Marcelo Bielsa delivers shattering injury update as Leeds take on West Ham
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Marcelo Bielsa delivers shattering injury update as Leeds take on West Ham

Marcelo Bielsa has told his pre-West Ham press conference – as per Leeds Live – that Leeds United will be without eight first-team players for the trip to London. However, Patrick Bamford is fit to face the Hammers.

Leeds travel south to take on West Ham in what is a tricky tie on paper. David Moyes has watched his side stutter of late, but after a winless run of eight games in all competition – they have won their last two.

Leeds, meanwhile, secured their fourth Premier League win of the season last time out. However, it has come at a price. Leeds have suffered two more injuries from that game, in the form of Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt.

Those two have joined Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo, Pascal Struijk, Charlie Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton on the injury list. But Bielsa does confirm that England international Bamford is fit once again.

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“Roberts and Gelhardt, who injured his ankle in training. He’s going to be absent for three weeks. Roberts similar. Rodrigo, no precise date. Bamford likely to be able to play on Sunday. Phillips and Cooper until March.

“Shackleton and Cresswell after the international break. Rodrigo and Struijk we cannot predict. Gelhardt and Roberts approx a month,” Bielsa said, when asked about the injury status of his squad before Sunday.

Bielsa injury update: Eight out is a blow, especially Leeds talent Gelhardt

When Gelhardt came off the bench against Burnley, it lifted a Leeds crowd that were frustrated by Max Cornet’s equaliser for Burnley. It was Stuart Dallas that got the second, but Gelhardt’s introduction re-introduced the buzz.

He was pushing Roberts to start, after getting an assist for Dan James. Eight out is a blow, but Leeds fans already knew about six of the eight. Bamford back is great, but losing Roberts and Gelhardt is a blow.

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