Huge Raphinha news emerges from Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United injury update

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Raphinha is fit and available for Leeds United this weekend against Watford, whilst Diego Llorente also comes back into contention.

Leeds have been sweating on the Brazilian’s involvement for a couple of weeks now after he hobbled out of the draw with Newcastle United and defeat to West Ham.

However, he’s put whatever leg issues he has to one side and got himself back in contention for Leeds to take on Watford this weekend.

As per Phil Hay, Marcelo Bielsa has provided an injury update in his latest press conference, revealing that Raphinha is fit.

Additionally, Leeds are also able to call on Diego Llorente again. The Spanish international hasn’t featured since the defeat to Liverpool due to a muscle problem. Pascal Struijk also returns to bolster defensive options.

There’s no place for Patrick Bamford, though, due to an ankle injury, paving the way for Rodrigo to continue as a false 9.

Meanwhile, Luke Ayling requires small knee surgery and Robin Koch‘s pelvic problem is keeping him out.

This is mixed news for Leeds on the whole, but getting Raphinha and Llorente available, along with Struijk, is fairly big for Bielsa.

His squad has looked so stretched in recent weeks and although it isn’t back to full strength, it looks a lot stronger than it did on Saturday already.

Raphinha should start, whilst Llorente or Struijk will likely get the nod alongside Liam Cooper, allowing Charlie Cresswell to step back out of the limelight.

In terms of those missing, Ayling and Bamford are key absentees, whilst it would be good to have Koch available.

Their return later in 2021 (hopefully) will see Leeds enjoy a strong end to the calendar year.