Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa conducted his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of his side’s trip to Preston North End on Tuesday.
The yo-yo automatic promotion battle in the Championship continued at the weekend as the Whites were beaten by Birmingham City and saw their Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United leapfrog them again with a win at Deepdale.
The Argentine boss had plenty to say as usual at Thorp Arch, and these are the two things Leeds supporters need to see.
As per the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bielsa confirmed that the talismanic Spaniard may not feature against Alex Neil’s side following an issue he picked up in the defeat at St Andrew’s at the weekend.
The 63-year-old said: “He received a kick in the last minute of the (Birmingham) game. We are not going to take any risks if playing makes his injury worse.”
While the former Swansea City man failed to make an impact at the weekend, there is no doubt that he is one of the most talented players in the Championship.
With 11 goals and 12 assists in the league this term he would be a huge, huge miss in Lancashire.
Of course, having slipped up against Birmingham at the weekend questions were always going to be asked of Bielsa and his men given they let a top-two position slip again.
Asked whether he side were suffering from nervous, he confidently replied: “We can’t talk about our team. Watching our team I have never seen us overcome by the nerves. We know how to live with it.”
While the experienced manager is never going to admit it even if his players are feeling the pressure, his demeanour certainly suggested that he has confidence in them, and that will surely have translated to his squad too.
His trust in them could prove to be vital as things really hot up in the coming weeks.