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Leeds must bounce back after suffering back-to-back 4-1 losses before the international break against Leicester and Crystal Palace.
Although Leeds can point to Patrick Bamford’s effort being pedantically ruled out for offside in a key moment in the game at Palace, they were poor and have the joint-worst defence in the top flight with 17 goals against.
Kalvin Phillips’ return from his shoulder injury will give some much-needed protection to the back four.
Rodrigo is also available after self-isolating because he contracted coronavirus, but Pablo Hernandez has picked up an injury and Diego Llorente is still out.
Kalvin Phillips in his last appearance for Leeds against Wolves
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Expected return date: Sunday
Phillips took part in training this week and has reported no ill effects with his damaged shoulder.
Marcelo Bielsa was dubious about Leeds’ initial forecast that the England midfielder would be out for six weeks when he was hurt against Wolves a month ago and is delighted to have him back.
The Leeds boss has confirmed Phillips will start in his midfield holding role and his return is the perfect boost for the Whites.
Bielsa said: “Phillips is a player that brings something to the team in every way. He’s a player with a great ability to recover the ball and he’s a midfielder who is able to find passes that are not normal for someone who plays his position.”
Diego Llorente has suffered a fresh injury setback
Injury: Groin strain
Expected return date: End of November
Llorente has had a setback in his recovery after he sustained a recurrence of his injury as he neared full fitness.
Bielsa claims his fresh problem has set him back some time and ruled him out of Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.
The centre-half suffered his groin injury with Spain during the last international break and has still not made his Leeds debut.
“He was injured, he recovered, then in the training session when he returned, he had a relapse,” said Bielsa.
“He’s now OK, but because of his relapse, he needs extra time to get fully fit.”
Pablo Hernandez has been injured in training
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Injury: muscle problem
Expected return date: Next weekend
Pablo Hernandez was due to return to the squad for the Arsenal game after being dropped for disciplinary reasons, but will miss out again because of a muscle injury.
Bielsa dropped him completely for the defeat at Crystal Palace because he kicked a water bottle in frustration when he took him off in the previous game against Leicester.
Bielsa says Hernandez picked up the muscle injury in training this week.
“Pablo is on the injured list because he picked up a muscle injury this week,” he said.
“It’s nothing serious, but he won’t be able to play at the weekend.”