Leeds United are set to be without a number of players following their loss to Liverpool in the Premier League.
The Whites are without a win after their four games this season thanks to the loss against the Reds but they will be hoping to right those wrongs away at Newcastle United.
However, Leeds will be travelling to Tyneside with some key absentees. Here, Leeds Live rounds up the players either confirmed to be missing the game or currently a doubt for the clash at St James’ Park.
The Spanish centre back was a casualty of Leeds’ loss to Liverpool, leaving the field in the first half after seeming to pull a hamstring.
It’s uncertain how long he could be out for at this stage and Llorente has stated on his Instagram that ‘fortunately it is nothing serious’ but given he missed six matches with a hamstring injury last season, it would be surprising to see him rushed back quickly.
Unfortunately, Pascal Struijk was given a straight red card against Liverpool after his sliding tackle on Harvey Elliott caused the teenager to dislocate his ankle.
Leeds may yet look to appeal this decision given that the young Dutchman won the ball cleanly with the tackle before his trailing leg collided with Elliott’s causing the injury.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min won an appeal against a red card for a challenge which saw Everton’s Andre Gomes break his ankle after it was deemed that the red card was given more for the result of the injury rather than the severity of the foul. Leeds would hope to make a similar case in any appeal.
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Robin Koch has been absent since the first game of the season after what Marcelo Bielsa described as a ‘pubis’ injury when explaining why the German missed the Everton match. In those comments he suggested that Koch had been close to being available for that game, but he hasn’t been seen since, even with an international break in between the Burnley game and this most recent one.
Bielsa’s pre-match press conference will hopefully bring good news of a return for Koch as Leeds currently only have Liam Cooper available as a senior centre back for the Newcastle game.
Following yesterday’s game, Bielsa stated that Forshaw had been unavailable due to a muscle strain. This will be very frustrating for the midfielder as he looks to prove his fitness for a Premier League return.