Leeds United have a number of selection doubts ahead of their clash against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his pre-match press conference ahead on Thursday, ahead of the Yorkshire derby at Elland Road, that Liam Cooper is available after a bout of illness.
However, there are major doubts surrounding Mateusz Klich after he tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Poland.
Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez are also said to be available but there are doubts surrounding their match fitness so they might players to keep an eye on ahead of taking on the blunt Blades.
BBC Radio Leeds broadcaster Adam Pope relayed Bielsa’s team news on Twitter.
TEAM NEWS: Leeds United
✅ Liam Cooper (ill) available
❓Mateusz Klich awaits news of availability after contracting Covid.
❓Rodrigo & Pablo Hernandez available but match fitness an issue
— Adam Pope (@apopey) April 1, 2021
Big decisions for Bielsa
Leeds versus Sheffield United is a massive game and the first Yorkshire derby at Elland Road in the Premier League for a very long time.
We really want to win this and based on the Blades’ position at the bottom of the Premier League, it should be a straightforward victory for the Whites.
However, if Klich, Rodrigo and Hernandez all miss out then that could leave us bare in the midfield, especially if there are any more issues.
Bielsa also said he’s unsure about other players returning from international duty and their condition.
Kalvin Phillips started all three matches for England in their three World Cup qualifiers so it remains to be seen what kind of condition he’ll be in.
Phillips is prone to injuries so he’s someone who’ll have to be monitored very, very closely between now and kick off on Saturday.
In other Leeds United news, Declan Rice sent a two-word message to Phillips after England’s win over Poland.