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Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa provides Barry Douglas injury update

Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa provides Barry Douglas injury update

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that defender Barry Douglas has sustained a knee injury (LeedsLive).

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man missed the Whites’ most recent game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Douglas has been restricted to just seven appearances in the Championship this season, with just three of those being starts (via Transfermarkt).

He had been on the bench for Leeds’ last eight league games prior to their trip to Hillsborough, but was a notable absentee from the 18 in South Yorkshire with Liam Cooper taking his place in the squad.

Following the game, Bielsa confirmed that it was a knee issue that kept the Scot out of the game against the Owls, but he didn’t think that it was anything too serious.

“He felt something in the knee, but it’s not important,” Bielsa said (via LeedsLive).

The Argentine manager didn’t confirm whether or not Douglas would be available for their next game, which is against Queens Park Rangers.

Whilst Douglas hasn’t been a regular this season, losing him to injury would still be a blow to Leeds.

They have one of the smaller squads in the Championship with just 22 players in the first team, which includes youngsters Jordan Stevens and Leif Davis (leedsunited.com).

Douglas is also one of few senior options at left-back, and whilst Ezgjan Alioski has been the man starting in that position, they will have no cover for him at all should the Scot’s injury keep him out for a while.

Bielsa will hope that the defender’s injury clears up and that he will be available for selection as soon as possible.

Leeds fans, why do you think Barry Douglas hasn’t performed as well as he did for Wolves at Elland Road? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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