Leeds attacker ruled out v QPR as another injury announced by Bielsa
Yet more injury news for Leeds United on Thursday afternoon.
Attacker Tyler Roberts is not fit and won’t be available for selection for the game against QPR. That’s a sizeable blow for Leeds, who have only Patrick Bamford able to play as a striker after the recall of Eddie Nketiah.
Adam Forshaw has been on the sidelines for an extended period with a hip injury and will also miss the game on Saturday.
Forshaw and Roberts not fit. Bielsa can't say when they'll be back.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 16, 2020
And there was more bad news… Marcelo Bielsa announced that his side had picked up yet another injury problem, with Barry Douglas also ruled out of the game at Loftus Road.
He had returned to the side at left-back last weekend and was expected to keep his place.
He was subbed for Gjanni Alisoki against Sheffield Wednesday but the shape of the side was disrupted after this and Leeds ended up conceding twice.
It means that Alisoki is now likely to start at left-back.
There is another option for Bielsa, however. One surprise bit of good news is that Stuart Dallas is fit. He was expected to miss out after picking up an injury problem in the last game.
He could move back to the left-back position, which would open up a place for Pablo Hernandez in the starting XI after coming back from injury.
We’d prefer that to happen if Hernandez is 100% fit. Alioski is great going forward but he’s been leaving far too much space behind him, which teams have been exploiting.
Dallas hasn’t been as effective in the midfield as he was at full-back, while Leeds have really been missing the creativity of Hernandez.
Leeds don’t have a good record in London but Bielsa dismissed that, asking what the difference was whether you play in Birmingham or London… He makes a good point.
A win is needed – Leeds are now six without one.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay says attacker to arrive at Leeds tomorrow as club looks to seal first major Jan deal