Leeds United have been dealt a double injury boost ahead of their clash with Watford this weekend, with Diego Llorente and Raphinha both passed fit for the game.
The Lowdown: Must-win game for Leeds
The Whites face a vital Premier League match on Saturday afternoon, with the Hornets making the trip to Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are still without a win in the league after six matches this season and it is imperative that their poor form ends soon.
The Latest: Key duo available
There has been a big boost for Leeds in the lead-up to the game, though, with Phil Hay taking to Twitter to confirm in an 11-word update that Llorente and Raphinha are available, reiterating Bielsa’s comments in his press conference.
The journalist tweeted the manager’s revelation that: “Raphinha is fit to play against Watford. Llorente is also available.”
The Verdict: Massive boost for Whites
This is a huge positive for Leeds ahead of what is such an important game for them and at a time when talk of a potential relegation fight is gathering momentum.
Llorente has been a top-class performer for the Whites when fit – he has averaged two tackles per game in the league this season – and he will surely firm things up in defence if he starts this weekend.
Whether or not he plays remains to be seen – Pascal Struijk is back after suspension and could feature – but Raphinha looks an almost certain starter given his quality on the right-hand side, with three league goals to his name already this term despite Leeds’ struggles.
Given the plethora of injuries to have struck the Whites recently, having these two back will come as a huge boon to Bielsa as the Hornets come to town.
In other news, Beren Cross has made a claim over potential Leeds signings in January. Read more here.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience