By Mark Smith

25th Nov, 2021 | 1:05pm

Marcelo Bielsa confirms Leeds team news v Brighton

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed his Leeds United team news for the Premier League clash against Brighton.

The Whites travel south on Saturday evening looking to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat against Spurs last time out.

Raphinha and Rodrigo are available for the trip after missing out in London last time out, in what will be a huge boost.

As shared by Adam Pope on Twitter this afternoon, Bielsa confirmed his team news for the clash at the AMEX Stadium.

“Ayling to play with U23s on Monday,” he said.

“Shackleton, Raphinha & Rodrigo all fit. Still not quite ready are Koch and Bamford.”

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Nearly there.

It has been far too long since the Whites have had a full-strength squad at their disposal in the Premier League.

Robin Koch and Patrick Bamford were back out on the grass this week in a huge boost, but Saturday will come too soon for them.

Bielsa will be praying for more positive updates over the next couple of weeks given the nightmare December schedule.

Looking at our squad against Spurs, there is no chance we can continue through the season with limited options such as that – it would only end in tears.

Thankfully, it looks as though we will be back to full strength for the Christmas period, with Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford getting closer.

Jamie Shackleton looks as though he will be with the first-team squad on Saturday, but Ayling will be made to wait.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are ready to make major January signings with unexpected deals to force action