Mills Exclusive: Leeds star tipped for surprise start today after double update
Danny Mills has tipped Leeds United attacker Rodrigo Moreno to return to the starting XI against Arsenal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds and England full-back claimed the 29-year-old is likely to be thrown into the team because of Pablo Hernandez’s absence.
Rodrigo entered a period of self-isolation at the beginning of the month after coming into contact with somebody who tested positive for coronavirus.
📰 “Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo are back" Marcelo provides an update on the team ahead of our next fixture
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He returned to full training this week and Marcelo Bielsa confirmed on Friday that he will be in the squad against Arsenal but hinted he is not likely to start.
The Argentine also revealed Hernandez will miss the visit of the Gunners with a muscular injury.
It would be a surprise to see Leeds record signing thrown straight into the starting XI as he has missed their last two games and only been in full training for less than a week.
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However, Mills has claimed Leeds’ small squad could mean Bielsa is forced to start the Spain international.
He told Football Insider: “Leeds have a relatively small squad. In terms of personnel, they don’t have a huge amount of strength and depth.
“So having Rodrigo back, obviously, is a huge boost, especially as Pablo Hernandez is out with a slight issue.
“To have quality players available is very good but you’re still playing against a very, very good side in Arsenal with exceptional players themselves.
“You want as many as your players back in the side as possible.”
Rodrigo has started just three Leeds game since his move from La Liga side Valencia in the summer.
His only goal for the Whites came was a vital equaliser against Manchester City at the start of October.