The international break is often seen as a pain in the backside for football fans, but Leeds United supporters may not feel that way about the ongoing one, as two key players are set for a return to action during it, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The season started in fine style for the Whites, but the longer it has gone on the more their squad has been strained due to injuries, and pushed to the limit.
The style adopted by new boss Marcelo Bielsa is testing enough when the Argentine has everyone at his disposal, but with a number of players missing matches over the last month, his resources have been stretched drastically.
Gaetano Berardi, Patrick Bamford, Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe are all key players that the Whites have missed at various points in recent times, but the latter two are nearing a return to action.
Bielsa is expected to use the international break to get some minutes into the attacking duo, with the aim of having both available when Leeds resume their season away to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on October 20.
The Argentine is likely to allow the pair to play for the under-23 side in their match against Burnley on Friday afternoon, and if both come through that assignment, they could be called upon to take on Tony Mowbray’s men later in the month.
That will be a huge boost both for Bielsa himself, and the squad at Elland Road, as both men were in fantastic form prior to their injuries. Roofe had bagged four goals in his seven matches so far this term, while Hernandez was a standout performer in his five appearances prior to his injury.
Leeds fans will be hoping both men come through the match with Burnley unscathed, as they look for their side to hit top form again, once their campaign resumes in Lancashire in the coming days.