Leeds United's predicted line-up v Middlesbrough as star returns from injury but trio out

Leeds United are on the hunt for a seventh consecutive victory against Saturday’s Championship visitors Middlesbrough – and this is how we think the Whites will line up.

Whites boss Daniel Farke made two changes to his side for Wednesday night’s hosting of Swansea City in which a 3-1 victory made it six Elland Road wins on the spin. Pascal Struijk made a full return from his double hernia injury to captain the side in place of Liam Cooper who dropped to the bench along with Junior Firpo as Sam Byram also made a full return from injury to start at left back.

Another Whites star returned from a longer injury to the bench as Tottenham loanee Djed Spence appeared for the first time since injuring his knee in training in the middle of September. Spence was an unused substitute but Farke revealed post match that he had been impressing in training and that there was now a good chance of game time over the upcoming weeks for Spence given the right concentration and focus.

Farke held his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, at which he revealed that both Joe Gelhardt (hip) and Junior Firpo (hamstring) had suffered injury setbacks. The pair join Stuart Dallas on the sidelines, Dallas still on the comeback trail from a femoral fracture and currently training individually.

Gelhardt, Firpo and Dallas are the only three players out but Spence is now very much available following his injury return and this is the Leeds XI that we think will line up against Michael Carrick’s Riversiders.