Leeds United have suffered an injury blow ahead of the final day of the season, with Diego Llorente ruled out of the home clash with West Brom.
The Lowdown: Leeds aim to finish in style
The Whites will be looking for a positive end to an excellent season on Sunday afternoon, as they welcome the relegated Baggies to Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side could still finish as high as eighth in the Premier League if results go their way, following a superb campaign back in the top-flight.
The Latest: Llorente ruled out of clash
Leeds will have to get past West Brom without Llorente, however, with the centre-back ruled out by Bielsa in his press conference on Friday.
The 27-year-old, who has been described as ‘magnificent’ by Michael Brown earlier this season, came off at half-time in discomfort against Southampton in midweek and won’t feature again this season.
The Verdict: Big loss for Whites
Llorente has enjoyed an increasingly excellent campaign for Leeds, following an injury-plagued start, so his absence will be felt on Sunday. Since recovering from multiple muscle problems, he has started 13 straight matches.
That being said, Pascal Struijk is a strong deputy to bring in, as was the case at Southampton, as Bielsa’s men ran out 2-0 winners at St Mary’s.
Llorente will continue to be a key man for Leeds, however, following a season that has seen him average 2.3 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game in the league, showing the type of quality and experience that led Victor Orta and co to splash out last summer.
In other news, a Leeds player is reportedly in talks with a club over a summer move. Find out who it is here.
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