Leeds United suffer significant injury blow ahead of Aston Villa clash as three players set to return

Aston Villa take a trip to Elland Road on Thursday evening.

Leeds United have suffered another considerable injury blow in the build up to their Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Thursday evening.

The Whites fell to a 1-0 defeat against Leicester City at the weekend in Jesse Marsch’s first game in charge of the club, and now sit just two points clear of the relegation zone.

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But their woes were compounded by the withdrawal of Tyler Roberts, who suffered a hamstring injury with a quarter of an hour left on the clock.

Since then, Leeds have confirmed that the player has successfully undergone surgery for the complaint, but will be sidelined for a number of weeks while he makes his recovery.

Roberts’ injury is the latest in a long line of issues that the Whites have had to endure this season, with key figures including Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, and Liam Cooper all missing significant periods of the campaign.

What have Leeds United said about Tyler Roberts’ injury?

In a statement released via their official website on Tuesday, the Whites confirmed that the Wales international is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

It read: “Leeds United can confirm Tyler Roberts has successfully undergone surgery on a ruptured hamstring tendon sustained in last Saturday’s Premier League game at Leicester City.

“Roberts will spend the next three months on the sidelines.

“Everyone at Leeds United wishes Tyler a speedy recovery.”

What other injury issues do Leeds currently have?

While Roberts is set to miss out, Leeds boss Marsch did provide more positive updates on a number of his other players.

The American claimed that Patrick Bamford will “for sure” feature against Villa, although the striker is likely to start on the bench, while Adam Forshaw and Diego Llorente are both in contention to start at Elland Road.

Elsewhere, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper remain out.

What is Aston Villa’s team news?

Villa are set to have Ezri Konsa and Lucas Digne back and available for Thursday’s match, although neither are guaranteed to start following the performances of Calum Chambers and Ashley Young in Saturday’s 4-0 rout of Southampton.

Teenager Carney Chukwuemeka is also set to return to Steven Gerrard’s squad.

Marvelous Nakamba is still out, however.