Ezgjan Alioski has been told to be ready for his first Leeds United start in five months today.
The versatile left footer, 28, is in line to replace Stuart Dallas in the starting XI if he misses out due to the muscle injury he sustained in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Luton Town.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that there are whispers of Marcelo Bielsa and his coaching staff priming Alioski for a rare start.
Kalvin Phillips revealed on Thursday that Dallas and Liam Cooper had not trained with the team since the Luton match and had instead been with the physios.
They were both set for fitness tests in the 24 hours before today’s 3pm kick-off at Ewood Park.
Dallas, 29, has been the first choice left-back either side of the lockdown and has remarkably started all 40 of United’s Championship matches this season.
If he misses out, another versatile operator in Alioski is likely to replace him.
The Macedonia international is no longer a nailed-on starter but remains an integral squad player and has come off the bench at half-time to make a big impact in each of Leeds’ last two matches.
He scored in the 3-0 drubbing of Fulham and then set up Dallas to calmly finish off Tuesday’s superbly crafted team goal.
Alioski has been used more at left-back than in his previous wide attacking role over the last two seasons.
His record in this campaign is impressive, with his 18 starts among 33 Championship matches yielding five goals and four assists.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has been left fuming over the “worst decision in football this season” at Elland Road.
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