West Ham face tough challenge in Bielsa’s Leeds United

Tomas Soucek, West Ham. (Photo by Jason Cairnduff - Pool/Getty Images)
Tomas Soucek, West Ham. (Photo by Jason Cairnduff - Pool/Getty Images) /
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Arthur Masuaku, West Ham.
Arthur Masuaku, West Ham. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /

Team news for the Whites and the Hammers

With both sides out of the domestic cups and neither side currently partaking in European football, squad rotation is not something either manager will have on their mind as they enter the final third of the season.

For Leeds, it’s a tough battle at home to fifth-placed Chelsea following their game with the Hammers, while the Irons travel to Old Trafford looking to avenge the narrow defeat they suffered in the FA Cup last month.

Leeds United are set to be without key men Rodrigo and long term absentee Robin Koch who underwent knee surgery back in December. Kalvin Phillips could be set for a return to the starting XI after recovering from a calf injury which he picked up against Crystal Palace last month.

For West Ham, it’s a familiar story when it comes to injuries with Arthur Masukaku still working his way back to fitness and Angelo Ogbonna and Andriy Yarmolenko several weeks from full fitness. Many fans worried about the absence of Oggy at the back after his stand out performances this season, but Issa Diop has seized his chance and hasn’t looked at all out of place.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is expected to return for the Hammers in between the sticks after missing the Manchester City game due to an injury he picked up in training after an unnamed player stood on his arm. Fabianski’s expected return will see Darren Randolph return to the bench after the Irish international was also seemingly struggling with injury when taking goal kicks.