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