Marcelo Bielsa delivered a Leeds United fitness update ahead of the huge Premier League game at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The good news is that there are no new injuries after the game against Newcastle.
Leeds will be without long-term injured Adam Forshaw and Robin Koch, but Diego Llorente is also still out and will likely not be back until the West Brom game at the end of December at the earliest.
Bielsa also seemingly moved towards drawing a line through the Pablo Hernandez issue after talk of a bust-up behind the scenes.
He said that he had been reminded how frustrating it could be for players to get substituted.
A little bit on Hernandez as well. Bielsa said he understands that it's tough for players who aren't getting minutes. Also said that commentary of a foreign game recently reminded him that it can be frustrating for players when they're substituted or don't feature. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) December 18, 2020
Hernandez was dropped after a bad reaction to being subbed against Leicester when he pulled his black armband off.
He was dropped for the next game and only got back on the pitch late on in the win against Newcastle.
He only played eight minutes but that was enough for him to notch up two assists.
Bielsa was talking from Thorp Arch ahead of the 4.30pm kick-off on Sunday.
The game against Man United is being shown live on Sky Sports, with no fans in the ground after Manchester stayed in Tier 3 in this week’s government review.
Defence the worry for Leeds
We’ve got no concerns about the Leeds attack going into Sunday’s game.
The defence is a different matter and we’re hoping that Bielsa has managed to drum in some proper organisation at the back in this week’s training sessions.
It was Luke Ayling who lost Ciaran Clark from the corner on Wednesday night.
And the makeshift centre-back only won four of his 11 aerial duels that night. [WyScout]
If it wasn’t for the late goals on Wednesday – as stunning as they were – then the result could have been very different.
Harry Maguire is going to be a big threat from set-pieces on Sunday – all 6ft 4in of him.
Keeping him quiet is going to be essential given the quality in the United attack is already going to be hard enough to contain.
We also need to say that we’re delighted that Bielsa finally talked about the Hernandez saga, and seemingly made a move to publicly say it’s all done and dusted.
That’s very important for Leeds.
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