Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa issues injury update ahead of Tottenham clash
Speaking in his pre-match press conference (h/t Football.london), Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has issued injury update on key players Raphina and Kalvin Phillips ahead of the game against Tottenham.
Tottenham travel to Elland Road this weekend to take on Leeds United as we reach the final stages of the 2020/21 Premier League. Heading into the game, Spurs haven’t lost either of their Premier League matches under interim manager Ryan Mason beating Southampton 2-1 before thrashing Sheffield United 4-0 last weekend.
And, the 29-year-old head coach will be hoping to continue his 100% record when he comes up against one the most tactically astute coaches in the game Bielsa this weekend. Leeds have been the box office team in the league this season, holding their own against several big clubs.
However, going into the game, they are sweating over the fitness of two key players in midfielder Kalvin Phillips as well as winger Raphinha. Both are currently sidelined with injuries and Bielsa, during his presser, revealed that their situation was being monitored on a day-to-day basis. However, he did not confirm nor deny if they will be available against Tottenham.
“They’re being evaluated on a daily basis to see whether they can be available. We have to wait until Saturday. Their presence is subject to an evaluation carried out on a daily basis.”
Leeds, though, will definitely be without Helder Costa as well as Adam Forshaw, who are out injured. But club captain Liam Cooper is back in contention after serving out his suspension.
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Heading into Saturday’s game, Tottenham are sixth in the league table, five points off of Chelsea in fourth. It is imperative that we keep winning in order to stay alive in the top-four race. And the potential absence of Raphinha and Phillips could certainly help us in our endeavours at Elland Road.