Leeds United host QPR on Saturday afternoon in the Championship and will be hoping to build on four wins from their last five league games.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are currently second in the table with a four-point cushion inside the automatic promotion spots, but were dealt more injury woes this week to their squad.
Both Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas will now face stints on the sidelines, which means the Yorkshire giants are facing some real trouble in their backline.
The Whites are set to turn to rookie Jamie Shackleton at problem area right-back, with Dallas, Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi all missing to fill the full-back position.
Shackleton, 19, is one of several academy talents to get a chance in the first team this season and is mainly recognised as a central midfielder.
But he’s been deployed at full-back earlier in the season against Swansea City and is an upcoming talent that will be well drilled on his job against QPR.
His only problem is he could be in direct opposition with QPR’s most dangerous player in the shape of Luke Freeman.
The 26-year-old attacker has enjoyed great success this season as a left-winger and already scored six goals across all competitions.
Freeman is an experienced campaigner in Championship football terms and his great trickery with an eye for goal can trouble the best senior defenders.
Shackleton may well be a sitting duck against him if left one-on-one, which is why Bielsa needs to intervene to ensure the Leeds winger tracks back to provide extra defensive cover.