Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo will both be fit for their Premier League clash with Chelsea, The Athletic‘s Phil Hay has confirmed.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side host the Blues on Saturday lunchtime, in what could be an entertaining game to kick-off the weekend’s action.
Leeds have lost four of their last five league games, however, including away to West Ham on Monday night, so they need to return to winning ways as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are unbeaten since Thomas Tuchel took charge in January, highlighting the difficulty of Leeds’ task at Elland Road.
Hay provides key injury update
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Hay provided an update on the Whites’ injury situation, confirming that Pascal Struijk and Pablo Hernandez would both be unavailable, but providing a promising 12-word message on Phillips and Rodrigo: “Phillips and Rodrigo came through the West Ham game without any issues.”.
Injury news – Struijk and Hernandez will miss the Chelsea game again. Shackleton is back and Phillips and Rodrigo came through the West Ham game without any issues.
Koch could play in the 23s on Monday. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 11, 2021
Jamie Shackleton is also back, while Robin Koch could play for the Under-23s on Monday, as they host Newcastle United’s youngsters.
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Big boost for Bielsa
There is certainly good and bad news in the injury department, but Phillips and Rodrigo being available is a massive lift for Bielsa.
Although they were beaten by the Hammers, Phillips’ return allows everyone else in the defence to play their natural positions rather than shifting around to cover his absence, while Patrick Bamford was isolated in the games Rodrigo missed.
Leeds will have their work cut out picking up a win against an in-form Chelsea side, but they held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at Elland Road earlier in the season, showing they can certainly compete with the best if their top players are fit and firing.
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