Leeds United got back to winning ways and returned to the top of the Championship table after beating Hull City 1-0 at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men had dropped points in matches versus Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City, relinquishing their spot at the top in the process.
However, the Yorkshire club have since found their way back to the summit and will look to remain there after they take on Brentford at Elland Road on Saturday.
The high-flying Championship side, though, will be going into Saturday’s clash without one of their star performers of the season so far, Barry Douglas.
Speaking ahead of Brentford’s visit to Elland Road, Bielsa told Leeds Live and the rest of the media: “It’s a difficulty not to have all of the players available. We have the solution of Dallas and before Douglas arrived he played an important role as a full-back.”
“We also have Tom Pearce in the same position. Without minimising the impact of Douglas we are always prepared for solutions.”
Since arriving at Leeds during the summer, Douglas has been a mainstay in Bielsa’s starting XI and has become an important figure for the Argentinian.
The 29-year-old has featured in all 11 of Leeds’ Championship games thus far, managing to chip in with three assists along the way.
Douglas’ injury will come as a massive blow to Bielsa, especially considering the quality of opposition Leeds are set to come up against.
The responsibility of deputising seems likely to fall to Tom Pearce, who looks more than capable of doing so, but losing Douglas for an extended period of time could have ramifications on Leeds’ promotion pursuit.
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