By Danny Wright
Thomas Christiansen has confirmed that Ronaldo Vieira will be back in his Leeds United squad for the Championship clash with Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
Vieira, 19, is yet to start a single league game for the Whites this season, making just three appearances off the bench despite playing well in the club’s impressive Carabao Cup run.
Fans and pundits have suggested that Christiansen recalls the teenager back from the fringes of his squad to add more bite to the midfield, and it seems that the Elland Road boss has considered that as he is now prepared to use him against the in-form Robins this weekend.
“Ronaldo Vieira is in the squad. He came from an injury. This week he has had the whole week and he is in the squad for the game tomorrow,” said Christiansen on Friday in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post on their website.
Vieira was ever-present under the charge of Garry Monk last term, but has since seen himself forced to watch on as Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips became Christiansen’s first choice midfield partnership.
It is unclear whether fringe player Vieira will start against Bristol or whether Christiansen will want to change his formation or even consider dropping either O’Kane or Phillips with his side losing their last three matches.
Bristol City are currently fourth in the Championship table and have not lost since the opening day while the Whites have fell from grace in recent weeks down to sixth, after defeats against Cardiff, Sheffield Wednesday and more recently Reading.
In other Leeds United news, David Prutton has predicted the clash between the Whites and City.