TEAM NEWS - Huddersfield Town v Leeds United: Gaetano Berardi and Luke Ayling at centre-back with injured Liam Cooper missing

CAPTAIN Liam Cooper misses Leeds United's Championship clash at Huddersfield Town with a calf strain meaning Gaetano Berardi will partner Luke Ayling at centre-back.

Saturday, 7th December 2019, 11:39 am
Updated Saturday, 7th December 2019, 12:00 pm
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Photo by James Hardisty.

Berardi and Gjanni Alioski both come into the side as the two changes made by Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa with Kalvin Philips also suspended.

Phillips sit outs the Saturday lunch-time fixture at the John Smith's Stadium through serving a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards before the cut off date.

Ben White will instead play in the holding midfield role in front of a back for with Stuart Dallas at right back and Alioski at left back.

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Tyler Roberts (hamstring), Adam Forshaw (hip) and Jamie Shackleton (muscle) are all out injured and there are places on the bench for young duo Bryce Hosannah and Oliver Casey.

But Terriers boss Danny Cowley has even bigger problems with eight players missing.

Tommy Elphick (knee), Trevoh Chalobah (suspended), Danny Simpson (hip), Alex Pritchard (knock), Fraizer Campbell (hip), Colin Quaner (hip), Jaden Brown (ankle) and Lewis O'Brien (calf) are all sidelined.

Cowley has made three changes with Demeaco Duhaney, Josh Koroma and Steve Mounie coming into the side as Terence Kongolo, O'Brien and Campbell drop out.

Huddersfield Town: Grabara, Duhaney, Stankovic, Schindler, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Bacuna, Kachunga, Koroma, Grant, Mounie. Subs: Coleman, Edmonds-Green, Harratt, Daly, High, Austerfield, Jackson.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling, Berardi, Alioski, Dallas, White, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Costa, Bamford. Subs: Miazek, Douglas, Hosannah, Casey, Gotts, Clarke, Nketiah.

Referee: Gavin Ward.