By Mark Smith

8th Jul, 2020 | 7:00pm

'Little concerns' - Micheal O'Neill confirms Stoke team news ahead of Leeds clash

Leeds United welcome Stoke City to Elland Road on the back of both sides earning convincing victories over the weekend.

Stoke got a very-important three points against Barnsley, with the Whites dominating Blackburn to leave Ewood Park with a 3-1 victory.

Marcelo Bielsa was without Stuart Dallas and Helder Costa in that one, recently confirming that both should return on Thursday evening.

What about the visitors? Michael O’Neill has addressed the press recently to confirm his team news ahead of the trip to Elland Road.

“We have no fresh injuries although we have one or two knocks and a few little concerns, that’s natural given the regularity of games,” he told their official website.

“The players are being pushed to their limits at the moment, and we are getting through four or five substitutes a game to try and give people recovery time.

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“The little injuries that we have will hopefully clear up for Thursday evening.”

Leeds Live has reported that two players that are definitely going to miss the game are Joe Allen and Thibaud Verlinden, with both suffering from long-term injuries.

It is also reported that defender Tom Edwards is likely to miss out after picking up a recent foot injury at the Bet365 Stadium.

O’Neill has been straight-forward with his squad recently, with the Northern Irishman loyal to a select number of players full of experience.

With Allen missing, it is likely to be the same midfield three of Jordan Cousins, Sam Clucas and Nick Powell at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Simon Johnson has reacted to the latest Whites academy announcement