Leeds United have made it to the international break with flying colours given the situation. Key players have been downed by injury and the squad has been stretched to the limit, but Bielsa’s boys have stuck at it and gained some valuable points, and this break couldn’t have come at a better time.
Crucial equalisers by Mateusz Klich and Pontus Jansson in the last few games have meant that points have kept going up on the board and a midweek Tyler Roberts stunner meant it wasn’t a bad week at all. Barry Douglas was added to a growing injury list but and injury list that is set to be significantly reduced in the next two weeks. He joined Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez, Gaetano Berardi, Patrick Bamford and Izzy Brown.
Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi are all expected to be back for the game at Blackburn Rovers after the break and that in itself provides one of the biggest boosts possible for a game that will see around 8k Leeds United fans make the trip. Barry Douglas was also expected to return but Bielsa said he didn’t want to promise anything regarding any of the returns.
Leeds now have to kick on and make sure from the return of this break until Christmas we are strong and stay in touch with the others around us. Fading in this next period would kill the momentum going into the new year and it’s normally one of the patches we struggle to build momentum. The return of key players now and then Bamford and Brown come January are so crucial to morale and feeling around the squad. Blackburn is gearing up to be some game.