Leeds United handed timely injury boost

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It feels like a pivotal time for Leeds United.

After suffering defeat to Cardiff City, a 3-0 victory over Fulham at Elland Road seemed to get the season back on track.

However with a 1-1 draw with Luton Town following, it seemed that the Yorkshire side might have to stutter their way to promotion.

A trip to Ewood Park presented an ideal opportunity for Marcelo Bielsa's side to get back to winning ways, and Leeds duly delivered.

A 3-1 victory showed their dominance and ensured that promotion is very much in their own hands despite the form of the chasing pack.

That win was even more impressive given the absence of two key players.

Stuart Dallas and Helder Costa both missed the clash after being ruled out through injury.

The duo have been key members of Marcelo Bielsa's side this term and so the prospect of playing without them was a huge blow.

But after overcoming the Blackburn Rovers test, Bielsa says that he's hopeful that they'll be fit to return on Thursday night against Stoke City.

Discussing the injuries to Dallas and Costa, as quoted by Leeds Live, Bielsa said: "They were close to playing today. We will see if they can play on Thursday.

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Asked if Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski would have started if the duo were fit, Bielsa replied: "I couldn’t think about this because I knew two days ago that Dallas and Costa weren’t able to play.

"I approached the matching knowing that Costa and Dallas weren’t able to play."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

I'm sure Marcelo Bielsa will breathe a sigh of relief at this.

Stuart Dallas and Helder Costa have been integral to his side's success so far this season and they'll certainly be needed to secure promotion.

While Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski both did a good job against Blackburn Rovers, it's likely that Dallas and Costa will be called upon to help the club to get themselves over the line.

The next two weeks are arguably the biggest in the last 20 years for Leeds United, and so getting the required results is absolutely key.

Having two key players available will be massive.

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