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Thomas Christiansen faces an anxious wait over the fitness of four key Leeds United players ahead of Saturday’s clash with Queens Park Rangers, reports BBC Radio Leeds’ Adam Pope.

Leeds head to Loftus Road for a testing clash with QPR on Saturday afternoon, with Pablo Hernandez, Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Eunan O’Kane and Stuart Dallas facing late fitness tests ahead of that fixture.

Hernandez was forced from the field during the first-half of last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa with a leg injury, and Christiansen now faces an anxious wait over the 32-year-old, who has two goals and four assists in the Championship so far this season.

Lasogga is also struggling with a leg injury, which has kept the German striker out of action since before November’s international break.

Dallas is struggling with a foot problem, whilst Eunan O’Kane is battling back from a hip injury that forced him from the field in last month’s victory over Barnsley at Oakwell.

Leeds enter this weekend’s clash with QPR in eighth, looking to close the five-point gap that has opened up between them and the Championship’s top-six.

The Verdict

Christiansen will be praying for a fully fit squad heading into the festive period, with the four players facing fitness tests absolutely crucial to Leeds.

Hernandez is perhaps the key doubt, as Leeds are undoubtedly better with the former Spanish international in the starting XI.

Leeds will be well aware of the gap opening up between themselves and the top-six, and Christiansen will not want to see that increase in the coming weeks.

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