Leeds United resume their tilt for promotion out of the Championship on Saturday afternoon when they host Birmingham City at Elland Road, and a key man is fit for the contest.

The Whites were in indifferent form heading into the international break, slumping to fifth in the table after a shock defeat to Millwall last time out.

There is a lot of expectation surrounding Leeds this season, and in order to justify some of that, they need to get a run of wins going, ideally beginning against Birmingham, managed by their former assistant manager Pep Clotet.

It is not all doom and gloom for the Whites by any stretch of the imagination, although they are fifth heading into the weekend, they only sit two points off top spot in the Championship table, so a good week coming out of the international break can see them in a wonderful position again.

Leeds will be boosted in that quest by the news that Pablo Hernandez is fit to return. He was one of the stars of the division prior to his injury last month so his availability is a real positive, although as Marcelo Bielsa confirmed ahead of the match, he is still missing three first-team players.

“Hernandez is fit, Shackleton, Forshaw and Cooper are not fit yet and we are waiting for them to train with the rest of the group” the Whites official website quote him as saying.

There will be a lot of Leeds eyes on the team sheet that Bielsa hands in for the contest, as after scoring a hat-trick for England under-21s in midweek, many supporters will hope to see the name of Eddie Nketiah on it.

The Whites boss has so far been reluctant to give the youngster a starting berth in the league, but the time might have come where the Arsenal loanee is impossible to ignore.


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