Raphinha: Leeds winger and Rodrigo available for Brighton game after injury

Leeds United will have Raphinha and Rodrigo available for their trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

The attacking duo missed Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, with Raphinha absent due to illness and Rodrigo suffering from a “minor foot injury”.

But manager Marcelo Bielsa confirmed on Thursday that both are fit to face Brighton, with Jamie Shackleton also set to make a return to the squad.

Bielsa said: “Shackleton is available, Raphinha is available, Rodrigo is available, (Luke) Ayling is healthy — it’s likely he will play with the under-23s on Monday.

“The only two players in the final period of their recovery are (Robin) Koch and (Patrick) Bamford, who has an ankle injury. It has been a serious injury.”

Shackleton sustained an injury while playing against Norwich City last month, and has since missed two Premier League fixtures.

Bamford, meanwhile, continues his absence from the first team. The former Middlesbrough striker has missed the last nine matches, the same as Ayling. Koch has only featured once this term, in the opening day defeat to Manchester United.

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