Marcelo Bielsa has delivered a big Leeds United team update ahead of the Premier League clash with Man City on Saturday.
He took his pre-match press conference earlier than usual today, perhaps to free up as much time to train for the very tough game at the Etihad.
The good news is that there are no fresh injury issues and that means Bielsa almost has a full squad to pick from.
Unfortunately, Jack Harrison won’t be available as he’s on loan from Man City. Bielsa said this is a big blow… “but we knew the rule.”
The team news was relayed by PA journalist Mark Walker on Thursday morning.
Marcelo Bielsa says it is a big blow Jack Harrison unavailable against parent club Man City on Saturday "but we knew the rule". No new injury concerns and will otherwise be choosing his starting XI from an unchanged squad #LUFC #MCFC #PremierLeague
— Mark Walker (@markdw1966) April 8, 2021
Harrison will be a miss
Jack Harrison will be a miss but that was one of the consequences of taking the winger on another loan rather than a permanent deal last summer.
He is expected to become a Leeds player in the summer and he will be available to play Man City next season, with Bielsa’s side already pretty much guaranteed Premier League safety with eight games to play.
Harrison started the season well and, while his form took a dip, he was fantastic against Sheffield United.
He scored one goal and made the other after a brilliant touch from a Tyler Roberts’ cross-field pass.
He’ll be a miss but Leeds do have enough wingers to step up, with Helder Costa likely to be the one to benefit.
Ian Poveda is the other option for Bielsa, while fans would love to see Under-23s ace Crysencio Summerville make the bench for the first time.
The game is the early kick-off on Saturday and you can watch it on BT Sport.
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