Manchester City v Leeds United: Every word Marcelo Bielsa had to say on injuries, suspensions and Mateusz Klich's abuse

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa will sit down with the media on Monday lunchtime ahead of a midweek trip to Manchester City - follow live here.

By Joe Urquhart
Monday, 13th December 2021, 4:18 pm

The Whites travel to the Etihad to take on Pep Guardiola' s outfit in the Premier League on Tuesday night (8pm).

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We'll bring you every word from what Bielsa has to say ahead of the meeting with the reigning top flight champions below, with the Leeds boss due to answer questions at around 12.30pm.

Follow live below on the Yorkshire Evening Post's blog...

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Pic: Getty

Marcelo Bielsa pre-Manchester City media briefing

Last updated: Monday, 13 December, 2021, 13:08

  • Leeds travel to face City on Tuesday night (8pm)
  • Whites sit 15th, City are top of the Premier League
  • Bielsa to face media at around 12.45pm on Monday
  • Live updates below from the Thorp Arch press conference

Hello and welcome to today’s live blog for Marcelo Bielsa’s pre-Manchester City media briefing.

We’ll be hearing from the Whites head coach at around 12.30pm so stay tuned as we bring you every word he has to say right here.

We obviously know that Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper are going to be absent for a lengthy spell.

Patrick Bamford, we’re sure, will be asked about how his recovery is going from a hamstring issue.

Robin Koch was expected back in training in recent days while Pascal Struijk was a surprise absence at Chelsea.

He had overcome a hip problem but suffered a foot injury in training on Friday ahead of the Blues visit.

Rodrigo was also absent due to an ongoing heel issue.

We should get an update on his condition during the press conference.

To add another layer of intrigue to Bielsa’s injury issues at the moment Leeds have a number of players on four yellow cards.

Should any of those receive a fifth booking before or during the Liverpool game then it will result in a one-match ban.

Raphinha, Firpo, Llorente, Rodrigo, Cooper, Roberts and Shackleton are the members of the squad currently sat on four.

Pascal Struijk has three to his name so far.

Not long to go now, we’ll be hearing from Bielsa at around 12.30pm - updates to come once he’s with us on Zoom.

Bielsa now coming up at 12.45pm, 15 minutes later than scheduled - must be busy with training...

Right then. We’re all set for a 12.45pm start, plenty on the agenda for the Leeds boss this afternoon at Thorp Arch.

We’ll have updates here...

Bielsa has taken his seat on Zoom. He’s arrived with Andres. Updates to follow...

An apology from Marcelo to kick off, he says training started late...

Injuries - what is the state of play?

“No new injuries from the last game. No players returning. There is no news on Kalvin, I have no precise news on his hamstring problem or his shoulder.”

“Every game we make lots of effort to decisive to win. Sometimes it is possible, other times it is not. We have a lot of hope we can obtain what we deserve which would mean points on the board.”

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