Leeds return to Premier League action with a Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United this afternoon.

Former Whites boss Paul Heckingbottom is now of course the Blades’ interim manager following the sacking of Chris Wilder.

There are a few question marks over the makeup of Marcelo Bielsa’s starting lineup and his press conference injury update provided just as many questions as answers.

Bielsa confirmed Liam Cooper is fit to play after the illness which impacted him before the international break and he’ll likely come in for Pascal Struijk.

Liam Cooper suffered an injury in the warm-up of Leeds's match against Wolves
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Illan Meslier, Diego Llorente and Luke Ayling should all continue barring any late injuries.

Back from beating Germany

Gianni Alioski is coming into this on the back of playing in the North Macedonia side who beat Germany on their own patch on Wednesday.

We’ve got him down as continuing at left-back but Stuart Dallas could move there from midfield. Much will depend on the fitness of the players returning from international duty.

 

It’s the engine room which poses the most questions for Bielsa. He said that Mateusz Klich is still following protocols after catching Covid on international duty.

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It’s not clear whether he’ll be passed fit to play – Bielsa refused to rule him in or out – so we’ve left him out here.

Leeds to welcome back Rodrigo

We have made the second of Bielsa’s changes in central midfield though, with fit-again Rodrigo in for Tyler Roberts.

The Spaniard isn’t match-fit, something Bielsa pointed out in his press conference, but Roberts has had a tough week too after being sent home early by Wales for breaking Covid protocols there.

Roberts and Klich could both play together in midfield and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise.

We expect Jack Harrison, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford to make up the front three against the Premier League’s bottom club.


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