Why Leeds United's international break has been the calm before the Premier League storm

So, here we are.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 6:00 am
Leeds United's mural of Marcelo Bielsa in Hyde Park. Pic: Getty

The end of the March international break is finally on the horizon and Leeds United's return to Premier League action is only days away.

It has been an up and down period at Elland Road with a number of players away with their respective countries.

Mateusz Klich tested positive for Covid-19 which meant he was forced into self-isolation instead of representing Poland.

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Tyler Roberts too made headlines after being sent home from Wales duty early having stayed up past the team's hotel curfew.

'Rules are rules' as he stated in his apology and no further action is expected at club or international level.

Both players are set to be available for the Whites this weekend as they welcome Sheffield United to Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Others such as Kalvin Phillips, Gjanni Alioski, Diego Llorente, Illan Meslier and Stuart Dallas will too - barring no late complications before heading back to Thorp Arch to resume club duties.

The Blades make the short trip to West Yorkshire and the game will also see a familiar face in Paul Heckingbottom return to LS11 for the first time since his sacking.

Marcelo Bielsa replaced the former Barnsley boss nearly three years ago and it is safe to say that the club's fortunes have changed slightly since.

United look set for a second term in the top flight while the Bramall Lane outfit are heading back to weekly Football League action in Championship.

Nine games separate Leeds from the end of the season and then a summer of reflection and - all being well - without restriction can commence.

The next international break is a much more intriguing one, with the Euros set to feature heavy Leeds United involvement this summer.

This brief and final stoppage was just the calm before the storm.