By Daniel Feliciano

28th Mar, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds share major injury update on six players ahead of Southampton clash

Leeds United are expected to welcome six first-team regulars back into contention for their Premier League game against Southampton next weekend.

The Whites suffered an unprecedented four injuries during the game in the win over Wolves, while some other stars had been absent already with fitness issues.

But after news that Patrick Bamford will be absent for at least six weeks with the re-emergence of plantar fascitis in his foot, the club have shared an update on the rest of their squad via BBC Radio Leeds journalist Adam Pope on Twitter.

Ilan Meslier went off injured with a hip problem against Wolves, but he is now expected to be fit to play in the next game. Diego Llorente (back spasm) and Mateusz Klich (concussion) also went off, but will be “ready to play” after treatment during the international break.

Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips were named on the bench for that game but weren’t able to get on due to the injury issues, but both are expected to feature in some capacity. Raphinha has recovered from COVID-19 and should play too.

Huge boost

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Leeds greatly helped themselves when it came to their battle against relegation by winning back-to-back games with late winners against Norwich and Wolves.

They now sit seven points above the relegation zone with eight games remaining, although the teams below them do have games in hand.

But being able to welcome back so many key players into the squad at the same time is a huge boost for them and will undoubtedly provide manager Jesse Marsch with a positive kind of headache.

He now has decisions to make about his team and the answers will have a big effect on the upcoming results and whether or not they can keep their good momentum going.

For the first time in a while, Leeds are at near full strength and they couldn’t have asked for that to happen at a better time of the season.

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