Report: Tyler Roberts 'hopeful' of making Leeds playoff

Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts of Leeds United argue over who is to take the penalty before Bamford takes it to score the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between...

Leeds United could reportedly have Tyler Roberts available for the trip to Derby County.

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts battles with  Birmingham City's Gary Gardner  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy...

The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Tyler Roberts is expecting to shake off an ankle injury in time for Leeds United's playoff with Derby County this week.

Marcelo Bielsa's side visit Derby in the first leg of their playoff semi-final on Saturday.

Roberts, a £4 million signing by Leeds in January of 2018 [The Daily Mail], sat out the defeat at Ipswich Town on Sunday after suffering an ankle problem in the draw with Aston Villa last month.

But according to The Yorkshire Evening Post, the Wales international is 'hopeful' that he'll be ready for Pride Park.

 

Roberts wasn't a massive player for Leeds at the beginning of the season, but he has been for much of 2019 after Bielsa transformed him into a playmaker.

The former West Brom striker has replaced Samu Saiz in the number 10 role since January and has done a stellar job for the most part.

With Patrick Bamford set to serve the last of his two-game ban, having Roberts available would allow Bielsa to play the 20-year-old in behind Kemar Roofe as the focal point.

The Whites won 4-1 the last time they visited Frank Lampard's side, which came back in August.

Leeds United's Tyler Roberts reacts after a missed chance during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on April 13, 2019 in Leeds,...

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