Leeds United: Klich set to miss out again as Leeds take on Monchengladbach

Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich training in Jenbach on Thursday.
Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich training in Jenbach on Thursday.
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Thomas Christiansen will again be without Mateusz Klich when Leeds United contest their fifth friendly of the summer against Borussia Monchengladbach today.

Klich remains in light training after pulling a muscle in the early stages of pre-season and will miss this afternoon’s game in the Austrian town of Schwaz.

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard (right).

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard (right).

Christiansen otherwise has a full squad to choose from, including new signing Matthew Pennington who took part in his first training session with United yesterday after signing from Everton on a season-long loan.

Leeds reeled off three wins against non-league sides Harrogate Town, Guiseley and North Ferriby United before flying out to their training camp in Austria but the club were beaten 3-0 by Turkish outfit Bursaspor during a behind-closed-doors friendly in Italy on Monday.

Head coach Christiansen, whose side begin the Championship season away at Bolton Wanderers on August 6, said: “It’s still early. We have more games to play and on Monday we played against a very good opponent.

“The result is not the most important thing and that’s also true when we win (friendlies). The performance of the team is important, to see the good things and the bad things, and I believe we had two types in that game.

“The first was okay but the second, the were big gaps between the lines and that was not good for the team, but the result didn’t reflect what we saw. Of course they were a good team from the first division in Turkey but I saw what I wanted to see in the game.”

Monchengladbach finished ninth in Germany’s Bundesliga last season and will offer another step up for Christiansen’s players.

Borussia boss Dieter Hecking will split his squad in half today with Monchengladbach due to play Leeds in Schwaz at 2.15pm local time and Nice in Rottach-Egern at 6pm.

“It’s a tough match but I will give a bit more time on the pitch to certain players,” Christiansen said. “We need to start reaching the level. We have a very good team against us from the Bundesliga, a team who played in Europe and will put us under pressure.

“We will see the weaknesses and where we have to improve but in the game on Monday we had several opportunities to score. That was pleasing.”

Hecking said: “I expect a physical game with Leeds, although I hope that Christiansen can create more that a physical game with his team.

“Nice will be a bit more than a challenge for us. (Head coach) Lucien Favre will bring his best starting XI one week before the first qualification round in the Champions League.”

“We will play with two teams so that every of our players will be on one level on Thursday, physically and mentally.”