By Craig Scott

23rd Dec, 2019 | 3:07pm

Leeds defender ruled out of clash v Preston with sickness - confirmed

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Leeds United will be without left-back Barry Douglas when they take on Preston at Elland Road on Boxing Day.

Douglas, 30, has been in and out of the Leeds side this season but will not play any role on Thursday after it was revealed that he has been ruled out of the match through sickness.

The former Wolves defender has made just nine appearances in the Championship this season and has only managed four minutes’ worth of game-time in the Yorkshire club’s last 11 fixtures.

And now, it has been confirmed that he will not be adding to that when Preston visit Elland Road on Thursday with Bielsa, as quoted by LeedsLive, saying that “Douglas is sick” in his pre-match press conference.

Douglas has lost his status as one of Leeds’ key players this season.

In his debut campaign at Elland Road last term, he made 26 appearances in the Championship as injuries played havoc with his game-time. Despite the injuries, he was always straight into Bielsa’s starting line-up whenever he was fit.

Injuries have remained an issue for the one-time Scotland international but even when he is fit now, Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski have been taking up the left-back slot and the 30-year-old has been stuck on the bench or left out altogether.

Douglas, sadly, appears to be surplus to requirements and as he enters the final year of his contract at the end of the season, it will be interesting to see what Leeds’ plan for him is.

If he is not getting game-time in the Championship then what is it going to be like for him in the Premier League? If Leeds get there, of course.

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