Marcelo Bielsa has delivered a big fitness update ahead of the Premier League clash between Leeds United and Brighton on Saturday.
The good news is that Illan Meslier is available to play in the 3pm kick-off.
The update comes after rumours have spread like wildfire on social media that Meslier had tested positive for COVID-19.
The only player who is unavailable for the game is Kalvin Phillips through suspension, apart from long-term absentees Robin Koch, Adam Forshaw and Gaetano Berardi.
It means that Diego Llorente is fit to play and possibly make his first start.
Bielsa was talking in his pre-match press conference from Thorp Arch and was quoted by Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross.
Phillips is the only player unavailable this weekend, Bielsa says. #lufc
— Beren Cross (@BerenCross) January 14, 2021
Great time to play Brighton
Leeds have a fantastic chance of securing three points on Saturday and bouncing back from a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Crawley.
Brighton’s squad has been ravaged with injury and illness, with up to six players sidelined for the game.
Their players are likely to be fatigued too, after playing an FA Cup game that went to penalties on Sunday and chasing Man City for 90 minutes on Wednesday night.
Leeds would put a huge amount of distance between them and Brighton with a win.
They would be on 26 points with Brighton way back on 14 points, close to the halfway point of the season.
That would be a massive achievement for Leeds, with two clubs including newly-promoted West Brom still to hit double digits for the season.
The news about Meslier is a big boost, though, and means that Leeds don’t have to open themselves to the Casilla factor on Saturday. With Meslier in goal we’re confident that we’ll get the three points.
It proves the rumours about Meslier were unfounded, but they spread quickly through the Leeds community largely because of the club’s policy of silence around testing.
We wish they would change their minds on that.
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