By Mark Smith

12th Nov, 2019 | 6:59pm

Leeds deliver Alioski fitness update and hint at return date

Leeds United have delivered a promising injury update on left-back Ezgjan Alioski on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old has withdrawn from North Macedonia’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Austria and Israel but Leeds have said they’re hoping he will be back to full fitness after the international break.

He’ll be a big miss for North Macedonia, whose qualification to the Euro 2020 finals are hanging by a thread.

They’re currently third in their group, five points behind Austria in second. Two wins would give them a slim chance of finishing in the runner-up spot.

Alioski has been missing for the past two games for Leeds, both wins against QPR and Blackburn at Elland Road.

Jack Harrison played at left wing-back against QPR after Stuart Dallas switched into midfield after kick-off. Dallas played a more conventional left-back role against Blackburn last Saturday.

Barry Douglas, who had also been missing with injury, was back on the bench for the game against Blackburn, and Alioski could boost Marcelo Bielsa’s options further for the game against Luton on Saturday week.

The international break could have come at just the right time for Leeds with captain Liam Cooper also out of his internationals with Scotland, but hoping to be fit for Luton after suffering a slight tear in his groin in the Blackburn game.

That would just leave Adam Forshaw and Eddie Nketiah to come back. There’s been no update on Forshaw and Nketiah isn’t expected back until December.

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