Leeds United dealt transfer blow that could affect promotion race

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It could be a memorable season for Leeds United supporters.

After suffering relegation from the Premier League in 2004, it's been 16 years since the club have played a match in the top flight of English football.

That could be about to change.

Marcelo Bielsa's side are on track to secure promotion to the Premier League as they sit in second place in the league.

Level on points with 1st place West Brom, Leeds are seven points clear of the play-off position with just eight games to go.

While nothing is decided yet, it seems that promotion is very much Leeds United's to lose.

One thing that could prove costly for them is injuries.

The Whites have a list of casualties that is building by the week with Barry Douglas, Adam Forshaw, Pablo Hernandez and Jean-Kevin Augustin all currently ruled out through injury.

Hernandez could return for this week's crunch clash with third place Fulham, but options are pretty limited for Bielsa and his coaching staff.

With fitness an issue after the prolonged break - and fixtures set to pile up - it could prove troublesome for Leeds.

One supporter on social media asked the question about the prospect of Leeds United signing players on short-term loan deals until the end of the season, however according to Phil Hay of The Athletic, that's something that's not an option.

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Having four key injuries is far from ideal for Leeds United.

The upcoming games of the utmost importance to the Whites as they look to get themselves over the line and secure a return to the top flight.

Jean-Kevin Augustin's injury is disappointing, but it's nothing compared to the impact of losing Pablo Hernandez.

The midfielder is absolutely pivotal to the way that Leeds United play, and it's been proven this term that they aren't nearly as fluent on the ball without him in the side.

They'll certainly be hoping for him to be ready.

Adam Forshaw and Barry Douglas are longer term absentees, and so they won't return for the clash with Fulham, but it'll be interesting to see how these blows impact them in the promotion race.

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