Leeds United have been handed a huge boost ahead of their promotion showdown with West Brom on Friday night, as Ahmed Hegazi is a major doubt for the Baggies.
Leeds welcome West Brom to Elland Road on Friday night in what is sure to be one of the fixtures of the season.
The Whites were crushed 4-1 by a counter-attacking master-class when they visited the Hawthorns in October, as Darren Moore outwitted Marcelo Bielsa.
The Baggies boss will now have to try and replicate that feat without one of his best players on Friday though, as both Hegazi and January signing Jacob Murphy could miss the clash.
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“It didn’t look good for him so we had to make an immediate change,” Moore said of the decision to substitute Hegazi during the defeat to Sheffield United.
“We’ll wait and see in the next 48 hours what’s happened with him. He looked in a lot of discomfort.”
According to Birmingham Live, the Egyptian international is a “major doubt” for the clash, while 24 year-old Murphy could also miss out.
The Newcastle loanee has scored twice in five Championship appearances, but the aforementioned report says he has a “strain” due to playing too many games.
Hegazi in particular would be a huge miss for the Baggies, and Patrick Bamford will be the main beneficiary if the Egyptian international does miss out.
Bamford has scored twice since returning from injury – a penalty against Bolton and a vintage Bamford header against Norwich.
The 25 year-old has only played ten times in the Championship this season due to injury, but he is elite in the air when fully fit and firing.
Without the 6 ft 4 in Hegazi at the back, Bielsa may opt to be slightly more pragmatic than usual and lump some crosses into the visitors’ box come Friday night.
The boss won’t like straying from his typical game plan, but Bamford could have an absolute field day if he plays his cards right.