Leeds United make their long-awaited return to Premier League football tonight but come up against the Champions in Manchester City at Elland Road – but who is fit, and who is missing for the welcome of Pep Guardiola’s side?
Leeds players missing against Manchester City
Players definitely missing clash:
Tyler Adams: The American midfielder is back from the World Cup in Qatar after a quick break in Thailand. But, while there are no doubts about his fitness, he is suspended having picked up two yellow cards against Tottenham Hotspur.
Luis Sinisterra: Marsch said in his latest press conference that he hopes to have Sinisterra back on the training pitch in the next couple of weeks, as he looks to overcome a foot injury. The winger has been spotted with a protective boot.
Stuart Dallas: Dallas is still on the comeback trail after suffering a broken leg. But it is getting closer and closer until we see the Northern Irishman, who underwent surgery last week to clean a few bits up. May have returned to training.
Archie Gray: Marsch said, back in November, that given the talented midfielder’s age – it would be good to give Gray as much as eight weeks off to rest and recover. We are still well within that time range with Gray. He will miss out.
Players likely to miss clash:
Patrick Bamford: The striker’s injury issues continue as he went for minor surgery on a groin issue in Munich during the World Cup break. Marsch had hoped he would be back on the pitch, but has also been unwell. Likely to miss out.
Players expected to be fit for clash:
Liam Cooper: Along with Jack Harrison, captain Cooper was a surprise absentee from the 4-2 defeat to Monaco. But it has now transpired to the skipper missing out due to a tight calf. However, Marsch was confident he will be fit to play.
Jack Harrison: As stated, Harrison was a surprise omission from the clash with Monaco. Marsch said he had a minor adductor injury but was expected back in training ahead of tonight’s match. All well and good, he should start.
Illan Meslier: Our goalkeeper has been sidelined with glandular fever. A horrible illness, forcing him to miss Elche, Real Sociedad and Monaco. He should be okay to play against Manchester City, judging by Marsch’s comments.
Rodrigo: The Spain international was due to start against Monaco but complained of a tight hamstring just before the game. It saw Marsch and his coaching staff make the decision to take him out of the firing line, ahead of tonight.
Crysencio Summerville: Last week, Marsch said Summerville was on the pitch after being spotted at Josh Warrington’s fight wearing a boot. Again, he was expected to be in training – and could even start. More likely to be on the bench.
Mateusz Klich: Missing from the 4-2 defeat to Monaco, it is believed that Klich has been suffering with some form of a virus that has hindered a couple of others at Elland Road, too. It is likely that by now, he will be available for selection.