According to The Mirror, Leeds’ injured trio of Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi are poised to return for Saturday’s clash against Blackburn.
The Championship table has changed shape considerably since these players became injured. When Roofe picked up his injury, The Whites were sitting cosily at the top of the table. However, they are now in third place, two points behind leaders Sheffield United.
The club have missed Roofe and Hernandez, and while they have managed in the meantime with some able deputies, they have still lacked their class. Roofe was the Championship Player of the Month for August, which is an indication of the influence he had before he was injured.
However, with these players returning, there is no reason to suggest that Leeds will not return to their dominant best from the beginning of the season. If anything, they could be better than they were. With players having to deputise for the star attackers, it has forced some them to pick up their performances to maintain Leeds’ place at the top end of the table. The surrounding players are therefore at a better standard than they were when the injuries occurred.
Furthermore, with Bielsa’s intense style of football, these players may have benefited from the rest that their injuries brought them. That may not be clear now, but may become apparent come the end of the season.
All in all, there are many suggestions here that Leeds can wrestle back the form and momentum that they had before their injury crisis, which may see them at the top of the table again.