Ekuban set to return, should he partner Leeds teammate Lasogga?

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Millwall and Barnsley at The Den on January 6, 2018 in London, England.

Leeds are on a winless run of eight games in all competitions.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Millwall and Barnsley at The Den on January 6, 2018 in London, England.

Ahead of Sunday's clash against play-off contenders Bristol City at Elland Road, Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has a number of crucial decisions to make when it comes to picking his starting line-up.

With Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi and Samu Saiz sidelined for one more game due to suspension, and Conor Shaughnessy and Luke Ayling potentially set to be joined by Kemar Roofe in the treatment room, Leeds are down to their bare bones.

Roofe was on the receiving end of a knee in the face, losing a tooth in the process last time out during the 2-1 loss to Sheffield United. With Roofe and Saiz out, Heckingbottom must weigh up his options in the final third.

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United takes on Jack Hobbs of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on January 25, 2017 in...

Striker Caleb Ekuban, 23, returned to action for the first time since December 9, coming on to the field of play for 12 minutes during the defeat to Chris Wilder's side at Bramall Lane.

Thomas Christiansen was very loyal to his 4-2-3-1 system, rarely altering his formation during or before a match in order to go in search of an equaliser or a winner.

But at home to Bristol City, Leeds will be in direct competition with a promotion rival and nabbing three points is crucial. With a leaky backline unlikely to be improved until Berardi and Cooper return, Heckingbottom should focus on the attack.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Leeds United reacts after a missed chance during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017 in Leeds,...

He should go in to Sunday's clash with the ethos of looking to score more than the opponent, rather than trying to shut them out. The best way to do that, then, would be to start both Ekuban and Pierre-Michel Lasogga up top together.

He started with Roofe last time out, but even if the £3million man returns in time, he should be dropped in order for Heckingbottom to include the two strikers. 

Here is the best possible Leeds XI to face the Robins, including Ekuban and Lasogga up front together. Although they are untried together, they could form an instant partnership key to reviving Leeds' play-off hopes.

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