Marcelo Bielsa pinpoints what Barry Douglas brings to Leeds United ahead of Wigan return

Leeds United defender Barry Douglas set for return against Wigan.
Leeds United defender Barry Douglas set for return against Wigan.
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Leeds United left-back Barry Douglas will return to first team action this weekend for the trip to Wigan Athletic in the Championship with Marcelo Bielsa relishing the Scotsman's comeback.

Douglas, who limped off with a hamstring issue in the 1-0 victory over Hull City at the KCOM stadium, will be available for selection for the first time since early October after coming through 60 minutes against the Tigers in an under-23s clash at Thorp Arch on Monday afternoon.

The 29-year-old's absence has caused a headache for the Argentine having been forced to utilise Stuart Dallas, Gjanni Alioski and Tom Pearce in place of the former Wolves man during his time on the sidelines.

Douglas has been called upon 11 times this season so far notching three assists in the process whilst playing an important role in the left wing-back position in Bielsa's fluid style of play.

The 63-year-old though can rely on his man once again for the trip to the DW Stadium this weekend with the Whites in action on Sunday in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

"Yes, he will play," Bielsa told his pre-match press conference.

"I don't make a comparison between players but I can tell you what his skills are. He has a very good left foot especially for the set-pieces and crosses. His inside pass is very good and associated play is also good and he combines well with his team-mates.

"He's an experienced player and usually he always has a level of performance which the minimum is always good."

United make the trip over the Pennines on Sunday for a 1:30pm kick-off following a controversial 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest at Elland Road which was also selected for television coverage.

Bielsa, who has seen his side play at 3pm just three times so far this campaign, was quizzed over his sides ability to adapt to the ever changing fixture schedule but believed it not to be a major issue: "I can't tell you that we are not able to adapt."