Leeds United v Sunderland injury news with 8 out and 1 doubt but 4 returning

Leeds United have a quick chance to bounce back on Tuesday evening with the visit of Sunderland – for a contest in which eight players have already been ruled out.

Leeds approached Saturday afternoon’s clash at Coventry City sat in the division’s second automatic promotion spot, one behind leaders Ipswich Town and one point above third-placed Leicester City who have played a game less.

The Whites then received a huge boost in the day’s lunchtime kick-off as Ipswich fell to a 1-0 defeat in the East Anglian derby at Norwich City, putting United’s automatic promotion destiny back in their own hands ahead of kick-off at Coventry.

But Daniel Farke’s Whites then suffered a first league defeat of the new year as the Sky Blues recorded a 2-1 success on a day when Leicester moved top via a 2-1 triumph at home to Birmingham City. Fourth-placed Southampton, meanwhile, were held to a goalless draw at Blackburn Rovers.

With five fixtures remaining, the results have left Leeds third, one point behind second-placed Ipswich and two behind Leicester who still have a game in hand. The Whites are 11 points ahead of Southampton who have two games in hand.

Just three days later, 13th-placed Sunderland will arrive at Elland Road as they look to return to winning ways following Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Bristol City which followed a midweek 5-1 crushing at home to Blackburn Rovers.

Here, we run through the injuries and absentees from both camps including a particular doubt and four men who are now back.

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