Everyone at Elland Road will know how big three points against their Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United will be for Leeds United on Saturday. Fans will not have to wait long to see their side in action in what could be the biggest game of their season as the match has the potential to decide who goes to the Premier League automatically and who must go through the playoff system.
And, it would appear that Marcelo Bielsa’s side could be in an excellent position to build a five-point gap between them and their rivals in today’s lunchtime kickoff.
What’s the News?
According to the club’s official website, Leeds could be prepared to welcome Jack Clarke back into the first-team following an absence through illness.
The teenager returned to action for the Under-23s in midweek after spending time on the sidelines following the concerns he had in the dugout during their draw with Middlesborough.
Also, Bielsa has no new injury concerns ahead of the Yorkshire derby, which will come as a huge boost to Leeds’ chances of taking all three points.
It would seem Leeds are in a good position to make the gap between them and Sheffield United to five points when considering the news coming out of the club.
Firstly, having Clarke potentially available will come as hugely positive, as the stalwart has been excellent for the Whites this season and has become a key figure for the side despite still being a teenager.
The 18-year-old is quality going forward and has produced two goals and two assists in his 16 Championship appearances so far since breaking into the first-team.
With Clarke being a rather local lad as well, having been born in York, he will also know the importance of the match in terms of the derby aspect, and he could provide his team-mates with a boost as well.
The other significantly positive injury news that Bielsa has is the fact that he has not got to worry about any fresh concerns for the game – which is something that has not been said too often this season for Leeds.
So he could look to opt for the same team that has helped win their last three matches on the spin, although it is interesting that he has not named his side for this game considering he has done so days in advance of previous matches.
Leeds fans, is Clarke’s potential availability good news? What do you make of your chances against Sheffield United? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.