fans have found out that they’ll be able to go and see the last game of the season at Elland Road.
Given that and the fact that West Brom are relegated already, we’re expecting a big result then.
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