Leeds United duo Luke Ayling and Jamie Shackleton could return from injury against Tottenham, according to LeedsLive.
The Lowdown: Injury issues
Marcelo Bielsa has been without a number of key players this season, with the Whites struggling through injuries in both attack and defence.
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The Latest: Ayling and Shackleton back?
LeedsLive shared a story on Tuesday afternoon, looking at the Whites’ injury list and return dates.
When it came to Ayling, labelled as ‘agile’, they said the right-back could be back for this weekend’s clash with Antonio Conte’s side going off an update Bielsa gave last month.
Meanwhile, Shackleton, described as ‘important’ by Bielsa, missed the 1-1 draw with Leicester City last time out, however, his injury isn’t thought to be serious and he could also be back as early as this weekend.
The Verdict: Good news…
Bielsa was forced to use Stuart Dallas at right-back and centre-back Pascal Struijk at left-back prior to the international break, so having one of Ayling or Shackleton returning at right-back would be a welcome boost.
Leeds tend to go with a back three when opposing sides play two strikers, so that could be the case this weekend, should Conte select his preferred 3-5-2 formation.
If so, that would allow the likes of Dallas and Ayling or Shackleton to play at wing-back, giving Bielsa the option to use Struijk in his favoured centre-back position once more.
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