Another game and another injury to contend with. Marcelo Bielsa has today confirmed that Barry Douglas won’t be available for the game on Saturday and isn’t 100% sure he’ll be ready after the international break.
The news is a huge blow to Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa, Douglas starting the season in brilliant form. The Scottish left-back was forced out of the game at Hull late on with what was described as a “muscle injury” and Bielsa confirmed what most of us suspected, he won’t be playing at Elland Road on Saturday. Stuart Dallas moved from right-wing to left-back on Tuesday night rather than bringing in Tom Pearce to make his first league appearance of the season.
Bielsa says Douglas' injury isn't serious. "I think he will be available to play after the international break but I couldn't assure you of that." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 4, 2018
Stuart Dallas is probably the player to start the game against his old club on Saturday, he isn’t unfamiliar to the role despite being a natural winger. Tom Pearce is the most natural option in the first-team squad but Bielsa has been reluctant to use the player in the league campaign this season. The substitution of Jamie Shackleton rather than Pearce on Tuesday may well tell the story ahead of the team selection on Saturday morning.
The good news is that this doesn’t seem to be serious and he may well return along with Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi after the break. The team have been picking up points despite the long injury list which also includes Izzy Brown and Patrick Bamford who should be back fit in the new year. A win at Hull was exactly what was needed for the side on Tuesday night.