Leeds United return to Premier League with one of the most daunting fixtures possible, with Manchester City travelling to Elland Road on Wednesday.

It is not yet clear just how depleted our squad will be for the game. We will be without Tyler Adams, who is suspended after his red card against Tottenham.

Leeds predicted lineup
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Meanwhile, there seem to be doubts over the likes of Illan Meslier, Liam Cooper, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo after they all sat out the final mid-season friendly against Monaco this week.

Greenwood and Gnonto start in our predicted Leeds lineup

Jesse Marsch suggested that he is hopeful that they will be fine to take on City. But Marsch has shown in the past that he is prepared to take a more optimistic view on when his injured players may be back.

Leeds predicted lineup
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The key decisions centre around who will play at right-back, centre-back, and alongside Marc Roca in the middle of the park. But there are a number of question marks over so many of the squad.

In goal, the hope will be that Meslier is back. Marsch seemed most positive about the Frenchman in his press conference. But Joel Robles will surely get the nod if Meslier is not quite ready.

Rasmus Kristensen may start ahead of Luke Ayling and Cody Drameh at right-back. Meanwhile, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente could be together in the middle.

Llorente has been in poor form this season. But Leeds handed him a new contract this week, so who knows where Marsch places the Spaniard in the pecking order right now.

Cooper and Harrison to miss out?

Our most talented centre-back is at left-back in Pascal Struijk. The idea of Llorente and Junior Firpo lining up against Manchester City is very troubling.

Adam Forshaw will likely start alongside Roca as he did against Monaco. And it may be Sam Greenwood who joins them in something of a 4-3-3 shape.

Up front, Brenden Aaronson, Rodrigo and Willy Gnonto could lead the line. Neither Crysencio Summerville and Luis Sinisterra have been seen for some time. So it seems too soon for those two.

Harrison may replace Gnonto if he is available. But Gnonto was easily our best player in the second-half against Monaco.

With that in mind, here is the very tentative attempt at Leeds’ predicted lineup in full…

GK: Illan Meslier

RB: Rasmus Kristensen

CB: Robin Koch

CB: Diego Llorente

LB: Pascal Struijk

CM: Marc Roca

CM: Adam Forshaw

CM: Sam Greenwood

AM: Brenden Aaronson

ST: Rodrigo

LW: Willy Gnonto

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