QPR v Leeds United: Coach Thomas Christiansen gives injured quartet time to recover

United's head coach Thomas Christiansen is having to keep his eye on the ball when it comes to injuries ahead of Leeds' trip to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
United's head coach Thomas Christiansen is having to keep his eye on the ball when it comes to injuries ahead of Leeds' trip to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Thomas Christiansen remains hopeful of having a full squad available for the first time this season at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday with Leeds United’s injury doubts set for late checks on their fitness.

Leeds are continuing to assess the condition of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Eunan O’Kane, Stuart Dallas and Pablo Hernandez following the resumption of training at Thorp Arch on Tuesday.

Pablo Hernandez. PIC: Tony Johnson

Pablo Hernandez. PIC: Tony Johnson

United were given Monday off by Christiansen after a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last Friday but the club’s head coach is waiting for positive news about his recent absentees with Leeds set to travel to London on Friday.

Lasogga is expected to return to the squad at Loftus Road having resumed training after illness and injury forced him to miss four successive matches.

Hernandez’s involvement is more questionable after a hamstring strain saw him exit the draw with Villa but Leeds are yet to rule him out of Saturday’s trip to Loftus Road and O’Kane and Dallas are also working to put themselves in contention.

Christiansen has not had a full complement of players to choose from at any stage of the Championship term but he is currently free of long-term injuries and suspensions.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga. PIC: Simon Hulme

Pierre-Michel Lasogga. PIC: Simon Hulme

Hernandez was withdrawn from United’s clash with Villa shortly before half-time, avoiding any serious damage.

The Spaniard has been a key figure in the run of results which saw Leeds claim seven points from games against Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Barnsley and Villa after last month’s international break.

Hernandez’s contract, which Leeds extended in the summer, expires next June and he and the club have held what Hernandez called “small talks” about his future.

His situation would allow him to discuss pre-contract deals with foreign clubs next month but Hernandez insisted there was no rush to discuss an extension at Elland Road and said he intended to remain at Elland Road with United.

“I’m happy here and the club know this,” he said. “The club are happy with me. More important is focusing on the next games because in December we play a lot and we need to focus on them.

“I’m sure in the future we talk and for me it’s not a problem to stay here because I’m happy here.”

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