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Bamford, Phillips, Gelhardt: Everything we know about Leeds United’s injury troubles as fresh twist emerges

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It’s mixed team news once again for Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa, as Newcastle United travel to Elland Road tomorrow.

The Whites have been hampered with major setbacks all season, but it hasn’t stopped them from sealing back-to-back wins in the league in 2022.

Up next is another chance for Leeds to extend their gap to the bottom three by beating Newcastle United.

They’ll have to do it without key players though, so here, we take a look at all of the latest injury news from Leeds ahead of the weekend

Kalvin Phillips

More of the same for Phillips this week as he continues to recover from his hamstring injury.

The midfielder hasn’t featured for Leeds since the 2-2 draw at home to Brentford and is expected to be out until March based on his original diagnosis.

However, Phil Hay did claim that the club are quietly confident he could be back before that date.

Liam Cooper

Just as Phillips is, Cooper is out until March with the same injury setback, picked up in the same game too.

Unlike Phillips though, Cooper is not expected to return to the side ahead of schedule and is still looking at over a month out.

Patrick Bamford

Just when it looked like Bamford was going to be back from his hamstring setback that he too picked up against Brentford, he’s hit another issue.

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he has another problem with his foot, despite eth initial injury that kept him out from September recovering completely.

There’s no timescale for Bamford’s return as of yet.

Junior Firpo

Firpo was forced off during the win over West Ham at the weekend with Bielsa confirming he picked up a hamstring injury.

He is missing for this weekend’s game against the Magpies.

Adam Forshaw

Forshaw, too, picked up an injury to his hamstring – making that the fifth person in our list of absentees that has been dealt such a setback.

He isn’t expected to be available for the game tomorrow, but his determined Instagram post following his setback suggests he’s going to be touch-and-go.

Jamie Shackleton

No new updates on Shackleton this week, so that means he’s in line to return to the side after January’s international break next week.

Bielsa stated earlier in the month that Shackleton would be back at the start of February when this break is over.

Charlie Cresswell

A reported shoulder dislocation is what Cresswell appears to be dealing with right now, despite no real confirmation from the club.

Like Shackleton, he too is looking at a return to the squad for the start of Leeds’ February run.

Sam Greenwood

The young striker’s last outing came in the FA Cup against West Ham where he was brought off at half-time, revealing post-match that he had picked up a knee injury, to which he has since had surgery:

Joe Gelhardt

Gelhardt picked up a frustrating ankle injury following the win over Burnley, in which his substitution inspired Leeds into sealing a 3-1 win.

However, Bielsa had great news for him (and the remaining two names on our list) in that he is ‘likely’ to be available for tomorrow’s game.

Rodrigo

Rodrigo’s bilateral heel pain is a peculiar one that kept him sidelined following our win over Crystal Palace back in November, and he made his long-awaited return off the bench against the Irons last time out.

Like Gelhardt, he’s someone likely to be in the squad.

Tyler Roberts

The final name on the list is Tyler Roberts, whose muscle injury was the reason Gelhardt was introduced in the win over the Clarets back in early January.

Like the two above, Bielsa grouped him in stating that he is probably going to be in contention to play tomorrow against Newcastle.

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