TEAM NEWS - Leeds United v Preston North End: Major late blow for Lilywhites with one change confirmed for Whites

GJANNI ALIOSKI replaces the injured Pablo Hernandez for the only change made to the Leeds United side for Boxing Day's Championship showdown against Preston North End at Elland Road.

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 4:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th December 2019, 4:42 pm
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Hernandez is facing a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury picked up in last weekend's 2-1 loss at Fulham and Alioski's inclusion will see Stuart Dallas moved into midfield with Mateusz Klich likely to play more advanced.

Barry Douglas also returns from illness for a place on the bench where Pascal Struijk takes the place of the called up Alioski.

But Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton don't make the 18 after only recently returning to training after hamstring problems while Adam Forshaw is still out with a hip issue.

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Jack Clarke - who is set to be recalled by Tottenham Hotspur - also does not feature while Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah again has to make do with a place on the bench.

Preston have been dealt a late blow with big German centre-back Patrick Bauer missing through illness.

Lilywhites boss Alex Neil has made three changes to his side with Bauer, Billy Bodin and Paul Gallagher dropping out of the XI and with David Nugent, Brad Potts and Ben Davies all coming in.

Star man Daniel Johnson is also still absent through injury.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Alioski, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Bamford. Subs: Meslier, Douglas, Struijk, Berardi, Gotts, Stevens, Nketiah.

Preston: Rudd, Clarke, Huntington, Davies, Hughes, Pearson, Barkhuizen, Browne, Potts, Maguire, Nugent. Subs: Ripley, Storey, Gallagher, Ledson, Harrop, Bodin, Stockley.

Referee: Darren Bond.