Bielsa faces selection dilemmas

13 May 2021 21:44:27 GMTPlus10

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed his side have been boosted by the return of captain Liam Cooper ahead of Saturday's trip to Burnley.

The Whites will try to secure back-to-back victories in the Premier League after their previous success over Tottenham, and they are 19/20 to win on their travels, with the draw 29/10 and Burnley available at 5/2.

Cooper was expected to feature against Tottenham, but he picked up a knock in training as he prepared to return from suspension.

Both Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha returned from injury at Elland Road last week and they are both fit and ready to feature.

Adam Forshaw, Helder Costa and Joe Gelhardt are the only players that are unavailable to Bielsa and the Argentinean admits he has some tough decisions to make after a strong performance against Spurs.

He told the club's official website: "Liam Cooper has recovered his health, he hasn't got any injuries that prevent him from participating.

"[On Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Rodrigo] Yes, they are fit. Having so many options, the decisions become more difficult.

"There could be a player better than the one who is playing, but their performance could be worse because they are still going through the development to get the rhythm of play.

"Sometimes this is altered due to the needs of the team, and sometimes you get two or three injuries in the same position, and a player who is out of form can come in."

Bielsa was also quick to praise Burnley for their style and dedication to playing a certain way under boss Sean Dyche.

The Clarets secured their safety on Monday night thanks to a 2-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage. They will be looking to get revenge over Leeds at Turf Moor, having been unfortunate to lose 1-0 at Elland Road in December.

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