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Leeds team news - Roofe, Hernandez, and Berardi all out

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After this week’s news about Patrick Bamford, this was the last thing we needed

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Leeds United will be without 3 of their regular starting line-up for Saturday’s trip to Millwall.

Kemar Roofe - Leeds only experienced centre-forward is out with what manager Marcelo Bielsa described as “a kick which will not allow him to play”. After the news regarding Patrick Bamford earlier this week this is a major blow for the club. Bielsa said that Leeds “first option” with Roofe and Bamford out is Wales international Tyler Roberts, so Saturday could be a big game for his first team prospects.

Pablo Hernandez is expected to be out for 3 weeks having re-injured the same muscle which kept him out against Middlesbrough before the international break. Leeds missed his creativity from out wide last time out but hopefully whoever comes into replace him (likely Jack Harrison) can do a good job.

Finally, Gaetano Berardi has not yet recovered from the injury that saw him leave the Middlesbrough game on crutches. Of the three, this should be the least concerning as it will probably result in Sweden international Pontus Jansson coming back into the starting XI. It is a shame for Berardi as he has been fantastic this season.

The injuries could also provide opportunities - likely from the bench if at all - for Jack Clarke and Ryan Edmondson. The two have impressed in the u23 side, with Jack Clarke a clear Man of the Match in the u23 side’s 5-0 win over Bristol City.

This news is really bad news, but the Roofe injury is most concerning right now. Leeds have other experienced options out wide and at centre-back, but up front we are really short.

Does this change how confident you are about Saturday? Let us know in the comments or @ThruItAllLUFC on twitter.