Leeds United v Wolves team news: Raphinha starts with new position hinted as Kalvin Phillips returns to bench

Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Dan James all start for Leeds United in Saturday's Premier League hosting of Wolves for which Kalvin Phillips returns to the bench.

Saturday, 23rd October 2021, 2:40 pm

Raphinha missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Southampton having only completed international duty with Brazil in the early hours of Friday morning.

The winger flew back in time to feature but Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa opted not to risk the 24-year-old against the Saints.

But the Brazilian now comes back into the starting line up and replaces Tyler Roberts as the only change to the side.

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James and Harrison also start which suggests Raphinha will play as a no 10, behind lone striker Rodrigo.

Phillips returns to the bench, Bielsa insisting this week that the England international midfielder would need more training after three weeks out with a calf strain and then a hip issue.

Patrick Bamford (ankle), Luke Ayling (knee), Robin Koch (pelvis) and Junior Firpo (muscular problem) all remain out injured.

Wolves boss Bruno Lage has made two changes to his side, Raul Jimenez replacing Ruben Neves and Rayan Ait-Nouri coming in for Marcal who is not involved.

BACK ON THE BENCH: Leeds United's England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips, second left. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Barcelona loanee winger Francisco Trincao returns to the bench having missed last weekend's win at Aston Villa after testing positive for coronavirus.

Willy Boly, Pedro Neto, Yerson Mosquera and Jonny are all out injured.

Leeds United: Meslier, Shackleton, Cooper, Llorente, Dallas, Struijk, Klich, James, Harrison, Raphinha, Rodrigo. Subs: Klaesson, Hjelde, Cresswell, Drameh, Forshaw, Phillips, Summerville, Gelhardt, Roberts.

Wolves: Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Traore, Jimenez, Hwang. Subs: Ruddy, Moulden, Hoever, Cundle, Campbell, Neves, Silva, Trincao, Podence.

Referee: Robert Jones.

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