Marcelo Bielsa confirms Jamie Shackleton's return to Leeds United's starting line-up

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 21:Leeds United's Jamie Shackleton blocks Swansea City's Martin Olsson's cross during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty...

Leeds United are set to take on Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road tomorrow.

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 01, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Marcelo Bielsa has suggested to Leeds Live that Jamie Shackleton will start for his Leeds United side at right-back on Saturday.

Leeds are due to take on Queens Park Rangers tomorrow, and they are down to the bare bones.

Leeds have been hit with a series of injury problems, which have left Bielsa’s options at right-back looking short.

Both Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas have been ruled out with injury, which means that Shackleton will now come into the Whites’ starting line-up.

 

“Honestly, I think Ayling couldn’t play, Dallas played, now Dallas can’t and Shackleton will play,” Bielsa said.

“This is thanks to the work the academy did for the first team. We solved the absences in one way or another. Of course we are aware of the kind of player we are losing.

“The solutions we are finding, they are allowing us to stay optimistic. The youngsters among the first team, from 18 to 23, the youngsters contribute a lot to the resolution of our needs.”

Swansea City's Oliver McBurnie vies for possession with Leeds United's Jamie Shackleton during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21,...

Shackleton has not started a league game for Leeds since August, so his task of stepping into the team is a tough one.

The youngster has had to make do with substitute appearances in recent months, with Bielsa favouring other options.

If Leeds are able to beat QPR they could move back to the top of the Championship table.

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 21:Leeds United's Jamie Shackleton blocks Swansea City's Martin Olsson's cross during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty...

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