Leeds United legend Ian Harte has confirmed his client Jack Clarke will return to training on Monday. But the form of one of his teammates will surely keep him out of Marcelo Bielsa’s starting eleven.
Clarke, 18, broke into the Leeds side this season under Marcelo Bielsa. He has played 17 times for the Whites since making his debut earlier this campaign, scoring two goals and creating two more.
Harte, who played 285 times for Leeds between 1995 and 2004, is Clarke’s agent. He updated fans on Clarke’s fitness, after the winger was taken ill and stretchered off during the 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough.
Now, Clarke has recovered and is back in training as confirmed by Harte on Twitter over the weekend. The talented winger is now available for Saturday’s clash against Bristol City.
— Ian Harte (@ianharte23) March 1, 2019
Bielsa has Clarke dilemma
With Clarke returning, Bielsa has a decision to make. The teenager was in the starting line-up before his health scare, but may now struggled to regain his place in the side.
That is because the form of Tyler Roberts has seen the Wales international become integral in Bielsa’s side and Leeds promotion hunt. Roberts earned the man-of-the-match award on Friday night.
He laid on two assists for both of Patrick Bamford’s goals in the 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. His speed from attacking midfield and creativity were key in the excellent win over the Baggies.
Though Roberts is playing in a different position to Clarke, the £2.5million signing (Sky Sports) has pushed Pablo Hernandez back out wide. The Spain international has been one of Leeds’ best players all season.
He has scored eight goals – including the opener against West Brom – and created 11 more strikes. It is likely to mean that Clarke will have to settle for a place on the bench behind Roberts and Hernandez come Saturday.