Marcelo Bielsa delivers Leeds update on seven players, five could be missing for Southampton
Marcelo Bielsa has told his pre-match press conference – as per Leeds Live – that Leeds United could be without five players to take on Southampton.
The Whites travel south to face Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side on the south coast, after finally picking up their first win – a 1-0 win over Watford last time out.
However, the international break has not been kind to Leeds. Kalvin Phillips pulled out of the England side, having got a knock against Watford.
Now, Raphinha is expected to play for Brazil – having starred in the first two fixtures for his country, albeit as a sub, against Venezuela and Colombia.
Brazil take on Uruguay at 1.30AM on Friday morning – and then has 36 hours to return, and be ready to play against Southampton on Saturday.
Bielsa gave updates on Phillips, Raphinha and five other Leeds stars – stating that Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling and Robin Koch will be missing.
The Leeds gaffer did have some good news – regarding the availability of long-term absentee Adam Forshaw, and winger Crysencio Summerville.
“Koch is in the USA for simple operation. Ayling is at the halfway stage of the process of his recovery. Forshaw is available again, Summerville also.
“Bamford won’t play. Phillips has chances of being able to do so,” On Raphinha: “So many aspects to consider I can’t offer certainties either way.”
Bielsa update: Who could play where for Leeds, at Southampton?
With Ayling out, Jamie Shackleton is likely to come in at right-back. Stuart Dallas is available, and he may have to cover Phillips if he is unavailable.
Pascal Struijk is back from suspension, so he could also play in that role. Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente are likely to combine at centre-back.
If Raphinha is missing, then Dan James and Jack Harrison will play wide. Rodrigo will replace Bamford up top, meaning midfield is anyone’s guess.