Noel Whelan has expressed his concern that Leeds United could pick up injuries against Salford City in the EFL Cup tonight.
Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa is expected to make several chances for the first-round tie at Moor Lane and is likely to give some of his fringe players a chance to impress.
Bielsa has spoken to the media ahead of the game and has revealed that he plans to rest some of his key men.
The Leeds boss also admitted that he plans to give some of his younger players a chance and that some of his new signings are also likely to be involved.
Former Leeds striker Whelan is expecting a competitive game and is hoping that the Whites will be able to get through the match without picking up any injuries.
“I’m expecting a lot of changes, it’s going to be interesting to see these players who haven’t played much of the Championship yet and see their appetite and their professionalism because it is a potential banana skin,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“I want to see real commitment and professionalism. We’re only two games in, no injuries or suspensions and hopefully that will be the case against Salford.
“You’re always dreading injuries because as much as you’ve had a pre-season, these games in the evening, you want to come through these games committed but free of injury and with a result.
“You don’t want to be going there trying to get through the 90 minutes. I want to see full-blooded tackles, people fighting for their place and to worry the person in your place at the minute.”
Leeds started the season with a convincing 3-1 win at Bristol City but were held to a 1-1 draw by Nottingham Forest in their second game at Elland Road on Saturday, despite having several chances to win the match.
I agree with Whelan here. I’m expecting it to be a competitive game tonight and it’s really important that Leeds can get through the match without picking up any injuries or suspensions.
Leeds suffered injuries to several key players last season and that ultimately played its part as the Whites missed out on promotion – the last thing they want is to suffer any injuries so early into the new campaign.
This is an important game for Leeds and it’s a big chance for those players who do not have a regular place in the side to impress Bielsa.