Leeds United manager has revealed that he is expecting the majority of his squad to be fit for the club’s clash against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
The Whites have seen a handful of their players ruled out through injury in recent weeks, with Pablo Hernandez the latest blow after limping off the field in the first half of the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Friday night.
Christiansen had said that the attacker had been replaced as a matter of precaution after feeling something in his muscle, but has crucially revealed that he, alongside the likes of fellow layoffs Stuart Dallas and Eunan O’Kane, who both missed the clash at Elland Road, are set to return for the match against QPR.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Eunan would not have been 100 per cent (against Villa). In these games I need players who are 100 per cent ready.
“But I believe that Stuey (Stuart Dallas) will be close (for QPR), Eunan will be there. Pablo (Hernandez) I also believe will be there.”
Hernandez has been a major part of the first team at Elland Road this season, having appeared in 19 of a possible 20 matches this season, and there would have been serious worries after his substitution against Villa.
The draw against Steve Bruce’s side leaves Christiansen and his men sitting in eighth place on 30 points in the Championship table, five points adrift of Derby County in the last of the play off spots.
They take on a QPR side who find themselves in 18th place, coming into the clash off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Preston North End, and will be missing both Jamie Mackie and Alex Baptiste after the duo both received red cards in the loss.
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