Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds United’s pre-Middlesbrough press conference – as per Yorkshire Evening Post – that three senior Leeds players in Adam Forshaw, Eddie Nketiah and Tyler Roberts could miss Saturday’s clash against Middlesbrough.
Leeds are fresh from beating Reading 1-0 at the Madjeski Stadium thanks to Jack Harrison’s late goal, taking them to second in the table and five points clear of third. Middlesbrough, meanwhile, are struggling towards the bottom of the table.
Adam Forshaw has missed Leeds’ last nine Championship fixtures after suffering a hip injury – last playing 45 minutes of the 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic. It is unclear when the midfielder will be returning from the problem.
Tyler Roberts was replaced by Helder Costa on Tuesday night after 35 minutes and it is believed to be a hamstring injury. bielsa ruled both Roberts and Forshaw out, but did state that Eddie Nketiah would return for the Under-23 side on Friday.
It remains to be seen if Nketiah will miss Saturday’s game, but it is likely.
On Roberts: “We are making some studies but he cannot play this weekend. I don’t have accurate information about it, I know the medical staff are analysing the situation but he can’t play this weekend.”
On Nketiah: “He has trained well, probably tomorrow he is going to play a part in the 23s. Maybe he will need a while but I am not sure but to need time would be normal.”
On Forshaw: “He is not available yet and I cannot say when he is going to be healthy. It’s a process where we check him daily and weekly – the medical staff and at the moment we don’t have more information about him.”
It means Leeds are likely to make just the one change to the starting line-up fielded against Reading, with Portugal international Costa coming in for the injured Roberts. Pablo Hernandez is likely to play alongside Matuesz Klich.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side currently sit in 20th place but have gone unbeaten in their last three matches, winning on Wednesday night against Barnsley at the Riverside – thanks to Ashley Fletcher’s goal.