MOT View: Duo to miss out, 2 changes - Leeds predicted XI v Cardiff after Bielsa presser
Leeds United return to action with an away trip to Cardiff on Sunday as Marcelo Bielsa’s men resume their bid to win promotion from the Championship in South Wales.
It has been over three months since Leeds last played and from the team that beat Huddersfield 2-0 on March 7, Bielsa is predicted to make two changes.
One change is going to be forced as it was confirmed by Bielsa in his pre-match press conference on Thursday that Pablo Hernandez will miss the trip to Cardiff.
“Pablo is returning to the training next Wednesday,” said the Leeds boss, as quoted by LeedsLive.
Tyler Roberts could replace Hernandez in the midfield with the Wales international impressing staff and team-mates since returning to training last month.
Bielsa’s other change is likely to see Gaetano Berardi dropped so that Kalvin Phillips can return to the side as he missed the win against Huddersfield with an injury.
Kiko Casilla is still suspended so that mean Illan Meslier should start in goals against Cardiff.
The Frenchman is likely to be in between the sticks behind a back-four of Luke Ayling, Ben White, Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas. White played in the midfield against Huddersfield before the enforced break but with Phillips back, he’s bound to return to the defence at the expense of Berardi.
With Phillips back in his usual holding midfield role, Roberts and Mateusz Klich are predicted to start ahead of him in the more advanced positions.
On the wings, it is business as usual for Helder Costa and Jack Harrison, who have made the respective right and left-wing roles their own this season.
Jean-Kevin Augustin has been ruled out of the clash against Cardiff but it was unlikely he was ever going to replace Patrick Bamford as Bielsa’s starting striker.
Bamford got himself back among the goals before lockdown after scoring a tap-in against Huddersfield.
Hopefully that, plus the three-month break, will have done him the world of good so that he can fire Leeds back to the Premier League over the course of the coming weeks.
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