Marcelo Bielsa was straight back out on media duties this morning, with Leeds United in action on Wednesday.
His press conference was earlier than normal, with his Leeds Under-23 side in action at Thorp Arch at 2pm (the kick-off has been delayed from 1pm).
Knowing Bielsa, he’ll be straight out to watch them now that he’s finished today’s press conference.
The fitness news wasn’t definitive, with Rodrigo set for a scan later on today.
The good news is that Bielsa seems far less concerned about Raphinha and Patrick Bamford.
Raphinha also went off injured in the game against Leicester, while Bamford revealed he had a dead leg after the game.
Bielsa didn’t go as far as to say the pair would be fit but it sounds hopeful.
Latest from Bielsa:
– Rodrigo still having scans on his injury
– Bamford/Raphinha less of a concern but didn't confirm if they'll be fit for Everton
– no ins or outs expected today (he means significant deals, rather than surplus departures)#lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) February 1, 2021
Everton have been struggling in recent weeks and Leeds have a real chance of picking up another three points on Wednesday night.
It will be our first game on the new surface at Elland Road after the pitch was relaid at a cost of £300k+.
The pitch had been deteriorating badly and change was necessary, even though it’s only a short-term fix.
The whole kit and caboodle is getting replaced in the summer.
If the pitch has bedded-in properly then the Leeds players will have the perfect surface to play their football on.
The three points could really depend on Bamford being fit, though. With Rodrigo out, Leeds don’t have a senior back-up.
Tyler Roberts is playing in the Under-23s today but hasn’t made any sort of impression in the Premier League this season.
Sam Greenwood played in the FA Cup and he could be a surprise addition on the bench if Bamford doesn’t make it, while Joe Gelhardt is more of an outside option after not playing since December.
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