Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Rodrigo and Ian Poveda are both injured for the game against Crystal Palace on Monday night. 

Rodrigo suffered a groin strain in the game against Newcastle and was replaced after about 20 minutes. Poveda suffered an ankle injury playing for the Under-23s.

Rodrigo sat out of the loss to Everton, when Mateusz Klich came in to replace him.

And the prognosis is that he, along with Poveda, will be out for a few weeks.

The one bit of good news is that Gaetano Berardi will be back in training on Monday.

Marcelo Bielsa was talking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Crystal Palace.

It was also confirmed that Wilfried Zaha will miss Crystal Palace’s game with a hamstring injury.


Leeds United

Hernandez or Roberts for us

Leeds fans think that Rodrigo is yet to show his full skillset but he makes our side much better.

We suffered in the first 45 minutes without him against Everton, and while he isn’t fully delivering in terms of returns, his eye for a pass and his range of passing can unlock even the tightest defence.

Klich was off the boil again against Everton and we think that he could drop to the bench again on Monday night.

We’d prefer to see Pablo Hernandez or Tyler Roberts in the number 10 role – they’re more attacking players.

Hernandez is the most like-for-like swap but he hasn’t been favoured by Bielsa this season and there are doubts over his body standing up for 90 minutes.

Poveda’s absence could give Helder Costa another chance off the bench to prove he still has what it takes to be a Leeds player.

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