Leeds United have not only been hit with a busy schedule over the next month, but an injury crisis to boot.
Key players like Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez, Gaetano Berardi and Patrick Bamford have all been confirmed for prolonged periods out.
Although Leeds do have excellent cover for the likes of Berardi and Hernandez in Pontus Jansson and Jack Harrison, the fact the clubs squad is so thin means any injuries to these players could leave the club in the lurch; especially with the brand of football new Head Coach Bielsa is promoting.
With Hernandez and Roofe; the club have lost August’s PFA Player of the Month and Player of the Month having contributed seven goals and four assists between them in the first month of the season.
Roofe however, who has been in scintillating form for the Whites this season will be a huge loss as Leeds face Millwall, Preston, Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday prior to his expected return with no real backups.
Tyler Roberts is set to take the reigns for Leeds in their next competitive fixtures with one eye on youngsters Ryan Edmondson and Jack Clarke to potentially fill the void on the bench.
The loss of Roofe is only multiplied with the news Patrick Bamford is expected to miss the next four months with a torn MCL during an appearance for the development squad in the international break.
Any injury to the primary forward will be an incentive for the second forward to stake a claim for a starting spot chance, something which has been hard to come by for the £7million signing.
With several key players out for a prolonged amount of time; we will finally see how much the fringe players have bought into the new ‘Bielsa Ball’ and how ready they are for any adversity thrown at them.
By Ryan Ingham