Leeds United team news - Marcelo Bielsa on Jack Harrison problem and squad fitness ahead of Manchester City clash

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa will be without winger Jack Harrison against Manchester City but he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Etihad.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 3:42 pm
NOT AVAILABLE - Jack Harrison cannot play for Leeds United against Manchester City under the terms of his loan deal. Pic: Getty

Harrison is unable to play due to the terms of his loan move from City to Elland Road, a deal that is expected to become permanent this summer.

His absence comes just as he returned to form in the wins over Fulham and Sheffield United, an inconvenience not lost on Bielsa. But he's content with the alternative options open to him, with ex City youngster Ian Poveda, Helder Costa and Gjanni Alioski all able to play on the flank and beyond the first team squad, Crysencio Summerville and Niall Huggins both impressing for the Under 23s.

"We would have hoped to have been able to count on him, especially as his last performances have been good but we knew about the rule that impeded him from playing," he said.

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"Like in all the positions we have more than one option and we're in condition to resolve this by picking one of those.

"Poveda, Costa and Alioski all play this position in a different manner and have different strengths to show what they can do. We're always looking for the same thing, that they attack, getting in behind and defend the necessary amount."

The good news for Bielsa is that there are no new injuries to deal with. Having encountered serious problems at centre-half and recently been unable to count upon Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez in the number 10 position, Bielsa is enjoying having a full squad to choose from, with only long-term injury victim Adam Forshaw still out.

"At this moment, no [fresh injuries]," he said.

"We are happy to have no injuries given three quarters of the season have passed and we're able to count on a full squad is very good."