Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that midfielder Adam Forshaw is unlikely to be fit to face Derby County on Wednesday night.
The Whites recorded a 1-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s side at Pride Park on Saturday in the Championship playoff semi-finals first leg.
However, Forshaw was forced off in the first half and replaced by Jamie Shackleton in the Leeds midfield.
Bielsa’s men were already missing a number of key men, including centre-half Pontus Jansson, who was not included in the match-day squad for the first leg.
When asked after the 1-0 victory about the likelihood of Forshaw and Jansson returning for the game at Elland Road, the prognosis was not good.
“Adam Forshaw, I don’t think so and for Jansson I couldn’t tell,” Leeds Live quote Bielsa as saying.
Forshaw’s absence may well not be the worst news, as Shackleton came on and starred in the Leeds win on Saturday.
The youngster has grown in stature with the more first-team appearances he has received this season and would be an excellent replacement if his more-experienced team-mate is not able to feature.
Jansson is Leeds’ defensive leader and the Elland Road faithful will hope that the Sweden international is fit enough to return for the Derby rematch.
In the former Torino man’s absence, Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling featured at the heart of the Whites rearguard.