Marcelo Bielsa has revealed that Leeds United will enter this weekend’s clash with Reading FC with the same squad that beat Bristol City at Elland Road on Saturday.
Leeds got back to winning ways after three games without a victory last time out, with Luke Ayling’s 16th minute goal enough to secure a crucial three points against the Robins.
That win moved Leeds back three points clear of Fulham in third, as Bielsa’s side look to establish a gap between themselves and the chasing pack in the Championship promotion race.
Next up for Leeds is a meeting with Reading at Elland Road this Saturday, with Bielsa confirming that he will have the same squad to choose from as he did last weekend against Bristol City, as per Leeds Live.
There will be doubt over goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, however, with the Spaniard going before the FA this week after allegedly racially abusing Jonathan Leko of Charlton Athletic back in September when the two sides met.
A decision on whether Casilla, who denies the allegations, will be banned should come before the end of this week, which could thrust his potential involvement into doubt.
Illan Meslier will step into the starting XI if a ban materialises before Saturday.
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Consistency within the selection of the squad is something that Bielsa hasn’t been blessed with during his time at Leeds, so when he has the potential to name an unchanged squad, which looks pretty close to full strength, it is a major boost.
With the likes of Tyler Roberts, Barry Douglas and Jean-Kevin Augustin on the bench, Leeds have options, whilst the starting XI is now beginning to pick itself.
The concern lies with Casilla and his FA hearing, but given Meslier’s impressive outing against Arsenal in the FA Cup, Bielsa rightly has no issue with throwing him in should he have to.
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