Leeds United head to Kenilworth Road to take on Luton Town when they return from the international break on Saturday afternoon, but they will have to do without Eddie Nketiah for the clash.
The Whites will be looking to pick up another win in their quest for automatic promotion, but fears that the Arsenal loanee would not be available for the match have been confirmed by veteran boss Marcelo Bielsa.
Although he has not seen as much action as the Leeds fans would have liked so far, those supporters were hoping that Nketiah would be fit to face the Hatters, but that is not going to be the case.
The prognosis on the Arsenal youngster is not all terrible however, as Bielsa has confirmed that the striker is training, but that the trip to Bedfordshire will come too soon for him.
Although reluctant to put an exact time frame on a return for the 20-year-old, the Argentine seemed optimistic that the Whites’ loan man would not be out for too much longer.
“Nketiah is not ready yet, but next week he will start working with the group.” The Yorkshire Evening Post quote him as saying.
“He is training.
“It’s different when you train to when you train with the group and after it is necessary to consider the time he was without training. For instance, Dallas played on Saturday, five days ago and Cooper 12 days ago.
“So there are different situations between Dallas and Cooper. After Eddie starts to train with the group, he will be ready to compete.
“One thing is being healthy and another being ready to compete. It is necessary to consider the time he was without training.”
That prognosis means that it is likely that forward Patrick Bamford will get another chance to finally find some consistent form, with him expected to lead the line at Kenilworth Road.