Senior player axed in three changes: Leeds expected XI v Bolton

Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom could make three changes to his starting line-up for the clash with Bolton at Elland Road on Friday.

Tom Pearce, Stuart Dallas and Caleb Ekuban are all expected to drop out of the side that lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday before the international break.

Laurens De Bock and Pierre-Michel Lasogga could return from their spells on the sidelines while Samuel Saiz is expected to come back from injury against Bolton.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell could keep his spot in goals even though Andy Lonergan is back in training after an injury.

In defence, Gaetano Berardi, Pontus Jansson and Matthew Pennington could all keep their places with De Bock slotting in at left-back.

Although it may be an unpopular choice give his recent form, Eunan O’Kane could partner Adam Forshaw in the centre of midfield.

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Pablo Hernandez and Ezjgan Alioski could play on either wing with Saiz slotting into the No 10 role with senior player Dallas axed.

Lasogga is likely to get the nod to start up front after two poor outings by Ekuban while the German was on the bench.

Leeds go into the game 14th in the Championship standings and could move up to 12th by picking up three points over Bolton, who are 19th and know that a win would be a major boost against their bid to fend off relegation.

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