Leeds United are back in league action this weekend, in their first game back from the international break.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side take on Luton Town as they look to keep the pressure on league leaders West Brom heading towards the festive period.
Leeds have shown improvement in recent weeks, and will fancy their chances of adding to Luton’s recent slump in form in the last few months.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference ahead of the game, Marcelo Bielsa issued an update on Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas’ fitness battles, with both players missing games for their respective countries over the last week.
“We don’t know if he’s going to play, but maybe he will,” Bielsa stated when quizzed on whether Cooper will be fit in time for the game at Kenilworth Road.
“Dallas is healthy. Cooper is healthy as well, but we have to see.”
But the Leeds boss also revealed that Eddie Nketiah isn’t going to ready to take on the Hatters, but stated that he will start training work next week as he works his way back to fitness.
“Nketiah is not ready yet. Next week he is going to start to work with the group.”
Bielsa issued an update on Jamie Shackleton’s injury, and stated that the midfielder is closing in on a timely return to the first team picture.
“Same as Cooper, but more time without playing so we have to know, see, how long it will take him to compete.”
It was also revealed by Bielsa that he doesn’t know when Adam Forshaw is going to return from injury, which is likely to frustrate plenty of the Elland Road faithful.
It’s a game where Leeds will be expected to come away with three points this weekend, with Luton currently sat 21st in the Championship table, and have struggled for positive results in recent weeks.
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This is a mixed update which will largely be a promising one.
Cooper, Dallas and Alioski have all been key players for Leeds this season, and it’ll be a real boost to have them all available for selection against Luton this weekend.
Eddie Nketiah would have been a player that Bielsa would have been keen to have for this game, as his pace and direct style of play could have caused Luton a number of problems.
Patrick Bamford needs to step up and perform to a high standard in this one, after some impressive performances before the international break.