Leeds United injury and suspension list in full with key doubts ahead of Watford clash

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Leeds United’s search for a first Premier League win continues, as Marcelo Bielsa’s injury-hit side conceded a last-minute winner to West Ham at the weekend.

The Whites had to make do against the Hammers without a host of first-team players, with the defence especially hit as Pascal Struijk, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Luke Ayling all missed out through either injury or suspension.

Last season’s leading goalscorer Patrick Bamford was also sidelined for the first time in the Premier League with Leeds as a decent display against the in-form Hammers came up just short. Jack Harrison was able to return after his recent positive Covid-19 test and came on as a half-time substitute.

Next up with Watford at Elland Road on Saturday, when Bielsa will be boosted by the return of Struijk, who has now completed his three-match suspension following his red card against Liverpool.

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Bielsa briefly addressed the current injury situation following the Hammers defeat and will no doubt give a more detailed update in his Thursday pre-match press conference.

Diego Llorente

The Spanish defender’s poor injury luck continued when he limped out of the defeat to Liverpool earlier this month. While he took to social media to allay fears of a lengthy absence, he missed the draw at Newcastle, the Carabao Cup tie at Fulham, plus the defeat to West Ham.

Expect an update on the centre-back when Bielsa undergoes his pre-Watford press conference on Thursday.

Robin Koch

The German international has been absent since the opening weekend defeat at Manchester United with a pelvic injury.

Again, a timescale for his return is unclear, with Bielsa confirming he would not be facing West Ham prior to the Hammers’ defeat.

Luke Ayling

Luke Ayling took a knock in the closing stages of the draw at Newcastle earlier this month and missed both the trip to Fulham and the West Ham match.

The right-back was grouped in with a series of players prior to the Hammers defeat.

“Llorente, Koch and Bamford won’t be available and the rest of them, I couldn’t tell you if yes or if they will be or they won’t be.”

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Raphinha

The Brazilian was a pre-match doubt for West Ham after he was forced off against Newcastle and missed the Fulham Carabao Cup tie.

Following the draw at St James’, Bielsa confirmed that the 24-year-old was suffering from a hip issue, which the club appear to be managing, as he played the first 69 minutes against West Ham, opening the scoring with a well-taken first-half goal.

Bielsa was asked about his early withdrawal after the defeat.

“He let us know that it was becoming difficult to stay on the pitch,” said the Whites head coach. “Throughout the whole week he was recovering from the knock he received against Newcastle. And he played a great game as long as he could stay on the field.”

Patrick Bamford

Yet another who suffered a knock in the clash at Newcastle, Bamford went down with 11 minutes left holding his foot after a heavy challenge. He had to leave the pitch for treatment, but did return, albeit with a limp.

After missing Fulham, Bielsa has confirmed that Bamford will not be a part of the West Ham match. Again, expect an update in the pre-Watford press conference.

Adam Forshaw

Following the West Ham loss, Bielsa confirmed a fresh set-back for Adam Forshaw, who played the final 35 minutes against Fulham last week.

“He had a tear in the posterior part of his thigh,” said Bielsa.

“With a muscular injury, they usually consume a month’s time. Forshaw makes enormous efforts to not reinjure himself, but after two years out it takes a lot to get back into the swing of things.”

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