Leeds United have been forced into a defensive reshuffle ahead of their Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Friday.

Liam Cooper has been ruled out of the game with his groin problem, joining Kalvin Phillips and Diego Llorente in recovery.

Confirming their team news on Twitter prior to kick-off, Ezgjan Alioski has been handed a rare-start at left-back at Villa Park.

With this week being packed with injuries, this stripped-back side was expected for the game, although it remains disappointing.

Pascal Struijk has been pushed forward into holding midfield, something which should see Luke Ayling moved into the middle of the defence.

Stuart Dallas is expected to switch to the right, leaving Alioski to complete the makeshift back four with the only senior options available to Bielsa at this moment.

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Aston Villa are in the best possible form right now and are the only side with a 100% record in the division.

Leeds will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing 1-0 defeat against Wolves on Monday, knowing that three points see them jump into the top four of the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, Michael Owen predicts Whites clash with Aston Villa

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