Leeds duo Raphinha and Rodrigo in contention to play against Brighton in major fitness boost for Marcelo Bielsa’s side who are just two points above the relegation zone
- Raphinha and Rodrigo both missed Leeds’ defeat to Tottenham last weekend
- The Brazilian was out with an illness while the Spaniard had a foot injury
- Both players are in contention to play in Saturday’s clash against Brighton
- It comes as a timely boost with Leeds just two points outside the relegation zone
Leeds pair Raphinha and Rodrigo are back in contention for Saturday’s Premier League game at Brighton.
Brazil winger Raphinha missed out last week through illness and Spain forward Rodrigo was absent due to a foot injury as a depleted Leeds side lost 2-1 at Tottenham.
Jamie Shackleton has also recovered from injury and is available to head coach Marcelo Bielsa, who confirmed Patrick Bamford, Robin Koch and Luke Ayling are still not ready for first-team action.
Raphinha and Rodrigo both should be available for Leeds in Saturday’s clash with Brighton
Both players were absent in their most recent game which saw Leeds lose 2-1 to Tottenham
Bielsa said: ‘Shackleton is available, Raphinha is available, Rodrigo is available, Ayling is healthy – it’s likely he will play with the under-23s on Monday.
‘The only two players in the final period of their recovery are Koch and Bamford, who has an ankle injury. It has been a serious injury.’
It comes as a timely boost for Leeds who have won just one of their last five league games and have so far failed to hit the heights of last season.
Raphinha has been in top form despite Leeds struggling to reach last season’s heights so far
Their defeat to Tottenham leaves them just two points outside of the relegation zone in 17th.
Leeds are bidding for their third league win of the season in the evening kick-off at Brighton, who are chasing their first league victory in eight matches.
Raphinha is the club’s top scorer this season having scored five league goals in ten appearances so far this season.
Rodrigo meanwhile scored a stoppage time equaliser against Wolves and also netted in their 2-1 victory over Norwich
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are 17th in the league after 12 games – just two points above the relegation zone