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Marcelo Bielsa reveals injury blow ahead of Brighton clash

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Marcelo Bielsa reveals injury blow ahead of Brighton clash

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that star player Raphinha will miss Saturday’s match against Brighton.

In their first season back in the top flight since 2014, Bielsa’s side is currently ninth in the Premier League.

They are 13 points clear of Brighton ahead of their clash on Saturday, with Graham Potter’s side aiming to extend their lead over the relegation zone to ten points.

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The Seagulls won 1-0 in the first leg at Elland Road in January thanks to Neal Maupay’s goal in the first half.

In the absence of Raphinha, Leeds forward, Rodgrigo, is likely to to face Albion in the 3pm clash at the Amex.

At today’s press conference, the Leeds boss said, via Leeds Live: “Raphinha: No. Rodrigo: Yes.”

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He added on Raphinha: “More than serious is more difficult to give a diagnostic of and difficult to give return date.

“A hit that created an internal hematoma that hematoma disappears causes pain and inhibits mobility.

“Can be resolved quickly or take longer. Hematoma reduces and the player is no longer in pain he will return quickly. The impression is final stages before finally healed.”

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On Rodrigo, he said: “[He is] healthy. That doesn’t mean he is fit to play. We will see how many minutes he can play.”

Leeds are still missing midfielder Adam Forshaw due to a muscle injury, and captain Liam Cooper is serving the final game of his three-match suspension after being sent off against Manchester City for a foul on Gabriel Jesus.

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Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) and Solly March (knee) are out for the remainder of the season, while Florin Andone is out with a hamstring injury.

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Marcelo Bielsa makes Raphinha transfer admission as contract talks continue

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Raphinha, the Brazilian winger, is reportedly linked to a Liverpool move, and it’s expected given how brilliant his performance at Leeds has been. But even with interest from the Reds’ and perhaps other clubs to sign him, the Whites are hopefully confident they can keep the 25-year old.

Leeds United sporting director, Victor Orta, has been in talks with the winger’s agent for some time, and things seem to be going well, as LeedsLive reports that a deal to retain him is possible.

Leeds manager, Bielsa, termed the talks “a great decision”, which shows he doesn’t want to lose Raphinha, whose contract at Leeds ends in two years. Additionally, Bielsa believes that the Brazilian is the best in his squad in every sense. “Raphinha is the best player in the team in all senses…physically,…technically…very wise,” he praised.

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Citing the player’s country, his great EPL display, and the eyes on him worldwide, Bielsa thinks discussions to have Raphinha stay with the Whites is the best decision the club could have made. “…the decision of the club can only be valued, “he reasoned.

The winger helped his side’s victory against in-form West Ham over the weekend and is set to play for Brazil in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

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Marcelo Bielsa has some bad news for the fans

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Marcelo Bielsa made an announcement on Joe Gelhardt at his pre-match press conference, and it’s not good news.

Indeed, Bielsa claims that the young talent hurt himself in training and will be sidelined for the next three weeks due to an ankle ailment.

Normally, an injury to a youngster isn’t a big issue, but you’d be hard pushed to find a 19-year-old who has had as much of an effect as Gelhardt has in recent times.

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“As it has been habitually this season, the players are injuring themselves in the same position. To the injury of Bamford and Rodrigo, we add the injury to Tyler Roberts and Gelhardt, who injured his ankle in training yesterday. He’s going to be absent for three weeks. Tyler Roberts similar amount of time,” Marcelo Bielsa said.

Gelhardt’s injury isn’t good for Leeds, but the fact that Patrick Bamford has returned to fitness makes things a lot simpler.

In this campaign, Leeds United have dealt with a slew of injuries, particularly at the forward position.

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Bamford has missed several games this season, but the 28-year-old is expected to be back just as Gelhardt has been injured.

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Marcelo Bielsa has been left counting the cost off Leeds United’s win over Premier League relegation rivals on Sunday Burnley.

Bielsa’s men enjoyed a 3-1 victory over the Clarets to move eight points clear of the bottom three but the match at Elland Road saw Tyler Roberts join a lengthy injury list when he limped off shortly before the hour mark with what appeared to be a calf problem.

Both Wales forward Roberts and defender Diego Llorente also face one-match bans after they each received a fifth booking of the campaign.

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Leeds secured just their fourth league win of the season without club record signing Rodrigo, captain Liam Cooper, fans’ favourite Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford and defenders Jamie Shackleton and Pascal Struijk.

Nevertheless, Jack Harrison and Stuart Dallas scored before Daniel James’ header in stoppage time made sure of victory.

It was a heartening way for Leeds to regroup following a two-week break due to matches postponed by Covid-19 after they were soundly beaten 4-1 by Arsenal.

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“In some way we managed to get in behind, there was a lot of combination play, there was a defensive security,” Bielsa said.

“Even if it wasn’t absolute, it was important and we had the ball a lot of the time. We also managed to finish our attacks in the opponent’s half.”

Defeat left Burnley third from bottom, with just one league win all season.

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They are two points from safety but do have a game in hand on Watford, the team immediately above them in the table.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche warned fans of the northwest side that bolstering the squad in this month’s transfer window would be far from easy.

“It still doesn’t change the ‘rules’,” Dyche said. “There has to be the finance, a team that wants to sell a player. The market is the market.

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“The only way you can change the ‘rules’ is if you put a lot of money in, even the superpower teams sometimes can’t sign a player in January.”

For all that Burnley have only beaten Brentford in the league so far this term, the club have survived several relegation battles in their six successive seasons in English football’s top-flight.

“I have never lost belief in these players, I won’t do,” Dyche said.

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“I have never lost pride in them, the respect I have for them is enormous.”

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