By Pranav Shahaney

11th Sep, 2021 | 8:10am

Leeds United handed Raphinha selection boost ahead of Liverpool game

Leeds United have been handed a major selection boost ahead of their game with Liverpool as Raphinha is now reportedly eligible to play.

According to The Times, the Brazilian FA considering banning all of its players who did not travel with the team for the recent international break with it understood to a suspension between five and 10 days.

However, Times’ Paul Joyce has now stated that not only Brazil, but Chile, Mexico and Paraguay have all agreed to waive the automatic five-day restriction.

Huge boost

Raphinha moved to Elland Road last summer and has become one of the first names on the team sheet for Marcelo Bielsa.

He’s been a direct attacker who has terrified defences with his skills and trickery and formed a seamless understanding with Patrick Bamford.

He’s also taken the goal-scoring burden off of the England international’s shoulders which have seen him reach new heights and earn himself his first England cap.

In Raphinha’s absence, Bielsa could’ve started with new signing Dan James or even thrown Crysencio Summerville into the mix after impressive performances for the Under-23s.

However, both may have to be a bit more patient as Jack Harrison and Raphinha are set to start against the Reds on Sunday.

Hopefully, Raphinha, who has been labelled “phenomenal” by Emile Heskey [Rousing the Kop], can come to the fold and earn his side their first three points of the campaign.

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