By Noel Whelan

18th Apr, 2019 | 8:00pm

Whelan Exclusive: I expect 'Huge' Leeds attacking player to miss out v Wigan


Leeds United are once again set to omit leading scorer Kemar Roofe from their starting XI for tomorrow’s Championship showdown against Wigan Athletic, according to Noel Whelan.

The forward has been on the substitute’s bench for the last three matches since recovering from a knee injury sustained in mid-February and has had to be content with second-half cameos.

Marcelo Bielsa hinted at his media conference yesterday (Wednesday) he could select an unchanged XI although he admitted his final selection depends upon the fitness of skipper Liam Cooper.

Patrick Bamford has spearheaded the attack over the 12 matches ex-Leeds striker Whelan is convinced

“Bielsa will keep the same side, he doesn’t surprise you and that’s a good thing,” Whelan exclusively told Football Insider. “He doesn’t like to rotate players for the sake of it. You see too much rotation in the modern game. There’s nothing better than a nice, settled side where players get used to each other.

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“That’s unfortunate for Roofe, who has been a huge player for Leeds this season.”

Roofe replaced Bamford after 64 minutes of last weekend’s 1-0 Championship win over Wednesday in his longest run-out for two months.

“I thought he did okay,” Whelan said. “He looked lively a times and got into some good positions. It took Bamford some time to get back to match fitness as well, and it’s the same for Roofe.

But he will be needed over these next four games, there’s not a shadow of doubt about that.”

United are second in the league, three points ahead of Sheffield United in third, ahead of fixtures on Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday against Wigan and Brentford.

In other Leeds United news, the club are closing in on a JAWDROPPING £177million windfall after developments this week.