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Leeds: Ayling and Shackleton could be back vs Spurs

Leeds: Ayling and Shackleton could be back vs Spurs -Leeds United

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.

Two regulars from last season, Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling have missed the last eight games with ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Robin Koch, Junior Firpo and Jamie Shackleton have also had their injury issues, but it seems as if two of the five have a chance of featuring in north London this Sunday.

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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.

In other news: ‘Someone Bielsa quietly admires’ – Phil Hay hints at Leeds move for ‘fantastic’ player. 

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