Bielsa says Bamford and Cooper unavailable for Leeds v Nottingham Forest

Leeds United Manager \ Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 23, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Leeds United lost to Hull City at the weekend and will face Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day.

Hal Robson-Kanu of West Bromwich Albion and Liam Cooper of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November 10,...

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds Live that Patrick Bamford and Liam Cooper will not be available for the match against Nottingham Forest this week.

The West Yorkshire outfit will take on Forest away from home at the City Ground in the Championship on New Year’s Day.

Leeds will head into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Hull City at Elland Road in the league.

 

Forward Bamford has a knee injury and so has defender Cooper, and Leeds head coach Bielsa does not expect them to be available for the match against Forest, which is further bad news for the fans.

Bielsa told Leeds Live when asked if Bamford or Cooper will be available for the match against Forest: “No.”

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United at Macron Stadium on December 15, 2018 in Bolton, England.

Bouncing back

The defeat to Hull at Elland Road will have come as a bitter disappointment to Leeds, who have been in a great run of form until the weekend.

Forest are not in very good form at the moment and are not playing particularly well, but it is going to be hard for the Whites to pick up maximum points at the City Ground.

However, Leeds have some of the best players in the Championship, and the Whites have shown this season that they can bounce back after a disappointing result.

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds United greets fans as he arrives at the stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Hull City at Elland Road on December 29,...

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