Leeds United and Chelsea injury list in full - Whites wait on five players, Blues without striker

Leeds United host Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday at Elland Road - but what injury worries are plaguing both teams ahead of the meeting?

By Joe Urquhart
Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 12:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 12:34 pm

The Whites welcome the Blues to West Yorkshire for a lunchtime top flight showdown this weekend.

Marcelo Bielsa was handed a triple boost at West Ham on Monday night as Kalvin Phillips returned to his starting line-up.

Forward Rodrigo also made an appearance on the bench along with defender Gaetano Berardi who was named in a Premier League squad for the first time following a torn ACL last summer.

Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk limps off against Aston Villa. Pic: Getty

Leeds, though, still have a number of injury concerns ahead of kick-off against Thomas Tuchel's men.

United have claimed victory just once in their last five games while Chelsea are in stunning form - winning nine out of 12 matches across all competitions since Tuchel's appointment in late January.

Here, we take a look at the full list of players battling problems ahead the first whistle at Elland Road.

Leeds United injury concerns

Jamie Shackleton - groin

Robin Koch - knee

Pascal Struijk - knock

Pablo Hernandez - muscle

Adam Forshaw - hip

Despite being boosted by the returns of Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo and Gaetano Berardi at West Ham - Leeds still have a number of concerns in the treatment room.

Utility man Jamie Shackleton has been missing in recent weeks due to an issue picked up against Wolves last month.

Pascal Struijk was also absent from the trip to London after failing to recover from a knock against Aston Villa which saw him prematurely substituted.

Playmaker Pablo Hernandez was a surprise omission in the capital but Marcelo Bielsa revealed post-match he had suffered a muscular problem ahead of the Hammers trip.

Robin Koch last week returned to training after being sidelined since November with a knee problem and could return in the coming weeks to provide another boost for Leeds.

Adam Forshaw, though, remains a long-term absentee for the Whites with a hip issue.

Chelsea injury concerns

Tammy Abraham - ankle

Chelsea have just one major injury concern ahead of the trip to face Leeds.

Tammy Abraham has been missing from Thomas Tuchel's recent matchday squads with the German revealing an ankle problem picked up in training has been the reason for his absence.

"Tammy had some problems with the ankle so we will see," Tuchel said last week.

"It’s my job to push him to his limits. We will not stop doing this and supporting him. It was a tough decision, but we have to make these decisions."

Abraham has made 20 Premier League appearances this season, scoring six goals and bagging one assist.