Leeds United handed double injury boost


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.

However attention now turns to the clash with Stoke City on Thursday evening.

Two players who were thought to be doubts for the match with the Potters were Stuart Dallas and Helder Costa.

The duo both missed the victory over Blackburn Rovers - something that was a massive blow given how key a role they've played under Marcelo Bielsa this term.


But while the head coach couldn't guarantee that they would be fit, he strongly hinted that he expected them both to be involved.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Leeds Live, Bielsa said: "Probably Dallas and Costa play.

"Today [Tuesday] they trained normally.

"In case they are not able to play, [Barry] Douglas and [Ezgjan] Alioski are going to play instead."


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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