Leeds United v Manchester City team news: Gjanni Alioski replaces Jack Harrison for sole change as Diego Llorente makes bench

GJANNI Alioski replaces the ineligible Jack Harrison for the only change to the Leeds United side for Saturday evening's Premier League hosting of Manchester City.

By Lee Sobot
Saturday, 3rd October 2020, 5:11 pm

United's City loanee winger Harrison is forbidden from playing against his parent club so Alioski comes into the side to start on the left flank as record signing Rodrigo again has to make do with a place on the bench.

With playmaker Pablo Hernandez still out as he recovers from a groin strain, Tyler Roberts keeps his place in the no 10 role.

There is also a first place on the Whites bench for Spanish international summer recruit Diego Llorente who is on the bench along with fellow centre-back option Pascal Struijk as skipper Liam Cooper again partners Robin Koch at the heart of the defence.

STARTING: Gjanni Alioski. Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images.

Adam Forshaw remains sidelined as he looks to recover from hip surgery while goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is also still absent having had an ankle problem.

Manchester City's new £65m centre-back recruit Ruben Dias comes straight into the side despite having only signed on Tuesday with the Portugal international partnering Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.

Laporte missed City's first two league games of the season having self isolated after testing positive for coronavirus but now makes his first league start of the campaign along with fellow summer recruit Ferran Torres.

From the side that started last weekend's 5-2 loss at home to Leicester City, Nathan Ake and Fernandinho drop to the bench while Eric Garcia drops out completely.

City's two main strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are both injured meaning Raheem Sterling starts upfront while German international midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is also still out having yet to training having also self-isolated having contracted COVID-19.

Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Costa, Roberts, Alioski, Bamford. Subs: Caprile, Llorente, Struijk, Davis, Shackleton, Poveda, Rodrigo.

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Mendy, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Foden, Mahrez, Sterling, Torres. Subs: Steffen, Stones, Bernardo, Ake, Fernandinho, Delap, Palmer.

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