Marcelo Bielsa vows he will not forget Barry Douglas bravery after Leeds United left-back suffers season-ending injury

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on March 09, 2019 in Bristol, England.

The Leeds United left-back won't play again this season.

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on March 09, 2019 in Bristol, England.

The Leeds United manager, Marcelo Bielsa, has vowed that he will not forget the bravery shown by Barry Doulas during the Whites' win against Millwall on Saturday.

Douglas battled through injury to see out the match after Leeds had made all three of their permitted substitutions - of which he was one.

And the Scottish left-back even managed to create Luke Ayling's equaliser as the Whites secured a return to the Championship's top two.

 

It was revealed this week, however, that as a result Douglas will miss the rest of the campaign with ruptured knee ligaments.

And discussing the £3 million summer signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday, Bielsa told Leeds Live: "Douglas is not going to be with us because of the injury. We say sorry because we are not going to have him with us. We appreciate he was a very brave player in the last game. He had a serious injury, but carried on playing. That is something we will not forget about his behaviour."

Barry Douglas of Leeds United takes a throw in during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Bristol City at Elland Road on November 24, 2018 in Leeds, England.

The player Douglas replaced against Millwall, Ezgjan Alioski, is expected to return at Birmingham City on Saturday.

Explaining the Macedonian's half-time withdrawal, Bielsa said: "Alioski had played two games in the international break. His physical performance, distance covered and attacks and recoveries, was the same as always, but he was not quite as powerful in his speed. For Alioski to have this level is an advantage for us. It was the reason why we changed the player Douglas (gave) us a solution the team need(ed)."

Leeds United's Ezgjan Alioski celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal

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