Leeds United face another tough test in the quest for automatic promotion as they welcome Bristol City to Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.
The Whites haven’t made it easy for themselves in recent weeks as they fail to consolidate and strengthen their lead in the top two over the sides below them.
It’s been a rocky couple of months for Marcelo Bielsa which has seen their 11-point gap to third place cut down to goal difference ever since the collapse against Cardiff City on the 14th December, meaning they haven’t kept a clean sheet in 10 league games and have only managed two wins in that time.
While the side aren’t playing markedly worse than they were in the seven-game win streak just before, individual mistakes are becoming a regular occurrence, putting them at an instant disadvantage against teams who aren’t making them.
On top of those errors, injury problems haven’t helped Bielsa when selecting his team each week, typically consisting of a mixture of both short and long-term injury lay-offs.
With Leeds looking to get back to winning ways against the Robins, here are the latest injury updates from Elland Road…
The midfielder started the season extremely well for Leeds, helping them control games throughout and restricting teams to very little in the way of chances.
What appeared to be a minor hip injury in September has now fully escalated to the point that it has ended Forshaw season for Leeds as he flies to Colorado for surgery to correct it, as he hasn’t managed to shake it on his own.
The club confirmed that Forshaw was to be ruled out for the season following the surgery and will be fit enough to return for pre-season for the 2020/21 campaign.
The attacking midfielder has been another that has struggled to get a regular place in the Leeds first-team thanks to minor injuries here and there.
The latest came in the 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest where he came off the bench and took a hefty kick almost immediately, which he soldiered through to finish the game.
While Bielsa confirmed that this injury was just a knock and not an actual injury, so he could be in-line to return to the squad for the Bristol clash.
Yet another player who can’t seem to stay fit for Marcelo Bielsa. Douglas has seen a lot of injury problems stop him from mustering up any momentum since he joined Leeds in the summer of 2018.
The Scottish left-back appears to be nearing a return to the Leeds squad as he looked to build up fitness in the under-23s over the last two weeks.
Stuart Dallas’ form at left-back is enough to see him keep his place, surely, but the return of Douglas will be a huge boost to squad depth.
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The youngster has been on the periphery of the first-team all season and finally made his debut when Leeds faced Arsenal in the FA Cup just over a month ago.
However, he has been dealt a setback when Bielsa revealed that Gotts had suffered a muscular injury from a few weeks ago that he is still battling to recover from.