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Leeds team news: Blackman and Jansson on bench; Forshaw out

Leeds team news: Blackman and Jansson on bench; Forshaw out

Leeds United will be preparing for their opening Championship match on Sunday when they meet Stoke City at Elland Road.

The match will be Marcelo Bielsa’s first competitive fixture in charge of the Whites since arriving in the summer and he will be looking to get a positive result.

However, the Argentine knows it will not be easy, as the visitors will be looking to get their own promotion-chasing campaign underway, as they look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Bielsa held a press conference on Friday and revealed some of his team news for the clash with The Potters, which included a surprise inclusion.

The new manager, via Phil Hay, stated that Bailey Peacock-Farrell will start the match on Sunday, despite the club having signed Jamal Blackman on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Bielsa also revealed that Pontus Jansson would not be starting the game as he has only just returned from his extended break following his World Cup campaign with Sweden.

The Argentine also announced that Adam Forshaw would not be available, as he has required surgery on a foot problem and could be out for up to eight weeks.

The Verdict:

Leeds will be looking to get their season underway with a positive result against Stoke, however, their task will have been made harder with the absence of Jansson.

The defender was a rock in the centre of defence last season and his presence will be missed, whilst Forshaw will also be a huge blow to Bielsa’s side.

Peacock-Farrell will provide some confidence to the team after he enjoyed a spell in the first-team, although it is expected that Blackman will replace him in the near future as the number one goalkeeper.

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