With a pared-down squad, at the insistence of manager Marcelo Bielsa, there was always going to come a point where this leanness was tested.

That’s come over the past half-dozen-or-so games, with the Whites having to contend with injury after injury, to such a degree that a spate soon increased into a raft.

Strikers Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford hit the treatment benches at roughly the same time. There were other noticeable injury absences such defenders Gaetano Berardi and Barry Douglas, with that duo being joined by the influential Pablo Hernandez.

Of that absent quintet, there’s good news on three of them. Kemar Roofe and Gaetano Berardi have both stepped back onto the pitch, albeit in an Under-23 game against Burnley. Still, the first-team duo made it back on to the grass at Elland Road – both scoring in a 2-2 draw.

Mercurial Spaniard Hernandez is also confirmed back on Saturday, something that he hinted at last night on Instagram with a ‘blazing READY’ post. That’s been confirmed today by Marcelo Bielsa in his pre-Blackburn presser.

However, news of the returning trio is tempered by news that there’s also one further player ruled out to the treatment tables. The Yorkshire Evening Post, reporting Bielsa’s presser, confirm that Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison is out of contention.

Harrison will join Barry Douglas in the treatment room and not in contention for the Blackburn game. Also missing will be Luke Ayling, the right-back serving a single game suspension after being sent off against Brentford at Elland Road in the game before the last international break.


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