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Bielsa gives injury update on Leeds man, states whether he will be back at weekend

Leeds United striker Jean-Kevin Augustin missed his side’s 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Wednesday night due to a hamstring problem, Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed.

The Whites manager has stated that the January transfer window loan signing had a muscle problem and will not be available for the weekend either, where the Yorkshire side face local rivals Hull City.

‘Not Augustin,” Bielsa said when asked if the unavailable players would be ready for the next game, according to LeedsLive.

The 22-year-old striker is yet to start match for Leeds since his mid-season arrival at Elland Road.

Augustin has played just 49 minutes across three appearances in the Championship since his transfer from RB Leipzig in January.

Wednesday’s victory was Leeds’ third straight win in the Championship and has kept them five points clear of Fulham in third place.

Bielsa praised his side’s performance and claimed that promotion should not be a problem if they can maintain this level.

‘Today the team protected the result a lot,” the Leeds manager continued.

“We played well in different moments of the match. The team didn’t lose their calm. The team made few fouls.

“In general, we managed well the different situations in the match. Maybe in some moments of the second half Boro created problems for us.

“In general we had three times as many chances as them. The match was very tough, a lot of fight in the match.

“I think Middlesbrough was above their level in previous matches.”

In more positive injury news, key midfielder Kalvin Phillips also missed the win at the Riverside Stadium but may feature at the weekend.

The crucial Leeds star will undergo an evaluation on Thursday morning, which will decide his involvement on Saturday.

“He has an evaluation today in the morning,” Bielsa continued.

“He wasn’t 100 per cent to play. Yesterday we thought he would play and today it was impossible.”

Leeds are four points behind leaders West Bromwich Albion with 11 matches left to play in the season.

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