Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur team news: Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha return to bench but Liam Cooper injured

KALVIN Phillips and Raphinha return to the Leeds United bench for Saturday's Premier League hosting of Tottenham for which captain Liam Cooper is out injured.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 12:09 pm

Cooper is back available from suspension having served a three-game ban for being shown a straight red card in last month's 2-1 victory at Manchester City.

But the Whites captain has a slight knock in the gluteus and head coach Marcelo Bielsa has named an unchanged side with Phillips and Raphinha back on the bench.

Raphinha has missed United's last three games with a thigh injury sustained after being slammed into by Fernandinho at the Etihad.

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Phillips picked up a minor knee injury before last weekend's clash at Brighton which forced him to miss the fixture on the south coast.

Helder Costa is out for the rest of the season with a back injury whilst Adam Forshaw also remains out.

Youngster Joe Gelhardt has also been recovering from a minor niggle.

Asked about Cooper on BT Sport, Bielsa said: "Cooper has a small knock in his gluteus and that's why he is not here today."

BACK ON THE BENCH: Leeds United winger Raphinha, left. Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

Spurs boss Ryan Mason has named an unchanged XI as he seeks to become the first ever Tottenham manager to win their first three Premier League games in charge.

Ben Davies is the only injury due to a lower leg issue and star men Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Gareth Bale all start.

Leeds United: Meslier, Alioski, Struijk, Llorente, Ayling, Koch, Dallas, Klich, Roberts, Harrison, Bamford. Subs: Casilla, Davis, Berardi, Shackleton, Phillips, Raphinha, Hernandez, Poveda, Rodrigo.

Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Bale, Alli, Son, Kane. Subs: Hart, Sanchez, Doherty, Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lamela, Bergwijn, Lucas.

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Thank you Laura Collins